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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.

 

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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

 

Gabriella Price, Assistant , Gavin Brown’s enterprise , New York

 

Gabrielle Giattino, Gallery Owner, Bureau LLC, New York

 

Gabrielle Jenks, Director, Abandon Normal Devices, Manchester, UK

 

Gala Berger , Artist and Co-founder, La Ene , Buenos Aires

 

Gelare Khoshgozaran, artist, writer, co-founding editor of contemptorary, contemptorary, Los Angeles

 

Georgia René-Worms, Artist, Author, Paris

 

Giovanna Zapperi, Art historian, Paris

 

Giulia Gregnanin, Editor, Flash Art, Milano

 

Giulia Mengozzi, Curator, Turin

 

Giulia Tognon, assistant curator, Council, Paris

 

Gloria Maximo, Artist , Queens

 

Gordon Hall, artist, New York, NY

 

Goshka Macuga, Artist, London

 

Grace Schofield, Gallery Owner, Union Pacific, London

 

Greta Hewison, Producer, FLAMIN, London

 

Guy Mannes-Abbott, Writer

 

Gwen Allen, Art historian, San Francisco

 

Géraldine Gourbe, Philosopher and curator, Paris

 

H Lan Thao Lam, Artist, Toronto/New York

 

Haegue Yang, Artist

 

Hannah Hoffman, Gallery Owner, Los Angeles

 

Hannah Perry, Artist, London

 

Hannah Robinson, Gallery Owner, Mary Mary , Glasgow

 

Hannah Whitaker, Artist, New York

 

Harriet Blaise Mitchell, Associate Director, Herald St, London

 

Hayden Dunham, Artist, Los Angeles

 

Heather Funk, Art Shipper, New York

 

Heather Guertin, Artist, New York

 

Heather Hubbs, Director, Non-profit, New York

 

Heather Pesanti, Senior Curator, The Contemporary Austin, Austin

 

Heather Phillipson, Artist, London

 

Helen Nisbet, Curator , Cubitt , London

 

Helen Marten, Artist, London

 

Helena Whittingham , Assistant curator, Freelance, London

 

Henriette Huldisch, Curator, Boston

 

Hilary Crisp-Hudson, Consultant, former Gallery Owner , London

 

Hilary Fagadau, Gallerist, Los Angeles

 

Ilaria Bonacossa, Director/curator, Art Fair, Torino

 

Iliana Fokianaki, State of Concept Athens and Kunsthal Extra City, Greece/Netherlands

 

Iman Issa, Artist

 

Inés Katzenstein, Curator, Professor, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires

 

Irene Aristizabal, Curator/Head of Exhibitions, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

 

Irene Hofmann, Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

Irene Small, Art historian and critic

 

Iris Touliatou, Artist

 

Irma Álvarez-Laviada, Artist, Madrid

 

Irmgard Emmelheinz, Writer, Mexico City

 

Isabella Maidment, Curator , London

 

Isabelle Alfonsi, Gallerist, Marcelle Alix, Paris

 

Isabelle Le Normand, Curator, Los Angeles

 

Isobel Harbison, Writer, London

 

Ivana Bago, Art historian and curator, Duke University, Durham, NC

 

ivy Shapiro , art advisor , Art Agency Partners , New York

 

Jackie Sibblies Drury, Playwright, New York

 

Jaki Irvine , Artist, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin

 

Jamie Sneider, Artist , New York

 

Jana Doell, Art student / educator, Braunschweig