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Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the Metropolitan Museum projects $100 million in losses due to its coronavirus closure, now predicted to last through July. The news may be a harbinger for the toll the pandemic will take on other institutions across the country, some of which might never reopen. Our Editor-in-Chief comments on the most shocking points of NYT‘s report.
As institutions continue to close nationwide, part-time and freelance cultural workers, such as museum educators, are now collectively asking themselves the same question: will we be paid? Hyperallergic found uncertainty and fear to be common themes.
Yesterday, March 18, museum leaders across the United States wrote a letter to US Congress and Senate leaders requesting at least $4 billion to nonprofit museums in the United States.
The activist group the People’s Cultural Plan has outlined a list of demands for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and art institutions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an op-ed for Hyperallergic, the group asks for housing as a human right, prison abolition, and free public education, among other requests.
New York City has launched its new Employee Retention Grant Program to help small businesses and nonprofits in New York City grapple with the economic implications of COVID-19. The grant aims to offset some of the lost revenue and maintain payroll during the crisis.
The recently unionized workers of the Guggenheim Museum have sent a letter to the institution’s trustees asking for help amid union negotiations, which have gone on for months without reaching an agreement.
According to MTL+ collective, the activist group facilitating the work of Decolonize This Place, the right-wing media and the NYPD have orchestrated a media campaign to discredit their actions against over-policing in New York City’s subways.
And if, like so many of us, you are stuck at home for the foreseeable future, know that dozens of museums and libraries are offering free, downloadable coloring books to pass the time. You can also check out some of the 2,500 museums you can visit online; peruse our lists of what Hyperallergic staff are reading and watching; explore one of the New York Public Library’s research databases, newly made available for off-site use; and have a look at what famous artworks might look like in the age of social distancing (spoiler alert: very empty.)
New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has announced the acquisition of the personal archive of Harry Belafonte on the occasion of the Center’s 95th anniversary. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
This Week in the Art World
The Museum of Nebraska Art has appointed Nicole Herden as its new executive director. | Artforum
The new board of directors of the Venice Biennale took office today, chaired by Roberto Cicutto and including members Luigi Brugnaro, Luca Zaia and Claudia Ferrazzi. | via email announcement
Maria Fernanda Cardoso has been awarded the NSW New Dimensions Fellowship. | Artforum
Jamey Gambrell (1954–2020), writer and former Artforum editor | Artforum
Vittorio Gregotti (1927-2020), Italian architect | NYT
Wolf Kahn (1927-2020), landscape painter | The Washington Post
Tonie Marshall (1951-2020), French-American filmmaker and actress | NYT
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (1950-2020), performance artist | NPR
Elinor Ross (1926-2020), Met soprano | NYT
Bill Stern (1941-2020), curator and founder of the Museum of California Design | Artforum
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.
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.
With her clay relief sculptures, Brie Ruais probes the exit wound and its deep psychological implications.
In Doomscrolling, Rob Swainston and Zorawar Sidhu assume the task Walter Benjamin set for the articulation of history — to “seize hold of the past as it flashes up at a moment of danger.”
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.
When we honor King publicly, as many in the art circle did on Monday, we use these moments to do more than just remember and pay tribute.
A study that reexamined Homo sapiens fossils found our species is 30,000 years older than previously believed.
As much as I appreciate the collective’s culture jamming initiatives, I don’t know that their putative premise ever bears meaningful fruit.
The banana’s dominance and ubiquity has had serious and far-reaching implications for the region, engendering exploitative labor systems, climate change, and migration.
Charles Dellheim’s study tells the tale of a small group of Jewish art dealers and collectors who played a key role in the changing art world of the 19th and 20th centuries.