- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2019

A new piece of “boundary-pushing” performance art in the nation’s capital invites viewers to throw crumbs at an Ivanka Trump lookalike as she vacuums.

February at CulturalDC’s former Flashpoint Gallery kicked off with artist Jennifer Rubell’s “Ivanka Vacuuming,” which aims to spotlight an “icky truth” for viewers: “We like having the power to elicit a specific and certain response. Also, we know she’ll keep vacuuming whether we do it or not, so it’s not really our fault, right?”

Admission is free, although a live-stream feed is also available for the 6-8 p.m. performances.

“We’re always happy to provide a platform for timely, boundary-pushing installations like Ivanka Vacuuming,” Kristi Maiselman, Executive Director of CulturalDC, says on the organization’s website.

The show was “inspired by a figure whose public persona incorporates an almost comically wide range of feminine identities — daughter, wife, mother, sister, model, working woman, blonde — Ivanka Vacuuming is simultaneously a visual celebration of a contemporary feminine icon; a portrait of our own relationship to that figure; and a questioning of our complicity in her role-playing,” CulturalDC’s website adds.

One viewer who wasn’t impressed was The Federalist’s Kelsey Harkness.

“The irony, of course, is that the exhibit reflects every stereotype feminists claim to stand against, oversexualizing Ivanka’s body and ignoring her hard work,” she wrote Monday for the conservative website. “(One can only imagine the feminist rage if it were, say, Michelle Obama on display.) In addition to mocking Ivanka for her looks, the exhibit demeans the First Daughter’s success as a businesswoman and White House advisor to that of a woman with a vacuum — as if something’s wrong with that, too. Worse, in the process of shaming stay-at-home mothers.”

“Ivanka Vacuuming” will end its run on Feb. 17.

Ms. Rubell, who received a B.A. from Harvard University in Fine Arts, lives and works in New York City.

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