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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
From 1968 to 1973, the Nihon Documentarist Union did radical documentary work in Japan. They made two films in Okinawa before, during, and after its reversion.
Every corner and crevice of Columbia University’s MFA Thesis show feels lived in, reflecting not just artists’ experience quarantining with their work, but also that of re-entering society.
Curated by Clare Dolan, this solo exhibition in Frenchtown, NJ contains new and unearthed paintings, sculptures, and prints selected from the organization’s 60-year history.
Sprawling across the Joshua Tree region, nine site-specific works consider the ways in which people have relocated to the desert, destroying what came before them, and cultivating new life.
The rendition could be a platform for essential conversations on sociohistorical and economic land rights issues.
Conversations with Leslie Barlow, Mary Griep, Alexa Horochowski, Joe Sinness, Melvin R. Smith, and Tetsuya Yamada will be accessible online or in person at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
The UK has long refused to return the contested sculptures, which were stripped from the Parthenon in the 1800s.
The National Gallery of Art launched a new artwork guessing game inspired by the super-popular Wordle.
Now on view in Pasadena, this exhibition explores how four artists challenged the limitations of gestural abstraction by exploiting the resonance of figural forms.
The union said that grass hedges were erected around the entrance, blocking the gala’s guests from seeing the protest outside.
The small New York art fair celebrated its 26th edition with the works of 11 women artists.
The artist couple shared creativity and mutual devotion reflecting a period of light and joy that came after considerable darkness in their early lives.