Abortion rights protesters coated themselves in pretend blood and staged a “die-in” exterior the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Thursday afternoon, leading to three arrests for felony vandalism. Activists chained themselves to the cast-iron lampposts of Chris Burden’s out of doors sculpture set up “Urban Light” (2008) and populated the premises with physique luggage and garments hangers, drawing consideration to lives threatened by the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.
The motion included members of Vets Rise 4 Roe in addition to RiseUp 4 Abortion Rights, a brand new reproductive rights activism group that has been criticized for its ties to fringe political theorist Bob Avakian of the RevCom Party, typically described as a cult.
About two dozen protesters gathered at LACMA’s Wilshire Boulevard entrance on July 28 and shortly shut down site visitors on either side of the road, in line with a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) launch reviewed by Hyperallergic. The demonstration featured a performance reenacting the dying of Connecticut girl Gerri Santoro from an unlawful botched abortion in 1964. Two artists, Victoria Eggers and Lavi Bourne, have been arrested together with one other activist named Sean for the alleged vandalism triggered to Burden’s piece.
“I am putting my body on the line here today as a call to action because we cannot sit idly by as we are robbed of our freedom, rights, and futures,” Bourne introduced to a crowd of onlookers. “No business as usual when you take away our rights.”
“This is not a protest against LACMA, but a call to the arts community, and to all of society: Silence is compliance,” Eggers mentioned as LAPD officers positioned her in handcuffs.
Police declare that the injury to the museum’s personal property triggered them to reply and challenge a dispersal order, however members of RiseUp countered that the set up is commonly populated with pedestrians and native skate boarders. In a press release to Hyperallergic, a LACMA spokesperson mentioned, “A protest was held in front of Urban Light on July 28, and red dye was splashed on some lamp posts and the concrete around the work. Repairs to the damaged portions will be required. Urban Light reopened by 7 pm that same night.”
“Urban Light,” one among Burden’s most iconic works, consists of restored avenue lamps from the 1920s and ‘30s that are actually solar-powered. According to the late artist, the piece represents a classy metropolis that’s “safe after dark and beautiful to behold.”
In an interview with Hyperallergic, Eggers, who can be a United States Army veteran, countered police claims and detailed how Burden’s legacy served as inspiration for nonviolent protest.
“Our intention was never to destroy the art but to have it as a staged background,” she mentioned. “Even while we were chained to the poles, we made sure not to rub the chains against them or cause any damage to the art piece. We just wanted to bring attention to Burden’s role as a radical performance artist himself. I actually created the fake blood from washable kids paint, and it was so diluted that our clothes turned pink, not red.”
Eggers additionally mentioned that she and the opposite protesters have been launched Friday morning after a RiseUp member posted their bail.
Founded in January of this yr, RiseUp is an affiliate group of the Revolutionary Communist Party calling for a “mass, sustained, nonviolent protest to demand the federal government restore legal nationwide abortion,” per its web site. But the group has been extremely criticized in latest months, with some activists accusing it of diverting cash from and exploiting social justice actions. In a statement, the collective NYC For Abortion Rights described RiseUp’s techniques, corresponding to together with pink paint and coat hangers of their protests, as contributing to “the extremely harmful idea that abortion is a violent procedure and safe self-managed abortion is not possible.”
In a response on its website, RiseUp denied the allegations of monetary transgressions: “Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights has never used any funds it has raised for any purposes other than exactly what the funds were raised for. Our lawyer has sent a letter to those who have accused us of financial wrongdoing instructing them to cease and desist in spreading these blatantly untrue, baseless, extremely dangerous allegations.”