Activists Call for Town Hall to Address Controversy Over Whitney Museum Vice Chair's Ties to Defense Company

Artforum International, January 2, 2019

“Decolonize This Place is calling for continued action against the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The activist group organized a protest at the institution on December 9 after it learned that the vice chair of the Whitney’s board, Warren B. Kanders, is the owner and CEO of the weapons manufacturer Safariland that produced tear gas canisters used on asylum seekers at the US–Mexico border earlier this year.

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The group is currently planning on holding a town hall at 1 PM on January 26, at a location that has yet to be announced, where individuals will be allowed to express grievances and help strategize on how to best confront the museum about its goal of removing Kanders from its board.

Kanders’s ties to the company, first reported by Hyperallergic in November, sparked outrage among the museum’s staff. In response, nearly one hundred employees signed an open letter, which denounced the institution’s failure to address Kanders’s business dealings and urged the Whitney to no longer accept funding from controversial donors.”

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