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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
Ceramic fried eggs, critiques of real estate, and a whole booth dedicated to female-identifying saints caught my eye at Untitled, NADA, and Art Miami.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office recovered 23 looted objects from Shelby White’s home over the last year and a half.
The award-winning Canadian artist explores notions of power through the imagery of science fiction in portraits, sculpture, and objects.
An egregious “anti-woke” billboard erected in Los Angeles attempts to sow division among Latino/a/x communities.
This week, missed signs of previous life on Mars, the appeal of forged art, and why are blue whales singing in lower octaves?
This affordable, interdisciplinary program with excellent facilities and private studios offers in-person instruction for 2023.
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed forcefully posits multiple parallels between the world Nan Goldin grew up in and the one she fights in today.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very Los Angeles art events this month, including Bob Thompson, Aimee Goguen, Uta Barth, the Transcendental Painting Group, and more.
The latest episode of this documentary series on PBS explores the meaning of home through handmade objects, hand built homes, and the artists who create them.
There is the singular artist and then there is the more exclusive club that has only one member. Harvey belongs to the latter.
The artists say the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma must sever ties with Poju Zabludowicz, whose wealth comes in part from Israeli defense contracting.
Rhode Island School of Design opens registration for its residential summer Pre-College program and year-round online intensive Advanced Program Online.
Vanessa Albury, whose eco-friendly ceramic sculptures help revive filter-feeder populations, is raising funds to complete her first film about the project.
An archeological exploration of the amphitheater’s sewers and water systems uncovered remnants of meat, vegetables, olives, nuts, and yes, pizza.