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    Gallaudet University Prepares for Protests Over Suspended Chief Diversity Officer

    WASHINGTON—The fight over the Gallaudet University employee, Angela McCaskill is set to reach a new level Thursday. WJLA reports that two pastors, both in favor of gay marriage, are planning to protest McCaskill’s suspension in a rally outside the university tomorrow. McCaskill, the school’s Chief Diversity Officer, was put on leave earlier this month after [...] Read more

    Duke University’s Nasher Museum Receives $5 Million

    DURHAM—the Nasher Museum at Duke University has received five million dollars from Nancy A. Nasher and her husband David J. Haemisegger. One million dollars will be used to create a visiting curatorship. The museum will acquire modern and contemporary art with the remaining four million. Raymond D. Nasher, Nancy Nasher’s late father, was an alumnus [...] Read more
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    Tang Museum names Berry as new director

    NEW YORK—Ian Berry has been named director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Berry, who currently serves as the museum’s curator and associate director, assumes the position Dec. 1. He is the museum’s third director. He succeeds John Weber, who is leaving after [...] Read more

    Proposition 30 In California Could Determine The Future Of Public Higher Education In The State

    CALIFORNIA—The future of higher education in California may hinge on whether or not voters approve Proposition 30 on the November ballot, a measure that would increase taxes and prevent triggered cuts focused almost solely on public schools and universities. Depending on how voters decide, education in California could finally begin to see a restoration of [...] Read more
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    New wave of student protests announced all over Italy from tomorrow

    ROME— New school and university student protests have been announced all over Italy for this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. During the October 12 protests in Naples and Milan, students announced that they would take the streets again in a 3-day demonstration that was called on the www.saperiliberi.it Website under the slogan “liberate knowledge”. Demonstrations are [...] Read more
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    Chus Martínez Named Chief Curator at El Museo del Barrio

    NEW YORK—Chus Martínez has been appointed as chief curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York. She will replace Deborah Cullen, who was director of curatorial programs and left in June to become director and chief curator of Columbia University’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery. Martínez has worked for Documenta for the past [...] Read more

    Rahm Emanuel Unveils Sprawling Chicago Arts Plan

    CHICAGO—After a year of meetings with thousands of art activists, the Chicago mayor released his highly anticipated and far-reaching cultural plan for Chicago. It includes 10 initiatives, 36 recommendations, and 200 specific ideas. Among other proposals, it suggests designating the arts as a “core subject” within Chicago public schools and naming a “chief creative officer” [...] Read more
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    US Supreme Court ‘first sale’ case unintentionally risks making basic museum functions copyrights infringement

    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a copyright case later this month that could have serious unintended consequences for the nation’s art museums. If a decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals is upheld, every museum in the U.S. that exhibits modern art created overseas could potentially be infringing copyright. “The most basic of [...] Read more
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    Artist Michael Asher, Pioneer of Institutional Critique dies at 69

    CALIFORNIA—On Sunday night the Los Angeles artist Michael Asher died in his sleep following a long illness. A tireless practitioner of institutional critique — for his Bucksbaum Award-winning contribution to the 2010 Whitney Biennial Asher proposed that the museum stay open 24 hours a day for an entire week, though the project was shortened to [...] Read more
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    New Museum Hires Johanna Burton as Director and Curator of Education

    NEW YORK—Earlier this summer, Eungie Joo announced she was stepping down as director and curator of education and public programs at the New Museum to become director of art and cultural programs at Inhotim, mining baron Bernardo Paz’s contemporary art Shangri-La in southeast Brazil. The New Museum has picked the curator and academic Johanna Burton [...] Read more
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    Art Institute of Chicago to issue $100 million in bonds to trim pension obligations

    CHICAGO—The Art Institute of Chicago is selling about $100 million of taxable and tax-exempt bonds partly to shore up unfunded pension obligations.The institute plans to issue about $61 million of tax-exempt debt as soon as this week through the Illinois Finance Authority and $40 million of taxable bonds itself, according to offering documents. The securities [...] Read more
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    Christo launches art award in Abu Dhabi

    ABU DHABI—Christo Launches Namesake Award in Abu Dhabi: The environmental artist teamed up with NYU Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation to launch the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award, which grants $5,000 to an artist currently in tertiary education to realize a project outside the confines of a gallery. “We hope this [...] Read more

    U.S. Bank pledges $125,000 to Saint Louis Art Museum

    SAINT LOUIS—The Saint Louis Art Museum announced a $125,000, multiyear commitment from the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank to sponsor the museum’s leadership giving group, the Beaux Arts Council. The Beaux Arts Council, which was formed more 30 years ago, provides unrestricted annual support for the museum. U.S. Bank has supported the Saint Louis [...] Read more
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    Rothko Vandalized at Tate Modern

    LONDON—A Rothko mural at the Tate Modern in London was vandalized on Sunday afternoon when a visitor applied what museum officials described as “a small area of black paint with a brush to the painting.’’ A photograph posted by a visitor, Tim Wright, on Twitter also shows the name Vladimir scrawled on the painting along [...] Read more
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    San Francisco Museums’ 10-Month Battle Over Labor Conditions Comes to an End

    SAN FRANCISCO—Electricians, security guards, custodians, graphic artists, office administrators, and retail staff at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor and M.H. de Young museums voted today to ratify a new contract with their employer, the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums (COFAM). The agreement signals a moment of elation and relief among museum visitors and outside observers [...] Read more
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    Student demands met at Cairo university

    CAIRO— After weeks of demonstrations by angry students, classes are set to resume Wednesday October 2nd at the American University in Cairo, a spokesman said. Former Higher Education Minister Amr Salama said negotiations between the school administration and students have resulted in a smaller tuition increase, the Egypt Independent reported Tuesday. Instead of a 7 [...] Read more

    Chinese Government to Shut Down Ai Weiwei’s Firm

    BEIJING— Chinese authorities plan to shut down Ai Weiwei’s production company, Beijing Fake Cultural Development, because it did not follow annual registration requirements. The company last week lost its final appeal against a $2.4 million tax evasion fine, which the artist announced he has no plans to pay. Ai’s lawyer, who announced the news in [...] Read more
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    Famed Political Geographer and Professor Neil Smith: 1954 – 29 September 2012

    NEW YORK—Neil Smith (1954 – 29 September 2012) a renowned Scottish geographer and academic, passed this weekend on September 29th due to organ failure. He was a Distinguished Professor ofAnthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Smith was born in 1954 in Leith, Scotland. From 2008 to 2012 [...] Read more