The Guggenheim has released a brief statement in response to the protest involving banners and bugles that broke out at its Fifth Avenue branch last Saturday. The flashmob style demonstration, a joint effort from artist and activist groups Gulf Labor and Occupy Museums, was targeting the museum’s plans to build a satellite location on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. According to Gulf representatives, the construction is being undertaken by indentured South Asian laborers who are exploited in numerous ways.
Raise high your palette knives! Wave your unstretched canvas! Occupy Wall Street has hit the art world. In recent weeks, protestors have disrupted Sotheby’s auctions in solidarity with union art handlers who have been on strike for more than two months, read manifestos outside of art museums and temporarily occupied Artists Space, a nonprofit gallery in Soho. If you haven’t been following the minute-to-minute developments on Gallerist, here’s a recap of the Occupy actions.
The Occupy Wall Street protests, which just entered their second month, have spilled over into the art world in recent weeks. Protests have been held at Sotheby’s, and now a group calling itself Occupy Museums announced today that it will assemble at Zuccotti Park, the headquarters of the protests, on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m., and then travel to the Museum of Modern Art and the Frick Collection, reading a manifesto at each stop along the way.