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Americans for the Arts council members have called for senior executives to resign from the organization, accusing the nonprofit of failing to address racial equity and claims of harassment within the organization. “Questions from this council about AFTA’s racial equity work have been met with resistance, claims of capacity issues, and defensiveness,” says a letter signed by 14 out of 15 elected members of AFTA’s Arts Education Advisory Council.
Senator Mike Lee of Utah blocked the vote to establish Smithsonian institutions dedicated to Latinx cultures and women’s history.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed budget for 2021 includes $25 million to transform historical sites, including $11 million to redesign Monument Avenue in Richmond, the home of multiple Confederate Statues.
Hundreds of artists, academics, and writers — including 32 museum directors — called on the German parliament to reverse a resolution from 2019 that labels the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) as “anti-Semitic.”
An online art auction is raising humanitarian aid for thousands of war-stricken Armenian families who were displaced following attacks led by Azerbaijani forces.
A new report published by the Center for an Urban Future reveals that New York City’s immigrant artists and immigrant-serving arts organizations were hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
A group of artists and cultural workers staged a protest coinciding with the Humboldt Forum’s reopening. They rallied to redirect government funding of the Humboldt Forum towards cultural decolonization initiatives.
The Vatican has unveiled an unconventional Nativity scene this year, featuring an astronaut and a Darth Vader-like figure that have prompted both criticism and fascination.
Ukraine wants to designate Chernobyl a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Holocaust survivors, Jewish studies scholars, and directors of Jewish and Holocaust museums worldwide signed a petition condemning the proposed appointment of Effi Eitam, a far-right Israeli former politician, to chair Israel’s Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem.
An Yves Tanguy painting, worth approximately $340,000, was left behind by a traveler at Düsseldorf Airport and ended up in the garbage.
See the Hanukkah treasures in the public collections of New York City museums.
Awards & Accolades
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs will distribute $47.1 million in grants to more than 1,000 cultural nonprofits. | Hyperallergic
Small US museums, including the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York, the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, were awarded relief grants by the Mellon Foundation. | Hyperallergic
The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture awarded $12 million in relief grants to local cultural organizations. | Hyperallergic
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced $32.8 million in grants to support 213 humanities projects in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. | NEH
Alyssa Nitchun was appointed director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum. | New York Times
Howard Smith is now represented by Jane Lombard Gallery.
Guillaume Kientz has been named director of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library. | New York Times
Dorothy Gill Barnes (1927-2020), sculptor | New York Times
Harold Budd (1936-2020), composer and pianist | New York Times
Michael Cridland (1932–2020), artist and Syracuse University professor | Syracuse
Tatsuo Ikeda (1928–2020), avante-garde artist | ARTnews
Kim Ki-duk (1960-2020), filmmaker | New York Times
Amy Lipton (1956–2020), curator, gallerist, and environmental activist | Artforum
Charley Pride (1934–2020), country musician | Tennessean
Sven Sachsalber (1987-2020), conceptual artist | ARTnews
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.