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Orly Genger's 2013 installation in Madison Square Park, part of Mad. Sq. Art (photograph by the author)
Orly Genger’s 2013 installation in Madison Square Park, part of Mad. Sq. Art (photograph by the author for Hyperallergic)

Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.

Maria Seferian, a partner in the Munger, Tolles & Olson law firm as well as counsel to the museum, was named the interim director of LA MOCA.

Debbie Landau, founding president of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, is stepping down after 12 years, during which time she spearheaded the Mad. Sq. Art public art program.

Victims of the Knoedler gallery Abstract Expressionist fakes scandal include several leading collectors, dealers, and two or more museums, the Art Newspaper reported.

The United Negro College Fund and the Association of Art Museum Directors announced a partnership that will place black college students in art museum internships in an effort to improve diversity in the field.

The Museum of Modern Art in Kamakura, the first Japanese modern art museum to be publicly run, will close by the end of 2016 and be demolished.

The New York Public Library acquired the papers of author Tom Wolfe for $2.15 million.

The Heidelberg Project in Detroit lost a second house to suspected arson in as many weeks, bringing their seven art houses down to four after another fire earlier this year.

New staircase at the Tate Britain (photograph by Victor Keegan/Flickr user)
New staircase at the Tate Britain (photograph by Victor Keegan on Flickr)

The Tate Britain renovation has been completed at a cost of $72 million, and the museum is opening its refurbished galleries to the public.

The San Diego Natural History Museum pulled its fossils from a long-planned auction following criticism from scientists and others who were concerned that the sale would take them out of research availability, U-T San Diego reported.

National Medal of Arts awardee Bobbie Handman, who was an advocate for preservation, particularly for theaters in New York, passed away.

Both Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg donated $10 million to the campaign to build the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

The freshly restored catacombs frescoes at the Vatican have been revealed, and some say they appear to show female priests, the Guardian reported.

Following a design competition, BIG architects were selected to design the new Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier, France.

BIG is also one of the architecture teams on the shortlist to redesign the area surrounding the Natural History Museum in London.

Gerard van Honthorst, "Woman Playing the Guitar" (1624) (via the Louvre)
Gerard van Honthorst, “Woman Playing the Guitar” (1624) (via the Louvre)

The National Gallery of Art has acquired “The Concert” by Gerrit van Honthorst, a 1623 painting that hasn’t been on public view since 1795, the Washington Post reported.

The art collection of Valerie Eliot, the widow of writer T.S. Eliot, was auctioned at Christie’s in London for about $12.9 million. The art had been purchased with royalties made from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, whose lyrics were based on an Eliot book of poems.

At the recent Latin American art auction at Christie’s, the Cleveland Museum of Art sold paintings by Rufino Tamayo and Roberto Matta for a total of $1.5 million, the proceeds of which will go to art acquisitions.

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management, currently at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, is relocating to the University of Maryland.

An ornament featuring a painting of a cardinal by former president George W. Bush is being sold for $29.98 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Here’s more from Hyperallergic on the POTUS-turned-painter.

Kanye West stopped by the Graduate School of Design at Harvard and gave an impromptu talk on his views on architecture, The Atlantic reported.

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