Shout out to The Youth👆🏾
protesters block view of Dana Schutz's Emmett Till "open casket 2016" painting, Friday during the Opening of the Whitney Biennale.
Black pain has long been a spectators sport.
racism acts as offense, while anti Blackness sets in as much lauded defense.Praised as 'progressively forward or the like,' the moment any non Black person,in this case,artist,seeks to utilize Blackness as a 'revolutionary turning point' in their work, IMMEDIATE recognition&clout follow. most disturbing, however, is not the curators' cheap attempt at adding 'edge' to their career elevating endeavor,the endless barrage of art critics, going on&on about first amendment rights/Artists freedom to express etc (for which of course is only ever granted to white artists, case in point, Renee Cox's 1999 photo rendition of the last supper, entitled:"Yo Mama's Last Supper" for which the Catholic Church, then NY mayor Rudy Giuliani,&the art world elite lambasted her ruthlessly until a decency clause was put into place regulationing art works shown throughout the city's institutions paid for by tax payer dollars..but i digress)what stands out most is the fact that days prior,there were VIP viewer receptions before general public were granted access. Which means, a SIZABLE portion of white 'woke' liberal identified allies,&Black art elite were present for the viewing of this painting. yet none of them,as of today,have taken it upon themselves to speak out publicly against the painting, the curators, or museum.What happened to all the pretty little voices that repeatedly,LOUDLY proclaim their devout work&efforts to supporting & uplifting the plight of silenced victimized Black people?
Its safe to say that the modern day house negro of the art world does nothing more than show up, rub elbows, air kiss&sip champagne with the contemporary likes of oppressor/institution. Sucking the full on asshole of the exact institution that will glorify&praise the brush stroke of an artist who couldn't so much as tell you the significance of the freedom fighter's name for which is the same as the street she lives on in Brooklyn...
#whitneybiennial #danaschutz #fuckthemall