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.
Goldin says she was invited to host a retrospective of her work at the National Portrait Gallery but will refuse to participate if they accept the hefty donation from the Sackler family.
The drug policy advocates, led by photographer Nan Goldin, held a covert die-in at the Guggenheim, then marching to the Met to publicly protest on its steps.
Protesters marched outside the governor’s office near Grand Central Station, carrying a mock overdose prevention center to urge approval of the five pilot prevention centers promised during Cuomo’s election campaign.
The artist is donating proceeds from the sale, a collaboration between Magnum Photos and the Aperture Foundation, to her activist group PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now).
Last week’s episode of HBO’s The Deuce included the artist as an unnamed and unimpressed critic of an exhibition, which actually featured her own photos.
“Maybe they can patent a funeral parlor next.”
Real Worlds invites viewers to consider photography not just as documentation of myriad moments but as a means to more deeply understand lives and interpersonal relationships in Western cities.
On Saturday, members of the group PAIN Sackler and other organizations gathered at the Temple of Dendur to decry the Metropolitan Museum’s association with the Sackler family’s painkiller fortune.