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Week in Review: Biden and Harris’s Stance on the Arts; Met Museum’s First Curator of Native American Art

Also, the Everson Museum of Art will sell its prized Jackson Pollock to buy works by underrepresented artists, and more.

Joe Biden (left) and Kamala Harris (right) (photos by Gage Skidmore)

Week in Review is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world. Subscribe to receive these posts as a weekly newsletter.

Curious about Joe Biden and Kamala Harris‘s histories with the arts? Hyperallergic looked at the Democratic candidates’ track record in the cultural sector, from legislative achievements to museum affiliations and personal support of the arts.

Glenn Dubin, chairman of the Museum of Modern Art, is the second MoMA trustee who will be subpoenaed by the Virgin Islands in connection to his ties to Jeffrey Epstein.

During a live-streamed Board of Trustees meeting held by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), former and current workers confronted the museum’s trustees and management with scathing accusations of inequity and structural racism.

This weekend, listeners gathered to hear the 14th chord change of a John Cage concert that began in 2001 and will run until 2640.

On Labor Day, adjunct and full-time faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia announced their union efforts and rallied outside the school to ask the university to voluntarily recognize their union. David Yager, President and CEO of the University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia, later declined to voluntarily recognize the union.

Acclaimed filmmaker and activist Ava DuVernay is partnering with Signature African Art to present a two-part exhibition, called Say My Name, featuring work by African artists reflecting on the Black diaspora in Europe and the United States.

The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York plans to sell its prized Jackson Pollock painting to acquire work by underrepresented artists. Made in a significant year for Pollock, “Red Composition” (1946) is among the first works to feature the artist’s hallmark drip technique; it is expected to sell for between $12 and 18 million.

Awards & Accolades

The Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation announced the selected participants for its 2020 Mentorship Program: Andrea AlvarezAlejo BenedettiKristen GaylordShoko HarukiJoanna LeeMia Lopez, Ksenia Nouril, Margaret ShortleAkili Tommasino, and Diva Zumaya.

Widline Cadet, Genesis Jerez, Texas Isaiah, and Jacolby Satterwhite were selected as participants in the Studio Museum in Harlem’s 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence program. Satterwhite will be the first artist selected for a mid-career mentorship component of the residency.

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council announced its 2020 residents at its Arts Center at Governors Island: Sherwin Banfield, Juan Hinojosa, Kate Hughes, Ann Kim, Eleanor Kipping, Daniel Kukla, Erica Molesworth, Lovie Pignata, Tony Sjoman, Ian Tousius, and André Zachery.

José Roca was appointed artistic director of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney. | Sydney Morning Herald

Peter Williams was awarded the Artists’ Legacy Foundation‘s 2020 Artist Award.

Transitions

Dr. Patricia Marroquin Norby, who is Purépecha, will join the Met as its first Associate Curator of Native American Art on September 14 (photo by Scott Rosenthal, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Gail Harrity, president and chief operating officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will step down in 2021. | Philadelphia Inquirer

Patricia Marroquin Norby was elected the first full-time curator of Native American art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. | Hyperallergic

W. Richard West, Jr. will retire as President and CEO of the Autry Museum. He will be succeeded by Stephen Aron.

Diya Vij was named Associate Curator at Creative Time.

Obituaries

Forrest Fenn (1930–2020), art dealer famous for his notorious treasure hunt in the Rocky Mountains | Deadline

Gary Peacock (1935–2020), jazz bassist | Pitchfork

Neelanshu Shukla (1990–2020), television journalist in India | New York Times

Diana Rigg (1938–2020), actress in theater, television, and film known for her roles on The Avengers and Game of Thrones | New York Times

Cecilia Romo (1945–2020), television actress in Mexico | New York Times

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