His tenure was marked by a multitude of controversies, including protests over former trustee Warren Kanders and a grueling labor struggle.
Neal Sher accuses the Whitney’s leadership of being complicit in “unlawful conduct, harassment, threats and intimidation” against Kanders. He was disbarred by the District of Columbia in 2003 but practices in New York after a period of disciplinary suspension.
The protesters occupied the C subway line from East New York to Chelsea, and were confronted with large police forces at the final stop. One protester was arrested.
The Whitney has not had the moral courage to reject support from a benefactor who generated his wealth in socially irresponsible ways.
After Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg published a letter to the public asserting the museum, “cannot right all the ills of an unjust world,” Decolonize This Place organized a December 9 protest in solidarity with Whitney staffers.