Image by John Seed, Original source work, Philippe de Champaigne, “The Annunciation”, ca. 1644. in the collection of the Met Museum.

“What did we do before Hyperallergic?”

We often think about this question we used to get when meeting new people, and feel proud. Our success is best measured by how our community depends on us and whether you’d miss us if we were gone.

If you need us, we need you.

For over 11 years we’ve been a forum for critical conversations around art and issues of social and economic justice in the art community. But we can’t continue to do this work without your support.

Our offices are emptied. Our team is working remotely across the country. But we are working harder than ever to ensure the quality and breadth of our coverage is not impacted, and we’re proud of our team for continuing to publish some of the best journalism of their careers.

Our reporting on salary cuts, furloughs, and layoffs as museums struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic has incited passionate discussions on equity and inclusion in the arts community, leading some to question the foundational changes that today’s institutions need to make in order to remain standing and relevant tomorrow. We were the first to point out the boarding up of gallery and museum facades amid recent protests and we have continued to examine the dissent and controversies brewing at museums across the country.

As many of you know, we launched a new Membership program in March as it became clear that we would not survive the economic crisis without direct reader support. As this crisis has stretched on, turning a difficult few months into a difficult year, we need your support more than ever to continue publishing.

So far, the response has been overwhelming, and over 4,000 (and growing) generous Hyperallergic readers have reached for their wallets to support us. With their help, we were able to sustain ourselves through an unpredictable spring and summer, avoid layoffs, continue commissioning work from some of our regular contributors, and push conversations forward.

A strong arts community benefits from independent media not tied to auction houses, galleries, and other art market institutions. As one of the only independent publishers focused on visual art and culture, we are counting on you to support us through this challenging time. The next few months remain uncertain and we need your help.

If you are able, please support our independent journalism and help keep our reporting and criticism free and accessible to all.

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We know not everyone is currently in a position to contribute today, but if you are, we hope you’ll join us.

Veken Gueyikian is publisher of Hyperallergic.

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.

3 replies on ““What did we do before Hyperallergic?””

  1. It was an easy decision to subscribe as a member, I check in on stories at Hyperallergic pretty much daily! I’m also the curator for southern baroque painting at The Met : I absolutely love seeing our Philippe de Champaigne doing the good work – albeit in redux – in support of the site! I wonder if some credit couldn’t be due to him here?

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