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MoMA terminated contracts with all of its freelance museum educators. In an email sent this week, the museum told educators “it will be months, if not years, before we anticipate returning to budget and operations levels to require educator services.”
Projecting $7 million in losses in 2020, the Whitney Museum laid off 76 staffers. Director Adam Weinberg says many of those who were laid off “work in visitor-related roles and are no longer able to fulfill their duties now that the Museum is closed.”
UOVO art handlers filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board saying they were laid off for supporting unionization.
Elizabeth Jaeger, an artist, and Cady Chaplin, a nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, started a campaign for artists to submit illustrations, paintings, and digital edits thanking healthcare workers. They are using the posters to decorate hospital ICUs.
The largest Native arts market in the United States, the Santa Fe Indian Market, was postponed to 2021.
Organizations including the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Ford Foundation came together to match $5 million in seed funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and will distribute $5,000 unrestricted grants to individual artists.
As the COVID-19 pandemic roils the arts community, the Getty Trust, Warhol Foundation, and Frankenthaler Foundation launched emergency funding initiatives to support the cultural sector.
A London couple made a mini-museum for their gerbils to visit during quarantine.
Here’s a first look at the designs for new US postage stamps featuring Ruth Asawa artworks.
The Getty Research Institute announced the acquisition of the Emmett Williams archive, also known as the Berlin archive. The American-born Williams relocated to Europe to 1949 and rose to acclaim through his contributions to the Fluxus movement. The archive, which spans the late 1950s to 2007 when Williams died, features artwork, performance instructions, prints, correspondence, and more. Notable items include a group of Fluxus scrolls used in poetry performances; 100 letters that Williams wrote to his first wife Laura, which document early developments in Fluxus and his own work; and artwork by Williams and his circle, which included Charlotte Moorman, Seiichi Niikuni, Dieter Roth, and Daniel Spoerri. The archive will be available to researchers once it is catalogued.
The Hepworth Wakefield announced the acquisition of nearly 100 works from local Yorkshire collectors and patrons Terence Bacon and John Oldham. Bacon and Oldham, who have been collecting art since the 1930s, gifted pieces by British ceramicists such as Dame Lucie Rie, Angus Suttie, and Alison Britton, as well as an impressive 43 pots by John Ward. The donation also features works on paper and paintings by British artists including Sir Terry Frost RA, Rose Hilton, and Craigie Aitchison, who was also a friend of the couple.
Phillips just kicked off a series of online-only auctions with an Editions and Works on Paper sale, which features 50 work by well-known modern and contemporary artists including Alexander Calder and Takashi Murakami. Of personal interest is Yoshitomo Mara’s “Pup Cup” (2003), a plastic puppy in a teacup that rotates (caveat emptor: it requires two AA batteries). The Editions and Works on Paper sale will be followed by Current Mood, a sale of contemporary art, and Desktop, a sale of contemporary art, editions, and design (details to be announced). The auction series will run through May.
This Week in the Art World
The Leslie-Lohman Museum named Laura Raicovich as its interim director. | New York Times
Phoenix Art Museum (PhxArt) has named Tim Rodgers as the museum’s Sybil Harrington Director and CEO. | Press release
The Centre Pompidou re-appointed Serge Lasvignes as the museum’s president. | Artforum
The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University, St. Louis granted the 2020 Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Awards to Lyndon Barrois Jr. and Wyndi DeSouza. | Press release
The FHNW Academy of Art and Design appointed Claudia Perren as its director. | Artforum
Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum selected the new heads of painting, Martha Mysko and Willie Wayne Smith, and the new head of photography, Chris Fraser. | Art Newspaper
Helène Aylon (1931–2020), ecofeminist artist | ARTnews
Anne Bass (1941–2020), ballet philanthropist | Vogue
Honor Blackman (1925–2020), Pussy Galore actress | Guardian
Jeffery Camp (1923–2020), British painter | Artforum
Renato Danese (1944–2020), Chelsea gallerist | ARTnews
Kate Johnson (1969–2020), video artist and filmmaker | 18th Street
Michael McKinnell (1935–2020), Brutalist architect | New York Times
Marlo Pascual (1972–2020), found image artist | ARTnews
John Prine (1946–2020), country-folk singer | Rolling Stone
Suellen Rocca (1943–2020), Hairy Who cofounder | New York Times
Chynna Rogers (1994–2020), model and rapper | Pitchfork
Sergio Rossi (1935–2020), Italian shoe designer | Harper’s Bazaar
Bill Withers (1938–2020), singer-songwriter | Associated Press
Christina Monet Zilkha (1959–2020), new wave singer and art critic | NPR
MTV’s The Exhibit Is Back With an Inflatable Dolphin
Episode four, in which artists tackled themes of justice and injustice, was the most lifeless of the reality TV show so far.
Florida Principal Ousted Over “Pornographic” Michelangelo Sculpture
Parents complained that the famous sculpture was shown to their sixth graders.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
Tickets to Sold-Out Vermeer Show Are Going for Hundreds
The online resale market for the Rijksmuseum’s smash exhibition is booming, with tickets selling on eBay for over $2K.
NYU Steinhardt Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Taking place at 80WSE Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, Part I is on view from late March through April while Part II opens in May.
Miniature Worlds: Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Yayoi Kusama
Through small-scale works, this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York examines Cornell’s prominent role in the lives and careers of Johnson and Kusama.
Three Looted Antiquities at the Met Repatriated to Turkey
Nine other repatriated works were seized from Met Trustee Shelby White, whose collection was subject to a criminal investigation.
This week, the world’s lightest paint, Pakistan’s feminist movement, World Puppy Day, and were some of Vermeer’s paintings created by his daughter?
The Wider World and Scrimshaw
On March 28, join the New Bedford Whaling Museum online and in-person for a symposium on global carving traditions from across the Pacific Rim.
Who Will Decide on the Future of a Miami Native Burial Ground?
Native activists say sacred remains and objects dug up from a Brickell construction site should remain there, but mega-developer Jorge Pérez is pushing back.
How Can a Curator Approach South Asian Futurisms?
How do I acknowledge my shortcomings while reckoning with obscured histories and the exclusion of subaltern narratives in the fine art landscape? A working checklist for curators.
MCA Chicago Presents On Stage: Frictions
Will Rawls, Shamel Pitts | TRIBE, and Barak adé Soleil explore Blackness, queerness, movement, and dance in performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The Complicated Legacy of Camilo Egas
The Ecuadorian painter, a leading figure of Latin America’s Indigenismo art movement, has been both praised and scorned for his representation of Indigenous peoples.
Tom Jones Zeroes in on Ho-Chunk Visibility
“I think about the young kids, the teenagers, and I think being able to see yourself represented in art is so powerful,” says the artist.