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Conceptual artist Susan Hiller has passed away, Sara Raza will join the Rubin Museum of Art as a guest curator, and more.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Invisibility (2018), installation view (image courtesy the artist and Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, photo by Polly Thomas)

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Accolades

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will award $413,500 in curatorial research fellowships for its fall 2018 cycle, which is the highest amount since the program launched in 2008. Each fellow — including Hallie Ringle, Naima Keith, and Meg Onli — will receive a grant of up to $50,000. [Artforum]

Nana Chinara & Shanée SmithKevin GotkinKris Grey & Maya CiarrocchiParijat DesaiKayhan Irani, and Antonio Ramos will comprise the inaugural Moving Towards Justice Cohort, launched by arts and social justice nonprofit Gibney to support artists and projects that use art as a tool for activism and social impact. [via email announcement]

Hiwa K was awarded the Kunsthalle Mannheim’s Hector Prize for Contemporary Art. The artist will receive $22,800 and mount an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Mannheim. [Artforum]

PEN America has announced its 2019 Literary Awards finalists today, honoring literature and literary translation by writers from around the world. [PEN]

The Sharjah Art Foundation has announced the films presented with awards at the inaugural edition of its film festival, Sharjah Film Platform. The award for Best Narrative Film went to Cherries, directed by Dubravka Turic. A Vacation, directed by Deniz Eroglu, received honorable mention. I Have a Picture: Film No. 1001 in the Life of the Oldest Extra in the World, directed by Mohamed Zedan, received Best Documentary Film, and A Stroll Down Sunflower Lane, directed by Mayye Zayed, received Best Experimental Film. [via email announcement]

Apichatpong Weerasethakul has won the eighth Artes Mundi Prize, a UK award that recognizes political art internationally. The Thai film director will receive $52,500 for his film, Invisibility. [Artes Mundi]

Opportunities

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is accepting applications for its 2019–2020 residency. 17 visual artists will be selected by artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee for year-long residencies in rent-free non-living studio spaces. The residency will last from September 2019 through August 2020. Applications are due February 15. [Studio Program]

Transitions

Jessie Edelman’s Muse at Denny Dimin Gallery’s original location on the Lower East Side (image courtesy Denny Dimin Gallery)

Nujoom Alghanem will represent the United Arab Emirates at the 2019 Venice Biennale. [The National]

Sylvia Benito, Sebastian Echavarria, Eric Johnson, and Simon Levine have joined the board of trustees of Pérez Art Museum Miami. [via email announcement]

Denny Dimin Gallery will move from its base on New York’s Lower East Side to 39 Lispenard Street in Tribeca this April. [via email announcement]

Susan R. Ewing has been named director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She was previously the academy’s interim director. [ARTnews]

Jacob Fabricius was appointed curator of Expo Chicago’s sculptural installation program, In/Situ. [via email announcement]

Fine Art Group has acquired the art-lending division of Falcon Group. [via email announcement]

Hayley Haldeman was named interim executive director of the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. [via email announcement]

Judith Hansen O’Toole was named interim executive director of the Frick Pittsburgh. [Artforum]

Heather Harmon was named deputy director of the Nevada Museum of Art’s proposed location in Las Vegas. [Las Vegas Review Journal]

The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College has reopened after a three-year renovation, introducing six new galleries. [WBUR]

Guillaume Kientz was tapped as curator of European art at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. [via email announcement]

Steven Matijcio was named director and chief curator of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. [Art & Education]

Kris Martin is now represented by Sean Kelly Gallery in New York. [via email announcement]

Sara Raza was appointed guest curator at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. [Artforum]

Elizabeth Rodini was appointed arts director at the American Academy in Rome. [American Academy in Rome]

Mary Louise Schumacher has resigned from her role as the art and architecture critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. [ARTnews]

Shannon R. Stratton has resigned from her post as chief curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. [via email announcement]

Nato Thompson was named artistic director of the Seattle Art Fair for the second year. [ARTnews]

Max Weintraub was named senior curator of the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado. [via email announcement]

David Zwirner and Simon & Schuster have entered an agreement for trade distribution of titles by David Zwirner Books. [via email announcement]

Obituaries

Susan Hiller, “Psi Girls” (1999), five-screen video installation with sound (© Susan Hiller, image courtesy Lisson Gallery, photo by Amy Romer, 2018)

Fatima Ali (1989–2019), chef and fan favorite on culinary competition Top Chef season 15 [Legacy]

Edwin Birdsong (1941–2019), innovative funk musician whose experimental music was widely sampled [Pitchfork]

Frances Grill (1928–2019), founder of Click Model Management, known for the diversity of its models [NYT]

Stanley Hill (1936–2019), American labor organizer who headed New York City’s largest public employee union for more than a decade [NYT]

Susan Hiller (1940–2019), conceptual artist who used film, video, and sculpture, to visualize her expertise as an anthropologist [Guardian]

James Ingram (1952–2019), Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist and R&B legend [Legacy]

Lyn Kienholz (1930–2019), founder of the California/International Arts Foundation who tirelessly advocated for Los Angeles artists [Los Angeles Times]

Florence Knoll Bassett (1917–2019), designer known for creating the look of the modern American office [NYT]

Michel Legrand (1932–2019), Oscar-winning French composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist [NPR]

Patricia McBride Lousada (1929–2019), founding member of New York City Ballet and interpreter of some of George Balanchine’s early works [NYT]

Oliver Mtukudzi (1952–2019), Zimbabwean musician, businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region [Nyasa Times]

Theodore K. Rabb (1937–2019), specialist in early modern European history [TAN]

Rita Vidaurri (1924–2019), ranchera singer who was popular in the 1940s and ’50s, and rekindled her career as she neared 80 [NYT]

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