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    Art Institute of Chicago Gets a $400 Million Collection, the Largest Gift In Its History

    CHICAGO, IL—Philanthropists Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson have donated a major private contemporary art collection with a value estimated at $400 million to the Art Institute of Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Steve Johnson. With works by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, the forty-two-piece collection is the largest gift of art in the museum’s history, [...] Read more
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    New Associate Curator at Harvard Art Museums

    CAMBRIDGE, MA—Artnews’s Anna Heyward reports that the Harvard Art Museums’ department of European and American art has a new associate curator: Edouard Kopp. Previously the associate curator of drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Kopp received his degree at the Courtauld Institute, and according to Heyward, has put together shows by [...] Read more
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    Nevada Museum of Art to Build $5.5 Million Sky Room

    RENO, NV—The Nevada Museum of Art has unveiled designs for its planned sky room, which originally stems from architect Will Bruder’s initial plans for the building, reports Jenny Kane in the Reno Gazette-Journal. The museum unveiled its $5.5 million construction plans for the Nightingale Sky Room (which is named for the Nightingale Family Foundation) last [...] Read more
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    Andy Warhol Museum Hires New Director of Exhibitions

    PITTSBURGH, PA—Keny Marshall will be the Andy Warhol Museum’s new director of exhibitions, according to Artnews’s Andrew Russeth. He’s worked on exhibition design at venues such as the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh; the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Marshall, who’ll begin his post next week, [...] Read more
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    LACMA’s New Gifts Include Over $200 Million in Art

    LOS ANGELES, CA—The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced that it’s received $200 million worth of art in honor of its fiftieth anniversary. All that’s in addition to former Univision magnate Jerry Perenchio’s recent gifts, which the museum estimates are valued at around $500 million in total, according to the New York Times’ Jori [...] Read more
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    Morgan Library Finds a New Director

    NEW YORK—Colin B. Bailey will be the Morgan Library’s new director, according to the New York Times’ Randy Kennedy. Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco for the past two years, Bailey was previously the longstanding chief curator at the Frick Collection. Before that he was deputy director and chief curator at the [...] Read more
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    Barnes Foundation to Merge With De Mazia Foundation

    PHILADELPHIA, PA—Stephan Salisbury reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will merge with another foundation created by Violette de Mazia, a former colleague of Albert C. Barnes. The De Mazia Foundation, which is currently located in Bryn Mawr, a suburb of Philadelphia, will provide an $8 million endowment to establish [...] Read more
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    USC Student Show ‘Grand Depository’ Pushes For Change At The Art School

    LOS ANGELES, CA—A new student show in the Lindhurst Gallery at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design opened its doors this week, prompting a dialogue about transparency between administration and students through immersive nightly events, reports Neon Tommy. “Grand Depository” aims to bring attention to administrative changes at Roski with a concept–an alternate reality [...] Read more
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    Santa Monica Museum of Art to Leave Bergamot Station

    SANTA MONICA, CA—The Santa Monica Museum of Art is leaving Bergamot Station, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Boehm. It will cease operations temporarily to assess its options elsewhere. Boehm writes, “Executive director Elsa Longhauser and the museum’s eight full-time employees will pack up and starting in June work out of offices in Century City [...] Read more
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    Museum of the City of New York’s Director Steps Down

    NEW YORK—Susan Henshaw Jones has decided to step down in December from her position as director of the Museum of the City of New York, a role she’s held for twelve years, according to the New York Times’ Robin Pogrebin. When she arrived, the museum was “effectively broke,” said James G. Dinan, the museum’s chairman. [...] Read more
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    Art in General to Vacate Tribeca Space

    NEW YORK—Art in General will not be renewing the lease on its SoHo/Tribeca space, according to Artnet‘s Cait Munro. Founded in 1981 by artists Martin Weinstein and Teresa Liszka, the nonprofit has always been based at Seventy-nine Walker Street, where it’s provided support in the form of space and funding. “We’ve occupied the space for [...] Read more
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    New Board Chair for Palm Springs Art Museum

    PALM SPRINGS, CA—The Palm Springs Art Museum has named Donna MacMillan chair of the board of trustees, reports the Desert Sun‘s Skip Descant. Harold J. Meyerman, the previous board chair, died in January. “My late husband, Cargill, and I were passionate about the arts over the years, extensively collecting broad-based contemporary artworks,” MacMillan said. With [...] Read more
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    Cleveland Museum of Art Lands $1 Million Donation

    CLEVELAND, OH—The Swagelok Foundation and the Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust have given $1 million to the Cleveland Museum of Art’s $320 million capital campaign, reports Steven Litt at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. The museum’s director William Griswold noted that the gift would be counted toward the nearly $11.8 million raised in response to a $19 [...] Read more
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    British Museum Director to Step Down

    LONDON, UK—Neil MacGregor will be stepping down from his post as director of the British Museum in London, after over a decade, according to the Art Newspaper’s Martin Bailey. Under his supervision, the museum—even during an era of arts funding reductions—opened a new extension, which includes a temporary exhibition gallery, vast storage facilities, and conservation [...] Read more
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    New Director Chosen for Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    BOSTON, MA—Matthew Teitelbaum has been appointed the Museum of Fine Arts’s Ann and Graham Gund director. Currently the director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Teitelbaum succeeds Malcolm Rogers. Before heading to Ontario, Teitelbaum held curatorial positions with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon. He [...] Read more
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    For Career Success, Major in Art History, Speculates One College Graduate

    PRINCETON, NJ—Below is an op-ed from W. Barksdale Maynard, Princeton College Class of ’88, via The Daily Princetonian. “Maybe your parents warned you that an art history degree means a job pumping gas at your local Shell station. Or perhaps you listened to President Barack Obama’s 2014 speech in which he proclaimed, “Folks can make [...] Read more

    Baltimore Museum of Art’s Director to Step Down

    BALTIMORE, MD—Doreen Bolger has disclosed that she’ll retire in June after nearly two decades as the director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, reports the Baltimore Sun’s Mary Carole McCauley. Said Bolger, “It’s important to know when the time is right to make a change.” During her tenure, the museum began offering free admission; it [...] Read more
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    Armenian Genocide Conference Blocked at Istanbul Bilgi University

    ISTANBUL, TURKEY—The Armenian Genocide Conference, which was scheduled to begin on April 26 at Istanbul Bilgi University, is being blocked from taking place, reports AGOS. The conference, titled, “The Armenian Genocide: Concepts and Comparative Perspectives,” co-organized by Istanbul Bilgi University, the History Foundation [Tarih Vakfı] and UCLA, will no longer take place at Istanbul Bilgi University. Despite [...] Read more

    Maya Lin Chosen to Redesign Smith College’s Library

    NORTHAMPTON, MA—Architect and artist Maya Lin will lead the redesign of Smith College’s Neilson Library, which will cost around $100 million. Construction will begin in 2017 in partnership with the firm Shepley Bulfinch, according to the New York Times’ Graham Bowley. The 1909 building will remain and will be given additions, according to Lin. Bowley [...] Read more
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    Some US College Professors Could Be on Public Assistance

    BERKELEY, CA—In search of cuts to their bottom line, American colleges and universities are using part time instructors to teach classes that a generation ago would have been the responsibility of tenured professors, reports NBC News. Paid as little as a couple of thousand dollars for each semester-long course, hundreds of thousands of people with [...] Read more

    Newport Art Museum Appoints New Executive Director

    NEWPORT, RI—According to the Providence Journal’s Bill Van Siclen, the Newport Art Museum has a new executive director: Norah Diedrich. She’ll succeed outgoing director Elizabeth Goddard. Diedrich was formerly executive director of the Evanston Art Center in Illinois, where she oversaw the purchase and renovation of a new facility, as well as a $2.5-million capital [...] Read more
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    Winnipeg Art Gallery Gets $500,000 for New Inuit Art Center

    WINNIPEG, MB, CANADA—The Winnipeg Art Gallery announced it’s receiving half a million dollars towards its plans to build an Inuit Art Center, reports the Winnipeg Free Press. The money’s coming from TD Bank, which owns the largest corporate collection of Inuit art in Canada. Meanwhile, with more than 13,000 pieces, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit [...] Read more
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    Harvard Graduate Students Start Movement To Unionize

    CAMBRIDGE, MA—In a move that could alter the working dynamic between Harvard and many of its teaching fellows and Ph.D. seekers, a group of graduate students has begun an effort to unionize, according to members of the movement. Aaron T. Bekemeyer and Elaine F. Stranahan, graduate students involved in the unionization effort, said Friday that [...] Read more

    RISD Technicians Union on Strike

    PROVIDENCE, RI—The RISD Technical Association serving the Rhode Island School of Design, or NEARI Local 806, held a strike this morning in Providence, Rhode Island to protest the administration’s refusal to bargain with them over a contractual retirement contribution, reports GoLocalProv. RISD Tech President Tucker Houlihan was quoted as saying, “We are striking because the [...] Read more
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    Smithsonian Museum of American History Receives $2.5 Million from LeRoy Neiman Foundation

    WASHINGTON, DC—The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is the recipient of a $2.5 million endowment from the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, which it’ll use to expand its jazz programming, reports the Washington Business Journal’s Jeff Clabaugh. The Neiman Foundation has also given the museum the painting Big Band, which the artist considered “one of the [...] Read more
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    Walker Art Center Announces $75 Million Revamp, Names Fionn Meade Artistic Director

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN—The Walker Art Center has unveiled plans for its new seventy-five million-dollar renovation, reports the Star Tribune’s Mary Abbe. With a new glass-walled entrance pavilion, groves of trees, and acres of new grass, the newly designed art center will unify a nineteen-acre cultural “campus,” including the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Sixty million dollars has already [...] Read more
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    San Antonio Museum of Art Receives Gift of Land and New Building

    SAN ANTONIO, TX—The San Antonio Museum of Art is receiving a gift that will address its space shortage, reports the Business Journal’s W. Scott Bailey. CPS Energy will be giving the museum approximately 3.5 acres of real estate near a redeveloped portion of the San Antonio River. The gift includes a former operations facility. Said [...] Read more
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    Williams College Is Latest to Benefit from Software Mogul Peter Norton’s Giving Spree

    WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Williams College Museum of Art is the latest regional institution to get a major gift of artworks from Peter Norton, the king of antivirus software who’s also an art collector and philanthropist, reports the Times-Union’s Amy Biancolli. The college is receiving sixty-eight artworks by the likes of Tracy Emin, Adrian Piper, Allan Ruppersberg, [...] Read more

    Tate Britain’s Director Steps Down to Head Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Museum

    LONDON, UK—The director of Tate Britain, Penelope Curtis, is stepping down from her post, according to the Art Newspaper’s Javier Pes and José da Silva. Curtis will be heading to the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, as the first foreign director of the museum, which houses highlights from the 6,000 works amassed by the Armenian oil magnate. [...] Read more
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    Orange County Museum of Art Lays Off Chief Curator and Four Others

    NEWPORT BEACH, CA—The Orange County Museum of Art has laid off five staffers, including chief curator Dan Cameron, reports the Los Angeles Times’s Carolina A. Miranda. The move came as part of the museum’s restructuring plan as envisioned by director and CEO Todd DeShields Smith. After the layoffs, a total of fourteen full-time and part-time [...] Read more

    Bennington College Receives $5 Million from Frankenthaler Foundation

    BENNINGTON, VT—Bennington College announced today that it is the recipient of a $5 million gift from the New York City–based Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. The gift—which will establish the Helen Frankenthaler Fund for the Visual Arts—is the foundation’s largest single grant to date. The money will go to all parts of the Bennington’s visual arts program. [...] Read more