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The Met is no longer taking money from the Sackler family

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City says it will no longer accept any donations from the notorious Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma who have been ridden with controversy due to their contribution to and profiting from the opioid addiction crisis. The Met released a statement on Wednesday saying that it decided […]

New commissions to put the Met’s niches to use for the first time ever

The front steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art have become an iconic landmark in New York. They serve as the portal into the famed museum, a perch to sit and have your lunch in the sun, and even a platform for demonstrations. In a March 21st press release, though, museum director Max Hollein announced […]

Tate and Guggenheim vow to refuse Sackler money

When the National Portrait Gallery in London and Sackler Trust stopped the progress of a gift of £1 million from the Sackler Trust on March 19th as part of an agreement, museums took note. In the last week, two other institutions, in both the UK and US, followed suit. As a result, the Sackler Trust […]

National Portrait Gallery turns down gift of £1 million from the Sackler Trust

In a short press release from earlier today, London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG), in conjunction with the Sackler Trust, announced that it would not be proceeding with a gift of £1 million from the Sackler Trust. The gift was expected to assist with the NPG’s Inspiring People project. The release, in part, read: ‘The Sackler Trust […]

P.A.I.N. organizes against the Sackler family with demonstrations at the Guggenheim and Met

Protesters took to New York’s Fifth Avenue on the evening of February 9th on route from the Guggenheim Museum to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to speak out against the Sackler Family and their affiliation with the Met. Carrying red banners that read ‘TAKE DOWN THEIR NAME’ and ‘200 DEAD EACH DAY’, protesters chanted ‘Shame […]

US art now acknowledging Indigenous land rights

Last week at the Pulse Art Fair, when the New York gallery Accola Griefen opened their booth for Miami’s art week, they made sure to note that “we gather and work this week on the traditional land of the Seminole and Tequesta people, past and present.” They made their gratitude clear both verbally and in an Instagram post. While seemingly […]

‘Heavenly Bodies’: record-breaking attendance and its momentum for the Met

Nearly a month before its close, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Costume Institute’s blockbuster exhibition ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ saw its 1 millionth visitor. The exhibition, spanning the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, the Cloisters, and the museum’s medieval art wing, filled 60,000 square feet throughout 25 galleries. Highlighting the relationship between […]