Artists Across the Country Revolt Against Trump


Artists are taking on President Donald Trump — wrestling with how to portray him and how to protest him.

The latest debate in the creative community raged around the free summer production of “Julius Caesar” in New York’s Central Park, which opened on Monday amid outcry over the fact that Caesar, the Roman dictator who is eventually assassinated, is portrayed by a Trump lookalike.

But this lightning rod of a production joins the numerous expressions, large and small, since Trump’s election as theater artists, musicians, visual artists and poets work out how best to capture the sentiment of the time in politics.

Among them: Robert Schenkkan, the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, rushed a Trump nightmare-scenario play he had written in October to production in March. Erika Paget, a 27-year-old artist and curator in Los Angeles, who started smoking again the night of the election, threw herself into organizing an art show only for women of color. The filmmaker Michael Moore, a left-leaning provocateur who predicted Trump’s surprise win, will debut his one-man anti-Trump Broadway show next month.




Image: Erika Paget

Curator Erika Paget stands for a portrait at Junior High, a non-profit art space that showcases the artistic pursuits of marginalized young artists on June 11, 2017 in Los Angeles.