The online art illustration showcased a rejection of Donald Trump, creating a motto, also the name of the exhibit, “He Will Not Divide Us.” The exhibit was launched the day of President Trump’s inauguration.
Along with Shia LaBeouf, artists like Luke Turner and Nastija Sade Ronkko collaborated. Jaden Smith was also seen in the live stream.
The Museum of the Moving Image in New York City set up a camera on the outside of the museum and passerby’s were welcome to voice out, “he will not divide us.”
These words were meant to echo in a repetitive form from the public through the live stream. Furthermore, the exhibit was open for twenty-four hours, seven days a week and initially was supposed to extend until Trump’s presidency was over.
However, according to Mediaite, just a few days after it launched, LaBeouf was arrested following a quarrel with someone who came to the Museum and purportedly said, “Hitler did nothing wrong.”
Additionally, LaBeouf had a quarrel with a 25-year-old man who made references to white supremacist ideologies, most likely a Trump supporter.
Soon the museum let out a statement that the “installation had become a flash point for violence and was disrupted from its original intent,” as reported by the New York Times.
Though it was a captivating conception of a peaceful protest, issues existed from police who were “compelled to be stationed outside the installation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
On Twitter, LaBeouf posted an image of a black box, contrasting with the vivid white words, “THE MUSEUM HAS ABANDONED US.”
This image also appears if you try to view the live stream currently, as of February 10th.
Maybe hinting that the artists still exist and may represent the political protest in a different form. Inspiring to see the persistence.