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    Sculpture on American University Campus Removed Following Threat of Violence

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–For Art in America, Erick Lyle reports on an incident at American University’s Katzen Center for the Arts involving institutional self-censorship as a response to extralegal force. On December 9, 2016, American University dedicated a sculpture by artist Rigo 23 of American Indian Movement member and activist Leonard Peltier in front of the Katzen [...] Read more

    Trump’s Visa Ban Threatens Plans of Artists and Arts Institutions

    NEW YORK–Artists are being denied entry to the United States after President Trump signed an executive order last Friday barring people from predominately Muslim countries from traveling to the United States, forcing arts institutions to cancel programming, Rachel Donadio of the New York Times reports. When the order, which bans people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, [...] Read more
  • 30

    Trump Administration’s Travel and Immigration Ban Impacts Higher Education Across the US

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Following the executive order implemented by the Trump administration on Friday, January 27 banning travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – universities and institutions of higher education across the United States are scrambling to assure that students and administrators from the selected countries will [...] Read more

    Iraqi Nonprofit Launches Educational Initiative to Provide Middle East with Art Texts

    BAGHDAD, IRAQ–The Ruya Foundation, an Iraqi nonprofit, is collaborating with artists, curators, and critics to publish and distribute art texts to Middle Eastern schools, communities, and individuals who have little or no access to educational resources. Ruya Notebooks will publish two titles a year. Each title will consist of five texts that are considered important [...] Read more
  • 28

    Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator and Associate Director of Vancouver Art Gallery, Steps Down

    VANCOUVER, CANADA–British Columbia’s Vancouver Art Gallery has announced that chief curator and associate director Daina Augaitis will step down after twenty years at the institution to pursue other professional and personal interests. Augaitis will continue to collaborate with the gallery on curatorial projects. “With her vision, intellect, and determination, Daina has been instrumental to many [...] Read more
  • 27

    US Universities Face Uncertain Future as ‘Sanctuaries’ for Undocumented Immigrants

    DAVIS, CALIFORNIA–Julia Preston of the New York Times reports on the choice public and private universities in the United States now face as the Trump administration threatens organizations and cities that serve as “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants. Janet Napolitano, current president of the University of California system and former secretary of Homeland Security under President [...] Read more

    Ira Goldberg, Executive Director of Art Students League, Is Stepping Down

    NEW YORK–Ira Goldberg, who has been the executive director of New York’s Art Students League since 2001, is stepping down from his post at the end of this month to live in Spain, writes Colin Moynihan of the New York Times. Goldberg has been associated with the nonprofit art school since 1979, when he took a [...] Read more
  • 26

    Signatures Voided on White House Petition to Save NEA and NEH

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–First reported by Christopher Hooton of the The Independent, and picked by Hyperallergic’s Jillian Steinhauer and Artnet’s Brian Boucher, a petition established to defend the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities from severe budget cuts by the Trump administration is no longer registering new signatures. The petition was [...] Read more

    Libraries and Museums Around the World Add Women’s March Artifacts to their Collections

    NEW YORK–Julia Halperin of the Art Newspaper writes that organizations such as London’s Bishopsgate Institute, the New-York Historical Society, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, are adding banners, signs, pins, hats, T-shirts, and other items from the January 21 Women’s March in response to Donald J. Trump’s presidency—which started in Washington, DC, [...] Read more
  • 25

    Ackland Art Museum at University of North Carolina Receives Major Gift

    CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA–The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum has received a major gift of 134 European old master drawings and other works on paper valued at $17 million as well as an $8 million donation to the museum’s endowment, reports Nina Siegal for the New York Times. The donation [...] Read more

    More Than 400 American Architecture Firms Address Donald Trump on Climate Change in Open Letter

    NEW YORK–Right before Donald Trump’s inauguration last Friday, over 400 American architecture firms—such as Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Lake Flato, and ZGF Architects LLP—signed an open letter addressed to Donald Trump on climate change, writes Allison Meier of Hyperallergic. The campaign was organized by the Chicago-based organization Architects Advocate, which [...] Read more
  • 24

    College Art Association Pens Letter Defending the NEA and NEH

    NEW YORK–Suzanne Preston Blier, president, and Hunter O’Hanian, executive director and chief executive officer, of the College Art Association published a letter January 23 stating their “complete and total opposition” to efforts by the Trump administration to defund the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The funding cuts are part [...] Read more
  • 23

    South Korea’s Culture Minister Resigns Over Blacklist of Artists

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–After news broke of a supposed blacklist of artists in South Korea, who were subsequently denied support from the government’s usual channels, the AFP now reports that the country’s culture minister Cho Yoon-Sun has resigned after being arrested over the weekend for allegedly creating this blacklist of almost 10,000 artists who were critical [...] Read more

    On Inauguration Weekend, Artists and Activists Respond to Proposed NEA and NEH Cuts

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–After signals from the Trump administration that budgets would be slashed for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Goldie Blumenstyk reports from the January 20 Peace Ball at the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture. The ball served [...] Read more
  • 20

    Reports of Trump Administration Plan to Eliminate the NEA and NEH Cause Alarm

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–While President-elect Donald J. Trump has not officially made a statement regarding his plans for the National Endowment of the Arts or the National Endowment of the Humanities, a report published by The Hill this morning claims that the Trump administration has proposed eliminating both agencies in order to reduce federal spending by $10.5 [...] Read more
  • 19

    ART Institute at Harvard Suspends Admission Following Federal Review

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS–For the Boston Globe, Malcom Gay reports on Harvard University’s decision to suspend admission to its ART Institute graduate theater program following a review by the US Department of Education regarding student debt burden in relation to expected income. The ART Institute was one of hundreds of programs found by the Department of Education [...] Read more

    Artists Raise More Than $1 Million to Create Protest Art for Inauguration Day

    NEW YORK–After learning that there will be restrictions against large scale signs and banners on Inauguration Day, artists Shepard Fairey, Ernesto Yerena, and Jessica Sabogal have teamed up to launch “We the People,” a campaign to create full-page newspaper ads that double as protest art, which will be distributed through the Washington Post to the thousands of [...] Read more
  • 18

    Steve Alderton Appointed Director of Sydney’s National Art School

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–Steve Alderton, former director of programs, exhibitions and cultural collections at Sydney’s Australian Museum has been appointed director and chief executive of the city’s National Art School, reports The Australian’s Ashleigh Wilson. Alderton assumes the responsibility from Michael Lynch, interim head of the school since the September 2016 departure of former director Michael Snelling. [...] Read more

    Tate Announces Appointment of Maria Balshaw as New Director

    LONDON, ENGLAND–Tate announced today that the appointment of Maria Balshaw, director of the University of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery, the Manchester City Galleries, and of Culture for the Manchester City Council, as its new director has been approved by prime minister Theresa May. Balshaw will be the first woman to lead the institution. She will take [...] Read more
  • 17

    Vincent Honoré to Curate 13th Baltic Triennial

    VILNIUS, LITHUANIA–The Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, has announced that Vincent Honoré will curate the thirteenth Baltic Triennial in 2018. The working title for the exhibition is “Give Up the Ghost.” Honoré said that the triennial “is one of the most experimental events of its kind” and that he is “eager [...] Read more
  • 16

    CalArts Students Plan Walkout in Solidarity with #J20 Strike

    VALENCIA, CALIFORNIA–Hyperallergic’s Hrag Vartanian reports that students at the California Institute of the Arts, CalArts, have organized a walkout to coincide with the #J20 strikes across the United States protesting Donald Trump’s inauguration. The #J20 Art Strike, which has received increased attention following a January 8 petition signed by influential artists like Cindy Sherman, Joan [...] Read more

    Manchester’s $134 Million “Factory” Arts Center Gets Green Light

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND–Manchester city council members have given planning permission for a proposed $134 million arts center designed by Rem Koolhaas, Mark Brown of The Guardian reports. City council member Richard Leese said the Factory will “make Manchester and the wider region a genuine cultural counterbalance to London.” Former chancellor George Osborne pledged $95 million in state funds [...] Read more
  • 13

    Sarah McCrory Named Director of Goldsmiths University’s New Contemporary Gallery

    LONDON, ENGLAND–Glasgow International announced today that Sarah McCrory will be stepping down from her role as director to head the new contemporary gallery at Goldsmiths University in London. Designed by Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble, the gallery is slated to open in early 2018. McCrory will be responsible for developing a program of exhibitions, commissions, and [...] Read more
  • 12

    Art World Mobilizes for Donald Trump’s Inauguration

    NEW YORK–As January 20, the day of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, museums and galleries, as well as artists, critics, and other cultural workers are gearing up by planning strikes in protest of a Trump administration and organizing programming to address and add to the ongoing political discourse. More than 250 artists and critics [...] Read more
  • 11

    Makeda Best Appointed Curator of Photography at Harvard Art Museums

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS–Robin Scher of Artnews reports that Makeda Best, currently an assistant professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts, has been appointed curator of photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Her new position begins January 17. Best received her MA and Ph.D from Harvard’s department of history of art and architecture. She previously [...] Read more

    Alison Gass Appointed Director of University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS–Contemporary art curator Alison Gass has been appointed director of the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art. Starting May 1, she will lead the university’s arts museum, spearheading collaborations with students and faculty, and overseeing the venue’s permanent collection of over fifteen thousand objects. Since 2014, Gass has served as the chief curator [...] Read more
  • 10

    Central Saint Martins Creates Arts Education Initiative at Tate Modern

    LONDON, ENGLAND–Students, staff, and alumni of Central Saint Martins will lead a temporary art school comprising workshops, lectures, and classes at Tate Modern’s Switch House space this week through January 15, according to Gareth Harris in the Art Newspaper. The initiative aim to draw attention to the forces “currently threatening arts education” and explore “what resistance [...] Read more

    CAA Announces Recipients of 2017 Awards for Distinction

    NEW YORK–The College Art Association has announced the recipients and finalists for their 2017 Awards for Distinction, honoring scholars, artists, teachers, and authors in the field of visual arts. Kerry James Marshall, the subject of a retrospective at the Met Breuer and featured on the cover of this month’s issue of Artforum along with a [...] Read more
  • 09

    Hearing Scheduled to Validate Graduate Student Unionization Vote at Harvard

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS–According to an agreement made before Harvard University’s November graduate student union election, the National Labor Relations Board will convene a hearing February 21 to determine the legitimacy of more than 300 challenged ballots cast in the unionization vote and settle an ongoing dispute between union organizers and the university, reports Caroline S. Engelmayer [...] Read more

    Artists and Critics Plan Widespread Art Strike During Day of Trump’s Inauguration

    NEW YORK–An extensive group of artists and critics have called on colleagues in cultural industries to go on strike on January 20 in protest against the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump. Signatories of the “J20 Art Strike” letter, thus far, include artist Allora and Calzadilla, Paul Chan, Hans Haacke, Barbara Kruger, Richard Serra, and Cindy [...] Read more
  • 07

    Ringling College of Art and Design Receives Two Donations Totaling $400,000

    SARASOTA, FLORIDA–The Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, has announced that it has received donations totaling $400,000 from Charlotte and Charles Perret and Willis Smith Construction. The gifts were made in support of its new performing arts center. Opening in the fall of 2017, the new Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion will house The [...] Read more
  • 06

    American Universities Expand Investment in Campus Museums

    NEW YORK–Writing for The Art Newspaper, Hilarie M. Sheets reports on the recent proliferation of new art museums at some of the United States’ most prestigious universities. In the past year, new or renovated museums have opened on the campuses of Stanford, Harvard and Yale universities. In 2017, Rice, Duke and Princeton universities, institutions not [...] Read more

    Petitioners Demand Saint Louis Museum Halt Loan of Painting for Trump Inauguration

    ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI–Nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition urging Saint Louis Art Museum to cancel its loan of George Caleb Bingham’s painting Verdict of the People, 1854–55, for Donald Trump’s inaugural luncheon on January 20, Hrag Vartanian of Hyperallergic reports. Created by art historian Ivy Cooper and artist Ilene Berman, the petition states: Verdict of the People depicts a small-town Missouri [...] Read more
  • 05

    Proposal for ‘Free-Market’ Universities in UK Faces Challenge in House of Lords

    LONDON, ENGLAND–Toby Helm reports for The Guardian on the upcoming challenge in the House of Lords to the Conservative-sponsored legislation that would essentially privatize the United Kingdom’s university system. The bill, introduced by Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson, seeks to introduce greater competition among institutions of higher education and lure more students to [...] Read more

    Pennsylvania Arts Academy Receives $500,000 Donation

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA–The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts has received a $500,000 donation in support of printmaking from photographer Julie Jensen Bryan and architect Robert Bryan. The gift will be used to enhance the institution’s printmaking shop, which will be renamed in honor of the Bryans, and expand its curriculum. In a statement, the academy said [...] Read more
  • 04

    New York Governor Introduces Plan for Free Public Universities

    NEW YORK–On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to provide tuition assistance in the form of financial aid and grants to undergraduate students enrolled in four-year programs at New York State and City’s public universities, as well as two-year programs at community colleges statewide, reports Jesse McKinley of the New York Times. [...] Read more

    John Berger (1926–2017)

    PARIS, FRANCE–The art critic and novelist John Berger has died at the age of ninety. While he was perhaps best known for the television series and complementing book Ways of Seeing (1972), Berger ranged widely in his writings, defiantly and diplomatically across numerous subjects in the arts. His 1972 novel, G., was awarded the Booker Prize that year. [...] Read more