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Controversy Erupts at Penn Museum
A week after the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania apologized for housing the stolen remains of enslaved people, news surfaced that the institution had been in possession of the remains of victims of the 1985 MOVE bombing for decades.
Activists are since calling for the firing of Penn curator Janet Monge, who utilized the bones in a online course titled “Real Bones: Adventures in Forensic Anthropology.” Activists demanded the museum apologize to active MOVE members and offer financial reparations, among other demands.
The museum has since apologized for its possession of the remains but has not yet addressed demands to terminate Monge.
The Museum of Modern Art
In a letter to MoMA’s director Glenn Lowry, activists declared their plan to protest inside the museum as part of a walking tour throughout midtown Manhattan next week.
MoMA has announced that Marie-Josée Kravis—philanthropist, art collector, and wife of billionaire venture capitalist and Trump donor Henry Kravis—will replace disgraced financier Leon Black as chair of its board of trustees.
In Other News
Hundreds of cultural workers denounced inequity in NYC’s real estate development in an open letter, saying that high-end construction “has prioritized developer profits and design over the possibility of a more affordable and diverse city.”
A statue of Billy Frank Jr., a Nisqually environmentalist and tribal leader, will be one of two sculptures that represent Washington state at the US Capitol.
Lost Italian Renaissance frescoes of the Medicis, dating back as early as the 1600s, were uncovered by construction workers during a restoration of the Uffizi Gallery.
For nearly a decade, Rob Hitt has been documenting beloved bodega cats throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
In an homage to Yahoo Answers, which is shutting down permanently next month, we rounded up the best art-related questions on the iconic platform, including: “Is it possible to enjoy John Cage’s music?” Who knows!
Awards & Accolades
Awardees of the CUNY Adjunct Incubator, including Alicia Grullon and Mariposa Fernandez, have been announced. | CUNY
Doreen Wing Yan Chan, Lawrence Lek, Paribartana Mohanty, Jungwon Seo, and Syaura Qotrunadha were shortlisted for the 4th VH AWARD by the Hyundai Motor Group.
Lauren Applebaum was appointed the North Carolina Museum of Art’s curator of American Art.
Briann G. Greenfield was appointed director of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access.
Marques Hanalei Marzan was named curator for cultural resilience at the Bishop Museum, the Hawaii museum’s first endowed chair.
Jeff Koons is now represented by Pace Gallery.
Alber Elbaz (1961–2021), fashion designer | WWD
Bob Fass (1933–2021), free-form radio host | NPR
Michelangelo Lovelace Sr. (1960–2021), prolific Cleveland artist | Ideastream
Christa Ludwig (1928–2021), opera singer | Guardian
Wayne Peterson (1927–2021), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer | New York Times
Allon Schoener (–2021), curator known for the controversial Harlem on My Mind exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum | New York Times
Al Young (1939–2021), former California poet laureate, novelist, and singer known for his musical performances | Datebook
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.