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’re not going to stop until they personally face charges,” Nan Goldin, founder of PAIN Sackler, declared.
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.
The announcement follows a similar decision by Tate, announced yesterday, that the institution will no longer accept funds from the Sacklers, owners of Purdue Pharma.
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.
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.
The Sackler family founded Rhodes Pharma in 2007, just months after pleading guilty to criminal charges that their family company, Purdue Pharma, had mismarketed OxyContin.
The Met’s Sackler Wing has become a site of protest due to its association with the late co-founders of Purdue Pharma, who have been revealed as conscious contributors to the opioid epidemic.