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Representatives of the Dakota Nation, artist Sam Durant, the Walker Art Center, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, agreed to ceremonially burn Durant’s 2012 work, “Scaffold.” The sculpture depicts seven historically specific gallows, including the one used to hang 38 Native men in Mankato, Minnesota at the end of the US-Dakota War of 1862. The work sparked protests last week, just over a month after it was installed at the Walker Art Center’s sculpture garden.

Activists called for the removal of a Confederate memorial in Forest Park, St. Louis. A crowd funding campaign launched by the city’s treasurer, Tishaura O. Jones, has so far raised over $15,000.

The diocese of Málaga objected to a mosaic of a pixelated flamenco dancer created by street artist Space Invader. The work was affixed to the wall of the city’s episcopal palace without permission.

A noose was found inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture less than a week after a Smithsonian Police officer discovered a noose hanging from a tree in the grounds of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Large crowds gathered at the NMAAHC to express their support for the institution.

A statue of Lady Justice was removed from outside the supreme court in Dhaka, Bangladesh following sustained pressure from prominent Islamist organizations including Hefazat-e-Islam and Olama League. Officials subsequently ordered that the sculpture be moved to a new location near an annex building about 300 yards away.

Noel Hilliam, a fringe historian with connections to the far-right, potentially faces a $300,000 fine for exhuming human remains from a Māori burial site. Hilliam reportedly told the press that he removed the remains in an attempt to prove that the Māori were not the first people in New Zealand.

Giuseppe Penone, “Foglie di Pietra” (2017), marble and bronze (photo by Stefano Guindani, courtesy FENDI)

Arte Povera artist Giuseppe Penone unveiled a new public sculpture entitled “Foglie di Pietra.” The work, which was commissioned by Fendi, has been permanently installed outside of one of the fashion house’s stores in Rome.

The directors of five museums in Italy were ousted in the wake of a ruling by the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio. The decision challenges a recent scheme to hire talented foreign candidates for the country’s institutions.

The Museum of Old and New Art’s Dark Mofo festival cancelled tickets for its upcoming Hermann Nitsch performance after uncovering a plot to disrupt the event. Animal rights activists voiced their opposition to the performance, which involved the dismemberment of a bull carcass.

Art Basel filed a lawsuit against Adidas, alleging that 1,000 limited edition “Art Basel” sneakers were created without the art fair’s involvement or consent.

Louise Blouin, the owner of, Modern Painters, and Art + Auction, terminated around 20-30 full-time employees. According to the New York Post, employees were told they could “reapply” for their jobs as contract freelancers.

Ai Weiwei posed as drowned Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi for a second time, despite the furor that followed in the wake of a similar photographic work he created in February 2016.

According to CBS13, the Crocker Art Museum has had problems with its humidifier system since its expansion in 2010, putting the museum at risk of losing its accredited status.

Kazimir Malevich, drawing for “An Englishman in Moscow” (1914), pencil on paper, 14×10 cm, Khardzhiev Collection (courtesy Stedelijk Museum)

The Stedelijk Museum discovered a drawing by Kazimir Malevich during an inventory check of its Khardzhiev Collection — the largest collection of Malevich’s work outside of Russia.

Students at MS244 in New York will paint a mural based on Carmen Herrera’s 1952 painting, “Untitled.” The project has been organized by youth development program Publicolor.

Residents in Camberwell voiced their opposition to Anish Kapoor‘s proposal to add an extension to the roof of his London studio.

Tate Britain’s David Hockney retrospective became the Tate’s most popular show, with more than 478,082 visitors as of Wednesday, May 31. The exhibition will be open until midnight over the weekend (June 3 and 4).

An exam on black, Asian, and ethnic minority history will be introduced for history undergraduate students at Oxford University following complaints about the university’s curriculum. A university spokesperson told the Independent that the decision was not related to recent decolonization protests such as the Rhodes Must Fall campaign.


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation acquired Amedeo Modigliani’s “Woman in a Sailor Shirt” (“La femme en blouse marine,” 1916). The work was a testamentary bequest of collector Luisa Toso.

The Contemporary Austin will transfer the majority of its art collection to the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas.

The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture acquired the archives of jazz musician Sonny Rollins.

John Travolta donated his Boeing 707 plane to Australia’s Historical Aircraft Restoration society.

Digital audiobook company Audible announced that it will create a $5 million fund to commission work from playwrights.

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens received a $4 million gift from the Disosway Foundation of New York to endow the position of executive director.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts acquired Hyacinthe Rigaud’s modello for his portrait of “Louis XIV in Royal Ceremonial Robes” (1701).

Hyacinthe Rigaud, Modello for “Portrait of Louis XIV in Royal Ceremonial Robes” (1701), oil on canvas, 55 x 45 cm, MMFA, purchase, gifts of W. Bruce C. Bailey in honour of Hilliard T. Goldfarb, and of Dan Mayer, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Volunteer Association Fund, the Museum Campaign 1988–93 Fund, and the Serge Desroches, Hermina Thau, David R. Morrice, Mary Eccles, Jean Agnes Reid Fleming, Geraldine C. Chisholm, Margaret A. Reid, F. Eleanore Morrice, Harold Lawson, Marjorie Caverhill, Harry W. Thorpe and Mona Prentice Bequests (courtesy the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts)


Jaime Dempsey will succeed Robert C. Booker as executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Crystal Wei was appointed executive director of Mount Tremper Arts.

Louise Bernard was appointed director of the Obama Presidential Center’s museum.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art appointed Eungie Joo as the museum’s first curator of contemporary art.

Danielle Johnson was appointed curator of modern and contemporary art at the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Chad Dawkins will succeed Mary Mikel Stump as director of exhibitions at the Southwest School of Art.

Carles Muro was appointed the first adjunct curator of architecture programs at the Serralves Museum.

Kim Conaty was appointed curator of drawings and prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art [via email announcement].

Rachel White was appointed curator of education at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

The Norman Foster Foundation opened in Madrid.

The Museum of Modern Art unveiled the final designs for its $400 million expansion project.

Christie’s will close its South Kensington showroom on July 29. The auction company had previously announced that it planned to close the space at the end of the year.

London’s Wilkinson Gallery will permanently close at the end of July.

New York’s P! gallery permanently closed.

The Battat Contemporary gallery in Montreal will close by the end of the year.

New York’s Peter Blum Gallery will relocate to 176 Grand Street in September. Miles Coolidge, Paul Fägerskiöld, and Enoc Perez join the gallery’s roster of artists.


Sarah Contos, “Sarah Contos Presents: The Long Kiss Goodbye” (2016), screen-print on linen, canvas and lamé, digital printed fabrics and various found fabrics, PVC, poly-fil, glass, ceramic and plastic beads, thread, artists’ gloves, 610 x 330 x 25 cm (courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and STATION Gallery, Melbourne. Photo by Jessica Maurer)

Sarah Contos was awarded the inaugural Ramsay Art Prize.

The Association of Art Museum Curators announced the recipients of its 2017 Awards for Excellence.

Russia announced the recipients of its 2017 Innovation Awards.

Director Ruben Östlund was awarded the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or for The Square (2017), a satirical drama set in the art world.

The Nancy Graves Foundation awarded grants to Sam Contis and Myeongsoo Kim.

The Museum of Arts and Design announced the recipients of its Summer 2017 Artist Studios Program and Van Lier Fellowship.

Allison Wiese was appointed the Neon Museum’s 2017 National Artist in Residence.


Marie Cosindas, “Floral” (c. 1962-1963) (© Estate of Marie Cosindas, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY)

Gregg Allman (1947–2017), musician and songwriter. Singer and keyboardist for The Allman Brothers Band.

Laura Biagiotti (1943–2017), fashion designer.

Ann Birstein (1927–2017), memorist and novelist.

Michael Bliss (1941–2017), historian.

Marie Cosindas (1925–2017), early pioneer of color photography.

Sir Alistair Horne (1925–2017), historian and former spy.

Denis Johnson (1949–2017), playwright, author, and poet. Best known for Jesus’ Son (1992) and Tree of Smoke (2007).

David Lewiston (1929–2017), recorder and collector of indigenous music.

John Severson (1933–2017), artist and founder of Surfer magazine.

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Tiernan Morgan

Tiernan Morgan is the former producer of Hyperallergic. His articles have examined New York’s 1980s art scene and artist resale royalties. He also collaborates with artist and regular Hyperallergic contributor...