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.
Founded by artist Nan Goldin, the activist group P.A.I.N. criticized the potential settlement, which would protect the family’s personal wealth.
“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.
President of the Louvre Museum Jean-Luc Martinez denied any connection between the decision and a recent PAIN Sackler protest outside the museum.
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.
The American Museum of Natural History also confirmed that it has stopped taking donations from the Sacklers associated with Purdue Pharma.
“The Sacklers love putting their names on things. Although until very recently they have been miraculously good at keeping their name off the opioid crisis,” Oliver quipped in the segment, making note of Nan Goldin’s art world protests against the family.
The NY Attorney General filed the updated lawsuit, which calls the Sackler family’s art philanthropy a tactic to “whitewash their decades-long success in profiting at New Yorkers’ expense.”
The art philanthropist family, though not named in the lawsuit, will contribute $75 million to fund a new addiction treatment and research center at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa.
The suspension follows last week’s announcements that the Guggenheim and Tate will no longer accept funds from the Sackler family.