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Museum removes art created or donated by immigrants

WELLESLEY, Mass. — The Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Massachusetts took down or covered all work created or donated by immigrants on the nationwide “A Day without Immigrants.”

Instead, curators draped black cloth over cases, and lined the walls with labels that said “Created by an immigrant.”

They are calling the initiative: “Art-Less.” And it’s meant to highlight immigrants’ impact, even in the world of art.

“We have removed or cloaked these works to demonstrate symbolically what the Davis Museum would look like without their contributions to our collections and to Wellesley College, and to thereby honor their many invaluable gifts,” the museum said.

One of the main works missing is the portrait of George Washington.

Not only was the painting created by Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller, an immigrant who came to the U.S. in the 1790s, but the work was also donated to the Davis Museum by an immigrant family.

The museum says approximately 20 percent of the work in its permanent galleries were either created or donated by immigrants.