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Brooklyn Museum Employees Accuse Administration of Staff Mistreatment, the Guggenheim Lays Off 24

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Good morning from one of the “anarchist jurisdictions” of New York! 🤭🌞 Brooklyn Museum’s staff files complaints against administration, the Guggenheim Museum lays off 24, and faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art delivered a vote of no confidence to the school’s leadership.Also this week, don’t miss our reviews of work by Siah Armajani, Yayoi Kusama, Charles Garabedian, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and many others. 
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Brooklyn Museum Employees Accuse Administration of Staff Mistreatment
Protesters in front of the Brooklyn Museum in 2018. (photo by Hrag Vartanian)
Protesters in front of the Brooklyn Museum in 2018. (photo by Hrag Vartanian)
When seven workers at the Brooklyn Museum first met to draft an open letter in late May, they discussed writing an apology to the borough. Former employee Mikeeh Zwirner, who is Asian American, told us:
“We wanted to write to Brooklyn to apologize for allowing the institution to continue disguising itself as a social justice-oriented, diverse museum when it is actually exploiting numerous BIPOC staff.”
The letter, signed by 59 then-current and seven former employees, ultimately took the form of a missive to the museum’s leadership and community decrying “the harm and daily mistreatment” of workers of color.
In Other News
The Guggenheim Museum laid off 24 of its staff on September 16, and an additional eight employees who accepted voluntary separation packages will leave the museum at the end of the month.
In an open letter, the group A Better Guggenheim listed allegations of sexism, racism, classism, and abuse against three top executives.
Alleging an “inadequate and chaotic operation of the current administration,” faculty at MICA have withdrawn their support of the school’s leadership.
Anonymous allegations of sexual harassment surfaced online against curator and art advisor Bill Arning, a former director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
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