Now the Museum of Modern Art — which in past decades has cultivated a
templelike detachment — is making its voice heard as well. In one of the
strongest protests yet by a major cultural institution, the museum has
reconfigured its fifth-floor permanent-collection galleries —
interrupting its narrative of Western Modernism, from Cézanne through
World War II — to showcase contemporary art from Iran, Iraq and Sudan,
whose citizens are subject to the ban.
This work is by an artist from a nation whose citizens are being denied
entry into the United States, according to a presidential executive
order issued on January 27, 2017. This is one of several such artworks
from the Museum’s collection installed throughout the fifth-floor
galleries to affirm the ideals of welcome and freedom as vital to this
Museum, as they are to the United States.