Artists, art lovers, and employees expressed disbelief and outrage, saying the programs were ones that genuinely included the community.
The museum has 76 of Rivera’s works, and next summer, many will be on display when it hosts the show Diego Rivera’s America.
Immersive exhibition brings together over 200 works from Paik’s five-decade career combining art and technology.
Curators and scholars have increasingly highlighted the importance of poetry to Mitchell’s art, though usually with so much circumspection that the link still remains obscure.
“My experiences at SFMOMA made me never want to work at a museum ever again,” a former worker said in a meeting with the museum’s trustees.
Many SFMOMA salaries have barely kept pace with the city’s minimum wage, while executive salaries have multiplied.
Former workers published a letter asserting that the 75 museum trustees are responsible for “the continued development of a white supremacist exhibition and collecting program.”
The announcement on Saturday came less than 24 hours after a petition launched calling for Gary Garrels’s resignation.
Nan Keeton, Deputy Director of External Relations, resigned weeks after the museum came under public scrutiny for censoring the comments of Taylor Brandon.
This follows March’s announcement that the museum would lay off 131 on-call (contracted or freelance) employees and furlough around 200 regular staffers.
Taylor Brandon commented under the museum’s Instagram post in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and said, “Having black people on your homepage/feed is not enough.” Artists and SFMOMA employees have spoken out in agreement.
The museum received a $6.2 million federal loan, lifting its staff furlough through June 30, but the petition’s authors emphasize that management has not yet addressed demands to support staff long-term.