Activists Hang Tear Gas Paintings in Whitney Museum of American Art to Protest Vice Chairman’s Ties to Weapons Company

Dec 10, 2018
2:18 PM

On Monday a Twitter thread by Rafael Shimunov showed the installation of two protest pieces in the Whitney Museum of American Art that hoped to highlight an online petition asking the museum to sever ties with its Vice Chairman, Warren B. Kanders, who owns Safariland, a tear gas manufacturer whose weapons were used against migrants last month on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The protest paintings were interpretations of photographs taken last month when U.S. border agents used tear gas against migrants.

The petition says the following: “We call on Co-Chairmember Susan K. Hess and Thomas E. Tuft as well as President Richard M. DeMartini and Museum Director Adam Weinberg to acknowledge that Mr. Kander’s war and oppression profiteering is diametrically opposed to the values of the Whitney Museum. We also ask that any threats, implicit or explicit, towards staff —many of which are directly impacted by border policies— for speaking up be rescinded immediately.”

This newest action is the latest in a series of protests against the Whitney. More can be found at #WhitneyTearGas.