Shia LaBeouf’s ‘He Will Not Divide Us’ Art Installation Has Been Shut Down
Shia LaBeouf’s “He Will Not Divide Us” art installation at the Museum of the Moving Image was shut down after it became a location of recurring violence.
A spokesperson from the Museum issued an official statement on its website claiming that LaBeouf’s anti-Donald Trump “participatory Internet streaming performance” was shut down because it created “a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the Museum, its visitors, staff, local residents, and businesses.”
“The installation had become a flashpoint for violence and was disrupted from its original intent,” the statement continued.
The Museum said that the installation deteriorated after “one of the artists” — LaBeouf — was arrested on the site of the installation and was charged with assault.
“Over the course of the installation, there have been dozens of threats of violence and numerous arrests, such that police felt compelled to be stationed outside the installation 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” read the statement.
“Until public safety concerns overrode the intent of the installation, HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US generated an important conversation allowing interaction among people from many backgrounds and with different viewpoints,” the statement concluded. “However, ending our engagement with the installation is the most prudent path forward to restore public safety to the Museum, its visitors, staff, and the community.”
LaBeouf posted his response on Twitter following the announcement of its closure.
LaBeouf opened the installation on Inauguration Day with artists Rönkkö & Turne and intended to run it until Trump’s presidency expired. Its visitors included Jaden Smith, white supremacists, and a man wearing a hat that resembled one worn by Nazi military.