MoMA Acquires Occupy Wall Street Print Portfolio


This probably isn’t what Occupy Museums had in mind, but the Museum of Modern Art has gone and given the Occupy Wall Street movement its stamp of institutional approval, buying up the 2012 Occuprints portfolio of 31 screenprints that were curated by the Booklyn Artists Alliance, the Guardian reports.

The set of prints, which includes protest posters from artists in New York, Montreal, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, and other cities where the Occupy movement has had a major presence, will be on view in MoMA’s study center for the time being and may be included in an Occupy-themed show at the institution or at MoMA PS1 in “the next few months or years,” according to chief curator of prints and drawings Christophe Cherix.

“We felt the portfolio was saying something very important in relation to New York, what’s happening now,” Cherix told the Guardian, “and at the same time we felt the portfolio had a very interesting relationship to other works in the collection from different periods but that are all trying to socially engage with the public.”

The artist Molly Crabapple created one of the prints in the portfolio, and applauded MoMA’s decision to acquire the whole set.

“I’m really excited that they are preserving Occupy stuff because so many amazing, brilliant artists created work around Occupy,” Crabapple told the Guardian. “I think it’s so much more authentic when museums take those artists, like the people at Occuprint, and focus on them instead of taking the usual suspects and asking them how they react to current events.”

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Bezer, “Orange Strike Flag,” 2012. Courtesy the artist, Occuprints.)