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Protestors Stage May Day Action at Guggenheim Museum

Benjamin Sutton reports at Hyperallergic that starting at noon today, a group of artists and activists including members of the Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (known as GULF) began a protest at the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York. They unfurled a large parachute in the atrium of the museum and demanded to meet with a member of the institution’s board of trustees to discuss labor conditions at the institution’s Abu Dhabi site currently under construction. Protestors threw leaflets inspired by the current On Kawara exhibition from the museum’s upper levels.

Six NYPD officers arrived but an hour after the protest began they were called off by the museum administration. One of the organizers, Amin Husain, told other protestors that “the museum has communicated to us through the cops that we can stay in this number, but we can’t grow.”

Melena Ryzik reports in the New York Times that, as of 12:42 PM, the museum was closed to the public through the rest of the day due to the protest.