Art: N.Y.A.S.A.R.S.R.W.

The American Association of Museums is about as staid an organization as Spiro Agnew could wish, and for 64 years it has been meeting annually without notable incident. But this year's get-together was different.

It started conventionally enough with an address by Nancy Hanks, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Then the protesters arrived. Longhaired, mustachioed and some 30 strong, they stormed the speaker's rostrum at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, bearing banners and shouting insults at the U.S. museum establishment. They called themselves the New York Artists Strike Against Racism, Sexism, Repression and War. Two of their members, who were scheduled...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!