Activists Protest NYC's Whitney Museum of American Art Over Ties to Racist and Militarist Violence

Skanda Kadirgamar
May 26, 2019 - 8:02

6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17 marked both the beginning of the Whitney Biennial and the climactic end of nine weeks of protest over the museum retaining tear gas mogul Warren B. Kanders on its board of trustees. Kanders’ role as a key stakeholder financially ties the institution to the arms trade. This has drawn outrage from activists who say that leading centers of culture and art, like the Whitney, are aligning with armed occupations which are fueled by racism and colonialism.

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