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As COVID-19 cases climb, museums across the United States announce closures. Minneapolis museums and the Smithsonian are some of the first to announce their second closures, starting this weekend.
Ronald S. Lauder, honorary chairman of the Museum of Modern Art’s board of trustees, and Stephen Schwarzman, a trustee at the Frick Collection, both donated significant sums to Trump’s reelection campaign, according to Forbes.
The research group Forensic Architecture released the results of its investigation into the Beirut port explosion. Its research details the events and failures that led to one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history.
A controversial $2 billion tunnel near Stonehenge was approved, but critics say the project could put the prehistoric site at risk.
Artist Azikiwe Mohammed is raising funds to open the Black Painters Academy, a free space dedicated to Black art history.
Four activists who removed an ivory ceremonial spear from a Marseille museum this summer in a symbolic act of cultural repatriation have been acquitted of theft charges.
Lego announced its largest-ever building kit, a 9,036-piece rendition of Rome’s Colosseum.
The San Antonio Museum of Art acquired a mixed-media garment by Jeffrey Gibson and an aluminum signage piece by Edgar Heap of Birds, which will be the first artworks by contemporary Native American artists in its collection.
A new study reveals how some Americans feel about the arts, analyzing trends among US residents, and the impact of respondents’ political leanings, socioeconomic status, gender, and race.
Awards & Accolades
Anonymous Was a Woman announced the awardees of its 2020 grant cycle. | Anonymous Was a Woman
The Andy Warhol Foundation announced the winners of the 2020 Arts Writers Grant. | Hyperallergic
Rachel Churner was appointed director of the Carolee Schneemann Foundation, and Alvin Hall and Sara Vance Waddell were appointed board members.
Sarah Entwistle is now represented by signs and symbols.
Michael Hall was named artistic and executive director of the Arts Students League.
Suzanne McClelland is now represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery.
Maricelle Robles was appointed executive director of the Headlands Center for the Arts.
Klaudio Rodriguez was appointed executive director, and Shirley Solomon was named deputy director, of the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Gordon Baldwin (1939–2020), former curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum
Bruno Barbey (1941–2020), Magnum photographer | New York Times
Ruth DeYoung Kohler II (1941–2020), long-time Director of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Eleanor Schano (1932–2020), journalist | New York Times
Ken Spears (1938–2020), writer, producer and sound editor. who co-created Scooby Doo | BBC
The action could disrupt public access to the museum as workers campaign for higher wages and better labor conditions.
Over 500 scholars signed an open letter to reinstate the exhibition, which was postponed in consideration of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
This week, artist studios in the streets of Manhattan, a Texas high school, a Brooklyn apartment, and more.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month, including Ed Ruscha, Nina Katchadourian, Luis Camnitzer, Martha Edelheit, and more.
Join the New-York Historical Society on February 10 for a virtual conversation about our changing relationship to the natural world with Julie Decker, John Grade, and LaMont Hamilton.
Asawa’s life masks do not keep count of past or future losses.
At San Francisco’s Legion of Honor, Mobina Nouri took scissors to her own strands and invited others to do the same.
Amid a worsening inflation crisis, Sergio Guillermo Diaz’s banknote artworks are a poignant symbol of Argentinian resilience.
Theatres of Melancholy: The Neo-Romantics in Paris and Beyond highlights a group of artists who found acclaim and patronage only to fall back into obscurity.
Presented by Northwestern’s Block Museum and McCormick School of Engineering, this new exhibition seeks empathy at the boundaries of life. On view in Evanston, Illinois.
Jean Renoir’s newly restored 1939 classic proves that lawless wealth — then as now — makes a marvelous farce of us all.
Hamburg’s Antisemitism Commissioner disparaged photographer Adam Broomberg for his support of the BDS movement.