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Hundreds of activists attended the final week of “Strike MoMA” demonstrations. Activists unfurled a “Strike MoMA” banner at a courtyard in the museum and projected protest messages on the museum’s facade after dark.
Repatriation and Returns
The Metropolitan Museum will repatriate two Benin Bronzes to Nigeria.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian returned a pre-Incan gold ornament from its collection to Peru’s government.
Artists Supporting Communities
Yazmany Arboleda, the NYC Civic Engagement Commission artist in residence, repurposed a corrections vehicle from Rikers to encourage New Yorkers to vote.
Artist and iron worker Bernard Klevickas unveiled a COVID-19 memorial dedicated to his fellow NYC Department of Sanitation workers who have been affected by the virus.
Supporters are raising funds for a Bethlehem arts center that was raised by Israeli soldiers.
The Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy, a nonprofit in Alabama, has received a $250,000 grant from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnership.
Hidden Art History
Barcelona’s city council has pledged to preserve a Keith Haring mural tucked behind the DJ booth at a former nightclub, which is slated to become a home for seniors.
Two scientists uncovered and reconstructed a Modigliani portrait hidden beneath another work by the artist.
In Other News
The Hood Museum acquired over 6,000 photographs of Old Hollywood.
People want Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to buy the Mona Lisa and eat it.
Nintendo is opening a museum in Kyoto, Japan.
Awards & Accolades
- Nobutaka Aozaki, Beverly Acha, Jane Benson, Kim Brandt, Theresa Daddezio, J.A. Feng, Ronald Hall, Heidi Hahn, Athena LaTocha, Jeffrey Meris, Cy Morgan, Ebecho Muslimova, Louis Osmosis, Marianna Peragallo, Amelia Saul, D’Angelo Lovell Williams, and Andrew Paul Woolbright were named 2021-2022 residents at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program.
- Freya Chou, Renée Akitelek Mboya, Robert M. Ochshorn, and Pablo José Ramírez were named curators of the 58th Carnegie International.
- Gregory Harris was appointed curator of photography at the High Museum of Art.
- Ibrahim Said is now represented by Yossi Milo Gallery.
- Lily Snyder was appointed Colnaghi’s managing director of modern and contemporary art in North America.
- Mary Beth Edelson (1933–2021), multidisciplinary artist | Washington Post
- Alain Kirili (1946–2021), sculptor | Brooklyn Rail
- Janet Malcolm (1934–2021), journalist and author | Washington Post
- Milton Moses Ginsberg (1935–2021), filmmaker | Deadline
- Eva Sereny (1935–2021), photographer | Herald
- Donald York (1947–2021), musical director of Paul Taylor Company | New York Times
Cammie Tipton-Amini’s opinion piece “When Ukraine Was Newly Independent and Everything Was Possible” employs simplistic whataboutism that dangerously echoes Putin’s lies.
Anthony Banua-Simon’s documentary Cane Fire contrasts decades of Hollywood images of his home with its current reality.
Now on view in Pasadena, this exhibition explores how four artists challenged the limitations of gestural abstraction by exploiting the resonance of figural forms.
Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art Presents A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence
This new exhibition in Evanston, Illinois considers how art has been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence for more than a century.
Protesters held signs that read “If men got pregnant, you could get an abortion at an ATM” and “Abolish SCOTUS, Not Abortions!”
Define American has named the fourth cohort of its annual fellowship, which gives grants and career development opportunities to five artists.
Guest curated by Alison Burstein, An Asterism* at the school’s Kellen Gallery in NYC features the work of 15 multidisciplinary artists, on view from May 16 through May 27.
The site of Michelangelo’s famous frescoes has a strict no-photos policy.
Her short film Freshwater is now playing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
In the artist’s new exhibition, Black moves away from her signature representation of commercial goods to celebrating the labors behind everyday life.