PRINT September 2000


the MoMA strike

AS THIS ISSUE OF ARTFORUM goes to press, the strike at the Museum of Modern Art enters it fourth month, with negotiations at a virtual standstill, accusations of duplicity and bad faith issuing from all sides, and little hope that a settlement will be reached before the museum begins its $650 million expansion next year.

A giant inflatable rat, putative symbol of no-holds-barred union vigilance, has been positioned outside the museum's entrance. A dozen or so weedy, hip-looking picketers, members of the museum's Professional and Administrative Staff Association, toot whistles, slap drums, and urge visitors to go to the Whitney or the Guggenheim instead. “We're out here to demonstrate our resolve, though from the museum's point of view, we literally can't afford to take a principled stand,” said Michael Cinquina, a buyer for the museum bookstore. “It's contemptible of the museum to ignore

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