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Former and current Brooklyn Museum employees have stepped forward to decry the behavior of executive leadership at the institution, denouncing “the harm and daily mistreatment” of workers of color.
In a letter sent to the Guggenheim Museum and published online, the anonymous group A Better Guggenheim called for the removal of three top executives: Richard Armstrong, Elizabeth Duggal, and Nancy Spector. The letter details allegations of sexism, racism, classism, and abuse.
The Guggenheim Museum laid off 24 employees. Another eight employees accepted voluntary separation packages.
After Bill Arning, the former director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, was accused of sexual harassment online, the museum confirmed that an investigation into the director’s behavior resulted in his separation from the museum in 2018.
Citing “deeply systemic issues,” faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) declared a vote of “no confidence“ in the school’s senior leadership, including the president and provost.
An open letter signed by LA artists demands the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) remove Tom Gores, who owns a prison telecom company, from its Board of Trustees.
Hito Steyerl, Michael Rakowitz, and Forensic Architecture are among 300 signatories of an open letter in support of striking Tate Workers.
An open letter, authored by three artists included in the now-canceled Collective Actions exhibition, urges the Whitney Museum to “commit to a year of action — of mobilization and introspection.”
At the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, more than a dozen MFA students are sitting out their final show in protest of the school’s actions during Black Lives Matter demonstrations. They are presenting their work at alternative, artist-run spaces instead.
Tenants of a 40-year-old collective of artists and organizers in Fort Greene say that the building’s owner and her family have used tactics of “surveillance, intimidation, and harassment” to force them out of the building.
Public statues of women in the UK just barely outnumber those of men named John, a new study has found.
Awards & Accolades
Farah Al Qasimi was awarded the third annual Capricious Photo Award.
Ana María Alvarez, Andrew Cyrille, Sean Dorsey, Michael John Garcés, Rennie Harris, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dael Orlandersmith, and Pam Tanowitz were named the 2020 Doris Duke Artists, each receiving a $275,000 award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Arts.Black, BOMB, Bmore Art, the Brooklyn Rail, Burnaway, Glasstire, the Maine Arts Journal, the New Art Examiner, and X-TRA were awarded $20,000 each by the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation.
Tracy Fitzpatrick, Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art, was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents Advisory Council on Museums.
Jova Lynne rejoined the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) as the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator.
Brent R. Benjamin will retire as director of the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Nikki Iacovella was appointed director of the Outsider Art Fair.
Sara Jimenez and Destinie Adelakun were awarded the 2020 Canadian Women Artists’ Award by the New York Fondation for the Arts.
Kyla McMillan was appointed director, focusing on sales and artist management, at David Zwirner Gallery. | via ARTnews
Steve Carter (1929–2020), playwright who began his career at the Negro Ensemble Company | Playbill
Vasilis Dimitriou (1936–2020), artist who painted original movie posters | artnet
Nancy Dine (1937–2020), Academy Award-nominated filmmaker | artnet
Ann Getty (1941–2020), publisher and arts patron | NYT
Florence Howe (1929–2020), publisher and historian who cofounded the Feminist Press | Baltimore Sun
Randall Kenan (1963–2020), award-winning fiction writer | NYT
Jiří Menzel (1938–2020), award-winning director | Guardian
William Pursell (1926–2020), Grammy-nominated country musician | NYT
Bruce Williamson Jr. (1970–2020), soul singer and former member of the Temptations | AV Press
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.
Haggerty Museum of Art Presents Tomás Saraceno in Dialogue With Dr. Somesh Roy
The artist and researcher will explore soot’s effects on climate change and public health in this online conversation.
Hundreds of Artworks by NYC Teenagers Go on View at the Met
The talented seventh through twelfth-grade students are recipients of the 2023 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
NYC’s Flatiron Building Sells for a Whopping $190M
The sale to outsider bidder Jacob Garlick puts an end to the protracted legal battle between the iconic skyscraper’s five former owners.
McKnight Visual Artist Fellows Discussion Series at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
The series features 2021 Fellows David Bowen, Mara Duvra, Rotem Tamir, Ben Moren, and Dyani White Hawk in conversation with renowned curators and critics.
The Best Memes Roasting the “We ❤️ NYC” Campaign
A graphic designer on Twitter created a hilarious send-up of the universally reviled logo, and the rest is history.
Did You Know These Museums Were Free for New Yorkers?
The “Free Admission” campaign is advocating to make ticket pricing information more transparent to visitors, who may be confused or misled by institutions’ language.