Performance Art Ivanka Trump Vacuums Into the Abyss


I regret to inform you that women’s empowerment icon and millennial pink killer Ivanka Trump is now also the inspiration behind corny performance art.

Conceptual artist Jennifer Rubell is opening “a limited engagement performance art piece” called Ivanka Vacuuming, in which she invites the public to throw crumbs at a pink carpet as an Ivanka look-alike vacuums them up at a gallery in Washington, DC.

More from the press release from the arts non-profit, Cultural DC:

Entering the gallery space, viewers will notice a woman bearing a striking resemblance to that Ivanka, cleaning a plush pink carpet. In front of this scene is a white pedestal with a giant pile of crumbs on top. The public is invited to throw crumbs onto the carpet, watching as Ivanka elegantly vacuums up the mess, her smile never wavering. This process repeats itself for the entire duration of the performance.

“Here is what’s complicated: we enjoy throwing the crumbs for Ivanka to vacuum. That is the icky truth at the center of the work. It’s funny, it’s pleasurable, it makes us feel powerful, and we want to do it more,” Rubell said in the release. “We like having the power to elicit a specific and certain response. Also, we know she’ll keep vacuuming whether we do it or not, so it’s not really our fault, right?”

Personally, I’d prefer it if the Trump family disappeared from our collective consciousness altogether. Can performance art find a way to do that?

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