On Saturday night, the famed rotunda of New York City’s Guggenheim Museum
’s was abuzz with protestors as faux-prescription slips and pill bottles rained down to the lobby, where other protestors were simultaneously staging a die-in. The protests, led by photographer Nan Goldin
, were the latest in a series of demonstrations targeting cultural institutions that accept donations from members of the Sackler family; the late brothers Mortimer and Raymond Sackler owned Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, when the company started manufacturing the opioid. Goldin and her group PAIN
(Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) have held protests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
, the Smithsonian, and the Harvard Art Museums, all of which, like the Guggenheim, have taken donations from members of the Sackler family. In 2001, the Guggenheim opened the Sackler Center for Arts Education
, and the Met’s famous Temple of Dendur
is housed in its Sackler Wing.