Lafayette Square Transformed Into Fulcrum of Protest Art
WASHINGTON – Days after the Trump administration’s use of smoke bombs and pepper spray to push demonstrators from Lafayette Park near the White House so that the entire area could be sealed off with a temporary iron fence, the barrier itself has become a statement.
You can call it the fulcrum of protest art — expressions of rage and heartbreak in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers — left behind long after many of the protestors moved on.
Captured here are some of those images. On Wednesday, much of the temporary barrier was being taken down. Word is that both the Washington, D.C. government and several museums in the Smithsonian network have expressed an interest in preserving it, but for now volunteers on the scene are working to gather up the items to keep them safe.
In The News
WASHINGTON - Days after the Trump administration's use of smoke bombs and pepper spray to push demonstrators from Lafayette Park near the White House so that the entire area could be sealed off with a temporary iron fence, the barrier itself has become a statement. You... Read More
WASHINGTON - Eagles founder and co-songwriter Don Henley urged a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday to stand by the side of artists he contends have been catastrophically harmed by a safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. When it was passed in 1998, the DMCA... Read More
LOS ANGELES — To venture out in Southern California during the COVID-19 pandemic is to encounter a landscape dressed in an unfamiliar coat. Freeways bear unimaginably light traffic. Playgrounds are wrapped in caution tape. The simple act of picking up a loaf of bread at the... Read More
The White House has banned government agencies from funding educational and cultural exchanges with Cuban, Syrian, Russian and North Korean government entities and officials as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to halt people trafficking in those countries, according to a memorandum sent to the State... Read More
While working at Random House in 1970s, Toni Morrison was known as “the black editor” for her commitment to publishing books about the African-American experience. One of her best sellers was “The Black Book.” Documenting nearly 200 years of history, its content was as stark as... Read More