MAMOSA Report — In cities around America, thousands of construction companies, restaurants and other businesses are bracing for “A Day Without Immigrants,” a combination boycott/strike that highlights the contributions of immigrants to U.S. business and culture.
The movement is a response to President Trump’s immigration agenda, which includes a pledge to seal the U.S. border with Mexico and a travel ban on citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries (which is now on hold).
Some businesses are closing for the day; others are staying open and pledging to contribute a share of the day’s proceeds to nonprofits that aid Latino communities.
In Massachusetts starting today and lasting through President’s Day weekend, all work created or donated by immigrants will no longer be displayed by The Davis Museum at Wellesley College. The museum is observing the “Day Without Immigrants” in its unique way.
Instead, curators will drape black cloth over cases, and line the walls with labels that say “Created by an immigrant,” CNN reports.
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.
The museum says approximately 20 percent of the work in its permanent galleries were either created or donated by immigrants.