Ivanka Trump Hits Back at Art Exhibit

Brenda Watkins
February 8, 2019

An art installation at a Washington gallery - in which a woman, dressed as Ivanka Trump, vacuums crumbs tossed by visitors - is obviously meant to be provocative.

The first daughter's followers have called her a "class act", praising her for a "gracious and classy response".

The real Ivanka Trump has always been dogged for serving in her father's administration but not really being able to have his ear where women are concerned.

Lara Trump's claim that Ivanka "has done arguably more for women in this country than nearly anyone else" comes the day after civil rights icon Rosa Parks would have turned 106 years old.

Guests who walk into the Flashpoint Gallery, which is displaying the exhibit between February 1-17, are encouraged to toss bread crumbs at the Ivanka model as she repeatedly vacuums the crumbs off the carpet without complaints.

Eric Trump claimed on Fox his sister is a "powerful woman who has done more for women than probably anybody in Washington D.C".

"Women can choose to knock each other down or build each other up", Trump said on Twitter.

"Here is what's complicated: we enjoy throwing the crumbs for Ivanka to vacuum".

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The gallery says Ivanka Vacuuming, by Jennifer Rubell, explores Ms Trump's "comically wide range of feminine identities - daughter, wife, mother, sister, model, working woman, blonde". "I choose the latter".

"I don't think it would have gone over quite so well with the regressive left but c'est la vie we're used to the hypocrisy on that side of the aisle." . "They label themselves the quote, unquote 'party of women, ' yet they're throwing food, they're throwing garbage at a woman on a carpet holding a vacuum cleaner to mimic someone who really does care and who has fought so hard for women".

Rubell later defended the exhibit and said she wasn't setting out to offend Ivanka Trump.

"Usually the qualities of feminism and femininity are seen in opposition", Rubell told Refinery29.

'Something very interesting about Ivanka - her clothing line, too - is that it seems the goal is to achieve both of these qualities as part of the conversation.

Rubell added that she did not intend for the work to be about Ivanka herself-rather, she saw it as a way to address notions of womanhood that surround Ivanka's personality.

Of course, art is subjective, and not everyone is happy with the installation. This isn't art - it's sexism'.

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