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Ongoing List of Arts Institutions to Close for Inauguration Day Culture Strike

In protest of the normalization of a Donald Trump presidency, various arts institutions, artists, and critics are planning to participate in a culture strike on inauguration day, January 20. Billed as an “act of non-compliance,” the J20 Art Strike urges museums, galleries, theaters, concert halls, studios, nonprofits, and art schools to take a stand against hate and intolerance.

The following is a running list of institutions and organizations that will close or present special programming.


47 Canal
Accola Griefen Gallery
Alexander & Bonin
Alexander Gray
Andrew Kreps
Black Ball Projects
Blank Forms
Blum & Poe
bitforms gallery
Burning in Water
The Carpenter Center, Harvard University
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Cheim & Reid
College Art Association
David & Schweitzer
Dillon + Lee
DM Contemporary
Essex Street
Francis M. Naumann Fine Art
First Street Gallery
Fresh Window
Foxy Productions
Garth Greenan
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
The Hole
Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project
Joan, Los Angeles
The Kitchen
Light Industry
Lisson Gallery
Lyles & King
Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery NY
Miguel Abreu
Minus Space
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
No Longer Empty
Pen + Brush
The Phillips Collection
Present Company
Primary Information
Printed Matter
Queens Museum
Radiator Gallery
Salon 94
Sean Kelly Gallery
Secret Dungeon Project
Smack Mellon
Station Independent Projects
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
Steven Kasher Gallery
Thomas Erben Gallery
Triple Canopy
Victori + Mo
Viridian Artists
White Columns

Pay What You Wish or Free Admission:

El Museo del Barrio, New York
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of the Moving Image, New York
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
The New Museum, New York
Rhode Island School of Design Museum
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Institutional Activities:

Bard Graduate Center will stage readings from the United States Constitution.

Outsider Art Fair, New York, will invite attendees to read speeches, interviews, and quotes by former President Barack Obama.

The Brooklyn Museum will present a marathon reading of Langston Hughes’s 1935 poem “Let America Be America Again.”

While the Queens Museum, New York, will close its galleries, the building will be open for “Sign of the Times,” which provides visitors with space and materials to make posters, buttons, signs, and banners that they can use in marches or for other actions.

The Museum of the Moving Image in New York will offer a free screening of the movie “Loving,” about Richard and Mildred Loving who took their fight against laws banning interracial marriage to the Supreme Court.

National Sawdust in Brooklyn is organizing “The Hillary Speeches,” which will screen the speech Clinton delivered when she first announced her presidential run on January 7, 2007, and her concession speech from November 9, 2017. Live music will be performed by several classical musicians and Broadway performers.

At MoMA PS1, artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, creators of the first artist-run political action committee (PAC), For Freedoms, will begin their residency which will run through the first one hundred days of Trump’s presidency.

The Baltimore Museum of Art is hosting a nonpartisan event with readings, tours and performances.

The Rubin Museum is hosting a meditation and yoga workshop called “Swear In, Breathe Out.”

Petzel Gallery in New York is presenting a public roundtable hosted by Justin Caguiat of the Manila Institute, which will initiate a dialogue about “naming our systems of oppression, and against the fixed resolution of authority, and what this looks like to young artists today.”

On Friday, January 27, Blum & Poe in Los Angeles is presenting a night of poetry. Will Alexander, Tisa Bryant, and Robin Coste Lewis will read new works of poetry, followed by a piano performance by Donal Fox. There is a suggested $10 donation to attend and all proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood.

The Whitney Museum in New York is offering free programming, including guided tours of “My America”; a speak out convened by the artist collective Occupy Museums; and open discussions moderated by artists, critics, and Whitney staff.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts will offer a free “Nasty Women” tour on Saturday, January 21, coinciding with the Women’s March on Washington DC.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, will host “School Night: Self-Care as Warfare” on January 24. The event invites artists and activists to participate in a discussion on wellness techniques one can use throughout Trump’s presidency.