In Protest, Art Museum Removes All Works Created By Immigrants

The Wellesley College Davis Museum put its own spin on “A Day Without Immigrants” by removing all of the artwork created or donated by immigrants.

A museum’s walls are practically bare after removing and covering all of the artwork produced by immigrants or donated by foreign collectors.

On Thursday, many businesses, schools, and other entities participated in the “A Day Without Immigrants” action to illustrate how vital immigrants are in all aspects of American society.

Wellesley College’s Davis Museum in Massachusetts executed their own version of the demonstration with the Art-Less Project, which involved removing 120 works of art that had been on display in its galleries, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

"We have removed or cloaked these works to demonstrate symbolically what the Davis Museum would look like without [immigrants’] contributions to our collections and to Wellesley College, and to thereby honor their many invaluable gifts," the museum said, according to CNN.

The museum intends to keep the pieces out through Tuesday, Feb. 21. In place of the missing work are labels that read, “Created by an immigrant.”

Ironically, one of the pieces is a portrait of George Washington, which was painted by Swedish artist Adolf Ulrik Wertmuller — who came to the United States in the 1790s — and was donated to the Davis Museum by an immigrant family.

The museum noted that about 20 percent of the work displayed in its permanent galleries was created or donated by immigrants.

The masterpieces that were removed from the gallery symbolize that without immigrants, so much beauty and talent would be lost. 

Banner/Thumbnail Photo Credit: Flickr, Soe Lin

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