New Museum Union

Letter: Artists and Arts Workers Send Open Letter to Museum Management

January 18, 2019

Published on Artforum

We stand in solidarity with the New Museum Union.

We are troubled by New Museum leadership’s decision to hire an anti-union firm to sow fear and hostility and to misinform both management and staff about the role of unions in the workplace. Intimidation and misinformation do not constitute open engagement with the Museum employees. Moreover, such behavior goes against everything that the Museum has historically stood for—that is, equity, diversity, and a commitment to institutional responsibility.

We implore New Museum leadership to do the right thing and allow their employees to form a union without interference. We also urge leadership to bargain with the New Museum Union in good faith for a fair contract. Your coworkers are not simply union supporters but devoted colleagues who deeply love and believe in the institution and are fully committed to its future.


Becca Albee, Artist and Associate Professor, the City College of New York, CUNY
Rhea Anastas, Art historian, Curator, and Associate Professor, Clare Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine
Tauba Auerbach, Artist
Julie Ault, Artist
Andy Bichlbaum, the Yes Men
Richard Birkett, Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Claire Bishop, Professor, PhD Program in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center
Hannah Black, Artist
Nayland Blake, Artist, Chair ICP-Bard MFA
Jennifer Bolande, Professor, New Genres, UCLA Dept. of Art
Justin Vivian Bond, Transgenre Artist
Gregg Bordowitz, Artist
A.K. Burns, Artist
Paul Chan, Artist
Howie Chen, Curator
Liz Collins, Artist
Nikki Columbus, Artist and Writer
Anna Craycroft, Artist
Mary Ann DeVlieg, Cofounder, International Arts Rights Advisors
Leah DeVun, Associate Professor, Rutgers University (Member, AAUP-AFT Local 06323)
Kimberly Drew, Writer and Independent Curator
Nicole Eisenman, Artist
Andrea Fraser, Professor and Chair, UCLA Department of Art
Paul Gabrielli, Artist
Malik Gaines, Artist
Lia Gangitano, Director, Participant Inc.
Dorota Gaweda and Egle Kulbokaite, Artists
Liam Gillick, Artist
Colleen Grennan, Director, Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Jonah Groeneboer, Artist
The Guerrilla Girls, Artists
Miguel Gutierrez, Artist
Sharon Hayes, Artist
House of Ladosha, Artist Collective
Katherine Hubbard, Artist
Juliana Huxtable, Artist
David Joselit, Distinguished Professor, PhD Program in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center
Alhena Katsof, Curator
Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Artist and Writer
Nicole Killian, Artist and Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Devin Kenny, Artist
Kate Kraczon, Curator
Molly Larkey, Artist
Paul Lee, Artist
Simon Leung, Artist and Professor of Art, UC Irvine
Jordan Lord, Artist
Monica Majoli, Artist and Professor, UC Irvine
Dave McKenzie, Artist
Yong Soon Min, Professor Emerita, UC Irvine
Fred Moten, Professor, New York University
Carlos Motta, Artist
Peaches, Artist
Gala Porras-Kim, Artist
R.H. Quaytman, Artist
Asad Raza, Artist
Halsey Rodman, Artist; Co-Chair of Sculpture, Bard MFA; Critic, Yale School of Art, Painting and Printmaking
Martha Rosler, Artist
Alexandro Segade, Artist
Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Artist; Visiting Artist Faculty, California Institute for the Arts and Bard Summer MFA
Anna Sew Hoy, Artist
Gregory Sholette, PhD, Professor, Queens College Art Dept, CUNY
Patrick Staff, Artist
Eric A. Stanley, Assistant Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley
A.L. Steiner, Artist
Eric Golo Stone, Writer, Artist, and Curator
Monica Terrero, Programs Events Coordinator, Independent Curators International (ICI)
Lincoln Tobier, Artist, Otis College of Art and Design / SEIU Local 721
Mariana Valencia, Artist
Chris E. Vargas, Artist
Anton Vidokle, Artist and Founder of e-flux
Andrew Norman Wilson, Artist
Matt Wolf, Filmmaker
Wooloo, Artists
Yellow Jackets Collective
Constantina Zavitsanos, Artist