This Week in Art 10.2-10.8: Artists Create Posters Opposing Trump’s Immigration Ban

Barbara Kruger. Art Against the Immigration ban poster, 2017. Courtesy of the Guggenheim.

Last month the Guggenheim published a blog post about a recent delivery the museum had received: a set of posters denouncing Trump’s most recent travel ban, printed as high-quality archival prints. Nine artists, including Joan Jonas, Barbara Kruger, and Julie Mehretu, created the works as the collective “Artists Against the Immigration Ban,” and the printed posters were mailed unsolicited to 30 leading contemporary art institutions.

Each package came with an introductory letter asking museums to make their own judgements about what to do with the posters. “Artists don’t normally send stuff to museums out of the blue,” a representative for the project told artnet News. “If these get accepted into collections, it means that there’s a record of this time that’s very different from a protest or an exhibition.”

Also this week:

Events & exhibitions

Corning, NY




  • Tuesday, October 3 from 6:30-8pm—Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle will be in conversation with art historian Hannah B Higgins at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Evanston, IL


  • Thursday, October 5 from 6:30-9pm—As part of this year’s Culture Lab Detroit, Edgar Arceneaux will be participating in a panel on “Alternative Facts,” along with Christopher and Dominic Leong, the founders of architect and design studio Leong Leong, and conceptual entrepreneur Martine Syms. The panel will be moderated by the president of the Wright Museum of African American History, Juanita Moore.
  • Friday, October 6 from 6:30-9pm—Mel Chin is also participating in a Culture Lab Detroit panel, alongside critic Hilton Als, and artist and writer Coco Fusco. The panel will be moderated by United States Artists president Deana Haggag and tackle the topic “The Lie that Tells the Truth.” Both panels are free to attend but require advance registration via Eventbrite.

Billings, MT

  • Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30pm—Andrea Zittel will be giving a lecture at Rocky Mountain College. Entitled “How to Live,” the talk is free and open to the public.

Boulder, CO

  • Boulder Creative Collective’s fall exhibition Art for Social Change features a new work by Mary Mattingly. Currently participating in The Boulder Office of Arts and Culture’s “Experiments in Public Art Program,” Mattingly is presenting her new project Everything At Once, and the exhibition will be on view through October 27.

Santa Fe

San Francisco

  • On Saturday, the For-Site Foundation is opening a new exhibition entitled SanctuaryFeaturing 36 wool prayer rugs handmade by master weavers in Lahore, Pakistan, each of the rug’s designs were commissioned from 36 artists from 22 countries, including Ai Weiwei, Diana Al-Hadid and Alfredo Jaar. On view through March 11, 2018 at Fort Mason Chapel.

Carmel, CA

  • Saturday, October 7 at 7:30pm—This year’s Philip Glass Days and Nights Festival includes “An Evening with Laurie Anderson,” in which the artist will perform at the Golden Bough Theatre.

Los Angeles



  • Doris Salcedo’s latest work is opening on Saturday at the Palacio de Cristal. The new water-based installation piece, entitled Palimpsesto, is a memorial honoring drowned migrants. The Reina Sofía is also hosting a conversation between the artist and historian Estrella de Diego as part of the opening on Friday. Palimpsesto will be on view through April 1, 2018.


Høvikodden, Norway