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Occupy Museums: Splinter or Faction?

by Paddy Johnson on October 31, 2011
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Is Occupy Museums a splinter group or a faction? Does it serve the greater cause of the OWS protests, or does it needlessly divert resources? It’s a question our commenters have been hashing out on “Why Splinter Groups Don’t Take Away From Occupy Wall Museums”. I tend to fall on the side of faction — AFC’s Will Brand made a compelling argument for this last week — but there’s more than one perspective on this. A few highlighted comments from the thread follow. First, a handy metaphor from Deborah Fisher, executive director at A Blade of Grass:

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Occupy Museums Confronts The One Percent

by Paddy Johnson on October 28, 2011
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Rain did not deter this week’s Occupy Museums General Assembly, the second in what is an ongoing series of protests. Joined this week by the Art Handlers’ Union, Teamsters Local 814, a group of roughly 60 people collected on the steps of MoMA to protest a system they say has a funding structure and relationship to the market that “disempowers artists, and alienates art from the 99%”. From the museums, they traveled across town to join the picket lines at Sotheby’s just before the launch of their evening Prints sale.

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