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    MassArt Names Architects for Bakalar and Paine Gallery Renovations

    BOSTON, MA—The Massachusetts College of Art and Design has selected architecture firm designLAB to spearhead a new feasibility study for the renovation of the Bakalar and Paine galleries, which according to the college is the largest free exhibition space in New England. The renovations are part of the final phase of the college’s campus revitalization [...] Read more
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    Wellesley College’s Davis Museum Appoints New Curators

    WELLESLEY, MA—Claire Whitner is now associate curator at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, while Meredith Fluke is now the Kemper curator of academic programs. Whitner comes from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she held the position of curatorial research fellow for old master paintings for five years. Fluke worked at the Smart [...] Read more
  • 23

    Frank Gehry in Talks to Renovate LA MoCA’s Geffen Contemporary

    LOS ANGELES—Jori Finkel at the Art Newspaper reports that Philippe Vergne, the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, has been in talks with architect Frank Gehry about possibly upgrading the museum’s Geffen Contemporary building a few blocks away from the LA MoCA main building downtown. Gehry oversaw the original conversion of [...] Read more
  • 22

    Designs Revealed for New Latin American Art Museum in Miami

    MIAMI, FL—Kathryn Varn at the Miami Herald reports that Gary Nader, a Miami-based art collector who has a gallery in the Wynwood district, announced plans to build a Latin American Art Museum at a yet-to-be-determined location in downtown Miami. Hired for the project is Mexican architect Fernando Romero, whose design of the museum was released [...] Read more
  • 21

    Whitney Museum Receives Award for Edward Hopper Book

    NEW YORK—Allan Kozinn at the New York Times reports that the Whitney Museum of American Art has been presented with the Alice Award—an annual twenty-five-thousand-dollar prize for illustrated books— for Hopper Drawing, which the museum published on the occasion of its Edward Hopper exhibition in 2013. The volume focuses on Hopper’s working methods, and was [...] Read more
  • 20

    Curator of Chinese Art Returns to Smithsonian

    WASHINGTON, DC—The Smithsonian announced today that curator Jan Stuart is returning to the institution where she’ll reprise her role as curator of Chinese art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Since 2006, Stuart oversaw a staff of twenty-five at the British Museum’s Asian departments, creating two new galleries and organizing [...] Read more
  • 19

    New Curator at Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS, LA—The Times-Picayune’s Doug MacCash reports that, starting January of next year, New Orleans native Andrea Andersson will serve as the curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. As an independent curator, Andersson has organized exhibitions at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum; [...] Read more
  • 18

    Bloomberg Philanthropies to Provide Millions for Public Art

    NEW YORK—Randy Kennedy reports in the New York Times that Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable organization founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, will be launching a “Public Art Challenge”—giving at least three cities $1 million each for the development of art projects that “celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships and drive [...] Read more
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    W.A.G.E. Certification Sets Standards for Compensation of Artistic Labor

    NEW YORK—The group Working Artists and the Greater Economy, also known as W.A.G.E., has announced a certification program whose aim is to establish “a sector-wide minimum standard for compensation, as well as a clear set of guidelines and standards for the conditions under which artistic labor is contracted,” according to an announcement released by the [...] Read more
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    United States Artists Fellowship Grantees Announced

    CHICAGO, IL—Thirty-four fellows have been chosen by United States Artists for 2014 in the categories of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater, and visual arts. The fellows in visual arts this year are Willie Birch, Sandow Birk, Edouard Duval Carrié, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Mary Heilmann, Leslie Hewitt, and Wangechi [...] Read more
  • 14

    Centre Pompidou-Metz Names New Director

    METZ, FRANCE—Emma Lavigne has been announced as the new director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz in northeast France, reports Hannah McGivern at the Art Newspaper. Currently a curator at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Lavigne will take over at Pompidou-Metz from former director Laurent Le Bon, who was made president of the Musée Picasso last June. [...] Read more
  • 13

    International Studio and Curatorial Program Announces New Executive Director

    NEW YORK—The International Studio and Curatorial Program, or ISCP, has announced that Susan Hapgood will be its new executive director starting next February. Hapgood is an art historian and curator who served as the founding director of the Mumbai Art Room and the inaugural visiting professor of curatorial studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New [...] Read more
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    Frick’s Planned Expansion Opposed by Historic Districts Council

    NEW YORK—The Historic Districts Council in Manhattan, an organization that advocates for historic preservation, has announced its opposition to the Frick Collection’s planned expansion, reports Robin Pogrebin at the New York Times. The museum intends to build a new six-story wing to increase its exhibition space and connect the new building to the collection’s art [...] Read more
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    Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Adds $54 Million to Arts Budget

    LOS ANGELES, CA—Los Angeles County’s board of supervisors has added an additional fifty-four million dollars to its arts and cultural spending budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, reports Mike Boehm at the Los Angeles Times. This comes as a boost to the previous eighty-four million dollars allocated in the county’s budget last June. More than [...] Read more
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    Bruce Beasley Donates Site for Sculpture Center to Oakland Museum of California

    OAKLAND, CA—The artist Bruce Beasley will give the Oakland Museum of California a West Oakland complex of sculpture studios and open spaces, which he accumulated by first acquiring an abandoned 1912 mill building and then gradually purchasing surrounding parcels of land, reports Jesse Hamlin in San Francisco Gate. Officially to be announced by the museum [...] Read more
  • 09

    Tax Court Rules in Favor of Artists

    WASHINGTON, DC—The United States Tax Court has ruled that individuals who identify as artists but make little money from selling their art can still classify themselves as such. Randy Kennedy of the New York Times reports that this is seen as a major victory for artists, especially those who earn livings as teachers or studio [...] Read more
  • 08

    Neo-Nazis Vandalize Exhibition in New York City

    NEW YORK–Mostafa Heddaya of Hyperallergic reports that last Friday morning three individuals vandalized works in a photography show titled “Material Evidence,” installed at 540 West Twenty-first Street. They also left leaflets containing anti-Putin and neo-Nazi slogans and imagery, and pepper sprayed the curator of the exhibition, Benjamin Hiller. The defacing of works and confrontation with [...] Read more
  • 07

    Focusing on Construction, Broad Museum Litigants Agree to Temporary Truce

    LOS ANGELES, CA—Mike Boehm of the Los Angeles Times reports that construction on collector and philanthropist Eli Broad’s museum in downtown Los Angeles will continue with a projected finishing date sometime in 2015, despite an ongoing lawsuit between the museum and the subcontractor hired to realize the museum’s signature concrete and glass exterior. The Broad, [...] Read more
  • 06

    ICP Opens Collections Center and Media Lab at Mana Contemporary

    JERSEY CITY, NJ—The International Center of Photography has announced that it will open a new collections center and media lab at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. The majority of its new fifteen-thousand-square-foot space will be dedicated to a collections center that will act as the ICP’s new primary storage, reports Alanna Martinez of the New [...] Read more
  • 05

    Laura Raicovich Named Executive Director of the Queens Museum

    QUEENS, NY—Laura Raicovich has been named president and executive director of the Queens Museum, effective January 1. Her appointment follows the departure Tom Finkelpearl, who left the Queens Museum to become the cultural affairs commissioner of New York City. Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times reports that Raicovich comes to the institution from Creative [...] Read more
  • 04

    Wallace Foundation Announces $40 Million Initiative for Performing Arts

    NEW YORK—The Wallace Foundation announced a new six-year, $40 million arts initiative that will provide funding for about twenty-five performing arts organizations around the country. The funds will allow those organizations to develop “audience-building programs.” The Wallace Foundation also intends to study the results of this initiative and an earlier one also focused on audience-building, [...] Read more
  • 03

    Nasher Museum Receives $1 Million Gift

    DURHAM, NC—The Nasher Museum at Duke University has received a gift of one million dollars from Dallas-based collectors Derek and Christen Wilson. The money is intended to fund an endowment for the museum and the collection; a pavilion named after the Wilsons will showcase highlights of the institution’s collection—from ancient to modern art—in one space. [...] Read more
  • 02

    Guggenheim Plans New Collection Center in New York

    NEW YORK—Javier Pes reports in the Art Newspaper that the Guggenheim Museum is planning a new space in New York. Named the Collection Center, the space will house its staff and collection, but also serve as a venue for public programming. Pes reports that the Guggenheim will be searching for “productive and hospitable office space [...] Read more
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    Cincinnati Art Museum Receives $6 Million

    CINCINNATI, OH—The Cincinnati Art Museum has received six million dollars to endow its director’s position. Cameron Kitchin will assume the position on October 1; she was most recently the director of the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis. The gift, given by the Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust, is one of the largest the museum has [...] Read more