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This week, prison abolition activists have been mobilizing in protest of the Ford Foundation after its president, Darren Walker, published a controversial blog, “In Defense of Nuance.” The post focused heavily on New York City’s plan to close the Rikers Island prison complex and instead build four smaller detention facilities. Grassroots abolitionist organizations like No New Jails have been among the plan’s biggest opponents, calling it a harmful continuation of mass incarceration’s abuses. In an open letter, over 100 former and current Ford Fellows repudiated Walker’s request that prison abolitionists and city policymakers come together to create “a journey away from the extremes.” | Hyperallergic
One of Cimabue’s religious painting was hanging in a kitchen in Compiègne for 35 years before it was recognized. It will go to auction with a high estimate of $6.5 million. | Hyperallergic
Artists Mel Chin, Jeffery Gibson, Cameron Rowland, and Sarah Michelson are among the 26 winners of the 2019 MacArthur “Genius” grant. The special honor comes with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000. | Hyperallergic
A festival in the Bronx organized by the New Museum was canceled less than an hour after it started. IdeasCity Bronx, which was supposed to feature a series of discussion panels, artist talks, performances, and workshops, was shut down after Bronx-based activists disrupted the event’s first session, held at Concrete Plant Park on the Bronx River. A number of local Bronx grassroots organizations that were slated to participate in the festival announced their withdrawal before the events commenced. | Hyperallergic
On Friday, September 20, thousands of protestors in the UK and millions around the world joined the Global Climate Strike — the world’s largest-ever climate protest. Around 200 employees of British cultural institutions including Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Southbank Centre, and the National Theatre left work and took to the streets in solidarity with young people protesting for climate action. | Hyperallergic
ImageNet will remove 600,000 images of people stored on its database after an art project exposed racial bias in the program’s artificial intelligence system. | Hyperallergic
This week, a renegade Teletubby cozy appeared on the streets of Brooklyn. | Hyperallergic
The Amsterdam Museum will no longer use “Golden Age” to describe the 17th century Netherlands, saying it whitewashes its problematic colonial past. | Hyperallergic
An ancient Egyptian coffin acquired in recent years by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has gone back home to Egypt. The gilded sarcophagus, which was revealed as stolen after the Met acquired it in 2017 belonged to the late Priest Nedjemankh and is over 2,100 years old. It was smuggled out of Egypt in 2011, and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance indicated to Reuters that it was potentially one of many artifacts looted by the same trafficking ring. “So, you may well see a few more significant seizures,” he said. The Met released this statement to Hyperallergic in the wake of the coffin’s repatriation ceremony in New York: “The Museum is appreciative of both the government of Egypt and the District Attorney’s efforts, with which we closely cooperated.” This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
Learn about opportunities you can apply for this month in our latest “Opportunities for Artists in September 2019.”
This Week in the Art World
Firelei Báez, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Meiro Koizumi, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Prabhakar Pachpute, and Carrie Mae Weems were shortlisted for the Artes Mundi prize, which will be announced in January 2020. | TAN
Brady Doty was appointed senior director of David Zwirner Gallery. | via email announcement
Stan Douglas was named the winner of the Audain award for artists working in British Columbia. | Canadian Art
Jana Euler and Walter Price are now represented by Greene Naftali. | via email announcement
Richard Forster is now represented by Timothy Taylor Gallery. | via email announcement
Jill Hai and Louis Henry Mitchell have joined the Norman Rockwell Museum’s board of trustees. | via email announcement
Christopher Ketcham was named associate curator of public art and the permanent collection at MIT List Center. Selby Nimrod was been promoted to assistant curator for exhibitions. | Artforum
Christopher Le Brun stepped down from his role as president of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. | via email announcement
Séverine Lepape was appointed director of Musée de Cluny in Paris. | Connaissance des Arts
Vivian Li was named curator of contemporary art at the Dallas Museum of Art. | via email announcement
Amelia Manderscheid was appointed Bonhams’s senior director of postwar and contemporary art. | via email announcement
The Joan Mitchell Foundation announced the recipients of its annual grants. | Artforum
The National Gallery in Washington, DC has hired four new curators. Betsy Wieseman was named head of northern European paintings; Shelley Langdale was named head of modern prints and drawings; Brooks Rich was named associate curator of Old Master prints; and Aaron Wile was named associate curator of French paintings. | Art Fix Daily
Lawrence Rinder will step down as director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in California. | via email announcement
A. Alvarez (1929–2019), critic and author | Washington Post
Robert Boyd (1928–2019), journalist | NYT
Huguette Caland (1931–2019), abstract artist | ARTnews
Steve Dalachinsky (1946–2019), contemporary poet | WBGO
Bruce W. Ferguson (1946–2019), curator and SITE Santa Fe Founder | LA Times
Sid Haig (1939–2019), horror actor | EW
Robert Hunter (1941–2019), poet, writer, and Grateful Dead lyricist | Rolling Stone
Annette Kolodny (1941–2019), feminist literary critic | Tuscon
Harold Mabern (1936–2019), jazz ianist | JAZZIZ
Christopher Rouse (1949–2019), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer | Classic FM
Sol Stein (1926–2019), novelist, playwright, publisher, and editor | NYT
Mark von Hagen (1954–2019), historian | NYT
The committee’s main responsibilities will be to shape policy goals, stimulate arts philanthropy, and advocate for the expansion of federal backing of the cultural sector.
Some museumgoers pointed out that the museum’s label omitted discussions of HIV/AIDS, which are at the heart of the work.
Featuring over 70 installations and performances at the George Washington University’s historic Flagg Building, the Corcoran’s end-of-year showcase is now available for virtual viewing.
But a museum in Harvard is still named after a member of the disgraced family, notorious for its role in the opioid crisis.
Parker’s stories bring so many of her works alive, give them meaning, and make us warm to her and to them. Is that a problem?
Artists reflect on histories of oppressive power structures in Brazil in this exhibition at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
The works, and worlds, on display in Hancock’s exhibition seem saturated with a desire for narrative redemption through self-observation and aspects of his Christian upbringing.
The problem with Andrew Dominik’s biopic Blonde is its assumption that Monroe’s victimization was the most fascinating thing about her.
When I recently came across Sandra Cattaneo Adorno’s photo book Águas de Ouro, I could hear the waves and boomboxes, and even taste the salt on my lips.
Works by over 70 artists of the pan-South Asian diaspora were up for auction to help Pakistan’s most vulnerable communities in a women- and queer-led initiative.
The board of 70 Washington Street in Brooklyn, which previously housed an artist residency, is weighing the replacement of Helen Brough’s “Emulated Flora” with generic photographs of Brooklyn landmarks.