Art has always been a medium of political protest. The Donald Trump inauguration is no exception, but in this case art protests have shown up both in opposition and support of the new president.
In opposition, actor turned performance artist Shia LaBeouf, best known for having starred in some of the “Transformers” movies, has set up a live streaming camera at the Museum of the Moving Image. The camera will be on for the next four years 24/7 (or eight if President Trump is reelected). Passersby are invited to stand before the camera and say, “He will not divide us.” “He,” of course, is President Obama. The tone can be despairing, angry, or even optimistic. No word is available about what will happen if someone says something else, say an obscene word or phrase.
LaBeouf is famous for some of his bizarre performance art stunts. In one instance he displayed himself in a room at a museum and invited visitors to do with him what they wanted. One woman had sex with him.
The conservative guerilla artist known as Sabo was at work as well. Taking inspiration from an upcoming TV series “24: Legacy” Sabo printed up posters of Donald Trump in the same pose as the actor in the series on the Fox ad poster. The phrase “New Day, New Hero” remains. Instead of “24: Legacy” the phrase “45: MAGA” is in the lower right corner. Trump is the 45th president of the United States and MAGA is short for “Make America Great Again.” Sabo was protesting the anti-Trump protests with this latest stunt by putting these posters up all over Los Angeles.
Sabo is best known for a poster that depicted Sen. Ted Cruz bare chested, tattooed, and with a cigarette dangling from his mouth. Cruz quipped that the only fake part of the poster was that he does not smoke. Sabo does not ask permission before putting up his posters, but does it clandestinely.
One might say that Donald Trump has only just become president and he has already started a flowering of art and culture. Who knows what he will be capable of in the years to come? #Trump inauguration