News Recap: May 31, 2019

A weekly update of art world news. 

The Louvre by Pipiten - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0 via  Wikimedia Commons

The Louvre by Pipiten - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Staff and Security Strikes Cause Partial Shut Down at The Louvre
This week, the Louvre’s staff and security went on strike citing increased museum visitors without corresponding staff growth. A statement by the union claims that since 2009, visitor attendance has increased by 20%. Until a union meeting is held, the Louvre will remain open but will only guarantee admission to those who have purchased tickets online.
Read the full story (Artforum)

Monument of Transgender Activists Planned for New York City
New York City has announced the planning of a new memorial statue for the lives and activism of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Both Johnson and Rivera where pioneering activists for transgender individuals during the gay rights movement. Their work with LGBTQ youth, particularly transgender youth, and those afflicted during the AIDS crisis, as well as their efforts in the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, will be cast as a sculptural monument in Ruth Wittenburg Park, which is a short distance from the Stonewall Inn.
Read the full story (The New York Times)

After Series of Racist Treatment at MFA Boston, an Apology is Released
Following last week’s accusations of the MFA Boston’s racist treatment of minority students on a field trip, the museum has issued an apology. The MFA has reportedly been in contact with the school since the incident came to light and has released a public statement saying that they want the museum to be an inclusive community for all and that they are working to make sure that everyone feels safe in such a space.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)