Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
The Met Opera’s staging of “The Death of Klinghoffer”(1991) is going ahead, despite ongoing protests from groups who claim that the opera is anti-semitic. In an official statement, the Met said that “the rumors and inaccuracies about the opera and its presentation … are part of a campaign to have it suppressed. The Met will not bow to this pressure.” The opera was inspired by the murder of Jewish-American retiree Leon Klinghoffer, who died at the hands of four members of the Palestine Liberation Front during the 1985 hijacking of the Ms Achille Lauro (The Met Opera’s trailer is at the end of this post).
The Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art opened earlier this week. It is the first Harvard gallery wholly dedicated to African and African American art.
MOCA elected four new members to its board of trustees. They include artist Mark Bradford and collector Cathy Vedovi.
The heirs of Ludwig and Margret Kainer, German Jews whose art collection was confiscated by the Nazis, are suing Swiss bank giant UBS. According to a report by the New York Times, the beneficiary of recent auction sales of items from the Kainer’s collection was a “sham” foundation created by the bank – with no actual connection to the Kainer family. The suit alleges that the bank made no real effort to track down the heirs of the artwork. One item from the Kainer’s collection, Edgar Degas’s “Danseuses” (circa 1896), sold for just under $11 million in 2009.
Bonhams sold an Apple-1 computer at auction for $905,000, a figure twice its stated estimate. The computer was purchased by the Henry Ford Museum (image at top of post).
The Guggenheim Museum published an online gallery of entries submitted to its Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. Last month, a number of groups opposed to the Guggenheim launched their own competition entitled “Next Helsinki.” Read Hyperallergic’s coverage here.
Archaeologists unearthed the missing head of one of the two sphinxes discovered at the Amphipolis site, considered to be the largest ancient tomb ever to have been discovered in Greece. See Hyperallergic’s ongoing coverage here and here.
Williamsburg music venue Glasslands is to close after New Year‘s Eve. Billboard has reported that the closure is directly related to Vice Media’s development plans for a new 60,000 square foot space on the corner of Kent Avenue and South 2nd Street.
The Contemporary in Baltimore announced a $50,000 grant to support collaborative “artist-organized” activity. The initiative will launch in January.
A curator tracked down a long-lost portrait of French King Henri III. Pierre-Gilles Girault had set up a keyword search and discovered that the work was due to be auctioned.
Presenters for National Geographic’s controversial series, Nazi War Diggers, were not properly trained in handling excavated munitions, ThePipeLine reported. The show was cancelled last April following complaints from the public and renowned archaeologists. The controversy mostly centered on a sequence in which the presenters blithely wrenched skeletal remains from a muddy grave in Latvia.
Stanford University will open a new facility to house its art and art history departments next Fall. The Burt & Deedee McMurtry Building has been designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
The new University of Iowa Museum of Art will be built in downtown Iowa City. The museum’s former building was evacuated following severe flooding in June 2008.