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Culture in NYC
As the June 22 NYC mayoral primary draws near, Hyperallergic rounded up the top six contenders and summarized their priorities for the cultural sector.
NYC will distribute $5,000 grants to over 3,000 artists as part of the City Artist Corps, a WPA-inspired initiative addressing the devastating toll the pandemic has had on the cultural sector.
A program organized by Museum Hue, the Laundromat Project, and Hester Street will map POC-led NYC arts organizations to encourage equity in the cultural sector.
The Met Museum partnered with Citymeals on Wheels to deliver monthly art-making kits to over 1,000 seniors in New York.
Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill is the first artist to withdraw from Museum of Modern Art events in solidarity with Strike MoMA protesters.
Hyperallergic reporter Hakim Bishara accompanied two Strike MoMA protesters on their journey from Queens to Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art for an insider view of the weekly protests.
Artists nominated MoMA as an “at-risk cultural heritage site” to the World Monuments Fund, citing several MoMA board members for their connections to “gentrification and displacement,” “extractivism and environmental degradation,” and more.
In Other News
The first-ever NFT, minted by artist Kevin McCoy, sold at Sotheby’s for $1.4 million.
Kara Walker, Nan Goldin, and over 16,000 artists, musicians, and more voiced solidarity with Palestine in a “Letter Against Apartheid.”
The Detroit Institute of Arts is facing backlash over a mural that depicts a group of police officers holding hands against the background of the US flag. Artists including Dawoud Bey, Jordan Casteel, and Kevin Beasley criticized the institution’s partnership on the mural, which has been labeled as pro-cop by many.
New machine learning technology can match ancient pottery fragments by rapidly sorting thousands of fragmented pottery designs into differing stylistic categories.
Awards & Accolades
- Lulani Arquette and Roberto Bedoya were awarded the 2021 Berresford Prize by United States Artists.
- Koral Carballo, Roopa Gogineni, Bayeté Ross Smith, and Daniella Zalcman were named 2021 CatchLight fellows.
- Joy Bivins was named director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
- Allison Glenn, Diya Vij, Dream the Combine, New Red Order, and Risa Puelo have been selected to curate the second Counterpublic triennial in St. Louis.
- Loren Rothschild will retire from the board of the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, becoming trustee Emeritus.
- Legacy Russell was appointed executive director and chief curator of the Kitchen.
- Portia Zvavahera is now represented by David Zwirner gallery.
- Jeffrey Gibson, Julie Tolentino, Torrey Peters, Alexis De Veaux, Will Rawls, and Constantina Zavitsanos have joined the Queer|Art|Mentorship program as new mentors.
- Gottfried Böhm (1920–2021), Brutalist architect | Wallpaper*
- Violetta Elvin (1923–2021), dancer with Britain’s Royal Ballet | New York Times
- Geri Hooks (1935–2021), Houston art gallery owner | Glasstire
- Cornelia Oberlander (1921–2021), landscape architect | New York Times
- Clarence Williams III (1939–2021), actor | Washington Post
To showcase this work exactly 500 years after Magellan’s conquest of the Philippines in a space that, 134 years ago, was a “human zoo” of Indigenous people from the Philippines, is certainly poignant.
Since 2014, Alison has been visually dissecting Monique Wittig’s novel The Lesbian Body, which theorizes the split subjectivity women experience in language, an inherently patriarchal structure.
This exhibition in Great Falls, Montana addresses the concept of intention in contemporary fiber art and its complex relationship with the history of women’s art as craft.
N.I.H., short for No Humans Involved, was an acronym used by the LAPD to refer to “young Black males who belong to the jobless category of the inner-city ghettos.”
Cha, who was murdered at 31 years old, explored the nuances of forced migration and language.
Explore new avenues in artistic practice and scholarship amongst a diverse cohort of peers while gaining leadership skills both academically and professionally.
Taping a banana wasn’t enough, so the art world had to do something even more stupid with food.
Stoner jokes, unexpected pop culture references, and an unlikely love story jangle against each other like charms on a bracelet.
In this exhibition, curated by Patrick Flores and presented by Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Paiwan artist Sakuliu reflects on interspecies co-sharing and coexistence.
The plans for Munger Hall may just be the most ruthlessly efficient way to house 4500 students.
The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation says tribal leaders were not consulted regarding the relocation of the statue.
The autumn holiday of Sukkot continues to offer solace and community for new generations.