Art exhibit shows Ivanka Trump lookalike vacuuming up crumbs


Ivanka Trump is the talk of the D.C. art world - or at least the performance art piece modeled in her likeness is. The organization is now planning to host performances of the piece nightly through February 17. The installation, designed by artist Jennifer Rubell, involves a blonde woman in a pink dress and heels vacuuming a hot pink carpet.

Reports state that a note hanging on the gallery wall describes Ms Trump as "a figure whose public persona incorporates an nearly comically wide range of feminine identities - daughter, wife, mother, sister, model, working woman, blonde". "I choose the latter", she tweeted.

Ironically, Trump echoes the sentiment of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's famous line: "There's a special place in hell for women who do not help other women". The work, presented by the CulturalDC arts organisation, has been opened to the public since February 1, from 6 8 p.m.

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

Reached by ARTnews on Tuesday, Rubell said that she had asked Trump to experience the work in person but her invitation had gone unanswered. "It's amusing, it's pleasurable, it makes us feel powerful, and we want to do it more". "The piece explores questions to our response to a certain type of femininity, but it's not a piece that's aggressive toward her", Rubell said.

On Tuesday Eric Trump defended his sister and criticized the exhibition, saying she 'has done more for women than anyone in Washington D.C'.

Her brother Donald Trump Jr. tweeted it's "Sad, but not surprising to watch self professed "feminists" launching sexist attacks against IvankaTrump".

"These leftists called up a modeling agency saying, 'You know what, I want to get a nice woman to come stand on a carpet so - with a vacuum of all things - so our people can throw food and crumbs to mimic a powerful woman who has done more for women than probably anybody in Washington, D.C.,'" Trump said.

"Think about that hypocrisy", Trump added.

Rubell responded to Trump, claiming that it was not meant to "knock anyone down" and encouraged her to see the exhibit for herself without any media. It's Ivanka's doppelgänger, a 16-year-old model, who saunters around the Flashpoint Gallery, vacuuming up crumbs thrown by visitors.



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