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Week in Review: The Danger Epidemic in Art Handling, AOC Commissions Green New Deal Art Posters

Also, a drag show for performers with Down syndrome was canceled by a Republican congressional candidate, an organization is offering free art supplies to NYC teachers, and more.

As art handling has professionalized over the last decade, some employers have made substantial improvements to their workplace health and safety conditions — but others have lagged behind (photo by Jasmine Weber for Hyperallergic)

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Over the summer, Hyperallergic interviewed dozens of art handlers about the variable conditions of their workplaces. In honor of Labor Day, we are bringing their stories of accident and injury into the light as part of a five-part feature, The Danger Epidemic in Art Handling. | Hyperallergic

Historian Erin Bartram launched a new Google spreadsheet circulating on the web is allowing adjunct professors in colleges and universities to share their salaries and working conditions. The spreadsheet, simply titled “Adjuncts Rates,” has so far garnered about 250 entries from adjunct professors across the United States. | Hyperallergic

Sotheby’s says its shareholders have approved the $3.7 billion sale of the auction house to billionaire Patrick Drahi’s BidFair USA. The Financial Times reports that the deal received support from 91 percent of the shares voting at a special meeting held in New York. | Financial Times

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal poster, the Pelham Bay Park edition.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents the 14th district of New York in the Bronx and Queens,  unveiled a series of New Deal Era-style posters to promote her Green New Deal (GND) plan. | Hyperallergic

A drag show for performers with Down syndrome was canceled by Republican congressional candidate Peter Meijer. He rescinded permission for the showcase at a venue he owns, questioning whether or not the performers could provide “informed consent.” The Disability Drag Show, organized by DisArt, has been rescheduled and will proceed at a new location. | Hyperallergic

Art teachers collecting free art supplies at Materials for the Arts in Long Island City, New York (courtesy of Materials for the Arts)

Materials for the Arts (MFTA) in Long Island City, New York kicked off its fifth annual Back to School Shopping Spree program, which invites teachers to collect art supplies for their classes free of charge. The program will continue through the end of September. | Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic summarized Jeffrey Epstein’s ties to the New York Academy of Art, where he served as a board member, and M.I.T. Media Lab, to which he donated almost $1 million. | Hyperallergic

Richard Long’s “River of Stones” (2018) at the Sculpture Park in Jaipur, India (photos by Dhruv Malhotra, courtesy the Contemporary Sculpture Park)

India’s Madhavendra Palace in Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, has been transformed into an expansive sculpture gallery. | Hyperallergic

According to the third annual Cultural Infrastructure Index, a report that charts investments in new art museums and cultural institutions worldwide, a total of $8 billion was spent on the construction of 148 new museums and cultural institutions across the globe in 2018. | Hyperallergic

Unknown Maker, “Untitled (Surveyor)” (1854), daguerreotype, 10.7 x 8.2 cm (4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches, plate) (The W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg Collection, restricted gift of The Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Charitable Trust)

The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired the W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg Collection of 19-century American photography — a cache of nearly 500 works of daguerrotype and other formats. The subjects range from unnamed laborers and craftsmen to babies and other children posing for their first photos to President Zachary Taylor. The gift was made possible by the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Charitable Trust.

This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.

This Week in the Art World

Ali Banisadr, “Contact” (2013) (Image courtesy of the artist)

Derrick Adams is now represented jointly by Luxembourg & Dayan and Salon 94. | artnet News

Almine Rech Gallery has joined representation for the Karel Appel Estate. | via email announcement

Elissa Auther was appointed chief curator and deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York. | via email announcement

Magalí Arriola was named director of the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. | ARTnews

Ali Banisadr is now represented by Kasmin Gallery. | via email announcement

Emelie Gevalt was named curator of folk art at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. | Artforum

Nina Katchadourian is now represented by Pace Gallery. | via email announcement

Eva Langret was named artistic director of Frieze London. | via email announcement

Katherine Martin was appointed head of New York’s Asia Week. | Artfix Daily

Rosalind Nashashibi was named the inaugural artist in residence at the National Gallery in London. | The Art Newspaper

Lea Pinsky was appointed executive director of Art Encounter. | Artforum

Tommaso Protti was awarded the 10th Carmignac Photojournalism Award. | via email announcement

Michael Rakowitz was awarded the 2020 Nasher Prize. | via email announcement

Amy Sedao will step down as director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. | Artforum

In Memoriam

James Atlas (1949–2019), author and editor of biographies | Seattle Times

Pedro Bell (1950–2019), artist and illustrator best known for his album cover art for Funkadelic and George Clinton | LA Times

Clora Bryant (1927–2019), jazz trumpeter | Washington Post

Leslie H. Gelb (1937–2019), diplomat and journalist | Star Advertiser

Valerie Harper (1939–2019), actress andd dancer | People

Rosemary Kuhlmann (1922–2019), opera and theatre performer | Broadway World

Peter Lindbergh (1944–2019), fashion photographer and film director | FStoppers

Stanley Love (1970–2019), experimental choreographer | ARTnews

Brunilda Ruiz (1936–2019), ballet dancer | NYT

Nie Yuanzi (1921–2019), academic and activist | NYT

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