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Arts Support for Palestine
In an open letter, 250-plus artists, including Fred Moten and Angela Davis, charged MoMA trustees, including Steven Tananbaum, Leon Black, and Paula Crown, with being “directly involved with support for Israel’s apartheid rule.”
Hundreds of activists blockaded the entrance of MoMA with a teach-in, condemning the ties of board members to violence against Palestinians.
Over 1,000 artists and scholars, including Judith Butler and Angela Davis, have signed a statement in solidarity with the Palestinian city of Lydda in the wake of mounting racist violence.
Censorship and Protest
A Belarusian art exhibition untangling the country’s response to the coronavirus was closed by authorities this March, leading to the arrest of five of its organizers.
Toga-clad activists from BP or Not BP? crashed the British Museum’s reopening weekend to protest British Petroleum’s backing of the forthcoming exhibition Nero: the man behind the myth.
Michael Zelehoski’s plywood obelisk sculpture “Miguelito” reflects on a year of racial justice protests and is crafted with materials used to board up businesses during last summer’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
In Other News
Brooklyn Museum workers are unionizing.
San Francisco’s program to pay artists $1,000 per month has been extended and expanded thanks to a $3.46 million donation by tech entrepreneur Jack Dorsey.
Painter Julie Mehretu is donating the proceeds from a sale of her work “Dissident Score” (2019-2021), which is expected to fetch between $3 and $4 million, to an incarceration reform nonprofit.
You can sponsor a statue at Notre Dame to help the historic cathedral rebuild.
The public can now add their name to a letter addressed to Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch urging him to enact a plan that ensures the National Museum of the American Latino gets a proper place on the National Mall.
Awards & Accolades
- Juana Williams has been named Detroit Art Mile’s inaugural Curatorial Fellow.
- Fanglu Lin was awarded the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize.
- The Graham Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2021 grants to individuals.
- Laurence des Cars has been named Director-President of the Louvre Museum.
- Ryan Lee Gallery now represents the Estate of Camille Billops.
- Allison Glenn was appointed Senior Curator and Director of Public Art at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
- David Zwirner Gallery now represents artist Merrill Wagner and the Estate of Robert Ryman.
- Eric Carle (1929-2021), The Very Hungry Caterpillar author and illustrator | NYT
- Mary Beth Edelson (1933-2021), artist and feminist activist | Washington Post
- Anna Halprin (1920–2021), experimental choreographer | NYT
- Alain Kirili (1946–2021), sculptor | Le Journal des Arts
- Mark Lancaster (1938-2021), artist and stage designer | The Guardian
- Paulo Mendes da Rocha (1928–2021), architect | Architect Magazine
- Terence Riley (1954-2021), architect and curator | Architect Magazine
“You can’t have idols; it’s in the second commandment,” he screamed before being arrested.
The Mexican artist confronts gun violence and nuclear power through sculpture, print, performance, and video work.
Ten artists will receive studio space and access to faculty, staff, students, workshops, and programming at an arts institution in the heart of Philadelphia.
Manhattan now has its own, downscaled version of the artist’s famous Chicago sculpture, oddly squished under a luxury condo tower.
Increased oil tanker truck traffic would “seriously degrade” the experience of viewing the canyon’s Indigenous rock art, said one advocate of the site.
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.
Jafar Panahi was arrested last July, after he participated in protests at the notorious Evin prison.
Designed by artist Christine Egaña Navin, the items will be offered by Project Art Distribution at this weekend’s NADA Flea Market.
The French painter felt he had to rise to the challenge of one question above all things else: What exactly is it to be a modern artist?
Philipsz’s haunting sound and video artworks serve as a poignant witness to the lives and artistry of victims of the Holocaust.