What a long four years it has been. Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency has generated upheaval across American society—and the arts have certainly not been spared. In the years since the real estate tycoon and former reality TV star took office, his stances on immigration, women’s rights, the climate and science have led many artists and cultural figures to speak and act out against his administration. More than anything else, the 2020 US election has become a referendum on Trump’s term and impact on American life, and a decision about what path voters hope the country will take going forward.
With US polls closing on Tuesday night, after voters cast their ballots in person following a historic turnout of early and absentee votes across the country, we have gathered some of our past coverage to reflect on the issues at stake in this election. Key US political concerns we have reported on in recent years include:
- Widespread efforts to overthrow the legacy of racism and white supremacy America was built on.
- The continued fight for the equal rights of women, people of colour, Indigenous and LGBTQ people under the law.
- The protection of public land from fossil fuel exploration and development, and the mandate for environmental change.
- A growing distrust in the media and the denial of scientific facts.
- The freedom of artists and thinkers from other countries to come to the US for cultural and intellectual exchange.
- The continued financial support for art projects and organisations in all 50 states.
- And an unemployment crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic that could reshape the American economy and the creative industry.
Our coverage on these and other important issues have been collected on one page dedicated to the 2020 US Election. We will be updating this with reactions and breaking news as voting results come in this week. Further analysis of what it all means for the art world will appear in our December print edition. And for any of our US readers who did not already send in early ballots: go vote!