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    Walker Art Center Curator Andrew Blauvelt to Head Cranbrook Art Museum

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI—The design director and curator at the Walker Art Center, Andrew Blauvelt, will be leaving to become director at the Cranbrook Art Museum in suburban Detroit, reports Mary Abbe for the Star-Tribune. During his seventeen years at the Walker, Blauvelt saw the center’s design studio bring in over eighty national and international awards. [...] Read more
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    National Museums of Scotland’s Workers Go On Strike

    EDINBURGH, UK—Staff at the National Museums of Scotland have begun a seven-day strike, according to the BBC. Timed to take place during the busiest days of the Edinburgh Festival, the protests respond to the museum’s removal of a weekend allowance from new members of staff. Officials said withdrawal of the allowance could reduce an individual’s [...] Read more
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    Northwestern’s Block Museum Hires New Curator

    EVANSTON, IL—Janet Dees has been hired as the new curator of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. She’ll begin on September 21. A former curator at SITE Santa Fe, Dees cocurated “Unsettled Landscapes,” the first exhibition of “SITElines: New Perspectives on the Art of the Americas,” collaborating as part of [...] Read more
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    Nevada Museum of Art Receives $2 Million

    RENO, NV—The Nevada Museum of Art is receiving a $2 million gift from patron and former investment banker John La Gatta, reports Seth A. Richardson for the Reno Gazette-Journal. The donation—one of the biggest in the institution’s history—will help fund the museum’s endowment and educational endeavors (including teachers’ training and the art-learning center). As thanks [...] Read more
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    Walters Art Museum Loses Curator to Estense Gallery in Modena

    BALTIMORE, MD—The Italian museum shakeup continues: Martina Bagnoli, the Walters Art Museum’s Andrew W. Mellon curator in charge of medieval art and manuscripts, has been chosen to head the Estense Gallery in Modena, which contains the collection established by the House of Este, a family with a prominent cultural presence in the Middle Ages and [...] Read more
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    Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Appoints Chief Curator

    ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA—The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg has a new chief curator, reports the Tampa Bay Times’ Lennie Bennett. Jerry N. Smith will begin his job—officially, as the Hazel and William Hough chief curator—in October. He is arriving from the Phoenix Museum of Art where he began as associate curator in 2005 and [...] Read more
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    Kansas City Art Institute Receives $25 Million from Anonymous Donor

    KANSAS CITY, MO—The Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri had received a gift of twenty-five million dollars from a donor who has asked to stay anonymous, according to Randy Kennedy in the New York Times. The institute, where Robert Rauschenberg, Thomas Hart Benton, Nick Cave have trained or taught, is receiving one of the largest [...] Read more
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    Phoenix Art Museum Hires New Curator of Contemporary Art

    PHOENIX, AZ—Gilbert Vicario, currently with the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa, has been hired as the new chief curator by the Phoenix Art Museum, reports Kerry Lengel for the Arizona Republic. The museum hasn’t had anyone filling that role in over a decade. Vicario’s being brought in by Amada Cruz, who began as executive [...] Read more
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    Carnegie Museum of Art Appoints New Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

    PITTSBURGH, PA—Eric Crosby, currently at the Walker Art Center, has been hired by the Carnegie Museum of Art to serve as the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. At the Walker, Crosby has served as associate curator, organizing projects by Liz Deschenes, Jack Whitten, and Fritz Haeg. He also curated the upcoming exhibition [...] Read more
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    New Curator for the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Currently a professor in the University of Virginia’s art department, Rebecca Schoenthal has been announced as the Fralin Museum of Art’s new curator, reports the staff at The Daily Progress. An interim curator at the Fralin since last December, Schoenthal was also previously the curator of Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville for five years. [...] Read more
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    Brutal Winter Catalyzes Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s $1.5 Million Roof Renovation

    BOSTON, MA—Boston’s brutal winter last year, with its total of 110 inches of snow, has led the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to move ahead of schedule, beginning its $1.5 million project to either revamp or replace all the roofs that cover the building, reports the Boston Globe’s Malcolm Gay. This phase of construction was originally slated to [...] Read more
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    Expanding Contemporary Chinese Art Program, Guggenheim Hires Two New Curators

    NEW YORK—To expand its Chinese contemporary art programming, the Guggenheim’s appointed two new curators, according to Julia Halperin in the Art Newspaper. Hou Hanru’s being brought on as a consulting curator, and Xiaoyu Weng will serve as an associate curator of Chinese art. Hou’s the artistic director of MAXXI, the National Museum of the 21st [...] Read more
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    Columbus Museum of Art Names New Contemporary Art Curator

    COLUMBUS, OH—The Columbus Museum of Art’s hiring Tyler Cann as its curator of contemporary art, according to Artnews’s Alex Greenberger. In fact, Cann’s being promoted: He’s worked as associate curator since 2013, organizing the show “In We Trust: Art and Money,” which looked at the relationship between economics and art. Formerly curator at Ikon Gallery, [...] Read more
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    Santa Fe’s Center for Contemporary Arts Hires New Director and Chief Curator

    SANTA FE, NM—Santa Fe’s Center for Contemporary Arts is hiring Meg Linton as its new executive director and chief curator, reports the Albuquerque Journal’s Jackie Jadrnak. Linton served for five years as executive director at what’s currently the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, and then later worked for Otis College of Art and Design [...] Read more
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    Dr. Dre to Fund Performing Arts Center in Compton

    COMPTON, CA—Dr. Dre, the rapper and producer, will be donating royalties from his latest album “Compton” to help fund a new performing arts center in the Los Angeles suburb, reports Kory Grow for Rolling Stone. He’ll be working with Compton mayor Aja Brown and her office on the center. Said the music mogul, “I’ve been [...] Read more
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    Serpentine Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA Among Winners of 2015 Graham Foundation Grants

    CHICAGO, IL—The Graham Foundation has announced the international winners of its 2015 architecture grants, reports Julia Ingalls for Archinect. The foundation alternates between funding individuals and organizations. This year, $496,500 was awarded to forty-nine winning organizations from a pool of 200. The grant categories include film, exhibitions, public programs, and publications. The MAK Center in [...] Read more
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    Workers Launch Indefinite Strike at National Gallery in London

    LONDON, UK—About 200 staff members at the National Gallery in London went on an indefinite strike today, according to Christopher D. Shea in the New York Times. Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union are protesting gallery’s plans to turn to private companies for some of its services. Though the union had planned a [...] Read more
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    Annette Michelson Donates Archive to Getty Research Institute

    LOS ANGELES, CA—Annette Michelson—a critic, scholar, and an editor at Artforum who famously left to found October with Rosalind Krauss and Max Kozloff—has donated her archives to the Getty Research Institute, which has also purchased Robert Morris’s drawing Blind Time, 1982, and his “Earth Projects,” 1969, a suite of ten lithographs, from Michelson’s collection. She [...] Read more
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    Denver Art Museum Hires New Curator of Textile Art and Fashion

    DENVER, CO—According to Andrew Russeth in Artnews, the Denver Art Museum has hired a new curator of fashion and textile art: Florence Müller. Müller, whose official title will be the Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art, Curator of Fashion, begins next month. She’ll lead “the Neusteter Textile Collection, housed in the 7,500-square-foot Textile Art Gallery, [...] Read more
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    Frick Collection Adds Three Members to Board of Trustees

    NEW YORK—The chair of the Frick Collection’s board of trustees, Margot Bogert, has announced the election of three new trustees to the board, reports Hannah Ghorashi in Artnews. The first is retired investment banker Elizabeth “Betty” Eveillard, philanthropist Monika McLennan, and banker J. Fife Symington IV, who is a great-great-grandson of the Frick Collection’s founder [...] Read more
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    Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Appoints New Director

    GATESHEAD, UK—The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England has announced the appointment of Sarah Munro as the institution’s new director. When she starts her new post in November, Munro will be the first female director of the center since its opening in 2002. Munro was previously situated in Glasgow as both head of [...] Read more
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    Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s Executive Director Steps Down

    SONOMA, CA—Kate Eilertsen, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s executive director, will be stepping down after having served in the role for the past six years, reports the Press Democrat’s Dan Taylor. The museum had announced this spring that Eilertsen would move into a new role as artistic director. However, she’s since made the decision [...] Read more
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    Given $10 Million to Create Affordable Studio Space, New York Nonprofit Eyes Two Bronx Sites

    NEW YORK—With ten million dollars from the New York City government, Spaceworks, a nonprofit that provides artists with accessible studio space throughout the city, is looking at two Bronx locations as possible locations for a renovation project that would be its largest scale endeavor yet, reports Elizabeth Gurdus for The Observer. The result would be [...] Read more
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    Skidmore’s Tang Museum Receives Collection of Works on Paper

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY—The Tang Museum at Skidmore College has received a major donation of forty contemporary works on paper from collectors Anne and Arthur Goldstein. The donation includes works by artists like Amy Sillman, Nicole Eisenman, and Beth Campbell, all highlighted in shows at the Tang early on in their careers. Other artists represented in [...] Read more
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    New Director at Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art

    WACO, TX—Allison Chew Syltie has been named the new director at Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art. She’s filling a role left vacant by Karin Gilliam, who has served as the director of the Martin Museum of Art for the past ten years. Since 2008, Syltie has worked at the Pearce Museum at Navarro College [...] Read more
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    New Director at High Museum of Art

    ATLANTA, GA—Randall Suffolk has been appointed the High Museum of Art’s director. Suffolk’s currently director and president of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, where he’s worked for over twenty years, including fifteen years as a director. Under his tenure, the Philbrook saw a 63 percent increase in attendance and a 22 percent rise [...] Read more
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    Whitney Museum Receives $2 Million for Educational Programming

    NEW YORK—The Whitney Museum of American Art has received a $2 million donation from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation to support its education programs. “Steven and I were inspired to give more after we saw the amazing impact that art has on children first-hand at the Whitney’s Jeff Koons exhibition last summer,” said Alex [...] Read more
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    College Art Association Director Retires

    NEW YORK—The executive director and chief executive officer of the College Art Association, Linda Downs, will retire next February. During her nine years with the organization, the CAA celebrated its centennial, digitized current and archival issues of their publications The Art Bulletin and Art Journal, increased international membership via the CAA/Getty International Program, and established [...] Read more