Join us on Randall's Island to Un-Frieze our Culture

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Dear beautiful occupiers,


On Sunday, May 6th, Occupy Museums will hold our second Free Art for Fair Exchange-- a creative refusal of the gross financialization of our culture. This time, we will bring our protest to Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island-- public land rented out to the 1% for a private island art speculation getaway. Frieze Art Fair, one of countless "Wal-Marts for art" creeping up around the world, enables the hoarding of art and culture, moving it out of sight of the 99% and into the storage units of the 1%.

Professional Art Handlers Local 814 and Occupy Museums

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Please join the Professional Art Handlers Local 814 and Occupy Museums outside the main entrance of the MoMA this Friday at 6 PM to ask MoMA to cut ties to Sotheby's.

Write up by Corinna Kirsch at Art Fag City:

Sotheby’s art handlers want MoMA to sever ties with the auction house, and they have good reason: MoMA has made millions at Sotheby’s during the art handler lockout. In November, MoMA auctioned off two paintings by Rufino Tamayo, a sale which amassed over three million dollars for MoMA’s acquisition fund.... The reason for this protest is clear-cut: the teamsters want MoMA to stop selling art through Sotheby’s.

There are at least four MoMA trustees with ties to Sotheby’s. There’s Jamie Niven (MoMA trustee and Sotheby’s US chairman), Richard Oldenburg (MoMA director emeritus and honorary trustee, former chairman and now consultant at Sotheby’s US), Danny Meyer (who runs MoMA’s three restaurants and sits on the board of directors at Sotheby’s), and Sharon Percy Rockefeller (former Sotheby’s Board Member and current President of the International Council for MoMA).

The Museum of American Finance accepts a cultural icon of the Occupy Movement: Housing is a Human Right

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March 12, 2012
New York City

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The Museum of American Finance accepts a cultural icon of the Occupy Movement: Housing is a Human Right

Occupy Museums and Occupy 477 presented a model of a Harlem house slated for foreclosure to the Museum of American Finance (MoAF) on December 6th, the National Day Against Foreclosure.  The Museum, located on Wall Street just a block from the Stock Exchange,  initially turned down the gift by closing their gates to the groups, yet after a respectful correspondence, the MoAF Collections Committee decided to accept the donation.

Occupy Museums and Occupy 477 believe that the MoAF is an ideal home for an artifact that evokes how everyday citizens, and particularly low-income communities and communities of color, are being affected by current financial issues including the recession, rampant foreclosure, and predatory lending. The model of 477 tells a local story of American Finance.*


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Piers 92 & 94, New York City
Saturday and Sunday, March 10th & 11th

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Occupy Museums invites all artists and non-artists to join a mobile exchange art fair on the sidewalk outside of this year’s Armory Show in New York City. Participants are welcome to bring items such as paintings, drawings, sculpture, conceptual art, crafts, food, and other objects to exchange with Armory attendees and each other. We particularly welcome modes of exchange that are not based on profit.

Initiated in 1994, the current Armory Show shares a name with the famous 1913 Armory Show in which important avante garde works such as Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase were exhibited to the US public for the first time. While the 1913 show stands for the shock of the new, the current Armory Show stands for the economic shocks administered by the 1%. While unemployment and foreclosure continue to spread, the luxury markets, including Sotheby’s auction house and the Armory Show, have experienced rapid growth in line with the booming bonuses on Wall Street.

Occupy Museums with Teamsters Local 814 Art Handler’s at MoMa - January 27, 2012

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Occupy Museums with Teamsters Local 814 Art Handler’s at MoMa - January 27, 2012

Two weeks have passed since our January 13th action, in which we stood in solidarity with Teamsters Local 814 Art Handler’s Union in its struggle to end the lockout of the union by the billion-dollar auction-house Sotheby's. In light of the numerous ties between MoMA and Sotheby's, we demanded that the museum call for an end to the lockout by its corporate affiliate. 

As part of our action on the 13th, a banner was dropped in the second-floor atrium calling for an end to the lockout. The head of Security at MoMA coercively confiscated this now-historic banner. In a public letter sent to the museum one week ago, we called it a “unilateral acquisition” and stipulated that the museum accede to our conditions of publically calling for an end to the lockout to complete the acquisition. In turn, the museum called for us to retrieve the banner, stating that it was "left" on the premises, as if by accident. We know and they know that this is untrue; a rather disgraceful attempt to ignore an uneven acquisition policy, and the larger issues about concentrations of money and power in the art world we are raising.