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February 26, 2020
In Blow to LACMA, Major Donor Ends Decades-long Gift Program
The Ahmanson Foundation, a Los Angeles-based organization that supported the LACMA for more than six decades, has ceased gifts to the museum citing concerns over plans for its new building.
After South Carolina Debate, Artist Letter Endorsing Bernie Sanders Reaches Over 2,500 Signatures
| 2,579 artists have signed the “Artists4Bernie” open letter endorsing the Vermont Senator as the Democratic presidential nominee. Since February 24, this number has nearly quadrupled its original count of 665, with artists including Nan Goldin, Hito Steyerl, and Kara Walker supporting his 2020 campaign. Read the full story here.
A Chance to Buy Postcards by Women Artists, Including Guerrilla Girls
Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, Art on a Postcard is offering postcard-sized works starting at $65 to help eliminate Hepatitis C in women’s prisons.
Censored Video by Xandra Ibarra Might Go Back on View
| During a public meeting at the Centro de Artes in San Antonio, Texas, the center’s committee voted to reinstall Xandra Ibarra’s work, which had been removed from the exhibition XicanX: New Visions. The city, which funds and oversees Centro de Artes, had barred Ibarra’s video prior to the exhibition’s opening, citing “obscene content.” The decision now moves to the hands of the San Antonio Arts Commission, a group of 15 members appointed by the Mayor and City Council, who will vote on the issue on March 10. Read the full story here.
A Conversation About Sex Work in the Art World
Artists and sex workers will offer their insights at Public School Los Angeles.
SITE Santa Fe Presents DISPLACED: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis
The museum’s latest major exhibition illuminates complexities surrounding the global crisis to reignite a sense of common humanity. On view March 21–September 6.
Sony World Photography Awards Removes Hong Kong Protest Images
The World Photography Organization said the images could potentially “contradict the competition’s terms and conditions.”
New Mexico Names Levi Romero as First Poet Laureate
The state’s first ever poet laureate is a bilingual lowrider, professor of Chicano studies, and trained architect who plans to travel the state in a 1958 Chevrolet Impala during his three-year term.
A New Film Series Teases Out the Complex History of Black Heroines On Screen
“Each film in the series, in its own way, provides a more authentic connection to Black women’s expression, stories and experiences,” said Dara Ojugbele, one of the curators of the two-week program at MoMA.
Santa Fe Historic Board Says Pro-Palestinian Mural Must Go
| The board said that the decision was due to the material of the mural — papier maché, which is “inconsistent” with the aesthetics of the neighborhood — rather than the content. Miller called the ruling a “violation of his property rights, his First Amendment rights of public expression and free speech, the right not to have his art discriminated against and censored because of its content, and his right to participate in the rich art heritage and messaging through art in Santa Fe,” the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
An Artist Finds Inspiration in a Novel Suppressed Under Stalin
Irena Haiduk materializes the fictional spaces in Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita, imbuing them with her own imagination and creating the alternative realities Bulgakov’s Stalinist government so feared.