Artist puts #MeToo labels up in the Met

Michelle Hartney's recent performance act of labelling famous art works in the Metropolitan Museum in New York was a strong protest against women being used and abused, a message that the #MeToo movement today stretches back into art history. She quietly placed placards next to paintings of world renown male artists such as Picasso and Gaugain, shedding light on their misogynistic histories. This was a daring, powerful message, calling upon people to become aware of these issues that lie not only in our current day society but have lived with society for a long time, and are embedded in the history of the art world as well. On one placard she quotes author Roxanne Gay's article "Can I Enjoy the Art but Denounce the Artist?" which I believe speaks for itself.


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