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Posted: February 16, 2017

Museum removes artwork produced by immigrants as protest

Davis Museum at Wellesley College Assistant Preparator Craig Uram, left, and Curatorial Assistant Alicia LaTores, right, cover the painting Friends in a Storm Approaching, 1875-1876, by Scottish-born artist James McDougal Hart, with a black shroud at the museum, in Wellesley, Mass., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. To protest President Donald Trump's recent travel ban artworks by immigrants, or artworks given to the museum by immigrants, are to be covered with shrouds or de-installed from Thursday through Tuesday Feb. 21 to call attention to contributions that immigrants have made to culture. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Davis Museum at Wellesley College Assistant Preparator Craig Uram, left, and Curatorial Assistant Alicia LaTores, right, cover the painting Friends in a Storm Approaching, 1875-1876, by Scottish-born artist James McDougal Hart, with a black shroud at the museum, in Wellesley, Mass., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. To protest President Donald Trump's recent travel ban artworks by immigrants, or artworks given to the museum by immigrants, are to be covered with shrouds or de-installed from Thursday through Tuesday Feb. 21 to call attention to contributions that immigrants have made to culture. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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            Museum removes artwork produced by immigrants as protest
Davis Museum at Wellesley College Assistant Preparator Craig Uram, top, Curatorial Assistant Alicia LaTores, right, and Associate Director Tsugumi Joiner, below, cover the painting Friends in a Storm Approaching, 1875-1876, by Scottish-born artist James McDougal Hart, with a black shroud at the museum, in Wellesley, Mass., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. To protest President Donald Trump's recent travel ban, artworks by immigrants, or artworks given to the museum by immigrants, are to be covered with shrouds or de-installed from Thursday through Tuesday Feb. 21, to call attention to contributions that immigrants have made to culture.

            Museum removes artwork produced by immigrants as protest
Tsugumi Joiner, associate director of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, walks past the shroud-covered painting, 'Friends in a Storm Approaching,' left, by Scottish-born artist James McDougal Hart, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the museum in Wellesley, Mass. To protest President Donald Trump's recent travel ban, artworks by immigrants, or artworks given to the museum by immigrants, will be covered or de-installed through Tuesday to call attention to contributions that immigrants have made to culture.

            Museum removes artwork produced by immigrants as protest
Davis Museum at Wellesley College Associate Director Tsugumi Joiner, hands only, places a placard near the shroud-covered painting Friends in a Storm Approaching, 1875-1876, by Scottish-born artist James McDougal Hart, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the museum, in Wellesley, Mass. To protest President Donald Trump's recent travel ban artworks by immigrants, or artworks given to the museum by immigrants, are to be covered with shrouds or de-installed from Thursday through Tuesday Feb. 21, to call attention to contributions that immigrants have made to culture.

            Museum removes artwork produced by immigrants as protest
In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 photo, Wellesley College students Hannah Augst, of Richmond, Va., left, and Somé Louis, of Charlottesville, Va., right, use a black shroud to cover a display case containing donated African art objects at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Mass. To protest President Donald Trump's recent travel ban artworks by immigrants, or artworks given to the museum by immigrants, are to be covered with shrouds or de-installed from Thursday through Tuesday Feb. 21, to call attention to contributions that immigrants have made to culture.

            Museum removes artwork produced by immigrants as protest
In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 photo Wellesley College students Hannah Augst, of Richmond, Va., hands only center, and Somé Louis, of Charlottesville, Va., place a placard on a shroud-covered display case containing donated African art objects at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Mass. To protest President Donald Trump's recent travel ban artworks by immigrants, or artworks given to the museum by immigrants, are to be covered with shrouds or de-installed from Thursday through Tuesday Feb. 21 to call attention to contributions that immigrants have made to culture.

The Associated Press

WELLESLEY, Mass. —

A museum at a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts has removed or covered dozens of artwork produced by immigrant artists or donated by foreign-born collectors to illustrate their contribution to the cultural wealth of the United States.

The Art-Less project has effectively removed or shrouded 120 works of art, or about 20 percent of artwork on display in the galleries at Wellesley College's Davis Museum.

Museum Director Lisa Fischman says the Art-Less project illustrates the kind of loss that we would feel without the gifts of immigrant artists and immigrant collectors.

Museum visitor Audrey Stevens says the project is also a protest that sends a message that contribution from immigrants has made the U.S. the desirable nation it is today.


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