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This week in art news: the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened to the public, all but three of Columbia University’s visual arts MFA students demanded tuition refunds, and a Bernini sculpture lost a finger.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, Alabama. The center of the memorial consists of 805 hanging steel rectangles, each representing a US county where a documented lynching took place (courtesy Human Pictures / Equal Justice Initiative)

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The Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice — the first US memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people — opened to the public in Montgomery, Alabama. “In the American south, we don’t talk about slavery, we don’t talk about lynching, we don’t talk about segregation,” Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative told the Guardian. “We’ve actually littered the landscape with the iconography of the Confederacy, which we romanticize, we honor … that has left us vulnerable to replicating those features of white supremacy we actually never repudiated.”

All but three of the 54 students in enrolled in Columbia University’s visual arts MFA program demanded full tuition refunds, citing decrepit facilities and absentee instructors.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sculpture of Saint Bibiana lost a finger during its return from an exhibition at the Galleria Borghese. The accident reportedly occurred as the figure was being lifted back into place above the altar of the Santa Bibiana in Rome.

Over 60 protesters from 20 community groups held a protest at the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday to reiterate their demands for a decolonization commission.

The Musée Terrus, a museum dedicated to the French painter Étienne Terrus, revealed that half of its collection was fake, following a consultation by art historian art historian Eric Forcada.

Germany’s culture minister, Monika Grütters, pledged to secure funding for museums to research the provenance of artifacts acquired from former colonies. Grütters has yet to announce how much funding will be made available.

New York City loft tenants — many of them artists — held a demonstration near City Hall to demand that the Department of Buildings, its Loft Board, and Mayor Bill de Blasio honor their pledge to protect tenants of live-work units and overhaul the city’s Loft Law.

A Picasso painting jointly purchased by 25,000 internet users went on display in Geneva.

Anna Coliva, the director of the Galleria Borghese, will stand trial on charges of absenteeism and defrauding the public purse. The director was followed by investigators for two weeks after the ministry of culture received an anonymous letter alleging that Coliva was frequently absent from her office. Unnamed sources told the Art Newspaper that the allegation was made by a warder who was disciplined by Coliva for touting tickets to one of the museum’s exhibits.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors voted to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski from its membership.

Vladimir Aristarkhov, Russia’s deputy culture minister, stated concerns that the country’s Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice might be the target of protests and “provocations.” “The Skripal case proves that [other countries] will stop at nothing — any provocation, so long as it is anti-Russian,” Aristarkhov stated. The poisoning of Segei and Yulia Skirpal — attributed by the UK to a Novichok nerve agent — led to what is thought to be the largest-ever collective expulsion of Russian diplomats in the US and Europe.

Film producer Joel Silver filed a lawsuit against the Gagosian gallery for failing to fabricate and deliver a Jeff Koons sculpture, the second collector to sue the gallery in April.

An analysis by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) concluded that the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative generated $430.3 million in economic output across southern California.

Beatriz Milhazes completed two permanent installations for the New York Presbyterian David H.Koch Center.

Random International’s “Rain Room” (2012) was permanently installed at the Sharjah Art Foundation.

The ninth season of Art21’s television series, Art in the Twenty-First Century, starts on September 21. Subjects include Olafur Eliasson, Susan Philipsz, Zanele Muholi, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Stephanie Syjuco.

Wolfgang Tillmans will collaborate with the English National Opera (ENO) on a production of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.

A total of 1.44 million people visited the Royal Ontario Museum during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018 — the highest attendance in the Museum’s history.

Transactions

Cosimo Rosselli, “Saint Ansanus” (ca 1470), tempera and gold on poplar wood panel, 36 1/4 x 19 1/4 in, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens purchased two panel paintings by Cosimo Rosselli (1439–1507). According to the museum, the two panels were part of the same altarpiece as the “Madonna and Child in Glory,” which Arabella Huntington acquired for her Fifth Avenue apartment during the early 20th century. The museum also announced the acquisition of “The Open Sea,” an 1865 watercolor by British Pre-Raphaelite artist John Brett.

The National Galleries of Scotland acquired the two portraits by Sir Henry Raeburn (1756–1823).

The Mississippi Museum of Art acquired works by Works by Benny Andrews, McArthur Binion, Jeffrey Gibson, Titus Kaphar, Glenn Ligon, Deborah Luster, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Noah Saterstrom, and Hank Willis Thomas.

C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry donated 14 works to the Georgia Museum of Art. The gift includes works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Andrew Wyeth.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum acquired the artist’s 1931 painting “Kachina” from Jan and Marica Vilcek. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto received $5 million in funding from the Province of Ontario.

The Tate acquired Jordan Wolfson’s “Colored Sculpture” (2016).

The Brooklyn Museum acquired Ed Clark’s “Untitled” at the Frieze, New York.

The San José Museum of Art acquired two works by Diana Al-Hadid and “Antique Earth Satellite,” (2016) a sculpture created by The Propeller Group.

The Towbes Foundation donated a Usonian Frank Lloyd Wright house to the Cranbrook Center. The house will be opened up as an education resource, with tours held between May and October each year.

Self Help Graphics & Art purchased its Boyle Heights headquarters for $3.6 million.

Christian Keesee, the founder of the Brett Weston Archive, donated 50 of Weston’s photographs to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Sir Paul McCartney donated 63 photographs by his late wife Linda McCartney to the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Andrea Rosen and Luhring Augustine Gallery sold their shared building on West 24th Street for $28 million, a return of 1,650%. The galleries purchased the space for $1.6 million in 1997.

Royal Museums Greenwich acquired Kehinde Wiley’s “Ship of Fools” (2017).

Kehinde Wiley, “Ship of Fools” (2017) (© Kehinde Wiley; courtesy Kehinde Wiley and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London)

Transitions

Eva Kühne-Hörmann, Hesse’s minister of justice, resigned from the board of documenta.

Jane Chu will step down as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts in June.

Jon Parrish Peede was sworn in as the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Rafa Esparza were appointed to the Hammer Museum’s Artist Council.

Freya Simms was appointed chief executive of the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers.

Katherine Ann Leilani Tuider was appointed executive director of the Honolulu Biennial Foundation.

Reto Thüring was appointed chair of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Saisha Grayson was appointed curator of time-based art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Prerana Reddy was appointed director of programs at A Blade of Grass.

Antonio Cataldo was appointed artistic director of Fotogalleriet.

Natasha Hoare was appointed curator of the Goldsmiths Center for Contemporary Art, the new gallery due to open at Goldsmiths in September.

Ian M. Thom will retire as senior curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery at the end of June.

Bart J. C. Devolder was appointed conservator of collections at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Lisa Lapin was appointed vice president of communications at the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Katerina Stathopoulou was appointed assistant curator of The Public Art Fund.

Betsy Sussler, the cofounder and editor in chief of Bomb magazine, announced the launch of the “Future Fund,” an endowment campaign to “formalize a safety net” for the publication.

The Menil Drawing Institute will open its doors on November 3.

White Cube opened a New York office at 699 Madison Avenue.

Matthew Ritchie is now represented by James Cohan Gallery.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is now represented by David Zwirner.

Mary Obering is now represented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran.

The estate of Alina Szapocznikow is now represented by Hauser & Wirth.

Alina Szapocznikow, “Le Monde” (1971), polyester, newspaper, 50.5 x 34 x 9 cm (via Flickr/Andrew Russeth)

Accolades

John Yau was awarded the 2018 Jackson Poetry Prize.

The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) will award an honorary doctorate of arts degree to Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds on May 11.

Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj were awarded the 2018 Faena Prize for the Arts.

Charlotte Amelia Poe was awarded the inaugural Spectrum Art Prize.

Maya-Inès Touam was awarded the Lcc Program Award.

The Art Fund announced the shortlist for its 2018 Museum of the Year prize.

A.I.R. Gallery announced their 2018–19 Fellowship Artists.

Ka-Man Tse was awarded the 2018 Aperture Portfolio Prize.

Ka-Man Tse, “Untitled” (2016) (courtesy Aperture)

Obituaries

Michael Anderson (1920–2018), film director. Best known for Logan’s Run (1976), The Dam Busters (1955), and Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Nelson Pereira dos Santos (1928–2018), film director. Leading member of the Cinema Novo movement.

Everett Fahy (1941–2018), art historian and curator. Scholar of 15th and 16th century Florentine painters.

Larry Harvey (1948–2018), cofounder of Burning Man.

Gerson Leiber (1921–2018), painter and Judith Leiber (1921-2018), designer. The couple married in 1946.

Shah Marai (unknown–2018), photographer and journalist.

Steven Marcus (1928–2018), scholar and literary critic.

Margaret McDermott (1912–2018), journalist and philanthropist.

Sam Miller (1952–2018), president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) from 2010–2016.

Charles Neville (1938–2018), saxophonist. Member of the Neville Brothers.

Art Paul (1925–2018), graphic artist. Creator of the Playboy rabbit logo.

John Reardon (1951–2018), photographer.

Art Shay (1922–2018), photographer.

Jabo Starks (1938–2018), drummer.

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