Photographer Nan Goldin, founder of advocacy group PAIN, called the temporary ban “appalling.”
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.
“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 decision comes the day after a settlement between Purdue Pharma and the Justice Department, in which members of the Sackler family will pay $225 million in civil penalties, less than 2% of their estimated net worth.