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Museum of Chinese in America
Artists Colin Chin and Nicholas Liem requested the Museum of Chinese in America remove their work from its collection, decrying MOCA’s acceptance of $35 million in funding from NYC as part of a jail expansion plan.
Over 100 activists boycotted the reopening of the Museum of Chinese in America, accusing the institution for “promoting displacement” of the Chinatown community.
Art and Law
Fifteen states have agreed to a deal in Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy reorganization plan, which will prohibit members of the Sackler family from lending their name to institutions over the next nine years until the family has paid off their debts.
The Italian government announced an official ban on cruise ships from Venice’s lagoon, declaring the waterway a national monument.
Acquisitions and Repatriation
The Minneapolis Institute of Art received a gift of nearly 800 works by Polish-American artist Theodore Roszak.
A joint agreement between the Peabody Museum, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, and the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma is currently underway to secure the return of Chief Standing Bear’s tomahawk.
In Other News
Bryan Zanisnik’s “Silk Monument” in New Jersey features archival images to honor the contributions of Syrian and Armenian migrants who worked in New Jersey silk mills.
The New-York Historical Society is expanding to host a permanent home for the American LGBTQ+ Museum.
Miami-based artists are stepping in to help the victims and families impacted by the Surfside condo collapse.
During a recorded conversation with activists, a police officer played Taylor Swift in an attempt to keep the recording off of YouTube.
Awards & Accolades
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced the recipients of its 2021 Art + Technology Lab grants. | Hyperallergic
Nadine Fattaleh and Oscar Humberto Pedraza Vargas were named the inaugural OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts Fellows at Bard College. | Hyperallergic
The Latinx Project announced its inaugural Public Humanities Fellows. | Latinx Project
The New York Foundation for the Arts awarded 92 New York-based artists a total of $616,000 as part of its 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship. | Hyperallergic
Sarah Calderon was named executive director of Creatives Rebuild New York.
Katherine Chan was appointed associate director of Galerie Lelong & Co.
Kathleen Greene was named chief audience officer, and Marissa Reibstein was named chief development officer, of Grounds For Sculpture.
Kreshaun McKinney was named director of learning and engagement of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Danyelle Means was appointed executive director of the Center for Contemporary Arts.
Jonah Nigh was named senior vice president for development and alumni engagement of the New School.
Cari B. Sacks was appointed chair of the board of trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Jessie Washburne-Harris was named vice president of Pace Gallery.
Susann Craig (1936–2021), art collector and founder of Intuit
Bernette Ford (1950–2021), author and publisher | Publishers Weekly
Jane Kaufman (1938–2021), artist known for involvement in the Pattern and Decoration movement | ARTnews
Clare Peploe (1941–2021), film director | New York Times
Kristen Richards (1952–2021), art gallery owner and founder of ArchNewsNow | New York Times
Charlie Robinson (1945–2021), actor | Deadline
In 1962, Andy Warhol desperately wanted to be like his accomplished new pal, Marisol.
An exhibition of Ambrose Rhapsody Murray’s collages of textiles and sequins seek to capture the essence of her Black women figures as spirits.
Presented by Japan Society and the Agency for Cultural Affairs in association with the Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO), this hybrid film series continues through December 23.
Saldamando portrays people isolated at home, waiting out a public health crisis.
Throughout 2021, Indigenous water protectors and climate justice groups have distributed copyright-free artworks supporting recent anti-pipeline protests in Minnesota.
An art historian and food and wine writer, Leonard Barkan roves from Pompeiian mosaics to Bible passages to Shakespearean plays in search of food and drink.
Nothing is more boring than reducing Italian American identity into stereotypes, but artist John Avelluto avoids that with his wide-ranging aesthetic appetite.
This affordable, interdisciplinary program with excellent facilities and private studios offers in-person instruction for 2022.
“A Fountain for Survivors” is a protective, pink cocoon in New York City’s busiest district.
75% of NFTs sell for an average of $15, study says.
Online, people are calling the courtroom drawing of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged accomplice “creepy” and “horrific.”