Anti-Gentrification Activists Protest Laura Owens Exhibition at the Whitney Museum

Via Hyperallergic (Nov. 10, 2017): 

““Laura Owens, Gavin Brown, our hoods unite to take you down! Leave our hoods and do what’s right: Give your keys to Boyle Heights!” So went the chant intoned by activists in the galleries of the Whitney Museum and at its main entrance during Wednesday night’s VIP opening for the institution’s Laura Owens survey show.

“The activists, from a coalition of anti-gentrification groups in New York City and Los Angeles, were there to remind attendees at the soirée that Owens and her dealer, Gavin Brown, were at the forefront of the influx of galleries into LA’s Boyle Heights neighborhood with their space 356 Mission. Brown’s New York locations, in Chinatown and Harlem, have set off similar allegations of artwashing the gentrification of diverse and predominantly working-class neighborhoods.”

The report by Benjamin Sutton includes an interview with members of the Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement (BHAAAD). Continue reading at the link below.