Outside MoMA’s annual Party in the Garden — this year honoring Agnes Gund — some of the museum’s staffers held their own “Party on the Pavement,” protesting low wages.
Workers held signs with slogans such as “Modern Art, Ancient Wages” and “Glitzy New Tower, Shabby Old Wages,” and a flier posted online encouraging support for the event on the street parroted a tastefully designed museum invite, down to the dress code: “Cocktail attire encouraged.”
Inside, guests included moguls Henry Kravis, Leon Black and Edgar Bronfman and celebrity artists Jeff Koons and Marina Abramoviććc. Collector Laurie Tisch made her own statement as a guest, with a shirt reading “Why have there been no great women artists?” Rocker St. Vincent performed at an after-party.
Reps for the museum said that MoMA is committed “to reach an agreement that will keep our community of dedicated staff and the museum on a path of financial stability and future growth.
We respect the right of each individual to contribute to the open dialogue and make her or his voice heard in this process.”
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