PRINT February 1971


A Creepy Protest at Museum

Political communications from various segments of the art community will be published in this section from time to time. Material is selected on the basis of its potential interest to the general art community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Artforum staff.

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART now has cockroaches. A group of artists unhappy with the administration of the museum invaded a banquet of museum trustees last night and poured a jarful of roaches on to the table.

The demonstrators, members of the Action Committee of the Artworkers Coalition, contended that the trustees showed contempt for the public by closing off the museum’s Louis XVI Room to hold their dinner there.

As museum director Thomas Hoving and other startled dinner guests looked on, some swatting the cockroaches with their napkins, guards hustled the artists from the room. One demonstrator was wrestled to the

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