It was perhaps to be expected that Jennifer Rubell's new piece Ivanka Vacuuming, which is now being staged in Washington, D.C., would cause some sort of controversy, given that it invites audience members to throw crumbs at a pink rug that is being vacuumed by a performer resembling President Donald Trump's eldest daughter. The art piece titled "Ivanka Vacuuming", runs through February 17 at the Flashpoint Gallery. She insists she was exploring the "relationship between the viewer and the character's femininity".
"(She is) a figure whose public persona incorporates an nearly comically wide range of feminine identities - daughter, wife, mother, sister, model, working woman, blonde".
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 performance is being staged by arts group CulturalDC for two hours every night until 17 February, and is also being live-streamed online.
"Here is what's complicated: we enjoy throwing the crumbs for Ivanka to vacuum", Rubell said in a statement.
The exhibit, called "Ivanka Vacuuming", was created by conceptual artist Jennifer Rubell, a graduate from Harvard University with a degree in Fine Arts, and depicts Ivanka in a pink dress and heels vacuuming crumbs off a pink carpet, The Daily Wire reported.
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The art gallery calls Ivanka a "contemporary feminine icon". That is the icky truth at the centre of the work. "It's amusing, it's pleasurable, it makes us feel powerful, and we want to do it more". "We like having the power to elicit a specific and certain response".
Her brothers also slammed the work.
On Tuesday Eric Trump defended his sister and criticized the exhibition, saying she 'has done more for women than anyone in Washington D.C'.
Eric Trump lashed out at "leftists" and defended his sister as a "powerful woman who has done more for women than probably anybody in Washington, D.C".
'Think about that hypocrisy.
Rubell later defended the exhibit and said she wasn't setting out to offend Ivanka Trump.
Visitors to the Washington DC gallery throw crumbs for the model to clean.