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    Park Avenue Armory Announces First Curator of Artist-in-Residence Program

    NEW YORK—The Park Avenue Armory has appointed Meiyin Wang as the first curator of its Artist-in-Residence program in support of the Armory’s mission to foster new, collaborative, and experimental works by artists across genres. Wang is currently the codirector of the Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival, a position which she will continue in addition [...] Read more
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    Bud Selig Donates $2.5 Million to Phoenix Art Museum

    PHOENIX, AZ—Mike Sunnucks at the Phoenix Business Journal reports that Bud Selig, a former Major League Baseball commissioner, and his wife Sue have donated $2.5 million to the Phoenix Art Museum to support the creation of a chief curator position. The job of curator has previously fallen under the duties of the museum’s director. Sue [...] Read more
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    Clark Art Institute’s Director to Retire

    WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Michael Conforti, the Felda and Dena Hardymon director of the Clark Art Institute, plans to retire after two decades in the job. With his oversight, the institute established a tour of its French paintings collection, which drew more than 2.4 million visitors in Europe, Asia, and North America. The Clark also initiated exhibitions and [...] Read more
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    Long Beach Museum of Art Receives $2 Million

    LONG BEACH, CA—California’s Long Beach Museum of Art has been given a $2 million gift by Ronald and Sylvia Hartman, according to Artnews’s Hannah Ghorashi. The museum’s gallery pavilion will be named the Hartman Pavilion in their honor. Ronald Hartman was president of the Museum Association for a decade, then sat on the museum board [...] Read more
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    New Director for National Gallery in London

    LONDON, UK—Gabriele Finaldi, the forty-nine-year-old art historian, will be the National Gallery in London’s new director, according to Artnews’s Alex Greenberger. Finaldi will leave his position as deputy director of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, which rehung its collection and opened an extension and research center under his watch. Said Finaldi: “I feel [...] Read more
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    Southern Methodist University Receives $45 Million for Museum and Art School

    DALLAS, TX—The Meadows Foundation has given $25 million to the Meadows Musem and $20 million to the Meadows School of Art, both at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, reports Michael Granberry at the Dallas Morning News. The foundation previously donated $20 million in 1998 to build Meadows Museum at SMU, which opened as a [...] Read more

    Africa Center in New York Names New Managing Director

    NEW YORK—The Africa Center, which occupies the Robert A. M. Stern-designed tower at the northeast corner of Central Park, has just hired Michelle D. Gavin as its new managing director, according to the New York Times’ Lorne Manly. Gavin is an Africa expert, writes Manly. The United States ambassador to Botswana from 2011 to 2014, [...] Read more
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    Irish Arts Center in New York Receives $1 Million

    NEW YORK, NY—The Irish Arts Center’s received a $1 million gift from New York-based businessman and philanthropist Bob Devlin and his wife Kate, in support of its new building on Manhattan’s West Side, reports Irishcentral’s Debbie McGoldrick. Director Aidan Connolly says that the Irish government’s given $3.5 million, while the city of New York’s currently [...] Read more
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    Hirshhorn Museum Elects Five New Trustees

    WASHINGTON, DC—The board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced today that five new trustees have been elected to the Museum’s board. The new trustees are Haryanto Adikoesoemo, Jill Bernstein, Stéphan Crétier, Trinh D. Doan, and Jill Cooper Udall. The Hirshhorn has added a total of eight new trustees sincce Melissa [...] Read more
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    Met Museum and Minneapolis Institute of Arts Receive Gift of Asian Art

    NEW YORK, NY and MINNEAPOLIS, MN—William Grimes reports in the New York Times that the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will each receive a gift of Asian art from the estate of Mary Griggs Burke, whose collection of Japanese and other East Asian art ranks among the top private collections [...] Read more
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    Senior Curator at LA MoCA to Retire

    LOS ANGELES, CA—Alma Ruiz, a senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, has announced she will be retiring this month to pursue independent projects after thirty-one years with the institution. While at LA MoCA, Ruiz curated many exhibitions of the museum’s permanent collection, as well as shows featuring the work of [...] Read more
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    Ford Foundation Gives Nearly $100,000 to Oregon Arts Institutions

    SALEM, OR—The Oregon Arts Commission announced that the Ford Family Foundation’s given out nearly $100,000 to eight visual-arts institutions, reports the Statesman Journal’s Capi Lynn. The funds—a total of $95,690—will allow these institutions to acquire works for their permanent collections. The Portland Art Museum’s getting $10,000, for the purchase of a work by artist Wendy [...] Read more
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    Clark Art Institute Gets $15 Million

    WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has received a fifteen-million-dollar gift—one of the largest in its history—reports the New York Times’ Robin Pogrebin. The money will support the Clark’s campus expansion and programs. The gift came from Felda and Dena Hardymon, who split time between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Berkshires. The Clark’s board [...] Read more
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    MacArthur Foundation Selects New President

    CHICAGO, IL—Julia M. Stasch has been selected as the next president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Stasch should have a pretty good idea of what her new job holds in store; after all, she’s served as interim president for the past eight months. Prior to that, she’d worked as vice president [...] Read more
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    Works by Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham Among Collection Donated to West Vancouver Museum

    WEST VANCOUVER, BC—Canadian artist Gordon Smith has decided to donate his art collection—which includes works by other renowned Canadian artists such as Jeff Wall, Douglas Coupland, and Bill Reid—to the West Vancouver Museum, reports the Globe and Mail’s Marsha Lederman. “I think the collection should be kept in West Vancouver,” he told the Globe and [...] Read more
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    Sarasota Museum of Art Names New Executive Director

    SARASOTA, FL—Anne-Marie Russell, executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Arizona, has been named executive director for the Sarasota Museum of Art, reports the Herald Tribune’s Susan Rife. Russell has served at the Tucson museum for over a decade, managing the opening of its 30,000-square-foot facility downtown. Board president Wendy Surkis said, [...] Read more
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    Walton Arts Center Gets $5 Million Challenge Grant from Walton Family Foundation

    FAYETTEVILLE, AK—The Walton Family Foundation has awarded a $5 million challenge grant to the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. The gift will support a capital campaign to add 30,000 square feet of space to the arts center, reports Arkansas Business’s staff. The twenty-three-million-dollar project would add a new atrium lobby, expand and renovate the center’s [...] Read more
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    MIT List Visual Arts Center Receives $200,000 Gift from Helen Frankenthaler Foundation for Joan Jonas’s US Pavilion Project

    CAMBRIDGE, MA—The MIT List Visual Arts Center today announced that it has received a gift of $200,000 from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. The gift will support Joan Jonas’s presentation for the US Pavilion at the Fifty-sixth Venice Biennale, “They Come to Us Without a Word.” The List—which has been tasked with raising funds for the [...] Read more
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    Met Museum Names New President

    NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that art historian and administrator Daniel H. Weiss, the current president of Haverford College, will be the next president of the Met. He’ll succeed Emily Kernan Rafferty, who plans to retire at the end of the month, after a decade in the position. Weiss spent over a [...] Read more
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    RISD Museum Receives $2.5 Million Gift from David Rockefeller

    PROVIDENCE, RI—The RISD Museum has received from David Rockefeller a gift of $2.5 million to fund and expand the museum’s collection of decorative arts and design. Rockefeller’s pledge also includes the endowment of a curatorial position to lead that department, funds to underwrite a named gallery within the museum’s European art galleries, and a promised [...] Read more
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    ICA Miami Receives $5 Million Gift From Knight Foundation

    MIAMI, FL—The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has gifted $5 million to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, to support the development and presentation of exhibitions of contemporary art. “Thanks to [the] Knight Foundation’s visionary support we will be able to expand our ability to commission experimental and scholarly exhibitions by the most [...] Read more
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    SITE Santa Fe Announces Curatorial Team for 2016 SITELines

    SANTA FE, NM—SITE Santa Fe has announced the appointment of five international guest curators to organize “SITElines.2016: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas.” They are Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Kathleen Ash-Milby, Pip Day, Pablo León de la Barra, and Kiki Mazzucchelli. The selected theme and artists will be announced in February of next year. SITELines is [...] Read more
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    $4 Million to Fund California Lutheran University Art Center

    THOUSAND OAKS, CA—William Rolland of Malibu has pledged up to $4 million to California Lutheran University to help build a new home for the Art Department.   Cal Lutheran will cover the remaining cost of up to $4 million for the design and construction of what will be the 25,000- to 30,000-square-foot William Rolland Art [...] Read more
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    Carnegie Museum of Art Announces New Curator of Photography

    PITTSBURGH, PA—The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh announced today that Dan Leers has been appointed as its new curator of photography after the retirement of Linda Benedict-Jones, who first held that role. A Pittsburgh native, he will start his new position in April after recently working as an independent curator in New York. Leers [...] Read more
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    Philadelphia Gives $60,000 to Public Performance

    PHILADELPHIA, PA—Philadelphia’s mayor, Michael A. Nutter, along with the office of arts, culture and the creative economy, has announced that the city’s giving out $60,000 as part of its new “Performances in Public Spaces” program. Half of that money comes from an NEA grant the city received. The twenty-three funding recipients, ranging from Ars Nova [...] Read more
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    Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum Receives Major Gift of Contemporary Art

    WALTHAM, MA—The computer programmer and philanthropist Peter Norton has donated forty-one works by contemporary artists to the Rose Art Museum. Drawn from Norton’s personal collection, this gift is part of a series of donations to university art museums and teaching museums throughout the country, including the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore, Saratoga Springs, New York; [...] Read more
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    UC San Diego Confirms Plans to Repair Vandalized Michael Asher Sculpture

    SAN DIEGO, CA—As Artforum.com reported earlier, Michael Asher’s drinking-fountain sculpture on the campus of University of California, San Diego was smashed by a vandal bearing a sledgehammer this month. Now, school officials have confirmed there are plans to restore the work, reports Hyperallergic’s Benjamin Sutton. “We hope to have the fountain reinstalled in the next [...] Read more
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    Fate Unclear for Brutalist Building Vacated by Berkeley Art Museum

    BERKELEY, CA—The Berkeley Art Museum permanently closed its iconic Brutalist building this past December, and is planning a move nearby in 2016, reports Docomomo’s Lacey Bubnash. Now, the fate of its former building remains unclear. “Considered by many to be the Bay Area’s most remarkable example of Brutalism, the structure was known for its unfinished [...] Read more
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    Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts Receives Nearly 200 Objects from Rothschild Heirs

    BOSTON, MA—The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has received a collection of 186 objects originally owned by Baron and Baroness Alphonse and Clarice de Rothschild of Vienna. The Rothschilds—members of the celebrated banking family—amassed a collection that includes European decorative arts, furniture, prints, drawings, paintings, and personal objects ranging from jewelry to rare books. Many [...] Read more