Private text messages published this weekend by The.Ink show how members of the Sackler family tried to use the museums that received their money as a way to clear their names.
Last week’s House Oversight Committee hearing was the first time members of the Sackler family publicly addressed their alleged role in the epidemic.
“Interoffice documents paint a dark picture of profit for the family at the expense of human life,” the artist-activist group P.A.I.N. told Hyperallergic.
The billionaire Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma who are well known for their philanthropy, has come under intense scrutiny in the art world.
The Tang Teaching Museum attempts to make itself new through an exhibition that employs a variety of ways to elaborate and convey narratives.
“We’re not going to stop until they personally face charges,” Nan Goldin, founder of PAIN Sackler, declared.
“We want the Sacklers to have their day in court,” said an activist from PAIN Sackler at the protest in Connecticut. “We want to see all the documents of when they decided to poison the population in this country.”
The family will provide a $3 billion payout over seven years. However, the settlement does not include a statement of wrongdoing.
The activists are calling on the governor to establish overdose prevention centers to combat the growing opioid epidemic.
The activists unfurled large banners and staged a die-in in front of the museum’s iconic pyramid demanding it removes the Sackler’s name from one of its wings.
Nan Goldin was among the artist-activists who gathered in Washington, DC to demand the FDA address the “public health impact of the opioid crisis.”
The major decision comes just days after London’s National Portrait Gallery decided to not accept a $1.3 million donation from the Sackler Trust.