The three-year collective bargaining agreement represents the museum’s art handlers and facilities staff: 22 full-time employees and 145 on-call staff.
Beckwith will be the first Black woman to assume in the role at the New York City museum.
Hyperallergic has an exclusive video produced by the Guggenheim Union about its rally at the museum’s reopening.
Upon their first return to the museum after its six-month closure, Guggenheim members were welcomed by a digital screen reading pro-union messages.
The artist-activist groups Artists for Workers and the Illuminator organized the projections in solidarity with the Guggenheim’s unionized workers and workers of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
“We have leaned into all the options we have available to us, including decreasing operating expenses, hiring freezes, analyzing business needs and departmental priorities, and reducing leadership salaries,” said Director Richard Armstrong in a letter to staff today.
In a letter sent today, the group A Better Guggenheim lists allegations of sexism, racism, classism, and abuse against Richard Armstrong, Elizabeth Duggal, and Nancy Spector.
Freelance workers are asking to be paid for work scheduled prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Recently unionized workers urge the Guggenheim’s trustees to wield their influence on the museum’s “reluctant” management.
I fear that the visual culture in which these works were admired is now one of those distant “you had to be there” moments, which are impossible to reconstruct.
Simone Leigh’s work, on view at the Guggenheim Museum, is inhibiting in a particularly difficult way: it doesn’t seduce; it doesn’t explain, it doesn’t rely on interpretation; it doesn’t care what I think.
More than 90 workers will join Local 30, a union that includes installers and maintenance workers at New York’s MoMA PS1.