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The Tehran Museum of Contemporary art is undergoing some “contemporary archaeology,” which involves unearthing a number of previously unrecorded artworks by Pablo Picasso and a drawing by Marcel Duchamp in its archives. The works were discovered during a series of renovations in its storage facility in preparation for the museum’s 2019 exhibitions. Dutch architect and curator Mattijs Visser will organize the museum-wide exhibition Portrait, Still-life, Landscape (February 21–April 20, 2019) of 400–500 works from the collection. Visser says the museum expects to find more unknown works as the research continues.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced an effort to finance projects at 29 cultural institutions across the United States. The NEH is awarding a total of $13.2 million among these organizations to help create and sustain the nation’s humanities infrastructure. Awardees include the HBCU Library Alliance, Brooklyn Museum of Arts and Sciences, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The nonprofit New Art Dealers Alliance announced it will be ending its spring fair, held annually in New York. NADA says it will funnel resources into supporting gallery programming across the city in an effort to increase foot traffic during March Arts Week.
The Newseum in Washington, DC, whose goal is “to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment,” came under fire for sale of t-shirts boasting “You Are Very Fake News” in its gift shop. The museum pulled the shirts after complaints that the shirts were “anti-press” and demeaned journalistic integrity. A museum representative told Poynter that “Make America Great Again” and “FBI” hats are among the most popular items in the gift shop.
The List, which documented the names of over 34,000 refugees who lost their lives within, or on the borders of Europe since 1993, was mysteriously removed from a Liverpool hoarding last week. A part of the Liverpool Biennial, the project was reinstalled on Monday, August 5.
A 14th-century Islamic manuscript, “The Summary of the Science of History,” was returned to the Egyptian National Library and Archives after the work “disappeared” from the institution in the 1970s. The manuscript was set for auction at Bonham’s when it was discovered and sent back to Egypt.
A dozen looted ancient artifacts from northeastern Thailand were repatriated last week after being returned to the Thai Embassy in Washington, DC. The objects were previously in the possession of an American antiquities collector. The objects, thought to be between 1,800 and 4,300 years old, included decorated pottery and bronze jewelry. They are believed to have originated from an ancient civilization in Ban Chiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The College Art Association received a major anonymous gift of $1 million to fund travel for art history faculty and their students to special exhibitions related to their classwork. The donation will be used to establish the Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions.
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, partnering with the New York City Council, has allocated $3.1 million to the Staten Island Children’s Museum. Funding will go towards reducing the museum’s environmental footprint through a series of renovations [via email announcement].
A 2001 Banksy mural, originally painted as part of his Peace is Tough exhibition, will be uncovered in a five-month restoration. The mural was originally painted at the Arches, a Glasgow nightclub, but it was covered by new owners in 2007. The restoration follows fears that the club will soon close, losing the work permanently.
Ruby City, the new name for the Linda Pace Foundation’s Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, announced that it has acquired Gillian Wearing’s photograph “Me as an Artist in 1984” (2014) from Regen Projects. Wearing uses silicon prosthetics in her work to reconstruct family photographs, in which she transforms herself into different family members and younger versions of herself “as a way of drawing a physical connection between herself and others with whom she shares a genetic link,” according to the Linda Pace Foundation. [via email announcement]
This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
Naomi Beckwith promoted to senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Legacy Russell appointed associate curator of exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem [via email announcemnet].
Larry Ossei Mensah named senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Vanessa Houser appointed the first female director of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania
Betty Avila named executive director of nonprofit Self Help Graphics & Art in Los Angeles
Alaina Claire Feldman elected director of the Mishkin Gallery at CUNY Baruch
Elena Soboleva to operate David Zwirner’s online sales operation that they are calling a “sixth gallery space”
Han-I Wang appointed senior director of the Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong
Sarah Bailey Hogarty named director of marketing and communications at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco [via email announcement]
Toby Kamps named director of external projects at London’s White Cube
René Kamm stepped down as CEO of Baselworld parent company, the MCH group
Chris Scoates begins as Nanette L. Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York [via email announcement]
The High Museum of Art in Atlanta added four new members to its board of directors, including political activist and musician Michael Render (aka Killer Mike), community activist Jean Hanges, Georgia-Pacific executive David Park, and Interscope Records VP Keinon Johnson
Artist Mika Tajima now represented by Los Angeles gallery Kayne Griffin Corcoran
The second annual Art Berlin fair has changed locations. The fair, held September 27–30, will now take place in the decommissioned Tempelhof airport.
The Kunststiftung NRW Foundation in Germany has revealed its contenders for the 2018 Nam June Paik Award for artists working with moving images and technology. The nominees are Andreas Angelidakis, Melanie Bonajo, Antoine Catala, Hanne Lippard, and Sondra Perry. Awardees are given €25,000 (~$29,000), will be featured in a group show at the Westfälischer Kunstverein in the fall. The finalist will be announced in November.
On Sunday, August 12, the MacDowell Colony will honor cartoonist Art Spiegelman with its 59th Edward MacDowell Medal, given annually to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to American culture. [via email announcement]
Argentinian video artist Mika Rottenberg was awarded the 2019 Kurt Schwitters Prize. Rottenberg will receive €25,000 (~$29,000) and an exhibition at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover.
The American Folk Art Museum is honoring Raf Simons for his Americana quilts, made in his post as chief creative officer of Calvin Klein.
Visual immigration and gentrification narratives will be the focus of the 7th annual Photoville festival in Brooklyn. The pop-up galleries inside shipping containers will be on from September 13–23 at the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza in DUMBO.
Photographs by Matthew Brandt, developed in poisoned water from Flint, Michigan, are on view at the Detroit Insitute of Arts. The photographs come frome Brandt’s series “Bridges Over Flint,” and are on view in the exhibition Out of the Crate: New Gifts & Purchases, on view through September 23.
Applications are open for the Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellows 2019–2020. They call for applicants “part of social, political, or cultural groups who are currently or historically oppressed or excluded, and come from communities around the world where freedom of expression is limited. This program especially aims to support people of color, women, gender non-conforming individuals, LGBTQ individuals, individuals who are part of racial, ethnic, or religious minority groups, and others whose authorship is unevenly represented within the field of documentary photography.”
Antonio Dias (1944–2018), Brazilian conceptual artist and leader of the Brazilian movement Nova Figuração (New Figuration), which opposed the Brazilian junta through art
Rick Genest (1985–2018), model known under the moniker “Zombie Boy”
Douglas Grindstaff (1931–2018), Emmy Award-winning sound editor known for his work on Star Trek
H.F. Lenfest (1930–2018), philanthropist to the arts, media executive, and lawyer
Winston Ntshona (1941–2018), Tony-winning South African playwright and actor
Glen Roven (1958–2018), renowned composer and Emmy-winning music director
Mary Carlisle (1914–2018), actress, singer, dancer, and Hollywood ingénue
Joël Robuchon (1945–2018), the world’s most Michelin-starred chef
Charlotte Rae (1926–2018), Broadway actress known for her role in sitcoms “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes”
Patricia Hermes (1936–2018), historical children’s book author
Tomasz Stańko (1942–2018), jazz trumpeter.
Lorrie Collins (1942–2018), rockabilly singer of the Collins Kids
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