Red Bull Arts Detroit 2019 Residents & Fellows (image courtesy Red Bull Arts Detroit)

Red Bull Arts Detroit 2019 Residents & Fellows (image courtesy Red Bull Arts Detroit)

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Elizabeth Glassman, the CEO of the Terra Foundation, was named a Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune for the philanthropic work she’s done to support the arts in the Windy City and beyond. [Chicago Tribune]

Red Bull Arts Detroit, which is funded by the Red Bull corporation, has selected nine artists-in-residence, six writing fellows, and one curatorial fellow to participate in their fellowship program. The residency will provide space, time, and resources for artists, curators, writers, and thinkers to thrive. Recipients include artists-in-residence Holly Bass, Pamela Council, Kearra Amaya Gopee, Miatta Kawinzi, Claire Lachow, Tiff Massey, Michael Polakowski, Patrick Quarm, and Hui-Ying Tsail; visiting writing fellows Dana Bassett, Andrew Berardini, Brian Droitcour, William E. Jones, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and Ruslana Lichtzier; and curatorial fellow Taraneh Fezeli. [via email announcement]


David J. Skorton, 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (image via Wikimedia Commons)

David J. Skorton, the Smithsonian’s 13th secretary, is resigning from his position after three and a half years. Skorton is leaving the position to pursue “higher education and health care.” [Washington Post]

Connecticut’s Fernando Alvarez Gallery, whose owner was arrested earlier this year for placing a sculpture resembling a burnt heroin spoon outside Purdue Pharma’s headquarters, will close next month. The gallery’s director said it has plans to reopen elsewhere in a bigger space. [Stamford Advocate]

Andreas Beitin has been appointed as director of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany. The museum’s previous leader, Ralf Beil, departed abruptly amid an internal dispute with the museum’s board. [Artforum]

Eugene A. Jenneman announced that he will retire next year as executive director of the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. He’s been with the institution for 30 years. [Manistee News Advocate]

Seth D. Pevnick, chief curator and Richard E. Perry curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Tampa Museum of Art has resigned. He will become curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art in March 2019. Pevnick has been with the Tampa Museum of Art since 2009. [Tampa Bay Times]

Four new members have been appointed to the Supervisory Board of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam by the Board of Mayor and Alderpersons of the Municipality of Amsterdam. The new members include Carla Aalse, Henriëtte Prast, Maarten Doorman, and Homme ten Have. The Board of Mayor has also converted the temporary chairmanship of Truze Lodder into a regular statutory appointment, with Caral Aalse as vice-chairman. [Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam]

The Mattress Factory art museum in Pittsburgh has reached a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board following sexual misconduct complaints against executive director Michael Olijnyk, who has been on paid leave since September. The museum “has established clear and direct policies and procedures based upon the most recent guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, legal counsel, and recommendations from the charging parties, and will provide additional training to all employees and management on these new policies,” according to a statement the museum released. [Pittsburgh Post Gazette]

Subodh Gupta has stepped down as guest curator of the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa, India after being accused of sexual harassment in an Instagram post last week. [Artnet News]

Artists and art professionals have issued a joint statement promoting safe spaces within the South Asian art community, “signed by over 270 members of the National and International arts community, including artists, curators, gallerists, collectors, writers, editors, musicians, and directors.” The statement expresses concerns over the growing number of sexual harassment allegations, urging the art world to ensure safe spaces and take these reports seriously. Notable names from the signatory list include Shahidul Alam, Gauri Gill, Nada Raza, Guerrilla Girls, Marth Roslet, Tania Brugera, and much more. [via email announcement]


Portrait of Marian Ladre and Sono Osato in costume for Union Pacific, Ballets Russes (photo by Maurice Seymour, Chicago, image via Wikimedia Commons)

Sono Osato, a Japanese American ballet star, who “performed with the Ballet Theater in New York and then gained acclaim on Broadway in the World War II-era musicals ‘One Touch of Venus’ and ‘On the Town,’” died on Wednesday at the age of 99. [The New York Times]

Sister Wendy Beckett, a Roman Catholic nun who interrupted a cloistered life in 1991 and soared to international stardom as an art critic, died this week at the age of 88. [LA Times]

Jane Langton, an author and illustrator of mysteries and children’s books died on Saturday in hospice care near her home in Lincoln, Massachusetts at the age of 95. [The New York Times]

Ricardo Barber, a Cuban stage actor who spent time in a forced-labor camp during Fidel Castro’s rule died last week in Manhattan at the age of 81. He was a member of the Spanish-language troupe Repertorio Español. [The New York Times]

Audrey Geisel, the widow of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died this week in her San Diego home at the age of 97. [Associated Press]

Peter Masterson, co-writer and co-director of the Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas died this week in his New York home at the age of 84. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 14 years ago. [The New York Times]

Raven Wilkinson, “one of the first African-American dancers to perform with a major ballet company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo,” died at the age of 83 in her Manhattan home on Monday. [The New York Times]

Shan Goshorn, “a Cherokee artist and activist known for her contemporary approach to traditional basket-weaving,” died of cancer at the age of 61. [Tulsa World]

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