A number of US Cultural artists plan art strikes at the occasion of the Trump inauguration. Some have called for a strike on 20 January. A document entitled ‘J20 Art Strike Letter’ has been published for circulation, signed by figures including Richard Serra, Barbara Kruger, and Cindy Sherman and is is addressed to museums, galleries, studios, art schools, and other cultural institutions.
The text says: « This call concerns more than the art field. It is made in solidarity with the nation-wide demand that on January 20 and beyond, business should not proceed as usual in any realm. We consider Art Strike to be one tactic among others to combat the normalization of Trumpism—a toxic mix of white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, militarism, and oligarchic rule. Like any tactic, it is not an end in itself, but rather an intervention that will ramify into the future. It is not a strike against art, theater, or any other cultural form. It is an invitation to motivate these activities anew, to reimagine these spaces as places where resistant forms of thinking, seeing, feeling, and acting can be produced.
We address ourselves to the people who make our cultural institutions run on a daily basis, including many of our own friends and colleagues. Those who work at the institutions are divided in multiple and unequal ways, and any action taken must prioritize the voices, needs and concerns of those with the most to lose. However you choose to respond to this call, Art Strike is an occasion for public accountability, an opportunity to affirm and enact the values that our cultural institutions claim to embody.
The disruptions of J20 are just the beginning. They will resonate with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. and other cities on January 21, and will stand as beacons of ungovernability as the darkness of the Trump era descends upon us. Let us assemble for the protracted battles that have long been underway, and those on the horizon. »
On Sunday 15 January poets plan another strike. At the call of One Hundred Thousand Poets For Change, a nationwide strike of citizen-poets is to be organized: Poets Against Trump. From New York to Los Angeles and New Orleans to Austin, poets will assemble at their respective city halls and other locations to voice their opposition and commitment to struggle.
Though the response to those calls for strike are mixed, the list of planned protest meetings is as long as impressive. More here: https://popularresistance.org/j20-counter-inauguration-protests/