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Employees at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) submitted union cards to the National Labor Relations Board, following last Friday’s announcement formally declaring their intention to form a union. They cited low wages relative to experience, lack of benefits, schedule instability, and high turnover as some of the reasons behind their decision to unionize.
Photojournalist Albertina Martínez Burgos, who had been covering the Chilean government’s attacks on its citizens, was found dead in her home in Santiago. Prosecutors are investigating the situation as an alleged homicide. Her camera, laptop, and notes were reportedly missing from the crime scene.
In Mexico, widespread protests about women’s rights have taken center stage. Dozens of breastfeeding mothers gathered at Mexico City’s Museum of Modern Art in protest of discriminatory regulations, while the Angel of Independence monument was vandalized with feminist graffiti and crocheted hearts.
Yayoi Kusama was the first woman to design a balloon for the Blue Sky Gallery series of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Archaeologists in Yamagata, Japan said they have discovered a cluster of enormous, ancient geoglyphs in Southern Peru. The discovery was made with the help of cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is requesting an apology and a series of educational measures at an elementary school in Carmichael, California after a teacher allegedly discarded posters about Black Lives Matter that students had made for an art class.
A study closely followed 25 participants of the Art and Dementia program at National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, finding that art helps balance cortisol levels and decrease “sundowning.” “I feel like me again,” said Judith, one of the participants. “It is good coming here because we all know we have the same problem so we are accepting when people … forget. I feel as though I belong somewhere.”
A study published by the World Health Organization, which collected data from 900 different publications over a 19-year span, offers important validation for the arts and new solutions for medical professionals.
German police released surveillance camera footage of the dramatic heist in Dresden’s Royal Palace on Monday, November 25, in which thieves stole a trove of 18th-century jewelry estimated by up to a €1 billion (~$1.1 billion).
The appearance of a stolen sacred shield at a Paris auction house prompted a New Mexico Senator to propose the STOP Act, which would ban the trafficking of certain cultural items outside the United States.
After years of refusal and controversy, German cultural authorities allowed artist and designer Cosmo Wenman to publish scans of the 3,364-year-old bust of Nefertiti under a Creative Commons license.
A new agreement signed by Russia and Syria gives Russia exclusive privileges in restoring Palmyra’s ravaged monuments and artifact
In an unprecedented expansion of its online archive, the Noguchi Museum announced last week the addition of 60,000 archival photographs, manuscripts, and digitized drawings pertaining to the life and work of the influential Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi.
In New York, Swann Galleries set 10 records in their “Rare and Important Travel Posters” sale, marking them as leaders in the poster sale industry. The most expensive work was a poster (c. 1935) by Edward M. Eggleston. Produced for the Pennsylvania Railroad to encourage travel to Atlantic City, the poster features a woman beachside. It went to an unnamed institution for $16,250. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
This Week in the Art World
Janet Alberti was appointed vice president and chief financial officer of the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. | via email announcement
Carolina Alvarez-Mathies was appointed deputy director of Dallas Contemporary. | Artforum
Marcella Beccaria and Humberto Moro will be the program curators for EXPO Chicago in 2020. | via email announcement
Hetty Berg was named director of the Jewish Museum in Berlin. | Monopol
María Berrío is now represented by Victoria Miro. | ARTnews
Ellen Celli, Andrea Krantz, Ruthard Murphy, and Ai Weiwei have joined the board of directors of Public Art Fund. | via email announcement
JR is now represented by Nara Roesler. | Art Daily
Samantha Rippner was appointed associate director of LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University. | via email announcement
Yves Robert was named executive director of the Lyon Biennale. | Artforum
Cecilia Vicuña was awarded the Spanish Ministry of Culture’s Premio Velázquez de Artes Plásticas. | Artforum
Goo Hara (1991–2019), K-pop star | Billboard
Ray Kappe (1927–2019), environmentalist architect and founder of SCI-Arc architecture school | KCRW
Dion Neutra (1926–2019), modernist architect | Architect’s Newspaper
Michael J. Pollard (1939–2019), actor and comedian | CNN
Dorothy Seiberling (1922–2019), arts editor | AV Press
Dorothy Seymour Mills (1928–2019), baseball historian | New York Times
John Simon (1925–2019), art critic | Wall Street Journal
Tom Spurgeon (1968–2019), writer and editor on comic | Columbia Journalism Review
Gahan Wilson (1930–2019), author, cartoonist and illustrator | Los Angeles Times
This week, Patrisse Cullors speaks, reviewing John Richardson’s final Picasso book, the Met Museum snags a rare oil on copper by Nicolas Poussin, and much more.
Alexi Worth’s paintings demand a double take that allows viewers to look closer and begin dissembling the painting in order to understand what is being looked at.
Curated by Jill Kearney, this exhibition in Frenchtown, NJ amplifies stories both local and universal with work by Willie Cole, Sandra Ramos, sTo Len, and more.
Anastasia Pelias’s sculpture builds on this mythological legacy, suggesting we all have the ability to commune with a higher power and influence our futures.
Jack Spicer’s poetry can be deeply funny and playful but it has a consistent undercurrent of sadness.
The first lecture is on the relationship between early portrait photography and diverse notions of US identity during the Gilded Age. Register to attend on January 25.
Belinda Rathbone’s biography traces the sculptor’s embrace of kinetic mechanisms to his work in the Singer Sewing Machine factory.
It’s the first time in the country’s history that objects of this significance are offered for public sale.
Part of the university’s Artists on the Future series pairing renowned artists with cultural thought leaders, this online event is free and open to the public.
Schwartz was at the forefront of computer-generated art before desktops or the kind of software that makes it commonplace today.
Curator La Tanya S. Autry shares a set of crucial questions she considers when curating images of anti-Black violence.
Crys Yin’s subject is grief, which, for all that takes place in public, is largely a private matter.