– Museum removes every piece of art created by immigrants

February 16, 2017

Story highlights

  • Approximately 120 works of art will either be taken down or covered
  • They account for 20 percent of the work in the museum’s permanent galleries

Instead, curators will drape black cloth over cases, and line the walls with labels that say “Created by an immigrant.”

They are calling the initiative: “Art-Less.” And it’s meant to highlight immigrants’ impact, even in the world of art.

“We have removed or cloaked these works to demonstrate symbolically what the Davis Museum would look like without their contributions to our collections and to Wellesley College, and to thereby honor their many invaluable gifts,” the museum said.
The permanent galleries at the Davis Museum show the impact of removing immigrant art.

One of the main works missing is the portrait of George Washington.

Not only was the painting created by Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller, an immigrant who came to the US in the 1790s, but the work was also donated to the Davis Museum by an immigrant family.

Black cloth covers art that was given by an immigrant to the Davis Museum.

The museum says approximately 20 percent of the work in its permanent galleries were either created or donated by immigrants.

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