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    Museum of Art and Design Gets New Research Curator

    NEW YORK, NY—The Museum of Arts and Design just announced that Elissa Auther will come on board as its inaugural Windgate Research Curator. Auther is associate professor of contemporary art as well as the director of the art history and museum studies program at the University of Colorado. She also serves as the codirector of [...] Read more
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    Amada Cruz Named Director of Phoenix Art Museum

    PHOENIX, AZ—Amada Cruz has been named director of the Phoenix Art Museum. She replaces Jim Ballinger, who retired earlier this year after thirty-two years. During Balinger’s tenure the museum quadrupled in size and increased in visitors; it now attracts two hundred thousand people each year, reports Kerry Lengel of the Arizona Republic. Cruz was formerly [...] Read more
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    Billionaire Plans $170 Million Manhattan Waterfront Park with Performance Spaces

    NEW YORK, NY—The entertainment mogul Barry Diller is backing a $170 million park jutting off the West Side of Manhattan into the Hudson River, according to the New York Times’ Charles V. Bagli and Robin Pogrebin. In addition to promising to cover the park’s operating costs for twenty years, Diller has committed $130 million to [...] Read more
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    Smithsonian Announces $2 Billion Renovation of Museum

    WASHINGTON, DC—The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. has announced new details of a two-billion-dollar plan to renovate their museums and gardens, reports Graham Bowley at the New York Times. Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, new entrances will be installed and connections made between the museums and gardens along Independence Avenue, SW, from Seventh to [...] Read more
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    Palm Springs Art Museum Names New Director

    PALM SPRINGS, CA—The Palm Springs Art Museum announced last Friday that Elizabeth Armstrong will be its new executive director, reports David Ng at the Los Angeles Times. Armstrong, who starts at her new post in January, is currently at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where she holds the title of founding curator of contemporary art, [...] Read more
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    President of Crystal Bridges Museum to Step Down

    BENTONVILLE, AR—Artnews’s M. H. Miller reports that Don Bacigalupi, the president of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—founded by Wal-mart heiress Alice Walton in Bentonville, Arkansas—has announced that he’ll be leaving the museum in January. Baciagalupi will become founding president of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. He joined Crystal Bridges in [...] Read more
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    DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Hires New Executive Director

    LINCOLN, MA—John B. Ravenal, the current curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, has been named as the new executive director of the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, reports Andrew Russeth at ArtNews. Ravenal has worked at the Virginia Musem for sixteen years, during which he [...] Read more
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    M. Melissa Wolfe Named Curator at the St. Louis Art Museum

    ST. LOUIS, MO—M. Melissa Wolfe has been appointed curator of American art at the St. Louis Art Museum. For the past fourteen years, Wolfe has acted as curator of American art at the Columbus Museum of Art. In her new role she replaces Andrew Walker, who stepped down in 2010 to become director of the [...] Read more
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    Vandal of Prada Marfa Pleads Guilty and Pays for Cleanup

    MARFA, TX—Bill Davenport at Glasstire reports that the man who vandalized Elmgreen & Dragset’s Prada Marfa last March has pled guilty to two counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief prior to his November 18 trial and agreed to pay $10,700 in restitution to Ballroom Marfa, which maintains the sculpture, and another $1,000 fine. A Jeff Davis [...] Read more
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    Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art Resolves Dispute with Former Board Members

    MIAMI, FL—Hannah Sampson at the Miami Herald reports that a long-running dispute over assets between former board members of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami and the city has now been resolved. Attorneys for both sides met this week and reached a final settlement wherein the museum’s assets will be split between the [...] Read more
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    Phoenix Art Museum Rescinds Offer to Hire New Contemporary Art Curator

    PHOENIX, AZ—According to the Phoenix New Times’s Becky Bartkowski, the Phoenix Art Museum’s board of trustees has made the unorthodox decision to rescind an offer given to a candidate who would have been hired as the museum’s new contemporary art curator. The position has been vacant since Sara Cochran left in 2013 to work as [...] Read more
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    New Curator at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

    ATLANTA, GA—The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center has hired a new curator: Daniel Fuller. According to Bryan Graf in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Fuller begins on December 1 and is leaving his position as the director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, where he has served for the past four years. [...] Read more
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    Detroit Institute of Arts Pledges $100 Million to Fund City Pensions

    DETROIT, MI—The Detroit Institute of Arts and its supporters will contribute one hundred million dollars in funding for Detroit’s pension obligations, which have been endangered by the city’s bankruptcy proceedings, reports the Detroit Free Press. The deal comes as part of a Grand Bargain approved last week by federal judge Steven Rhodes, who ruled that [...] Read more
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    Met Museum Names New Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts

    NEW YORK—Carol Vogel at the New York Times reports that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has taken on Denise Allen, who has worked as a curator of Renaissance painting and sculpture at the Frick Collection since 2003, as a new curator in the Met’s department of European sculpture and decorative arts. Allen will start this [...] Read more

    Franklin Furnace Integrates with Pratt Institute

    BROOKLYN, NY—Franklin Furnace, the organization founded in 1976 by artist Martha Wilson to support forms of art traditionally neglected by institutions, will enter into a new partnership with the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, reports Carol Vogel in the New York Times. Franklin Furnace began in a TriBeCa storefront and early on featured the work of [...] Read more
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    Guggenheim Museum Creates New Curatorial Position

    NEW YORK—The Guggenheim Museum has created a new curatorial position in architecture and digital initiatives, reports Carol Vogel at the New York Times. The first appointee is Troy Conrad Therrien, an architect and adjunct assistant professor in the graduate division of Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where he is also a director [...] Read more
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    LACMA Receives Largest Gift of Art in Museum’s History

    LOS ANGELES, CA—The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has received a gift from former Univision CEO A. Jerrold Perenchio, the largest donation of art in its history. The collection includes works by Bonnard, Degas, Manet, Monet, Pissaro, and Picasso among others. The gift also follows a vote by the Los Angeles County board of [...] Read more
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    Beaux Arts Endows Directorship of University of Miami Lowe Art Museum

    CORAL GABLES, FL—The University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum and Beaux Arts have been partners for 63 years. A $1.5 million gift from Beaux Arts, the Museum’s founding support group, has now enabled the creation of the position of Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator of the Lowe Art Museum, reports Business Wire. The endowment [...] Read more
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    Couple Donates Collection Valued at $50 Million to St. Louis Art Museum

    ST. LOUIS, MO—The Saint Louis Art Museum has received a collection of 225 works—all together valued at $50 million—from Charles Claude Johnson Spink, the onetime publisher of the national sports paper The Sporting News, and his late wife Edith Spink, the longest-serving mayor of Ladue, Missouri. Among the works are Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth [...] Read more
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    Bass Museum of Art Receives Donation of $1 Million

    MIAMI BEACH, FL—The Bass Museum of Art announced over the weekend that art collectors and patrons Diane and Alan Lieberman—who own the South Beach Hotel Group—have donated $1 million to the museum. The funds will support the museum’s exhibitions of contemporary art and education programs, according to director George Lindemann. A host to year-round exhibitions, [...] Read more
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    David Rubenstein Gives $10 Million to Montpelier Foundation

    MONTPELIER STA, VA—David Rubenstein has given a ten-million-dollar gift to the Montpelier Foundation. The funds will be used to restore the Virginia estate of President James Madison to its original 1817 appearance. The New York Times reports that part of the funds are specifically intended to provide more context of the lives of slaves at [...] Read more
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    Jordana Pomeroy Named New Director at FIU Frost Art Museum

    MIAMI, FL—Marlen Mursuli at FIU News reports that Jordana Pomeroy has been appointed the new director at Florida International University’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami. Pomeroy earned her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College and her PhD in art history from Columbia University. She was previously the executive director at Louisiana State [...] Read more
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    Gianni Jetzer Named Curator at Large of the Hirshhorn Museum

    WASHINGTON, DC—Gianni Jetzer has been named curator at large of the Hirshhorn Museum, a position newly created by director Melissa Chiu, who assumed her post at the museum last month. Graham Bowley of the New York Times reports that Chiu added this role because she wanted a curator “based in New York City with the [...] Read more
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    High Museum of Art Director Michael E. Shapiro to Step Down

    ATLANTA, GA—The High Museum of Art has announced that Michael E. Shapiro will be leaving his position as the Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. director: a position he has held for fifteen years. Over the course of Shapiro’s tenure, the museum’s endowment grew by 30 percent and its collection nearly doubled. He also oversaw [...] Read more
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    Director of Andy Warhol Museum Joins Artists’ Legacy Foundation Board

    OAKLAND, CA—Eric Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, has joined the board of the Artists’ Legacy Foundation in Oakland. Shiner has directed the Warhol Museum since 2011 and is also a writer, a contributing editor for Art AsiaPacific magazine, and an adjunct professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh. [...] Read more
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    New Museum Appoints Director of Ideas City Conference

    NEW YORK—The New Museum has announced the appointment of Joseph Grima as director of Ideas City, the museum’s annual conference addressing the future of cities as determined by culture. Grima is an editor, critic, and curator whose work focuses on architecture, design, and urban issues. From 2007 to 2010, he was director of the Storefront [...] Read more