CulturalDC’s former Flashpoint Gallery has a new exhibit called “Ivanka Vacuuming.” The live, interactive “performance piece” debuted on Feb. 1st and people checking out the exhibit are encourage to throw trash at her so she can vacuum it up.
Yes, this is a real thing.
‘Ivanka Vacuuming”, a live conceptual art exhibit is now open in Washington. Guests are invited to throw trash on a pink carpet, and watch an Ivanka Trump lookalike vacuum it up. pic.twitter.com/KlLAONx9Gu
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) February 4, 2019
According to a press release from the project, the art work was “Inspired by a figure whose public persona incorporates an almost comically wide range of feminine identities – daughter, wife, mother, sister, model, working woman, blonde – Ivanka Vacuuming is simultaneously a visual celebration of a contemporary feminine icon; a portrait of our own relationship to that figure; and a questioning of our complicity in her role-playing.”
It goes on to say, “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.”
They’re even going to livestream people doing this each evening.
Jennifer Rubell, the artist behind the piece says, “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. “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?”