| Mayor Jim Kenney’s statement follows news that over 300 former and current PMA employees signed a petition saying the recent sexual misconduct allegations against Joshua Helmer, the museum’s former assistant director of interpretation, “barely scratch the surface.” Following the allegations, Helmer was pushed out of his then-position of director of the Erie Museum. Read the full story here.
According to the New York Times, Trump has reiterated his threat against cultural sites in Iran. Even such a move would widely be seen as a war crime, the president argued on Sunday night: “They’re allowed to kill our people. They’re allowed to torture and maim our people. They’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people … and we’re not allowed to touch their cultural site? It doesn’t work that way.” Read the whole story.
| Denis Shelagin, the man accused of spraying the cryptic graffiti “Bird God” on Grand Army Plaza’s arch in Brooklyn, said in court that he was instructed to do so in a 1960 letter from his great-great-grandfather. Shelagin also claimed that he was trying to raise awareness about pigeon killings, the New York Post reported. In a court appearance on Monday, Shelagin said that he was worried that he would suffer harm if he didn’t fulfill his great-great-grandfather’s command. Read the full story here.
On August 4, a French child visiting London with his family was found on Tate Modern’s fifth-floor roof after being pushed from the museum’s tenth-floor viewing platform. Soon after, British teenager John Bravery was arrested and charged with attempted murder, and today he plead guilty. Read the full story here.
The Turner Prize quartet of winners — Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Tai Shani, and Oscar Murillo — say they “hijacked” the prestigious award with their request to split the prize, the Guardian reported. Read the full story here.
| The prize will go to anyone providing information which could lead to the capture of the thieves or the recovery of the stolen items, worth an estimated €1 billion, according to reports in the German media. Read the full story here.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the decision took eight months to implement due to various changes to the museum’s infrastructure to accommodate for expected increased attendance, including hiring more security guards and gallery attendants. The cost of a ticket to special exhibitions, however, will raise from $15 to $18. Read the full story here.
| On Thursday, November 7, Paris police reported a graffiti tag sprayed in red on the sculpture’s bronze plaque. The graffiti read, “11 Trous du c …,” which can translate to “11 Holes of the butt …” The city of Paris, which owns the sculpture, has sent a special cleaning crew to quickly remove the tag, according to Le Parisien. The vandal has not yet been identified. Read the full story here.
| Three people were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to burgle Maurizio Cattelan’s solid gold toilet. So far, five have been arrested for alleged involvement in the world’s oddest bling ring. Read the full story here.
| The Los Angeles Times reported that the MaddocksBrown Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that was one of Desert X’s early donors, announced that it will withdraw funding from the organization. Read the full story here.
| CA Conrad canceled a planned appearance at the Swiss Institute in solidarity with artist Tobias Madison’s alleged victim. “I grew up with a violent stepfather & I know how this violence reverberates through the years in the lives of victims,” Conrad tweeted today. “There are terrific, dedicated people working at Swiss, but I canceled my upcoming appearance in solidarity with the victim.” Read the full story here.
| Thames Valley Police in London has arrested a second suspect in the theft of Maurizio Cattelan’s “America” (2016) from Blenheim Palace. A 36-year-old man from the British town of Cheltenham was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle and had been released under investigation, the police said. The first suspect, a 66-year-old man who was arrested on the day of the theft, was released on bail until October. Read the full story here.