New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to remove ‘Sackler’ name

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art © David Gill

It is being reported that New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will be dropping the name ‘Sackler’ on galleries and exhibits (“New York’s Met museum to remove Sackler name from exhibits“, BBC News, December 9, 2021).

“The seven exhibition spaces bearing the Sackler name include a wing housing the famous Temple of Dendur, an ancient Egyptian temple commissioned by the province’s Roman governor.”

Does this mean that other galleries in the museum will be renamed?

Remembering migrants

Ellis Island © David Gill

The luggage in the hall of Ellis Island is a poignant reminder of approximately 12 million migrants who passed through this entry point for the United States in the hope of a better life. It contains the National Museum of Immigration as part of the National Park.

Selling Ancient Art in New York


This week saw two major sales of ‘ancient art’ at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York. Combined with the two sales earlier in the summer, some $26.3 million worth of ancient art has been auctioned in 2015. This is roughly equivalent to 2014 with $26.8 million. There has been a steady decrease since 2010 ($133.8 million).

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