The COVID-19 Crisis is exposing the ills of the US economic system and museums are no exception. Mass layoffs and furloughs shouldn’t have had to happen, but those actions keep the people at the top safe and confirm that we cannot mend, fix, or return to the status quo because it’s broken.
Some small museums had no choice but to layoff or furlough staff, bigger museums have other options. Regardless, we need to figure out how our institutions can be more sustainable and that means valuing and protecting the workers that makes these institutions run.
The image above is from the Freeze_Magazine Instagram account, developed in collaboration with the New Museum Union.