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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
This week, artist studios in Harlem, Tennessee, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn.
The museum enlisted the help of Linda Bove, the first Deaf actor to be part of Sesame Street’s recurring cast, to help bring artworks from the collection to a Deaf audience.
This exhibition marks 20 years of Arrechea’s solo career with watercolors, sculptures, and multimedia installations created specifically for ArtYard in Frenchtown, New Jersey.
The student screening of Till emphasized an important aim of the film: to educate young people about the fierce love and activism of Mamie Till-Mobley, which played no small part in igniting the Civil Rights Movement.
A painting now exhibited at the Nasjonalmuseet captures Judith and her maidservant in the moment after slaying Holofernes and before their escape, as though veritably peering out of frame.
The New York-based, globally linked, and practice-focused curatorial program for professionals at the School of Visual Arts offers the opportunity to create three funded exhibitions.
The statue was found in a town square in Philippi and adorned a building that may have been a public fountain in the Byzantine period.
In an age dominated by narcissism and material excess, Acheson’s anti-heroic position as an admirer of other artists should be something that we reflect upon.
Featuring over 70 installations and performances at the George Washington University’s historic Flagg Building, the Corcoran’s end-of-year showcase is now available for virtual viewing.
Inspired by Charles Babbage’s idea of air as “atmospheric memory,” In the Air considers air as a common space that belongs to and affects the whole of humanity.
The episode focused on Western museums’ hesitant repatriation efforts and auction houses’ questionable consignment practices.
The committee’s main responsibilities will be to shape policy goals, stimulate arts philanthropy, and advocate for the expansion of federal backing of the cultural sector.