Leilah Weinraub, Shakedown (2018), digital video, color, sound

Leilah Weinraub, Shakedown (2018), digital video, color, sound

Art Movements is a weekly index of developments centering the people of the arts and culture sphere. Listen to our weekly podcast of the same name on iTunes.


The Sundance Institute’s 2018 Art of Nonfiction Fund Grantees are Jem Cohen, Kevin Jerome Everson, Kevin B. Lee and Chloé Galibert-Laîné, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Leilah Weinraub. They were selected for their cinematic approach to documentary filmmaking. [Indiewire]

Simone Leigh was awarded the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize. [via email announcement]

Sculptor and conceptual artist Jac Leirner has won the Wolfgang Hahn Prize from the Ludwig Museum in Cologne. She will receive up to €100,000 ($115,000). [ArtNews]

Artist Pedro Reyes and designer Carla Fernández were awarded Design Miami’s Design Visionary Award. [designboom]

Mark Peterson was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for his project, The Past Is Never Dead. He will receive a $35,000 Grant in Humanistic Photography. [Yahoo]

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev was awarded the 2019 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. [ArtNews]


A Blade of Grass is accepting applications for its Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art. They encourage artists invested in creating a more equitable future to apply. Fellows will receive $20,000 in partially restricted funds and additional support. The application deadline is November 16.

Artadia has launched a pilot program in Houston, Texas, the Houston Artadia Fellowship, to support immigrant and refugee artist communities. Applicants must live in the Houston area born outside of the United States. Recipients will receive $2,000 and additional support. The application deadline is December 9.


Rachel Rossin, “Lossy” (2015, installation view, image courtesy Signal Gallery)

Abaseh Mirvali was appointed executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara in California. [via email announcement]

La Piscine Museum in Roubaix, France has reopened after two years of construction. [The Guardian]

Rebecca Rabinow has joined the board of directors of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation in Berkeley, California. [ArtNews]

Signal Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn will close after six years. Its last exhibition opens on November 2. [ArtNews]

Luke Syson was named the director and Marlay curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, UK. [Cambridge Independent]

Niels Van Tomme will lead the Argos Centre for Art and Media in Brussels. [ArtNews]

Wai Yee will join the RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island as Assistant Curator of Asian and Islamic Art. Tayana Fincher, Kimia Rahnavardi, and Carson Evans have been named museum fellows. [via email announcement]


Free Little Library Book Exchange (via Wikimedia Commons)

Cy A Adler (1927–2018), author, organizer and conservationist [NYT]

Evelyn Anthony (1926–2018), prolific writer who explored the spy thriller genre [Guardian]

Anthea Bell (1936–2018), comics translator [Guardian]

Todd Bol (1956–2018), founder of the Free Little Library who brought community literature across America [NYT]

Wen Fong (1930–2018), professor of art history and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first consultative chairman of the Department of Asian Art [Princeton]

Harold Gregor (1929–2018), a painter whose work documented the agrarian midwest and was displayed at the White House under Obama [Pantagraph]

Ara Güler (1928–2018), influential Turkish photojournalist [Magnum]

Sue Hubbell (1935–2018), novelist of the realities of rural America [The Ellsworth American]

Takehisa Kosugi (1938–2018), Japanese avant-garde composer and violinist associated with the Fluxus movement [Pitchfork]

Raye Montague (1935–2018), naval ship designer who succeeded in the face of racism and misogyny [Smithsonian]

Yoko Ott (1970–2018), executive director of the Yale Union art center in Portland, Oregon [Portland Mercury]

Eugene H. Peterson (1932–2018), clergyman, scholar, author, and poet [NYT]

Jasmine Weber is an artist, writer, and former news editor at Hyperallergic. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.