We’ll Stay Silent No More

November 4, 2017


More than 150 artists, directors, and curators, have written a letter denouncing sexual harassment and intimidation in the art world. The letter comes in the wake of the resignation of Artforum co-publisher Knight Landesman, hours after a lawsuit was filed in New York accusing him of sexual harassment. As always, MEANS stands with the Voices.



We are gallerists, artists, writers, editors, curators, directors, arts administrators, assistants, and interns – workers of the art world – and we have been groped, undermined, harassed, infantilised, scorned, threatened, and intimidated by those in positions of power who control access to resources and opportunities. We have held our tongues, threatened by power wielded over us and promises of institutional access and career advancement.


We are not surprised when curators offer exhibitions or support in exchange for sexual favours. We are not surprised when gallerists romanticise, minimise, and hide sexually abusive behaviour by artists they represent. We are not surprised when a meeting with a collector or a potential patron becomes a sexual proposition. We are not surprised when we are retaliated against for not complying. Abuse of power comes as no surprise.


This letter stems from a group discussion about sexual harassment within our field, following the recent allegations about Knight Landesman’s behaviour. The conversation has branched out internationally to include artists, writers, editors, curators, directors, assistants, interns, and those with positions within institutions. Harder work to advance equity is often expected of and performed by women of colour, trans, and gender nonconforming people. Our efficacy relies on taking this intersection very seriously and not excluding other corroborating factors that contribute to bias, exclusion, and abuse. These additional factors include, but are not limited to, gender identity, ability, religion, class, and immigration status. There is an urgent need to share our accounts of widespread sexism, unequal and inappropriate treatment, harassment and sexual misconduct, which we experience regularly, broadly, and acutely.


Many institutions and individuals with power in the art world espouse the rhetoric of feminism and equity in theory, often financially benefiting from these flimsy claims of progressive politics, while preserving oppressive and harmful sexist norms in practice. Those in power ignore, excuse, or commit everyday instances of harassment and degradation, creating an environment of acceptance of and complicity in many more serious, illegal abuses of power.


The resignation of one publisher from one high-profile magazine does not solve the larger, more insidious problem: an art world that upholds inherited power structures at the cost of ethical behaviour. Similar abuses occur frequently and internationally on a large scale within this industry. We have been silenced, ostracised, pathologized, dismissed as “overreacting”, and threatened when we have tried to expose sexually and emotionally abusive behaviour.


We will be silenced no longer.


We will denounce those who would continue to exploit, silence, and dismiss us. Your actions will no longer be a secret, whispered among us for fear of ostracisation, professional shunning, and recrimination. Where we see the abuse of power, we resolve to speak out, to demand that institutions and individuals address our concerns seriously, and to bring these incidents to light regardless of the perpetrator’s gender.


We will no longer ignore the condescending remarks, the wayward hands on our bodies, the threats and intimidations thinly veiled as flirtation, or the silence from ambitious colleagues. We will not tolerate being shamed or disbelieved, and we will not tolerate the recrimination that comes with speaking out. We will not join “task forces” to solve a problem that is perpetrated upon us.


We, the undersigned – those who have experienced abuse and those standing in solidarity with them – call upon art institutions, boards, and peers to consider their role in the perpetuation of different levels of sexual inequity and abuse, and how they plan to handle these issues in the future.


We are too many, now, to be silenced or ignored.


With all we have experienced and witnessed, this letter should come as no surprise.


Following are some of the signatories. A full list is available at notsurprised.org.


A.L. Steiner, artist


Abigail Browde, theater artist, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Brooklyn


Abigail Child, filmaker


Abigail Toll, Artist assistant and writer, Berlin


Ad Minoliti, artist, Buenos Aires


Ada Potter, Artist & curator, New York City


Addie Wagenknecht, artist, NYC


Adele Eisenstein, curator, New York


Adi Gura, Gallery Director, BRAVERMAN Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel


Adriana Ramić, Artist, New York


Adriana Zavala, PhD, Curator and Art Historian


Adrianne Rubenstein, artist, New York


Agar Ledo, Curator, MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea, Vigo


Agnieszka Polska, Artist, Warsaw / Berlin


Agustina Ferreyra, Gallery Owner, Galería Agustina Ferreyra, Mexico City


Aileen Murphy, Artist


Aily Nash, Curator, New York


Aimee Friberg, Owner, CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, San Francisco


Alanna Lockward, Founding Director of Art Labour Archives, Berlin and Santo Domingo


Alessandra Saviotti, Curator


Alex Goldberg, Artist , Self , New York


Alex Mawimbi (formerly Ato Malinda), artist, Rotterdam


Alexandra Baudelot, Co-Director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris


Alexandra Giniger, Director, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York


Alexandra Schwartz, Art history faculty and independent curator, School of Visual Arts, New York


Alexandra Tatarsky, Writer & Performer, NY


Alexine Chanel , Artist, Weissensee Hochkunstschule, Berlin


Alexis Johnson, Gallery Director


Alhena Katsof, Curator , New York


Alia Farid, Artist


Alice Conconi, Gallery Director, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York


Alice Rawsthorn, Chair and trustee, London


Alice Tippit, Artist, Chicago


Aline Bouvy , Artist, Brussels


Alison Coplan, Curator, New York


Alison Dillulio, Studio Manager


Alison Fox, Artist


Alissa Bennett, Writer, New York


Alissa McKendrick, Artist, New York


Alix Dana, Director, Independent, New York


Aliza Nisenbaum, Artist, Professor, Columbia University, NYC


Allison Card, Gallery Partner, New York


Allison Weisberg, Executive Director & Founder, Recess, Brooklyn


Alyson Shotz, Artist, New York


Amalia Pica, Artist, London


Amanda Ross-Ho, Artist, Los Angeles


Amelia Jones, Professor, USC, Los Angeles


Amy Zion, curator and writer, New York


Amy Balkin, Artist, San Francisco


Amy Whitaker, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts Administration, NYU Steinhardt, New York


Amy Wolf, Private art dealer, New York


Ana Castella, Gallerist, josegarcia ,mx, Mexico City


Ana Gallado, artista, argentina


Ana Janevski, Curator, Museum of Modern Art, New York


Anastasia James , Curator , New York


Andrea Belag, Artist, studio, New York


Andrea Crespo, Artist, New York


Andrea Giunta, Writer and professor, Buenos Aires University, Buenos Aires


Andrea Longacre-White, Artist, Los Angeles


Andrea Scott, writer, New York City


Andrea Valdés, Writer, Barcelona


Andrianna Campbell, Art Historian, CUNY Graduate Center , New York


Angela Dimitrakaki , Writer


Angelina Volk, Gallery owner, Emalin, London


Angie Keefer, Artist


Anicka Yi, Artist, New York


Ann Greene Kelly, Artist, Los Angeles


Anna Daneri, curator, Genova


Anna Craycroft, artist, NYC


Anna Goetz, Curator, Frankfurt am Main / Mexico-City


Annabeth Marks, Artist, New York


Anne Dressen, Curator, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris


Anne Ellegood, Curator


Anne Washburn, Playwright, New York


Annette Lemieux, Artist, Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge


Annie Godfrey Larmon, Writer and Editor


Antonia Alampi, Curator, SAVVY Contemporary, Extra City, Berlin


Antonia Hirsch, artist, Berlin


Antonia Majaca, Curator, Berlin


Anuradha Vikram, Artistic Director, 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles


April Gornik, Artist, 61 Fresh Pond Rd, Sag Harbor, NY 11963


Apsara DiQuinzio, Curator, BAMPFA


Ashton Cooper, writer, curator, and gallery worker


Aslihan Demirtas, Architect, artist, writer, teacher, Istanbul


Astrid Mania, Professor for art history / art critic, Berlin


Attilia Fattori Franchini, Curator, London


Aude Pariset, Artist, Berlin


Ava Ansari, Artist, Curator, Poetic Societies, The Arab American National Museum, Detroit


Avery Singer, Artist, New York, NY


Aya Ogawa, Theatre artist, Brooklyn


B. Ingrid Olson , Artist


Banu Cennetoglu, artist, Istanbul


Barb Choit, artist


Barbara Bloemink, Former art museum director, Smithsonian national design museum, cooper-hewitt, New york


Barbara Gladstone, Gallerist, Gladstonegallery, New York


Barbara Sirieix, Independent curator, Paris


Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Artist, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Becca Albee, Artist, New York


Becky Kinder, Artist, New York


benedicte Gyldenstierne sehested, Artist


Beth B, Artist, Filmmaker , B Productions, New Jersy


Beth Fiore, Art Advisor & Curator, Fiore Art Advisory , New York City


Beverly Fishman, Artist, Head of PAinting, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills


Bharti Kher, Artist, Delhi


Bianca Schreiber, Program Coordinator, BAU Institute, New York, NY


Biljana Ciric, independent curator, Shanghai and Belgrade


Binna Choi, Director, Casco, Utrecht


Birgit Rathsmann, Artist, Animator, Brooklyn, NY


Bouchra Khalili, Artist, Berlin


Brandy Carstens, Director, New York


Bridget Donahue, Gallery Owner, New York


Bridget Finn, Co-founder, Cleopatra’s, New York


Brigitte Neufeldt, Media Artist, Germany , Monakam


Britta Thie, visual artist, performer, Berlin


Brittany Nelson, Artist, Richmond, VA


Brittni Collins, Arts Administrator , Creative Capital, New York City


Brittni Collins, Arts Administrator , NYC


Caitlin Keogh, Artist


Cajsa von Zeipel , artist, New York City


Candice Breitz, Artist, Berlin


Cara Benedetto, Artist


Caragh Thuring , Artist, London


Carin Kuoni, Director/Curator, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York


Carissa Rodriguez, Artist, New York


Carla Acevedo-Yates, Curator, MSU Broad, Lansing, Michigan


Carla Chammas, advisor, New York City


Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York


Carol Bove, Artist, Brooklyn


Carolina Caycedo, Artist, Los Angeles


Caroline Mesquita, Artist, Paris / Brittany


Carolyn Lazard, Artist


Carolyn Schoerner, Artist book publisher/bookkeeper, Previously White Columns, now Books for All, New York


Carrie Yamaoka, Artist, New York


Casey O’Connell, Freelance , Glasgow


Cassie Griffin, artist, new york


Cassils Cassils, Artist, Los Angeles


Catalina Lozano, curator and writer, Mexico City


Caterina Riva, Curator, Singapore


Catherine Taft, Curator and writer , Los Angeles


Catherine Wood, Senior Curator, Tate Modern, London


Ceci Moss, Director , Gas , Los Angeles, CA


Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Independent curator, Los Angeles


Cecilia Dan, Advisor, Cecilia Dan Fine Art, Los Angeles


Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Curator, Los Angeles


Cecilia Vicuna, artist, self employed, New York


Celia Hempton, Artist, London


Celine Kopp, Director, Triangle France, Marseille


Charlotte Walters, Associate Fair Director , New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) , New York


Charlotte Brathwaite, Director, New York


Charlotte Prodger, Artist , Glasgow


Chelsea Haines, Doctoral candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY


Chiara Repetto, Art dealer, kaufmann repetto, Milano and New York


Chitra Ganesh, Visual artist, NYC


Chloé Rossetti, Artist and Writer, New York


Christa Blatchford, CEO/ Artist, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York


Christabel Stewart, Art Editor, curator, ex-Gallerist, Art Review, London


Christina Dimitriadis, Artist, Berlin


Christina Mackie, artist, London


Christine Messineo, Gallerist, Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles


christine Rebet, Artist , Ny


Christine Zehner, Art advisor, Various, New York


Christy Matson, Artist, Los Angeles


Chus Martínez, Curator


Cindy Sherman, Artist, New York


Claire Le Restif, Director, Le Crédac , Ivry-sur-Seine


Claire Tancons, curator, New Orleans


Claire Barliant, Writer, Cambridge, MA


Claireban Coffey, Studio Manager, New York


Clare Quinlan, Former development professional, Dia and the New Museum, New York City


Claude Adjil, Curator, London


Claudia Altman-Siegel, Gallerist, Altman Siegel, San Francisco


Claudia Peña Salinas, Artist/Art Preparator, Guggenheim, New York


Claudine Elysee, Gallery assistant, New York City


Clemence White, Curatorial Assistant


Coco Fusco, artist/professor, University of Florida, Gainesville


Coco Young , Artist, New york


Colleen Grennan, Gallery Director , Los Angeles


Connie Butler, Curator, Los Angeles


Constance DeJong, artist, writer


Constance Penley, Professor, University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California


Courtney Willis Blair, Artist Liaison, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York


Cristiana Tejo, Independent Curator, Lisbon/Recife


Cristina Tufino, Artist , New York


Cécile B. Evans, Artist, London


Dai Skuse, Associate Professor, University of Guelph, Gueph, Ontario Canada


Dana Kopel, Editor, curator, writer, New Museum, New York


Danai Anesiadou, Artist


Danielle Dean, Artist, Detroit/Amsterdam


Danijela Dugandzic, Directress at Association for Culture and Art CRVENA and Curator at Red Mined Feminist Curatorial Collective, Sarajevo


Davina Semo, Artist


Deborah Kass, artists, Brooklyn NY


Deborah Schamoni, Gallerist, Munich


Delaney Martin, Artistic Director, New Orleans and Los Angeles


Dena Yago, Artist, Los Angeles


Devika Daulet-Singj, Gallery Owner , Photoink, New Delhi


Diana Betancourt, Curator , Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka


Dianna Molzan, Artist, Los Angeles


Dina Deitsch, Gallery Director, Tufts University Art Galleries, Boston and Medford


Dina Weiss, Artist, Professor, and Assistant Chair, Pratt Institute , New York


Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Artist, Paris


Dora Budor, Artist, New York


Doreen Mende, Curator, writer and theorist, Berlin/Geneva


Dorothée Dupuis, Director and Founder, Terremoto Magazine, Mexico City


Drae Campbell, actor, self employed, Brooklyn, NY


Débora Delmar, artist, London


Débora Delmar, Artist, Mexico City/ London


Elana Rubinfeld, Advisor , Los Angeles


Eleanor Cayre, Art advisor, Cayre Art Group , NYC


Elena Filipovic, Director/Curator, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel


Elena Tavecchia, Studio manager and curator, New York


Eleonora Oreggia, Artist, Queen Mary University of London, London


Elisabeth Sherman , curator, New York


Elisabeth Lebovici, Art critic, Paris


Elisabeth McAvoy, former Artforum staff member


Elise Lammer, Curator, Rome, Italy


Eliza Ryan, Curator and Producer, New York


Elizabeth Jaeger, Artist, book publisher , New York


Elizabeth Jaeger, Artist, New York


Ella Dawn McGeough, Artist, Toronto


Ellen Freed, Artist, London


Ellie Rines, Gallery Owner, 56 Henry, New York


Eloise Hawser, Artist, London, London


Els Silvrants-Barclay, Co-Director of Netwerk, Aalst


Elvia Wilk, Writer, New York


Elvira Dyangani Ose, Lecturer / Curator, Goldsmiths / Creative Time, London / New York


Elyse Derosia, Gallery Owner, Bodega, New York


Emilie Villez, Director, Kadist , Paris


Emily Guzman Sufrin, Former curatorial assistant


Emily Hunt, Poet & Arts Professional


Emily Mae Smith, Artist, self , Brooklyn


Emily Segal , Artist and Writer , Berlin / New York


Emily Shanahan, Artist, New York


Emma Astner, Gallery Owner, Koppe Astner, Glasgow


Emma Fernberger, Director of Artist/City, Bortolami, New York


Emma Hedditch, Artist, New York


Erica Baum, Artist, Studio, New York


Erika Anderson, Gallery Assistant, New york


Erika Balsom, Writer , London


Erin Leland, Artist, New York


Erin Somerville, Curator, White Columns, New York


Erin Goldberger, Director and owner, Half Gallery, New Release Gallery, New York City


Erin McMonagle, Events, New York


Erin Rommel, Designer


Erin Shirreff, Artist, New York


Eriola Pira, Curator, NARS Foundation, New York


Erëmirë Krasniqi, Researcher/ Curator, Kosovo Oral History Initiative, Pristina


Eungie Joo, Curator


Eva Barois de Caevel, Curator, Paris


Eva Franch , Architect / Curator and Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York


Eva Scharrer, curator, writer, editor, Berlin


Eva Thorne , Graphic designer, Kellenberger-White , London


Eva Ursprung, artist, puchstrasse 41, graz


Fabienne Audeoud, artist, Paris


Fabienne Lasserre, Artist


Fadwa Naamna, Curator, Amsterdam


Fanny Singer, Arts writer / editor, Freelance / The Wall Street Journal Magazine, London


Fawz Kabra, Curator


Fernanda Pitta, curator, Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo


Filipa César, Artist and filmmaker, Berlin


Filipa Ramos, Editor and writer, art agenda, London


Finola Jones, Gallery owner/Director, mother’s tankstation, Dublin


Fiona Bate, Gallery Owner, SANDY BROWN, Berlin


Flaka Haliti, Artist, Munich


Flame *, Artists, Berlin


Fleur Breteau, Writer, Paris


Florence Derieux, Director of Exhibitions, Hauser & Wirth, New York


Florencia Portocarrero , Curator , Bisagra , Berlin


Francesca Astesani, Founder and Director, South into North, Copenhagen


Francesca Boenzi, Gallery Manager / Producer


Francesca Gavin, Curator, Freelance, London


Furen Dai, Artist


Gabriella Boyd, Artist, London