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Nikki Columbus, an editor and curator, launched a claim against MoMA PS1 in July with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, claiming that the museum had rescinded a job offer after discovering she had recently become a mother. Her suit identified this as a violation of the city’s laws on caregivers, pregnancy and women’s rights. Earlier this week, MoMA PS1 settled with Columbus for an undisclosed sum. MoMA PS1 also signed an agreement to update its written policies to protect women, working parents, and other caregivers who apply for jobs or work at the institution. [NYT]
A miniature version of Sandro Botticelli‘s “Madonna of the Pomegranate,” thought to be a copy by an unidentified admirer of the artist, is now attributed to the Renaissance painter’s 15th-century studio. After scraping off a thick yellow varnish and using X-Ray and infrared examination, English Heritage conservators confirmed the painting’s origins, consulting with the Victoria and Albert Museum and National Gallery. The painting will go on view at Ranger’s House on April 1. [BBC]
The $650 million redesign of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been downsized for time and cost-effectiveness. The most recent iteration is 40,000 square feet smaller than the previous version, and more than 45,000 square feet smaller than the four existing LACMA buildings that are set to be replaced. LACMA’s website says they have currently raised $560 million for the renovation, but in the past have claimed there was a need to raise $600 million by end of 2018 or “it’s not gonna work.” [Curbed]
Earlier this week, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced that the popular and critically acclaimed exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, will make an unexpected stop at the de Young Museum in San Francisco this fall. The exhibition, organized by Tate Modern in London, also traveled to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas, the Brooklyn Museum, and is currently on view at the Broad in Los Angeles. Soul of a Nation will travel to the de Young from November 9, 2019, through March 8, 2020. [SF Chronicle]
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in St. Louis, Missouri has been badly damaged in a four-alarm fire. The manuscript library houses some of the collection of original manuscripts owned by California collector David Karpeles. Among its rare objects are a Gutenberg Bible and the first draft of the Bill of Rights. It is still unclear which objects have been damaged, however the museum director, Kerry Manderbach, says that earlier in the day, a smoke alarm went off and he ran into the museum to retrieve old manuscripts regarding Che Guevara. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
Photographer Carlos Somonte, the cinematographer of the critically acclaimed Netflix film Roma, is selling photos captured during the filming to benefit the Center for Support and Training of Domestic Workers in Mexico. [Artspace]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will soon transform its iconic steps into a display of public art. Starting in September, the museum will launch an annual artist commission series, starting off with sculptures by Wangechi Mutu. The museum will also add a splash of contemporary art to its Great Hall, currently the home to a statue of an Egyptian pharaoh and a sculpture of Athena, by hanging paintings by Kent Monkman in December. [via email annoucement]
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has acquired five works by key Latin American Artists. The acquisition was made possible through the gifts of Dallas entrepreneur and civic leader Jorge Baldor, as well as through The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc.; the de Unger family, a trustee of The Keir Collection of Islamic Art; an anonymous donor; and a promised gift from DMA trustees Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich. The works include Miguel Covarrubias’s full-scale preparatory drawing for the mural “Genesis, The Gift of Life,” installed outside the Museum’s main entrance; pastels by Diego Rivera and Roberto Matta; and a 17th-century Peruvian textile.
This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
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- Musée d’Orsay Renames Manet’s “Olympia” After Its Overlooked Black Model, Laure
- London’s Skyline Will Bloom With Proposed “Tulip” Building
- Sacklers and Purdue Pharma Pay $270 Million to Settle Oklahoma Opioid Lawsuit [UPDATED]
- Vienna Museum Cancels Palestine Event with South African Anti-Apartheid Leader
- Italy Returns 800 Artifacts to China Amidst a Controversial Trade Deal
- After Growing Scrutiny, UK’s Sackler Trust Suspends Philanthropic Donations
- Decolonize This Place Launches “Nine Weeks of Art and Action” with Protest at Whitney Museum
- Guggenheim Museum “Does Not Plan to Accept Any Gifts” from the Sackler Family
- Faced with Rising Tuition, CalArts Students Are Working to Raise Money
- A Rediscovered Portrait of Harriet Tubman Is Unveiled
- Michael Steinhardt, Major Cultural Philanthropist, Accused of Sexual Harassment By 7 Women
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