Whitney Museum Responds to Staff Concerns Re: Vice Chair

An unsurprising, but still disappointing response from Adam Weinberg, Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Jasmine Weber just published a follow-up article on Hyperallergic that publishes in full the letter Weinberg sent to the Whitney staff in response to the letter of concern signed by more than 100 employees regarding Vice Chairman Warren B. Kanders who is the owner of Safariland, a company that provided the tear gas used on migrants at the Mexican/US border (as well as at Ferguson and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests). Whitney Museum Responds to Staff Concerns Re: Vice Chair

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#Repost @brooklynmuseum ・・・ The photographs #WendyRedStar uses in her Crow Peace Delegation series were originally taken by Charles Milton Bell in 1880 when a Crow delegation of six chiefs traveled to Washington D.C. to negotiate the expansion of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Bell is often criticized for not identifying the sitter or even the nation his subjects came from. In the series, Red Star enlivens the figures with red ink annotations which provide more in-depth information about the person's history and the significance of their regalia, educating nonindigenous viewers while also commenting on white Americans’ ignorance of Native American culture. #halfthepicturebkm ⠀ Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke (Crow), born Billings, Montana, 1981). Peelatchiwaaxpáash / Medicine Crow (Raven), 2014, from the series 1880 Crow Peace Delegation. Pigment print on paper, from digitally reproduced and artist-manipulated photograph by C.M. (Charles Milton) Bell, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. #BrooklynMuseum; Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D., TL2018.8.1a–b. © Wendy Red Star. #bkmfeministart⠀#nativeamericanhistory #indigenoushistory #indigenousvoices #ushistory #americanhistory

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The photographs #WendyRedStar uses in her Crow Peace Delegation series were originally taken by Charles Milton Bell in 1880 when a Crow delegation of six chiefs traveled to Washington D.C. to negotiate the expansion of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Bell is often criticized for not identifying the sitter or even the nation his subjects came from. In the series, Red Star enlivens the figures with red ink annotations which provide more in-depth information about the person’s history and the significance of their regalia, educating nonindigenous viewers while also commenting on white Americans’ ignorance of Native American culture. #halfthepicturebkm

Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke (Crow), born Billings, Montana, 1981). Peelatchiwaaxpáash / Medicine Crow (Raven), 2014, from the series 1880 Crow Peace Delegation. Pigment print on paper, from digitally reproduced and artist-manipulated photograph by C.M. (Charles Milton) Bell, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. #BrooklynMuseum; Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D., TL2018.8.1a–b. © Wendy Red Star. #bkmfeministart#nativeamericanhistory #indigenoushistory #indigenousvoices #ushistory #americanhistory