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At last week’s “Strike MoMA” protest, demonstrators convened to denounce police violence in Colombia. MoMA trustee Paula Crown’s husband James Crown, a speaker said, is a director at a weapons conglomerate with ties to violence in Israel, Colombia, and elsewhere.
The Whitney Museum voluntarily recognized its staff union, bypassing the election, but labor representatives say the Whitney is trying to exclude positions from the bargaining unit.
MoMA trustee Leon Black was accused of defamation and sexual abuse in a lawsuit.
In an open letter, dozens of artists and scholars including John Akomfrah and Carrie Mae Weems demanded the release of dissident Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara.
Over 1,000 people signed a letter urging Canadian art institutions to end their collaborations with Israel-funded cultural activities.
A portrait of an anti-Nazi gynecologist was acquired by two UK institutions, becoming the first artwork to be allocated to multiple museums under a British law.
Two religious lintels were repatriated to Thailand from the San Francisco Asian Art Museum after five decades.
A plant concert, conceptualized by the late artist Martin Roth, will soon bloom in a Victorian house in upstate New York.
Listen to the spooky cacophony of spider web sounds, orchestrated by artist Tomás Saraceno with the help of Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists.
In Other News
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has lifted its mask requirement in alignment with a statewide mask ordinance. In New York, the Guggenheim and Whitney Museums will continue to require masks.
See the oddest images from the Guinness World Records photo archives.
A stained glass portrait by Kehinde Wiley is the first work by a queer Black artist to enter the collection of the Stained Glass Museum in the UK.
People worldwide submit photos of abandoned artworks to Jason Osborne, who began his Instagram account for discarded art in 2011.
Awards & Accolades
- Betye Saar was awarded the 26th Wolfgang Hahn Prize by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig.
- Kymberly Pinder was named dean of the Yale School of Art. She is the first woman of color to head the school.
- Allison Glenn was named senior curator and director of public art at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. | CultureType
- Jay Belloli (1945–2021), writer and curator | LA Times
- Eric Carle (1929–2021), artist and author known for the children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Washington Post
- Judith Godwin (1930–2021), Abstract Expressionist artist | Berry Campbell
- Robbie McCauley (1942–2021), stage artist
- Meg Perlman (1950–2021), curator | Dignity Memorial
- Evelyne Porret (1941–2021), ceramicist | TheNational
- Dashawn Robertson aka Lil Loaded (2001–2021), rapper | BBC
MTV’s The Exhibit Is Back With an Inflatable Dolphin
Episode four, in which artists tackled themes of justice and injustice, was the most lifeless of the reality TV show so far.
Florida Principal Ousted Over “Pornographic” Michelangelo Sculpture
Parents complained that the famous sculpture was shown to their sixth graders.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
Tickets to Sold-Out Vermeer Show Are Going for Hundreds
The online resale market for the Rijksmuseum’s smash exhibition is booming, with tickets selling on eBay for over $2K.
NYU Steinhardt Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Taking place at 80WSE Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, Part I is on view from late March through April while Part II opens in May.
Miniature Worlds: Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Yayoi Kusama
Through small-scale works, this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York examines Cornell’s prominent role in the lives and careers of Johnson and Kusama.
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.