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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 Alvarez, Alejo Benedetti, Kristen Gaylord, Shoko Haruki, Joanna Lee, Mia Lopez, Ksenia Nouril, Margaret Shortle, Akili 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.
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.
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
An SFMOMA exhibition raises questions about what it means when museum board members have ties to politicians who support border wall policies.
The exhibition at the Jewish Museum delves into “degenerate” art and art made under duress as part of a thought-provoking yet diffuse exhibition.
In Philadelphia, a series of solo shows delves into the interdisciplinary practices of graduates whose work explores identity, familial bonds, political constructs, and nature’s fragility.
Despite his work’s apparent abstraction, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe insists that “I don’t invent anything, everything I do is my jungle and what is there.”
David Uzochukwu, Kennedi Carter, and Kiki Xue are among the 35 artists whose work will be displayed online and at the festival in Milan, Italy.
On November 14, join Columbia University School of the Arts for virtual information sessions with the program chair, faculty, and staff.
No Vacancy, curated by Jody Graf, will be on view from October 26 through November 8 at the school’s Kellen Gallery in New York City.
To do so before they have returned the Maqdala treasures and the Benin Bronzes and the Easter Island statues and the Maori heads, before a coherent set of precepts for decolonization has been articulated, would affirm the wrong principle.
“Everybody in Mesopotamia, as far as I understand it, believed in ghosts,” said Irving Finkel, a curator of the British Museum’s Middle Eastern department.