A group of eco-minded protestors gathered out front of the new Whitney Museum last night to decry the building's proximity to a high-pressure natural gas pipeline and the dubious relationship between art collecting and the carbon industry. Via Gothamist,
"Art has long been a means for the owners of ethically questionable wealth to launder their money into cultural capital...Museums are indeed temples of truth, reflecting the destructive policies of the one percent," [Noah Fischer of Occupy Museums] said, pointing to the labor practices undergirding the Walmart fortune that underwrote the Crystal Bridges museum, the indentured labor being used to build the new Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi, and the fossil-fuel billionaire David Koch's deep involvement in New York cultural institutions. So, is it a coincidence that the Renzo Piano-designed building actually looks exactly like a fuel-guzzling bus, as New York Magazine archicritic Justin Davidson has pointed out?
The new Whitney Museum will throw an opening block party following its May 1 opening.
· Protestors: Whitney's New "1% Museum" Is Perilously Close To Fracked Gas Pipeline [Gothamist]
· Whitney Museum To Throw Opening 'Block Party' on Gansevoort Street [DNA]
· All Whitney Museum coverage [Curbed]