Confronted with a new national consciousness around racial inequity, two New York City art exhibitions focus on mourning with varying degrees of success.
A prophetic document of our time, the New Museum exhibition calls attention to the weight of Black death not because it is new or salacious but because it remains urgent.
Art collector Seth Stolbun stepped down from the board of Rhizome, a New Museum affiliate, after a report revealed accusations of workplace harassment and unhealthy work conditions at the museum.
The complaint, filed by Local 2110 UAW, accuses the museum of laying off bargaining unit members in a discriminatory and retaliatory act and refusing to provide necessary information.
“As they parade around their executive pay cuts, [director] Lisa Phillips is still making at least $500,000 while 25 people now have no income and no health insurance during a pandemic,” the union said.
Both museums received Paycheck Protection Program loans in the millions.
The group Artists for Workers has created a website replicating that of the museum, but instead provides resources for anti-racist organizing.
Two hackers, an artist and a graduate student at the New School, interfered with the results of Haacke’s visitors poll at his New Museum retrospective to protest the museum’s “complacency in capitalism.”
Exposing systems of injustice and how they operate is Haacke’s great skill. At the New Museum, the artist draws the connections, and we follow along, wondering what our role is in this circuit.
The workers achieved an across-the-board pay increase of 3% in the first four years of the contract, with a 3.5% increase in the final year.
IdeasCity Bronx, which was intended to feature a series of discussion panels and activities on climate change, was disrupted by activists and shut down.
The first thing his gallery colleagues asked when he emerged from the elevator: Was the art okay?