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    Firefighters Battle Blaze that Engulfed Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Art

    STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Swedish firefighters worked through Wednesday night to try to extinguish an out-of-control fire that was still raging at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Art this morning, The Telegraph reports. After the fire started yesterday afternoon when cardboard boxes and garbage on the fourth floor of the institute started burning, a plume of smoke could be [...] Read more
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    Berlin Museums Create Program to Aid Refugee Integration

    BERLIN, GERMANY—Victoria Stapley-Brown and Isabelle Spicer of the Art Newspaper report that a group of Berlin museums—the Museum of the Ancient Near East and the Museum of Islamic Art, two separate institutions located in the Pergamon Museum; the German Historical Museum; and the Byzantine Art Museum in the Bode Museum—have created a program for refugees [...] Read more
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    Sydney College of Arts Students Claim Unlawful Conduct by University Management

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Sydney University’s student legal team, the SRC Legal Service, has launched a formal complaint against the Sydney College of Arts for alleged mismanagement and unlawful conduct by university leadership, Andrew Taylor of the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The embattled university’s College of Arts students have been occupying administration buildings this past month in protest [...] Read more
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    Thousands of Museum Professionals and Scientists Sign Petition Against Construction of Oil Pipeline in North Dakota

    BISMARCK, ND—More than 1,200 museum directors, curators, archaeologists, anthropologists, academics, and experts have signed a petition to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline from encroaching on Native American ancestral grounds in North Dakota. In a letter addressed to the Obama administration that was released today, the petitioners state: “We stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe [...] Read more

    Elmhurst Art Museum Appoints Lal Bahcecioglu as Exhibitions Coordinator

    ELMHURST, IL—Elmhurst Art Museum has announced that Lal Bahcecioglu will join the institution as exhibitions coordinator. In the newly created position, Bahcecioglu will collaborate with museum curators to organize the upcoming show “Kings and Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago,” which will open in February 2017. “Lal brings the most up-to-date knowledge of curatorial practice as [...] Read more
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    Laura Sparks Is the First Woman to Be Named President of Cooper Union

    NEW YORK—The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art has announced that Laura Sparks, executive director of the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia, has been elected president. She will be the first woman to lead the institution. Her tenure begins on January 4, 2017. In a statement, Sparks expressed her enthusiasm for working [...] Read more

    MoMA Releases Digital Archive of More Than 30,000 Exhibition Images

    NEW YORK—The Museum of Modern Art has announced that it has released an extensive digital archive that chronicles its exhibitions from when the museum opened its doors in 1929 to today. The archive features over 3,500 exhibitions and more than 33,000 installation photographs as well as primary documents such as press releases, checklists, catalogues, and [...] Read more
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    Obama to Ring Historic Bell at Opening of African American Museum

    WASHINGTON, DC—On September 24, President Barack Obama will inaugurate the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., designed by architect David Adjaye, by ringing a 500-pound bell from a Virginia church that was founded by slaves and free blacks in 1776, Graham Bowley of the New York Times reports. The [...] Read more
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    Hamza Walker Appointed New Executive Director of LAXART

    LOS ANGELES, CA—Hamza Walker, who served as associate curator and director of education at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago since 1994, is an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and cocurated, with Aram Moshayedi, the 2016 edition of the Hammer Museum’s “Made in LA” biennial, has now [...] Read more
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    Pedro Reyes Named MIT’s Inaugural Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist

    CAMBRIDGE, MA—Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced that Pedro Reyes will launch a new residency program as the institution’s inaugural Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist. Beginning in the fall, Reyes will teach a studio course titled “The Reverse Engineering of Warfare.” “Reyes’s multidisciplinary approach to art-making and activism is an ideal fit for the creative [...] Read more
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    Whitney Museum Appoints David Breslin Curator and Director of the Collection

    NEW YORK—The Whitney Museum of American Art has announced that David Breslin, currently the chief curator of the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, will join the institution as curator and director of the collection. Breslin will take up the position in October. “David is that rare and remarkable combination of a scholarly curator and sensitive [...] Read more
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    New York City Launches $1 Million Initiative to Fund Internships at Cultural Institutions

    NEW YORK—In partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is launching a $1 million diversity initiative that will finance internships at cultural organizations, such as Carnegie Hall and MoMA PS1, Andrew R. Chow of the New York Times reports. The city has funded eighty-five yearlong internships for the City [...] Read more
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    Walker Art Center Names Monica Nassif Board President

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN—The Walker Art Center announced today that Monica Nassif, an entrepreneur and advisor to start-up organizations, has been appointed president of the institution’s board of trustees. Nassif has been a board member since 2009. Previously, she founded Caldrea/Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Company and served as the business’s CEO for over a decade. She also [...] Read more
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    World Trade Center Arts Complex Reveals Design and Names Barbra Streisand Board Chair

    NEW YORK—Three months after businessman Ronald O. Perelman donated $75 million to jumpstart plans to build a performing arts complex at the World Trade Center site, officials have unveiled design renderings of the venue and announced that Barbra Streisand has been appointed chairwoman of the board. Originally proposed by architect Daniel Libeskind as part of [...] Read more
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    Finland Cuts State Funding for Guggenheim’s Helsinki Museum

    HELSINKI, FINLAND—Last week, the Finnish government rejected the Guggenheim Foundation’s plan to cover $40 million of the cost to build a new museum in Helsinki, Finland with taxpayers dollars. According to Reuters, Sampo Terho, the parliamentary head of the conservative Finns party, said, “This is the end of the matter, we have ruled out state [...] Read more
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    David Berliner Named President and Chief Operating Officer of the Brooklyn Museum

    BROOKLYN, NY—The Brooklyn Museum has announced that David Berliner will join the institution as its new president and chief operating officer. He will be responsible for supervising operations and administration, financial management, outreach, and marketing and communications and will collaborate with museum director Anne Pasternak on strategic planning and development. “I am honored to be [...] Read more
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    Nicholas Serota to Step Down as Director of Tate

    LONDON, UK—After twenty-eight years, Nicholas Serota will step down as director of Tate in 2017 and will join the Arts Council as chairman in February. In a statement Tate said that the search for new leadership will begin immediately. During his transformational term as head of the Tate, Serota oversaw the opening of Tate Modern [...] Read more
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    American Dance Institute Announces Plans to Rebrand as Lumberyard

    ROCKVILLE, MD—The American Dance Institute has announced that in a rebranding effort the institute will broaden its mission, add staff members, and adopt a new name. The organization is assuming the name of the arts center it is building on the Hudson River waterfront and will now be known as Lumberyard. The restructuring is part [...] Read more
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    Josef Helferstein Named Director of Kunstmuseum Basel

    BASEL, SWITZERLAND—Art historian Josef Helferstein joins the Kunstmuseum Basel, reports Monopol‎. He succeeds director Bernhard Mendes Bürgi, who has retired after running the institution for the past fifteen years. Born in Luzern, Switzerland in 1957, Helferstein has extensive experience as a director, curator, and art historian. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Bern [...] Read more
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    Museum of Arts and Design Appoints Jorge Daniel Veneciano as Director

    NEW YORK—The Museum of Arts and Design has announced that Jorge Daniel Veneciano, former executive director of New York City’s El Museo del Barrio, will join the institution as its new director. He will take up the position on October 3. “I have been enthralled with MAD ever since it opened on Columbus Circle,” Veneciano [...] Read more
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    V&A Director to Step Down Over Brexit Vote

    LONDON, UK—According to a report by Mark Brown in The Guardian, the V&A’s director, Martin Roth, will resign this week as a direct result of the Brexit vote, and will return to his native Germany. Roth was appointed in 2011 as the first foreign director of the V&A since it was founded in 1852. He [...] Read more
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    Ed and Danna Ruscha Donate 30 Works to University of Oklahoma Art Museum

    NORMAN, OK—The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma has announced that artist Ed Ruscha and his wife, Danna, have donated thirty works from their private collection to the institution. “The museum is honored to receive such an important gift from Ed and Danna Ruscha,” director Mark White said. “The works [...] Read more
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    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Names New President

    CHICAGO, IL—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has announced that Elissa Tenny is the college’s new president. She is the fifteenth executive and first woman to take on this role in the history of the school. Tenny originally joined SAIC in 2010 as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. Her [...] Read more
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    Artists, Museum Directors, and Educators Sue Israel’s Ministry of Culture

    ISRAEL—Members of Israel’s artistic community, including artists, museum directors, and arts educators, filed a lawsuit against the ministry of culture in July due to increased threats to freedom of speech, Lauren Gelfond Feldinger of the Art Newspaper reports. The complaint also calls for the ministry to make their policies and criteria regarding appointments and decision-making [...] Read more
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    Funding Delays for UK Cultural Organizations After Brexit Vote

    LONDON, UK—Despite being assured that the Brexit vote would not impact the funding applications of UK cultural organizations, the arts sector is experiencing delays in receiving promised financial support, Arts Professional reports. Following the referendum, institutions claim that the government is sending mixed messages concerning programming slated to receive European funding. In an open letter [...] Read more
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    Craig Peterson Appointed New Director of Abrons Art Center

    NEW YORK—Joshua Barone of the New York Times reports that Craig Peterson, currently the director of programs and presentation at Gibney Dance, will be the new director of the Abrons Art Center starting this September. Peterson will be taking over for Jay Wegman, who’s leaving Abrons to become the senior director of NYU’s Skirball Center [...] Read more
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    Baltimore Museum of Art Names Katy Siegel as Senior Programming and Research Curator

    BALTIMORE, MD—The Baltimore Museum of Art has announced that it has appointed Katy Siegel, curator at large at the Rose Art Museum, as senior programming and research curator. Siegel will be responsible for developing exhibitions, public programs, audience development initiatives, and partnerships. She will assume the role on September 1. “As one of the most [...] Read more
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    Artists Plan to Turn Langston Hughes’s Home into Nonprofit for Harlem’s Cultural Legacy

    NEW YORK—Harlem-based artists launch initiative to convert poet laureate Langston Hughes’s house into a nonprofit dedicated to preserving Harlem’s cultural legacy, Tom Kutsch of The Guardian reports. African American writer Renée Watson, who is spearheading the project, is hoping to raise $150,000 on the crowdfunding site IndieGoGo and has already received more than $78,000 in [...] Read more
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    Students Petition Pacific Northwest College of Art to Reinstate MA Program

    PORTLAND, OR—According to a petition signed by several hundred supporters on change.org, Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon canceled its Master of Arts in Critical Theory and Creative Research program a week before classes were scheduled to begin. The petition calls this a “shocking” and “unethical” action. Five students met with president Don [...] Read more

    Seattle Residents Protest Asian Art Museum’s $45 Million Expansion Project

    SEATTLE, WA—Seattle residents have launched a petition protesting Seattle Art Museum’s $45 million expansion of its Asian Art Museum citing the museum’s lack of transparency regarding the project and its plans to encroach on a beloved city park’s space, Jen Graves of The Stranger reports. Designed by LMN Architects, the expansion project will boast of [...] Read more