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Ivanka Trump and her brothers lashed out at an art exhibit that features her look-alike vacuuming crumbs

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  • Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser and President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, hit back at a new art exhibit that features her name and a lookalike model.
  • "Ivanka Vacuuming" is an exhibition staged in Washington, D.C. that portrays the first daughter vacuuming crumbs that onlookers throw onto a pink rug.
  • Trump and her brothers lashed out at the piece as insulting and sexist, but the artist said it was meant to provoke a wide range of interpretations.

Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser and President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, hit back at a new art exhibit that features her name and a lookalike model.

Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon to denounce "Ivanka Vacuuming," an exhibition that portrays the first daughter vacuuming crumbs onlookers throw.

"Women can choose to knock each other down or build each other up," Trump wrote. "I choose the latter."

Her brothers also spoke out to slam the exhibit.

"Sad, but not surprising to watch self-professed 'feminists' launching sexist attacks against @IvankaTrump. In their crazed world, sexism is OK if hurts their political enemies," Donald Trump Jr. tweeted.

Eric Trump claimed on Fox News that his sister is a "powerful woman who has done more for women than probably anybody in Washington, D.C."

The art piece, which is by conceptual artist Jennifer Rubell and presented by Washington's CulturalDC, invites the public to "throw crumbs onto the carpet, watching as Ivanka elegantly vacuums up the mess, her smile never wavering."

a girl in a pink dress © Courtesy of the exhibition.

A press release from CulturalDC said the exhibit 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."

"[The piece is] inspired by a figure whose public persona incorporates an almost comically wide range of feminine identities - daughter, wife, mother, sister, model, working woman, blonde," the release said.

Rubell said in a description of the exhibit that the portrayal is expected to provoke "multiple, often contradictory interpretations" from viewers and those who throw bread crumbs.

"Here is what's complicated: we enjoy throwing the crumbs for Ivanka to vacuum ... it's funny, it's pleasurable, it makes us feel powerful, and we want to do it more," Rubell said in the release. "We like having the power to elicit a specific and certain response. Also, we know she'll keep vacuuming whether we do it or not, so it's not really our fault, right?"

"Ivanka Vacuuming" runs Friday, February 1 through Sunday, February 17, 6-8 p.m. in Washington, D.C. and will be available to view via livestream.

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