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    Three High-Level Employees Leave Metropolitan Museum of Art

    NEW YORK, NY—In a follow up to their previous announcement that the Metropolitan Museum of Art would be forced to cut jobs due to a $10 million budget deficit, Andrew R. Chow reports in the New York Times that three high-level employees at the museum, including its first chief digital officer, Sree Sreenivasan, have stepped [...] Read more

    Peter Morton Joins LA MoCA’s Board as New Trustee

    LOS ANGELES, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles announced today that the board of trustees has elected Peter Morton, art collector and cofounder of Hard Rock Café, as its newest member. “Peter’s continued support of MoCA is a great vote of confidence that all the hard work our amazing board has done over the [...] Read more
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    Malmö Art Academy Threatened With Closure

    MALMÖ, SWEDEN—Benjamin Sutton reports at Hyperallergic that the Malmö Art Academy in Malmö, Sweden may be forced to close due to the municipal government’s decision to give Lund University—which operates the academy—only a year to vacate their building, which has housed the academy for the past twenty-one years since its founding in 1995. The city [...] Read more
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    Artists and Cultural Institutions Voice Concerns After Britain Votes to Leave EU

    LONDON, UK—In an historic decision, Britain has voted to leave the European Union. According to the New York Times, the margin of victory was startling—the “Leave” campaign won by around 4 percent. Shortly after the outcome of the referendum was announced, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would resign by October. While all the [...] Read more

    USC Roski’s Only MFA Student Abandons the Program

    LOS ANGELES, CA—In an email to USC’s provost Michael Quick, HaeAhn Kwon, the last remaining student in USC Roski’s MFA studio art program, who entered in fall 2015, has announced that she is leaving. Artforum.com was one of the first sources to break the story concerning the dismantling of the school’s master’s in art program. [...] Read more
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    MoMA PS1 Extends Free Admission and Adds Seven New Board Members

    LONG ISLAND CITY, NY—MoMA PS1’s year of free admission for New York City residents has been extended another year through October 15, 2017 as part of its fortieth anniversary celebrations with the initiative underwritten by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and Marina Kellen French. Additionally, PS1 is also adding seven new board members: Maria [...] Read more
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    University of West Florida Takes Over Pensacola Museum of Art

    PENSACOLA, FL—The board of trustees at the Pensacola Museum of Art has gifted all of its assets to the University of West Florida according to Thomas St. Myer at the Pensacola News Journal. The decision came after the great success for the museum of an exhibition in 2014 titled “The Art of the Brick,” by [...] Read more
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    University of Notre Dame Sued for Displaying Collection of Early American Art

    NOTRE DAME, IN—ABCNews reports via the Associated Press that the University of Notre Dame is displaying a collection valued at about $575,000 of early American art that was stolen from a man twenty years ago, according to a lawsuit filed by the man’s son against the university. Scott Leff and his wife filed the suit [...] Read more
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    England Establishes its First Union for Artists

    LONDON, UK—Artists’ Union England (AUE) has been established as the first trade union for visual, applied, and socially engaged artists in England as of June 6, 2016. The group was given its certificate of independence from the government, proving it is a legitimate union independent of employers’ influence and that it operates democratically for and [...] Read more

    University of Iowa Proceeding with Plans to Construct a New Art Museum

    IOWA CITY, IA—After canceling a public-private partnership with the Hieronymus family, the Hodge Group, and Mortenson Construction to build its new art museum, the University of Iowa is now moving forward again with plans to construct a new home for the university’s art collection, according to Jeff Charis-Carlson at the Iowa City Press-Citizen. The university [...] Read more
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    Norway Launches Art Foundation and Residency in World’s Northernmost Town

    LONGYEARBYEN, NORWAY—The Norwegian ministry of culture has announced that it will establish an art foundation and artist residency in Longyearbyen—one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas—which is located on an archipelago of four islands in the Artic Ocean called Svalbard, Anny Shaw of the Art Newspaper reports. The Art in Svalbard Foundation will be funded [...] Read more
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    New Trade Union for Visual Artists is Officially Recognized in England

    LONDON, UK—According to Liz Hill of the Arts Professional, Artists’ Union England has been certified as the first trade union representing visual artists in England. A group of artists had established the union in May 2014, but earning the required certificate of independence took three years. The nearly $6,400 cost of the certification was raised [...] Read more

    University of Chicago Awards Artist Kerry James Marshall the 2016 Rosenberger Medal

    CHICAGO, IL—The University of Chicago has announced that artist Kerry James Marshall was the recipient of its 2016 Jesse L. Rosenberger Medal for outstanding achievement in the creative and performing arts. Established in 1917, the Rosenberger Medal is an annual award given to a nominee who is recognized for achievements that benefit humanity. Born in [...] Read more

    Smith College Museum of Art Receives $2.5 Million Gift from Alumna

    NORTHAMPTON, MA—The Boston Globe’s Mark Shanahan has written that Charlotte Feng Ford, a 1983 graduate of Smith College, has gifted the school’s museum with $2.5 million for an endowed contemporary art curatorship. Ford is a major art collector based in New York and owns works by Karen Kilimnik, David Hammons, Gabriel Orozco, Alice Neel, and [...] Read more
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    Clément Chéroux Joins SF MoMA as Senior Curator of Photography

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Clément Chéroux has been appointed senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Photography. Currently chief curator of the department of photography at the Musée National d’Art moderne at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Chéroux will begin on July 1, leading SFMOMA’s photography shows, acquisition program, and [...] Read more
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    Smithsonian to Open Permanent Exhibition Space in London with V&A Museum

    LONDON, UK—The Smithsonian announced today that it plans to collaborate with the Victoria and Albert Museum to create a permanent gallery space in the V&A’s new building, known as V&A East, which is being constructed in East London’s new cultural complex, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The building is slated to open sometime in 2020 or [...] Read more
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    Boston Center for the Arts Names New President

    BOSTON, MA—Malcolm Gay reports in the Boston Globe that Gregory Ruffer has been named president and CEO of the Boston Center for the Arts. Ruffer currently serves as president and CEO of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and will replace Veronique Le Melle, who left the Center at the beginning of the year. [...] Read more
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    Clark Art Institute Appoints New Director

    WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The board of trustees at the Clark Art Institute has selected Olivier Meslay to serve as the new Dena and Felda Hardymon director of the institution. Meslay will assume his new role on August 22 from his current post as associate director of curatorial affairs, senior curator of European and American art, and Barbara [...] Read more
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    Winners of 2016 Swiss Art Awards Announced

    BERN, SWITZERLAND—The federal office of culture in Switzerland has announced the eleven winners of the Swiss Art Awards and thirteen winners of the Swiss Design Awards. This year’s edition of the art awards will be presented tonight with director of the federal office of culture, Isabelle Chassot, present, while the design awards will be presented [...] Read more
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    Philbrook Museum of Art Names New Director

    TULSA, OK—The Philbrook Museum of Art’s board of trustees has announced that Scott Stulen, the curator of audience experiences and performance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, was appointed director. Stulen succeeds Rand Suffolk who joined Atlanta’s High Museum of Art last fall. Stulen will take up the position in August. Bill Thomas, chair of [...] Read more
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    Brooklyn Museum Elects Barbara M. Vogelstein to Chair its Board of Trustees

    BROOKLYN, NY—The Brooklyn Museum has announced that as of today Barbara M. Vogelstein will succeed Elizabeth A. Sackler as chairwoman of the institution’s board of trustees. Vogelstein, who served on the board from 2001 to 2010 and then rejoined in 2015, said, “I am delighted to join Anne Pasternak, the Shelby White and Leon Levy [...] Read more
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    Old Dominion University Receives Historic $35 Million Gift to Build Art Museum

    NORFOLK, VA—According to Harry Minium of the Virginian-Pilot, Richard and Carolyn Barry, longtime supporters of Norfolk’s Old Dominion University, have gifted the institution $35 million to build a 24,000-square-foot art museum. The gift, which is the largest in the university’s history, includes annual funding for the museum’s operations budget and endowment. The couple will bestow [...] Read more
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    Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art Receives $100,000 Matching Grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation

    DETROIT, MI—The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts has announced that the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit has been awarded a $100,000 matching grant, which will be distributed over a two-year period. The funds will support the museum’s programming in late artist Mike Kelley’s public sculpture, Mobile Homestead, 2006–2013. The work is a full-scale replica [...] Read more
  • 08

    Cuban Art Loans Stopped, Bronx Museum to Postpone Exhibition

    BRONX, NY—David D’Arcy of the Art Newspaper writes that an artwork loan from the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana has been stopped, which is causing the Bronx Museum to postpone its upcoming exhibition of Cuban contemporary art, titled “Wild Noise.” The reason for the Cuban museum’s delay is in regards to worries that [...] Read more
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    New York Academy of Art Appoints Four New Trustees

    NEW YORK—According to Hannah Ghorashi of Artnews, the New York Academy of Art has announced that it has named four new trustees. The organization added Christina DiDonna, a partner in Manhattan’s DiDonna Gallery and founder of the art advisory firm Floyd Contemporary; Alexander Gilkes, cofounder of the online auction house Paddle8; actress and model Brooke [...] Read more
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    Grand Palais Reopened After Flood Risk, Louvre Remains Closed

    PARIS, FRANCE—After both the Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay were compelled to close their doors and evacuate artworks last week due to the rising level of the Seine River, the Grand Palais was also closed for fear of flooding, according to Victoria Stapley-Brown in the Art Newspaper. The river’s level began rising after days [...] Read more
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    Hirshhorn Museum Announces New Board Chair, New Board Member, and $500,000 Gift

    WASHINGTON, DC—The Hirshhorn Museum announced today that longtime board member, Washington, DC–based art collector, and communications executive Daniel H. Sallick has been appointed the museum board’s new chair. Sallick is taking over for Peggy Burnett, who resides in Minneapolis and will continue serving as a board member. Melissa Chiu, the museum’s director, said, “I couldn’t [...] Read more
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    Wexner Center for the Arts Appoints Michael Goodson Senior Curator

    COLUMBUS, OH—Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts has announced that Michael Goodson is joining the institution as senior curator of exhibitions. Currently, the director of exhibitions at the Columbus College of Art and Design’s Beeler Gallery, Goodson will take up his new post on July 1. At Beeler Gallery, Goodson has organized numerous [...] Read more
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    Louvre and Musée d’Orsay Shut Down and Evacuate Artworks Due to Threat of Flood

    PARIS, FRANCE—The Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay have closed their doors early today and are preparing to evacuate artworks as the water level of the swollen river Seine continues to rise. Both Parisian institutions are located along the banks of the river, which rose over sixteen feet. According to The Telegraph, this is the [...] Read more

    Rijksmuseum Names New Director

    AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS—Nina Siegal reports in the New York Times that the board of trustees at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam have announced Taco Dibbits, the museum’s current director of collections, as the new director of the museum, replacing Wim Pijbes. Pijbes previously announced his resignation last March and will become the director of a new, [...] Read more
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    Performance Space 122 Launches Search for New Leadership

    NEW YORK—East Village’s Performance Space 122 has announced that artistic director Vallejo Gantner will step down and a search for a new head for the non-profit organization is underway. Gantner, who has been at the helm of PS122 since 2005, will remain in the role until the institution can find a replacement. The board hopes [...] Read more
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    UC Berkeley Art Museum’s Chief Curator to Step Down

    BERKELEY, CA—The University of California’s Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has announced that chief curator and director of programs and collections Lucinda Barnes will retire on June 29. “The past fifteen years at BAMPFA have been extraordinary for me—professionally and personally—inspiring, exciting, and gratifying,” she said. “Above all, most important to me at [...] Read more