Activists hung signs on a concrete sculpture across from the museum.
This afternoon, April 9, activist and performer Brittany Williams poured water from a bottle onto the floor of Manhattan’s Urban Plaza, across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, in a gesture of healing and acknowledgment of the Lenape land on which the plaza stands. Brandishing a machete, the co-founder of Get This War Dancethen paced slowly towards MoMA’s building on West 53rd Street. Her face was covered with a metal mesh screen, evoking cage wire.
“Strike! It’s time, y’all,” Williams called on passersby in front of the museum. “This place right here represents colonialization, white supremacy, and the reason why our ancestors died. We say no more!”
That was the high point of a protest held today as part of the “Strike MoMA” campaign, organized by a new coalition of activists named the International Imagination of Anti-National Anti-Imperialist Feelings (IIAAF).
About 50 protesters, among them current and former MoMA workers, gathered at the plaza in front of the museum under drizzling rain.