- Warren B. Kanders, Whitney Museum of American Art, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Safariland, resigned from the museum's board on Thursday.
- Museum employees and artists protested against his – and the – connection of the museum to the weapons company.
- The Safariland logo featured tear gas bottles and smoke grenades used against asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border.
- A group of eight artists withdrew their work from the Whitney Biennial after their president took no action against Kanders. Warren B. Kanders, deputy chairman of the Whitney Museum of American Art, resigned on Thursday after months of protests ̵
Kanders announced his resignation with immediate effect in a letter addressed to the Museum's Board of Trustees, as the New York Times first reported.
"Unfortunately, the targeted campaign of attacks against me and my company over the last few months has undermined Whitney's vital work, and I joined that body to make the museum a success, and I do not want to play a role, albeit unintentionally, in its downfall, "wrote Kanders.
Kanders owns Safariland, which produces military goods. In 2012, he bought the Jacksonville, Florida-based company for $ 124 million.
In December, more than 100 Whitney employees signed an open letter requesting the museum management to respond to Kanders' connection to the border crisis.