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Week in Review: Museum Workers Urge Transparency, Trump Baby Returns in the UK

Also, New Jersey named eight members of the Sackler family in its lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, a Turkish video activist chained himself to the culture ministry in Ankara, and more.

Documentary filmmaker and video activist Oktay Ince in front of the culture ministry in Ankara (courtesy Sibel Tekin)

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Oktay Ince, a Turkish filmmaker and longtime video activist, chained himself to a pole outside the culture ministry in Ankara to protest the confiscation of his archive, worth 20 years of his work. He was held in police custody and accused of terrorist propaganda. | Hyperallergic

Museum workers are urging industry-wide reform and transparency by contributing to a spreadsheet documenting their place of employment, salary rates, and demographic details like race and gender. So far, over 1,000 arts professionals have participated. | Hyperallergic

A recent study shows that artists in 18 major museums in the United States are 85% white and 87% male. Artist and data journalist Mona Chalabi responded to the research revelation with her artistic vision for museum collections if they were to represent the entire population. | Hyperallergic

The New Jersey attorney general’s office has named eight members of the Sackler family in a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, accusing the family and their company of mismarketing OxyContin as less addictive and lethal than it was known to be. | CNN

A giant projection of the Trump Baby lit up the White Cliffs of Dover this weekend (photo by Andy Aitchison, courtesy Matt Bonner)

Eleven months after protesters trolled Trump’s visit to British Parliament with a baby blimp caricature of the business tycoon, the cartoonish likeness of the reality star-turned-politician returned for President Trump’s recent visit to the UK, after protesters projected the caricature on the Cliffs of Dover. | Hyperallergic

After receiving a donation of over 100,000 art education books and kits, a nonprofit called Mister ArtSee distributed $2 million worth of art supplies and books to New York City public schools. | Hyperallergic

A cruise ship crashed into a dock and a smaller boat in Venice, Italy, leaving at least five people injured. | NBC

The grandchildren of René Gimpel, an art dealer who was killed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust, have accused the French culture ministry of blocking the restitution of André Derain paintings, currently in the collections of state museums, to the family. | The Art Newspaper

Artemisia Gentileschi, “Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria” (about 1615-1617) (image courtesy National Gallery, London)

London’s National Gallery recently loaned an Artemisia Gentileschi painting to a women’s prison in England as part of its “Artemisia Visits” programming. The Italian Baroque painter’s piece, “Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria” (1615-17) made headlines last year as the first piece by a woman artist that the National Gallery had acquired since 1991—nearly 30 years ago. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.

Hyperallergic is commemorating Pride Month by featuring one contemporary queer artist per day as part of a series, Queer Artists in Their Own Words.

Opportunities

Apply to the Firelight Media Documentary Lab, an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities. The program is designed for filmmakers creating their first or second long-form documentary film, focusing on underrepresented communities, whether they be “historical, investigative, personal, verité, or experimental.” The program partners filmmakers with prominent documentarians, funding, and various workshops. Applications are due June 17. [Firelight Media]

Learn about other opportunities you can apply for this month in our latest “Opportunities for Artists in June 2019.”

This Week in the Art World

Sharis Alexandrian was named director of Lévy Gorvy gallery. | ARTnews

Zalika Azim, Shelly Bahl, Mimi Bai, Julian Chams, Dain DeltaDawn, Sareh Imani, Mei Kazama, Nsenga Knight, and Gustavo Prado were selected as the summer 2019 residents for the BRICworkspace program. | via email announcement

Kathleen Bartels has stepped down as director of the Vancouver Museum. | Vancouver Sun

Jonathan Binstock was reappointed as director of the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester. | Rochester

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise closed its gallery space in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. | ARTnews

Sandy Cass was named interim COO of Artsy. | ARTnews

Judy Chicago and Jordan Peele will be honored by the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles museum’s at its annual fundraising gala this fall. | LA Times

The Dallas Museum of Art elected seven new members to its board of trustees: Thaddeus Arroyo, Kathryn W. Hall, Roger Horchow, Sophia Johnson, Barbara Thomas Lemmon, Brendan McGuire, and Vaughn O. Vennerberg II. | Artforum

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw was named the director of history, research, and scholarship at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. | ArtDaily

Ja’Tovia M. Gary is now represented by Paula Cooper Gallery. | via email announcement

Joachim Homann was appointed curator of drawings for the Harvard Art Museums. | via email announcement

Allen Jones is now represented by Almine Rech gallery in France, Belgium, and China. | via email announcement

Omar Kholeif was appointed director of collections and senior curator of the Sharjah Art Foundation. | via email announcement

Carolyn Lazard is now represented by Essex Street Gallery. | Instagram

David L. Lee was appointed president of the board of the J. Paul Getty Trust. | via email announcement

Simone Leigh is now represented by David Kordansky Gallery on the West Coast. | artnet News

The estate of Georges Mathieu is now jointly represented by Nahmad Contemporary and Perrotin. | via email announcement

Marika Sardar and Michael Chagnon were named curators at the Aga Khan Museum. | Aga Khan Museum

Aki Sasamoto is now represented by Bortolami gallery. | ARTnews

Naoko Takahatake was appointed curator of prints and drawings at the Getty Research Institute. | via email announcement

Gabriella Torres Ferrer, Dalton Gata, Jorge González, Daniel Lind Ramos, Claudia Peña Salinas, Manuel Mendoza Sánchez, and Chemi Rosado-Seijo are now represented by Embajada gallery in San Juan, Puerto Rico. | ARTnews

Tina Vaz will head Facebook‘s artist residency program and Analog Research Lab. | Artforum

Marc-Olivier Wahler was appointed director of the Geneva Museum of Art and History by the Geneva City Council. | Artforum

Kara Walker and Hamza Walker received the 2019 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award for the exhibition Monuments, set to open in Los Angeles in September 2021. Respectively, Brandon Nichols Reintjes and Shannon R. Stratton were awarded 2019 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Research Grants.

Hartley Waltman was appointed General Counsel, Americas at Phillips. | via email announcement

Bradford Waywell was appointed senior director of sales and acquisitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery. | via email announcement

Dede Wilsey has stepped down as president of the board of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. | San Fransisco Examiner

In Memoriam

Robert L. Bernstein (1923–2019), publisher and human rights activist | Washington Post

Camille Billops (1933–2019),  sculptor, filmmaker, archivist, printmaker, and educator | ARTnews

Leah Chase (1923–2019), New Orleans, Louisiana chef known as the “Queen of Creole Cuisine” | The Atlantic

Tony DeLap (1927–2019), abstract sculpture artist | Orange County Register

Roky Erickson (1947–2019), psychedelic rock musician and founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators | Vulture

Roger Hirson (1926–2019), Broadway | television and stage writer who wrote the book for Broadway’s Pippin | SF Gate

Tony Horowitz (1958–2019), author, journalist, and winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting | NYT

Joe Overstreet (1933–2019), Abstract Expressionist artist | artnet News

Everett Raymond Kinstler (1926–2019), portrait artist | Washington Post

Leon Redbone (1949–2019), musician | NPR

Le Anne Schreiber (1945–2019), sports journalist | USA Today

Stanley Tigerman (1930–2019), architect, theorist and designer | Architect Magazine

Virginia Zabriskie (1927–2019), art dealer | NYT

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