The fossil sat in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, unidentified, for nearly 100 years.
Workers told Hyperallergic that they were tired of meager pay and a lack of job security.
The letter, signed by artists including Alicia Grullon, Michael Rakowitz, Walid Raad, Dread Scott, and Hans Haacke, says the city failed to consult Indigenous leaders in the state.
The museum’s existing union was being “shredded by management,” said one worker, who accuses leadership of union-busting.
Some have criticized the racist monument’s planned relocation to North Dakota, near land seized from Indigenous people.
The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation says tribal leaders were not consulted regarding the relocation of the statue.
More than a year after the Manhattan museum promised to remove the long-disputed statue, it still stands.
Whale done! The museum will operate as a vaccination site starting April 23.
Pending approval from the state and city, the museum plans to reopen September 9 after being closed for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maybe we can finally really look at Theodore Roosevelt statue: a monument that is all about hierarchy, created to express what American Museum of Natural History exhibits at the time called the “distinct races of mankind.”
An internal memo to the museum’s staff over the weekend was the first to announce the decision to remove the controversial statues on Central Park West.
The museum in this moment can be transformed by a repertoire of antifascist actions that consists of mourning, militancy, and liberation.