A new art exhibit allows visitors to toss crumbs at an Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpGrisham: Time in Trump administration 'will follow me forever' Grisham: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump saw themselves as 'shadow president and first lady' Grisham says her 'enabling' cost lives during pandemic MORE lookalike, who swiftly vacuums them up with a smile on her face.
The art piece from CulturalDC is called “Ivanka Vacuuming,” and features a model meant to resemble the 37-year-old White House adviser and daughter to President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE.
Guests to the Flashpoint Gallery in Washington are invited to throw crumbs onto a plush pink carpet and watch as the Trump double makes them disappear with help of the vacuum, over and over again.
The piece from New York-based artist Jennifer Rubell 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,” according to a news release.
“The viewer throwing crumbs, and Ivanka vacuuming them, is not a stand-in for one feeling, one relationship or one point of view toward this powerful and sexualized female form,” the release says. “It is intentionally open to multiple, often contradictory interpretations that are as critical of the interpreter as they are of the subject.”
Rubell called the interaction with her creation "complicated," saying in a statement that visitors enjoy hurling the crumbs: "That is the icky truth at the center of the work. It's funny, it's pleasurable, it makes us feel powerful, and we want to do it more."
"Also, we know she'll keep vacuuming whether we do it or not, so it's not really our fault, right?" said Rubell.
Trump seemed unimpressed with the exhibit when she responded to it Tuesday on Twitter:
Women can choose to knock each other down or build each other up. I choose the latter. https://t.co/MFri4xKhNI— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 5, 2019
Admission to the performance art exhibit is free. All the crumb-filled cleaning action is also being livestreamed each evening while it’s on display through Feb. 17.
—Updated Tuesday at 12:05 p.m.