Occupy Museums returns to MoMA and is joined by Art Handlers Local 814!


This Thursday 10/27/11

Meet at 2:30 PM, Liberty Square, for an information-sharing assembly.

Or meet at 4:00 PM at MoMA.


We will be joined by the Art Handler’s Union, Teamsters Local 814, who have been locked out of their Sotheby’s union jobs for over three months now. Following Occupy Museums, we will march to the Teamsters’ picket line at the Sotheby’s evening auction, which starts at 6:00 PM on 1334 York Avenue. 

Occupy Museums and the Teamsters Local 814 stand together in solidarity!

Please join us and to bring your own manifestos (BYOM), to read in the General Assembly at the doors of the museum! Please keep them short- 3 minutes max so that everyone can participate. For this action

we are moving away from the voice of a sole author to a collective voice. We welcome

all to be part of our assembly!

What is Occupy Museums?


We are artists, art lovers, and art workers! We live and love art and are committed to its growth. However, we see many museums in their current manifestations as key elements of a larger system whose funding structure and relationship to the market, disempowers artists, and alienates art from the 99%. Value is manufactured by false scarcity, propped up by the cult of celebrity and the parlor game of speculation. This undermines the potential power of art to be a much greater force in our society.


We believe that to Occupy is to claim space for dialog and transparency through the physical presence of our bodies. It is to hold space that was previously inaccessible. As Occupiers, we bring the General Assembly to the doors of the museum, to engage in a dialog about the relationships between the arts and capitalism.


This is only the beginning.

At its core, the Occupy Movement is about imagining and building a just and democratic future. It is generative not destructive. We are shifting collective consciousness.  We are here to envision what the museum can be, what art can be, and how we can create a society that works for the 100%.





2:30 — Informational assembly at Liberty Square, at tall red structure

3:15 — Occupy 4 train to MoMA

4:00 — General Assembly at MoMA!

5:00 – March or M31 Bus to Sotheby’s at 1334 York Avenue

5:30 — Stand in Solidarity with Teamsters Local 814


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    why occupy MoMA and not Sotherby’s? makes no sense…
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