Black did not stand for reelection as chair of the museum’s board following public controversy surrounding his relationship to Jeffrey Epstein.
Marie-Josée Kravis will succeed the disgraced financier, who remains a trustee of the museum’s board.
After hundreds of artists called for his removal, the financier will not bid for re-election but will remain on the board.
The campaign is a collaboration by members of 12 activist-artist organizations, including Decolonize This Place, Forensic Architecture, and MoMA Divest.
Artists included in the Gulf Wars exhibition say they were disregarded and demeaned after speaking up against MoMA Chairman Leon Black, owner of a security firm linked to untold carnage in Iraq.
Alumni and students are calling for Dartmouth to rename the Black Family Visual Arts Center following revelations of Black’s financial ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
In a series of statements, artists including Nan Goldin, Michael Rakowitz, Xaviera Simmons, and Hito Steyerl have urged the Museum of Modern Art to address Black’s presence on its board.
A company report determined that Epstein had provided “legitimate advice” to Black related to the billionaire’s vast art collection.
The Attorney General of the Virgin Islands intends to serve subpoenas to Dubin and his wife, Eva Andersson-Dubin (who is also Epstein’s ex-girlfriend).
The subpoenas will seek financial statements and tax returns from Black’s companies as part of a greater effort to clear the mystery of how Epstein had amassed his incredible wealth.
For the closing of The Gulf Wars exhibition, one of the participating artists, Ali Yass, planned a guerrilla action to tear his drawings off the walls.
“As veterans of the Gulf War and the ‘Global War on Terror,’ as well as working artists ourselves, this issue is very important to us,” the group wrote in its letter urging for a “realignment of values at MoMA.”