The Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, is marking the Presidents’ Day holiday this year by making a loud visual statement in response to President Trump’s executive order—temporarily put on hold—to ban citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US. In a project called Art-Less, the museum is highlighting the contributions of immigrants by de-installing or shrouding works on view from the permanent collection that were either made by artists who were immigrants, or given to the institution by immigrant collectors.

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“We’ll see pockets of absence all over the museum,” Fischman says. “The African art section is almost entirely lost to view.” This is because around 80% of the works on show were donated by the Klejman family, who came to the US from Poland after the Second World War; Susanne Klejman Bennet, who was born in Warsaw, graduated from Wellesley in the class of 1959. The family is a “rather extraordinary example” of an immigrant family, says Fischman: Bennet’s son Michael is a Democratic Senator from Colorado, and her son James oversees the editorial page for the New York Times.

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