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    Chief Curator of Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg Resigns

    ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA—Lennie Bennett reports in the Tampa Bay Times that the longtime chief curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg in Florida, Jennifer Hardin, unexpectedly resigned last Friday. The museum opened in 1965 on St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront and Hardin became its curator in 1995 while she was finishing her doctoral degree at Princeton [...] Read more
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    Scott Rothkopf Named Chief Curator at Whitney Museum

    NEW YORK—The Whitney Museum’s announced some new moves among its staff: Donna De Salvo will soon be deputy director for international initiatives and senior curator. Scott Rothkopf, meanwhile, will serve as deputy director for programs as well as Nancy and Steve Crown Family chief curator. Both of their newly conceived roles begin in July. De [...] Read more
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    Christopher Heuer Named Associate Director of Research and Academic Program at Clark Art Institute

    WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Clark Art Institute has appointed Christopher P. Heuer to serve as the associate director of its research and academic program, beginning July 1. Formerly an assistant professor in the department of art and archaeology at Princeton University from 2007 through 2014, Heuer is currently serving as senior fellow at the Center for Advanced [...] Read more
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    Anne Pasternak Appointed Director of Brooklyn Museum

    BROOKLYN, NY—Anne Pasternak will be the next director of the Brooklyn Museum, succeeding Arnold L. Lehman, the museum announced today. Pasternak comes from the nonprofit arts organization Creative Time, where she has been president and artistic director for more than twenty years. Last year Lehman announced his plans to retire in 2015 after seventeen years [...] Read more
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    Emory Acquires Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s Archives

    ATLANTA, GA—Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library has acquired the institutional papers of Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, reports Howard Pousner in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The acquisition is a recognition of our institution’s rich, forty-two-year history and legacy,” Julie Delliquanti, the Westside art center’s executive director said, calling the records “a history that deserves [...] Read more
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    Artists unite for Delfina Foundation

    LONDON, UK—Artists who started their careers with the help of the Delfina Foundation in London are donating works to a fundraising exhibition that the organisation will stage this autumn, reports The Art Newspaper. Co-organised by the curator Sacha Craddock and the painter Chantal Joffe (a Delfina studio resident from 1994 to 1996), who is also [...] Read more
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    Behind the Impasse That Led USC’s 2016 MFA Students to Withdraw in Protest

    LOS ANGELES, CA—The graduate class of 2016 at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design withdrew in protest Friday from the visual arts program over administration and curriculum changes, reports the Los Angeles Times. The master of fine arts students publicly posted a letter in the School Watch section of our site. “We are a [...] Read more

    Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to Open in 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC—2paragraphs reports that the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open in 2016 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Originally established in 2003 by the George W. Bush administration, the museum will feature a collection that includes “artifacts of slavery and freedom, mementos of military service, symbols of the [...] Read more
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    California’s Governor to Raise State Arts Budget by $5 Million

    SACRAMENTO, CA—Mike Boehm reports in the Los Angeles Times that California governor Jerry Brown’s revision of a spending plan proposed in January will increase funding to the California Arts Council, the state’s art grant-giving agency, by $5 million. The increase will be added onto the paltry $1.1 million in Brown’s initial arts budget, which is [...] Read more
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    Miami’s Bass Museum of Art to Undergo $7.5 Million Expansion

    MIAMI, FL—The Bass Museum of Art in Miami’s South Beach district will get a $7.5 million expansion grant from the city with approval from the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board, reports James Teeple for the Real Deal. The institution’s attendance doubled after an Arata Isozaki-designed expansion in 2000, and to support its growth the museum [...] Read more
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    Yale Receives $150 Million to Build Cultural Hub on Par with Kennedy Center

    NEW HAVEN, CT—Stephen A. Schwarzman—chairman and chief executive of the Blackstone Group, an asset-management company—has given $150 million to Yale University to transform a centrally located building called Commons “into a performing arts center and hub along the lines of the Kennedy Center in Washington,” according to the New York Times’ Robin Pogrebin. Michael M. [...] Read more
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    Gulf Labor Members Deported from UAE Under Security Scrutiny

    ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES—Artists Walid Raad and Ashok Sukumaran, who are both involved in the activist group Gulf Labor, were detained and deported by local authorities after attempting to enter the United Arab Emirates in order to attend the March Meetings at the Sharjah Biennial and to continue the research Gulf Labor initiated in [...] Read more
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    USC’s Entire MFA Class of 2016 Drops Out Over Changes to Program

    LOS ANGELES, CA—The current first year students at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design’s MFA program have dropped out of the degree course en masse, citing changes to the program during their first year and lack of funding and teaching experience that was promised by the school. The entire group [...] Read more
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    Royal Academy Unveils £50 Million (USD $78 Million) Expansion Plans

    LONDON, UK—The Royal Academy of Arts is to build a linking bridge between its two buildings just off London’s Piccadilly, Burlington House (its home since 1867) and no. 6 Burlington Gardens (acquired in 2001), reports The Art Newspaper. Work should start in October and the £50 million (USD $78 million) project is due to be [...] Read more
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    Anita Hill Among Rose Art Museum’s Five New Trustees

    WALTHAM, MA—The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University has named five new members–Lazar Fruchter, Anita Hill, Cynthia Reed, Rivka Saker, and Carey Schwartz–to its board of Advisors. Lazar Fruchter, a philanthropist who works in the steel industry, real estate business, and the world of startups, endowed the Chami Fruchter Video Prize in 2014. Attorney Anita [...] Read more
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    Cornell University Sues I.M. Pei’s Firm Over Campus Museum’s Design

    ITHACA, NY—Robin Pogrebin reports in the New York Times that the firm founded by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei has been charged in a Supreme Court lawsuit filed by Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art with committing “architectural malpractice” by submitting “inherently flawed and materially defective” designs for the expansion of the museum. [...] Read more
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    Deputy Director at Art Gallery of New South Wales to Step Down

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Anne Flanagan, the deputy director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, will retire after over two decades at the institution. According to Julie Power in the Sydney Morning Herald, Flanagan’s said to have served as an integral part of planning the upcoming, $450 million expansion, though she’ll be leaving before the institution [...] Read more
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    Gulf Labor Occupies Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice

    VENICE, ITALY—Hrag Vartanian reports at Hyperallergic that two activist groups, GULF (Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction) and Gulf Labor—a participant in the 2015 Venice Biennale—occupied the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy this morning to protest the labor conditions on Saadiyat Island where a new Guggenheim branch has been proposed. The protest was organized in conjunction [...] Read more
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    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s Director Steps Down

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ—Timothy Rodgers, director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, has revealed that he is resigning this month after six years on the job, reports The Republic‘s Kerry Lengel. Associate director Sara Cochran has been named interim director, but apparently the museum, so far, is not organizing a search for a curator: Cochran’s position [...] Read more
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    Studio Museum in Harlem, Baltimore Museum of Art Among Latest Recipients of NEA Art Works Grants

    WASHINGTON, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts will give out 1,023 awards totaling $74,326,900 to nonprofit arts organizations in all fifty states plus five U.S. jurisdictions, in its latest round of funding efforts. Its announcement included the list of the NEA’s latest Art Works grantees. (The last round of grant recipients in this category was [...] Read more
  • 07

    Guggenheim Donates 100 Images to Wikipedia for Edit-A-Thon

    NEW YORK—New York’s Guggenheim Museum has donated images of 100 artworks to Wikipedia, in time for the museum’s planned “edit-a-thon,” taking place at the museum on May 19, according to Cait Munro in Artnet. Works by van Gogh and Paul Klee are among what’s depicted in the images being donated by the museum, which, through [...] Read more
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    University College London (UCL)’s Art Museum Has Reopened

    LONDON, UK—The art museum at University College London (UCL) reopened in April after a 21-month refurbishment, reports The Art Newspaper. “UCL Art Museum has evolved in recent years from its original purpose as a traditional print room into a multi-purpose exhibition, research, teaching and project space. Its design and layout have been upgraded for the [...] Read more
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    San Jose Museum of Art Receives Gift of Forty-Four Artworks

    SAN JOSE, CA—The San Jose Museum of Art is the recipient of a major gift of forty-four works of art from the collection of Barbara and Dixon Farley, reports Artfixdaily. The couple earlier gave twenty-nine works to the museum following Dixon Farley’s death in 2012. Works by Jay DeFeo, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, and [...] Read more
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    Art From Japanese Internment Camp Detainees Acquired By Japanese American National Museum

    LOS ANGELES, CA—Deborah Vankin reports in the Los Angeles Times that the art and artifacts of Japanese-Americans interned in World War II-era camps, at first controversially headed to auction at the Rago Arts and Auction Center in New Jersey, have instead been acquired by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Earlier last month, [...] Read more
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    Jane Farver, Curator and Former Head of the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Has Died in Venice

    VENICE, ITALY—Brian Boucher reports at Artnet that curator and museum administrator Jane Farver has died in Venice. She was working there with artist Joan Jonas on her presentation for the American Pavilion of this year’s Venice Biennale. Farver was head of the MIT List Visual Arts Center from 1999 to 2011 where she organized solo [...] Read more
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    Japan Gives $1 Million to Smithsonian

    WASHINGTON, DC—Japan will donate $1 million to the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian Museums of Asian Art. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan announced the gift during his visit yesterday to the Washington museums, according to the New York Times‘ Kevin Flynn. The $1 million grant will [...] Read more
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    May Day Occupation at Guggenheim Closes Museum

    NEW YORK—At noon today, a group of artists and activists including members of the Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (known as G.U.L.F.) unfurled a large parachute in the atrium of the Guggenheim Museum, demanding to meet with a member of the institution’s board of trustees to discuss the labor conditions at its Abu Dhabi site, reports Hyperallergic. At the [...] Read more

    Black Mountain College Museum Names New Executive Director

    ASHEVILLE, NC—Katherine de Vos Devine has been appointed the first executive director of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. Active in research and curatorial projects at Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art, Devine is currently finishing her Ph.D. in art history at Duke University. She’ll be providing strategic and operational leadership as the museum plans [...] Read more