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The Whitney Biennial has been postponed until 2022 due to delays created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ahead of the Guggenheim Museum‘s reopening, artist-activist groups Artists for Workers and the Illuminator projected messages on the museum in solidarity with the museum’s unionized workers and workers of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The following day, Guggenheim members were welcomed to the museum’s opening with a union protest.
In a letter penned by Chinatown Art Brigade, artist-activists compel the Museum of Chinese in America to reject a “community give-back” proposed by New York City as part of its jail expansion plan.
Ai Weiwei staged a silent protest in London to support Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. Assange is facing 17 espionage charges and one charge of computer misuse.
The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, a Latinx art and culture organization in New York City’s Lower East Side, dissolved its membership program after a contentious vote.
The Laundromat Project is relocating to Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn for its 15th anniversary.
An Orwell-inspired billboard project, “Ministry of Truth: 1984/2020,” will present political works by 20 artists, including Deborah Kass and Mel Chin, on 20 billboards around New York City.
Check out artist Mira Schor‘s critical annotations of the New York Times.
A researcher discovered early paintings by Edward Hopper are in fact copied from a how-to arts magazine.
In order to protect 150 jobs, London’s Royal Academy of Arts is considering selling Michelangelo‘s “Taddei Tondo.”
The Dutch institution formerly known as Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art has announced its new name: Kunstinstituut Melly. The change follows years of debate over the museum’s colonial namesake.
Awards & Accolades
David Adjaye was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) gold medal. | Guardian
The inaugural Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award will be awarded to ARRAY, Ava DuVernay‘s media company and arts collective. | McDowell News
Vincent Namatjira was named the recipient of the Archibald Prize. | BBC
As part of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s $5 million emergency relief program, seven small and mid-sized museums will receive $50,000 emergency relief grants, and six additional organizations will get awards between $60,000 and $500,000 for equity and access initiatives.
Peter Eleey will step down as Chief Curator at MoMA PS1. | ARTnews
James P. Folsom will retire as director of the botanical gardens at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.
Tim Griffin will step down as director and chief curator of the Kitchen.
Ebony L. Haynes was appointed director of a soon-to-open outpost of David Zwirner Gallery with an all-Black staff. | New York Times
Cyrée Jarelle Johnson was named the Brooklyn Public Library’s inaugural Poet-in-Residence.
Tyler Mitchell is now represented by Jack Shainman gallery. | Artsy
Kevin Young was named director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. | NPR
Robert Bechtle (1932–2020), photorealist painter | Datebook
Christiane Eda-Pierre (1932–2020), soprano opera star | New York Times
Verne Edquist (1931–2020), famed piano tuner| New York Times
Michael Lonsdal (1931–2020), actor known for his role as a Bond villain | Guardian
Sam McBratney (1943–2020), children’s author | Publisher’s Weekly
Helen Reddy (1941–2020), feminist musician | Washington Post
Bobby Wilson Combats Indigenous Stereotypes Through Humor
The artist-performer’s career undulates, ever so gracefully, across multiple mediums and registers of generational pain, healing laughter, and Indigenous joy.
Rare 19th-Century Silhouette Album’s Secrets Unlocked
Traveling portrait artist William Bache’s album depicts famous figures like Thomas Jefferson as well as people whose identity was previously unknown.
Nevada Museum of Art Presents Adaline Kent: The Click of Authenticity
For the first time in nearly 60 years, the innovative yet under-recognized artist is the subject of a retrospective exhibition. On view in Reno, Nevada.
Artists Show What They Can Do With a Google Phone’s Camera
Works by 20 photographers are now on view in Manhattan for the seventh season and 100th project coming out of the Google Creator Labs.
Met Museum Kicked Me Out for Praying to My Ancestral Gods
My danced prayer to looted Cambodian antiquities was too much for the New York museum.
The Public Theater in NYC Presents Plays for the Plague Year
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’s theatrical concert chronicles the 2020 lockdown and the hope and perseverance that emerged from it.
A Museum Guard’s Ode to the Healing Power of Art
In All the Beauty in the World, Patrick Bringley revisits the many ways that art meets life, and life art, and how death is often the bridge between them.
UK Extends Export Ban on Coveted “Portrait of Omai”
London’s National Portrait Gallery was given a few months to acquire the work, which depicts the first Polynesian visitor to the UK.
Mondays at Pratt Institute: Weekly Openings of Work by Graduating Artists
Free and open to the public, Pratt Shows celebrate the school’s graduating students. MFA and BFA work on view this spring in Brooklyn, New York.
The Sculptor Making Art With Loved Ones’ Ashes
Inspired by the three-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, Julian Stair’s exhibition honors the lives of eight people with cinerary jars.
Art Institute of Chicago Under Scrutiny Over Sacred Nepali Necklace
The 17th-century object remains on display at the Chicago museum despite Nepal’s calls for repatriation.
LSU School of Art Grants Highest MFA Stipends in the Southern US
With funded assistantships, full tuition waivers, and generous stipends, Louisiana State University helps students lay the groundwork for a successful lifelong art practice.
Art Problems: How Do I Get a Public Art Commission?
Want to leave a mark on your city or town, but don’t know where to start? Paddy Johnson has some tips.
Rose B. Simpson Embeds Ancestral Histories in Clay
She has taken clay and used it to recall its ancestral roots in Pueblo culture and address the present history of postcolonial recovery and ongoing trauma.