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    After Unveiling $56 Million Renovation, Speed Art Museum Lays Off 7 Employees

    LOUISVILLE, KY—According to Elizabeth Kramer in the Courier-Journal, seven employees have been laid off at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, while two more have been shifted from full-time to part-time roles. The museum still has a large roster of staff members, with seventy-eight full-time and thirty-nine part-time workers. Its staff changes come after [...] Read more
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    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Cutting Jobs and Closing Main Building Due to Expansion

    SAN DIEGO, CA—Kinsee Morlan of the Voice of San Diego writes that the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, due to a major expansion, will be cutting twenty part-time and eight full-time positions. It will temporarily close its La Jolla site in January 2017. The museum has three buildings on Kettner Boulevard in the downtown [...] Read more
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    Gerun Riley Named President of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

    LOS ANGELES, CA—Eli and Edythe Broad have announced that Gerun Riley will lead The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation as president. Eli and Edythe, who are now in their eighties, said that they have been searching for someone to take over the helm of their foundation. “We want our philanthropy to continue after we are [...] Read more
  • 23

    DePaul Art Museum Received Gift of 114 Works by Chicago-based Artists

    CHICAGO, IL—De Paul Art Museum has announced that collector Chuck Thurow has gifted the institution 114 works by fifty-nine Chicago-based artists, including paintings by Jim Lutes, Phyllis Bramson, Candida Alvarez ,and Philip Hanson; works on paper by Linda Kramer, Oli Watt, Richard Rezac, Mike Lash, Paul LaMantia, Eleanor Speiss-Ferris, Max King Cap, Karl Wirsum, and [...] Read more
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    UK Museums Ethics Committee Dismisses Allegations of Corruption in BP’s Sponsorships

    LONDON, UK—The Museums Association Ethics Committee has announced that after investigating BP’s sponsorship deals with UK cultural institutions the committee found no unethical behavior by all parties involved. The committee was prompted to look into whether BP exercised undue influence over the museums it was financially supporting by the Art Not Oil Coalition. In May, [...] Read more
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    Hammer Museum Announces Winners of Made in LA 2016 Mohn Awards

    LOS ANGELES, CA—The Hammer Museum has announced the recipients of the three Made in LA 2016 Mohn Awards. Dancer and choreographer Adam Linder won the $100,000 Mohn Award, which honors artistic excellence, for his new work Kein Paradiso. Linder will receive the prize over a two-year period. Wadada Leo Smith was honored with the $25,000 [...] Read more
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    Lauren Haynes Joins Crystal Bridges Museum as Curator of Contemporary Art

    BEONTONVILLE, AR—Lauren Haynes, associate curator of the permanent collection at the Studio Museum in Harlem since 2006, has been appointed curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Margi Conrads, the museum’s director of curatorial affairs, said, “We are delighted to welcome Lauren to the museum this fall. [...] Read more
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    Rita Kersting to Take Over as New Deputy Director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne

    COLOGNE, GERMANY—Beginning September 1, 2016, Rita Kersting will be the new deputy director of Cologne’s Museum Ludwig. She is will be taking over for Katia Baudin. From 2001 to 2006, Kersting was the director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf where she, with Anette Freudenberger, did “Zero Gravity,” a group exhibition [...] Read more
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    Carla Acevedo-Yates Appointed Assistant Curator at Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

    EAST LANSING, MI—Robin Scher of Artnews writes that Carla Acevedo-Yates has been appointed assistant curator at Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Marc-Olivier Wahler, the museum’s director, said “Carla brings a strong curatorial focus on the intersection of social justice and contemporary art, as well as a wealth of experience as a [...] Read more
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    Rice University to Open New Moody Center for the Arts in February 2017

    HOUSTON, TX—Alison Weaver, executive director of the Moody Center for the Arts, announced today that the new fifty-thousand-square-foot, $30 million facility for cross-disciplinary learning will open to the public in February 2017. Designed by Los Angeles–based architect Michael Maltzan, the flexible teaching space will feature a black box theater that can seat 150 people, a [...] Read more
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    Michael Jordan Will Give $5 Million to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

    WASHINGTON, DC—Graham Bowley of the New York Times writes that retired basketball player Michael Jordan will be donating $5 million, along with a basketball jersey from the 1996 NBA Finals, to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, designed by architect David Adjaye, is scheduled to open on September [...] Read more
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    Artist Pension Trust Makes First Financial Distributions

    BROOKLYN, NY—The Artist Pension Trust, a mutual assurance fund that provides longterm financial security for artists, has announced that it has made its first financial distributions between $200 and $1,700 to over four hundred participating artists in New York and Los Angeles in July. In a statement, the trust said that this “major landmark” was [...] Read more
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    MoCA Jacksonville Receives Donation of 50 Artworks

    JACKSONVILLE, FL—The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville has announced that collector Maria Cox has gifted the institution fifty artworks by artists such as Philip Guston, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns, Joan Mitchell, and Frank Stella. A twelve-year trustee, Cox had collected art with her late husband, Donald, since the 1970s. The couple had donated forty-eight works [...] Read more
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    Outcry Grows as Sydney University Considers Shutting Down Its Art School

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Discontent is growing in Sydney, Australia, as the University of Sydney continues to consider plans to shut the doors of its art school. Major arts patrons are among those expressing their dismay, reports Andrew Taylor for the Sydney Morning Herald. Arts donor Simon Mordant is among those who have called for the school to [...] Read more
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    Anna Mecugni Joins Tulane’s Newcomb Art Museum as Curator and Coordinator of Academic Programming

    NEW ORLEANS, LA—Newcomb Art Museum has appointed Anna Mecugni, exhibition assistant for contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as curator and coordinator of academic programming. “I am thrilled to envision stimulating new ways that Tulane’s students, faculty members, and community partners could benefit from the Newcomb Art Museum’s resources and programs to their [...] Read more
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    The Met Announces Record Attendance Despite $10 Million Deficit

    NEW YORK, NY—Despite the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s $10 million deficit, which has led to a hiring freeze, voluntary buyouts, and layoffs, the institution has announced that it has welcomed the highest number of visitors since it began tracking admission statistics forty years ago. During its fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 6.7 million [...] Read more
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    Following Student and Staff Defections, Roski School of Art Hires Five New Faculty Members

    LOS ANGELES, CA—One month after USC Roski School of Art and Design’s only MFA student abandoned the program, citing “a total absence of leadership,” the school has announced it has made a “transformative” group hire. Artists Suzanne Lacy, Edgar Arceneaux, Keith Mayerson, Kori Newkirk, and Patty Chang will join as faculty members this fall. The [...] Read more
  • 09

    Jens Hoffman Steps Down as Deputy Director of the Jewish Museum

    NEW YORK, NY—According to M. H. Miller of Artnews, Jens Hoffman, who joined the staff of New York’s Jewish Museum as deputy director in 2012, has stepped down from his position so that he can pursue other projects. In an email, director Claudia Gould said that Hoffman’s “passion has always been curating exhibitions and working [...] Read more
  • 08

    San Francisco’s 500 Capp Street Foundation Appoints Bob Linder as Curator

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA—According to Tessa Goldsher of Artnews, the 500 Capp Street Foundation, a museum housed in the former San Francisco home of conceptual artist David Ireland, has announced that Bob Linder, director and co-owner of Capital gallery, has been named curator. Speaking about Linder and Diego Villalobos, curator and head of programs at the [...] Read more
  • 07

    Hyde Collection Receives Historic $11 Million Gift

    GLENS FALLS, NY—The Hyde Collection has received a historic $11 million gift from New York–based architect Werner Feibes, reports Steve Barnes of Times Union. The landmark gift includes 105 artworks valued at $10 million, which will more than double the institution’s collection of modern art, and the remaining $1 million in cash. “This is transformational [...] Read more
  • 06

    McNay Art Museum Names Rich Aste Director

    SAN ANTONIO, TX—San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum has named Rich Aste its new director. Aste is coming to the McNay from the Brooklyn Museum, where he was the managing curator for arts of the Americas and Europe, as well as curator of European art. There he assisted in the museum’s exhibitions “Impressionism and the Caribbean: [...] Read more
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    Four UK Institutions Renew BP Sponsorships as Activists Promise to Escalate Protests

    LONDON, UK—British Petroleum has announced that it will renew its sponsorship deals with four UK institutions. The oil giant will invest over $8 million in the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, and the Royal Shakespeare Company over the next five years. Activists, who have long contested BP’s partnerships with these [...] Read more
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    Frick Collection Adds Two Members to its Board of Trustees

    NEW YORK—The Frick Collection has announced that Bradford Evans and Bernard Selz have joined the instituion’s board of trustees. Chair Margot Bogert said that the new members “come to the board with strong leadership backgrounds and financial acumen. They also share with our staff a deeply held commitment to making the collections and the Frick [...] Read more
  • 03

    ICA Los Angeles Appoints Jamillah James as Curator

    LOS ANGELES, CA—After announcing its move downtown and name change to ICA LA, the former Santa Monica Museum of Art has now appointed Hammer Museum assistant curator Jamillah James as its new head curator. In her role at the Hammer, James organized exhibitions and programs at the Leimert Park-based space Art + Practice, including the [...] Read more
  • 02

    Boston’s ICA Announces 2017 James and Audrey Foster Prize Recipients

    BOSTON, MA—Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art announced today that Sonia Almeida, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, and Lucy Kim have been awarded the 2017 James and Audrey Foster Prize. Each artist will be featured in a prize exhibition for which they will present a major work or group of works in the city [...] Read more
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    Museum of London Selects Architects for New Building and Reveals Design Plans

    LONDON, UK—After a six-month international design competition, the Museum of London has announced that Stanton Williams and Asif Khan will work on the institution’s new building at West Smithfield, which will replace the existing building at Barbican Estate, Dezeen reports. The two London-based firms will collaborate with conservation architect Julian Harrap and landscape design consultants [...] Read more