National Academicians Pen Letter in Support of Dana Schutz and the ICA-Boston

Members of the National Academy recently circulated a letter in support of fellow NA Dana Schutz’s exhibition at the ICA-Boston, which was reported on in Artnews, Art Forum, and elsewhere.  Since its release, even more NAs have added their names, and an updated list of 94 signers, along with the letter in full, is below.
 Dana Schutz,  Big Wave , 2016. Oil on canvas, 120 × 156 inches (304.8 × 396.2 cm). The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women. Courtesy the artist, Petzel, New York, and Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin. Photo by Matthias Kolb. © Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz, Big Wave, 2016. Oil on canvas, 120 × 156 inches (304.8 × 396.2 cm). The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women. Courtesy the artist, Petzel, New York, and Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin. Photo by Matthias Kolb. © Dana Schutz


As members of the National Academy, we would like to voice our unequivocal support for Dana Schutz, who has recently been excoriated by a group of Boston artists who are demanding that her current exhibition at the ICA in Boston be canceled, a demand meant to penalize Schutz, the artist behind Open Casket, a controversial painting featured at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, which draws on the well-known photograph of Emmett Till lying disfigured in his casket. 

This painting is not included in the ICA exhibition. 

As fellow artists and architects, we wholeheartedly support cultural institutions like the ICA Boston who refuse to bow to forces in favor of censorship or quelling dialogue.

It is also of the utmost importance to us that artists not perpetrate upon each other the same kind of intolerance and tyranny that we criticize in others.

We support the ICA-Boston and its decision to exhibit the works of Dana Schutz, and to maintain programming that fosters conversations between people with different points of view, especially given our current political climate of intolerance. 

Sig Abeles, NA

Marina Abramovic, NA-Elect

Stan Allen, NA

Polly Apfelbaum, NA

Dotty Attie, NA

Judith Bernstein, NA-Elect

Robert Birmelin, NA

Willard Boepple, NA

Richard Bosman, NA

Gregory Botts, NA

Paul Broches, NA-Elect

Kathy Butterly, NA-Elect

Henry Casselli, NA

Walter Chatham, NA

Chuck Close, NA

William Clutz, NA

Lisa Corinne Davis, NA-Elect

Donna Dennis, NA

Jane Dickson, NA

Simon Dinnerstein, NA

Rackstraw Downes, NA

Jackie Ferrara, NA-Elect

Eric Fischl, NA-Elect

Louise Fishman, NA

Andrew Ginzel, NA

Jacqueline Gourevitch, NA

Philip Grausman, NA

Barbara Grossman, NA

Richard Haas, NA

Nancy Hagin, NA

Ann Hamilton, NA

Walter Hatke, NA

Julie Heffernan, NA

Nona Hershey, NA

Diana Horowitz, NA

Sharon Horvath, NA

David Humphrey, NA

Valerie Jaudon, NA

Roberto Juarez, NA

Wolf Kahn, NA

Harriet Korman, NA

Joyce Kozloff, NA

Tuck Langland, NA

Pat Lasch, NA

Jonathan Lasker, NA

Mel Leipzig, NA

Alfred Leslie, NA

James McGarrell, NA

Melissa Meyer, NA

Raoul Middleman, NA

Ruth Miller, NA

Marilyn Minter, NA-Elect

John Moore, NA

Barry Moser, NA

John Newman, NA

Catherine Opie, NA-Elect

Tom Otterness, NA

Anthony Panzera, NA

Philip Pearlstein, NA

Judy Pfaff, NA-Elect

David Reed, NA

Ed Ruscha, NA-Elect

Joseph Santore, NA

Peter Saul, NA

Carolee Schneemann, NA-Elect

Dread Scott, NA-Elect

Annabelle Selldorf, NA

Joan Semmel, NA-Elect

Mira Schor, NA-Elect

Lorraine Shemesh, NA

Arlene Shechet, NA 

Laura Shechter, NA

Cindy Sherman, NA-Elect

James Siena, NA

Elena Sisto, NA

Richard Sloat, NA

Kiki Smith, NA-Elect

Joan Snyder, NA

Laurinda Hope Spear, NA

Kyle Staver, NA

Gary Stephan, NA

Jessica Stockholder, NA

Immi Storrs, NA

Altoon Sultan, NA

Barbara Takenaga, NA

Claire Van Vliet, NA

Don Voisine, NA

Kara Walker, NA-Elect

Susan Jane Walp, NA

Sharon Wandel, NA

Leslie Wayne, NA

Stephen Westfall, NA

Jack Whitten, NA-Elect

Alexi Worth, NA