Grand reopening at MOMA met with protests

Kimberly Dole
October 21, 2019 - 1:01 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The grand reopening of the Museum of Modern Art's new $450 million, 47,000-square-foot expansion was met by protestors from the Puerto Rican community.

The protests resulted in about six poeple being arrested according to reports.

A rally in cluding protestors from The Center for Popular Democracy, New York Communities for Change, and Churches United For Fair Housing demanded that Steven Tananbaum be removed from the board of directors due to his role as founder of GoldenTree, a hedge fund that owns at least $2.5bn of Puerto Rico’s debt and has profited from the island’s financial crisis.

“The demand is to take action and remove Tananbaum. As long as he is on [MoMA’s> board, we will be at their door,” says Gina De Jesus, an organizer with New York Communities for Change. “People died after Hurricane Maria and [Tananbaum> didn’t think twice about profiting from the disaster. If MoMA cares about the wellbeing of other humans more than money, it must take action.”

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