Occupy Wall Street calls for cancellation of Whitney Biennial
Occupy Wall Street has targeted big banks, mega-corporations and wealthy individuals. Now the catchall protest movement is taking aim at a beloved institution of the art world -- the Whitney Biennial in New York.
In a recent letter sent to the Whitney Museum of American Art, organizers of the Occupy movement write that they want an end to the Whitney Biennial in 2014.
"We object to the biennial in its current form because it upholds a system that benefits collectors, trustees, and corporations at the expense of art workers," the letter states. The correspondence is signed by the Arts & Labor group of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The Whitney Museum "perpetuates a model in which culture enhances the city and benefits the 1% of our society while driving others into financial distress," the letter says. The document also singles out the biennial's sponsorship relationship with the auction house Sotheby's.
You can read Occupy Wall Street's letter in its entirety.
-- David Ng
Photo: A protester affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street in New York. Credit: Spencer Platt / Getty Images