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    Rachel Whiteread Says Art Students Now Expect “Career” and “Fame”

    LONDON, ENGLAND–Speaking with the Guardian about her exhibition at the Victoria  & Albert’s Museum of Childhood, artist and Turner Prize-winner Rachel Whiteread notes stark differences in expectations between her peers, the Young British Artists, and the current generation of art students. Saying that the YBAs were “show-offs” who “made [art] look easy,” those attitudes have [...] Read more

    Getty Research Institute Acquires Frank Gehry Archive

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA–The Getty Research Institute announced today that it has acquired architect Frank Gehry’s archive comprising materials from his days as a graduate student in the 1950s to his 1988 competition entry for the Walt Disney Concert Hall. “Frank Gehry is undoubtedly the world’s most famous living architect,” Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the [...] Read more
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    Cornell Graduate Union Vote Too Close to Call

    ITHACA, NEW YORK–The vote to create a union of graduate student teaching and research assistants at Cornell University has been deemed too close to call by officials from the American Arbitration Association, reports Anna Delwiche and Josh Girsky of the Cornell Daily Sun. Following the vote, held March 28 and March 29, 856 ballots were [...] Read more

    Winners of 2017 Fredrik Roos Art Prize Announced

    MALMÖ, SWEDEN–The Fredrik Roos Art Prize, awarding about $68,000 awarded to artists thirty-five years of age or younger and one of Sweden’s largest grants for artists, has been given to Oskar Hult, Jonas Silfversten Bergman, and Josefine Östberg Olsson. Each of the artists will receive a grant of about $23,000 and an exhibition will open [...] Read more
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    Scotland Maintains Free Tuition for EU Students Through 2019

    DUNDEE, SCOTLAND–Amid negotiations between Scottish and British politicians regarding Scotland’s relationship to the European Union after Brexit, the BBC reports that the Scottish government voted to guarantee free tuition to EU students at Scottish universities through 2019. The government had originally agreed to continue free tuition for EU students only through 2018. Today, British Prime [...] Read more

    UK Prime Minister Officially Enacts Brexit, Creating Widespread Uncertainty in British Arts Sector

    LONDON, ENGLAND–Today, March 29, Theresa May has “pulled the trigger”—as many news outlets have referred to it—on Article Fifty, the UK’s formal announcement on withdrawing from the European Union. Many within the British art community and beyond have expressed their concerns over how the departure will affect the international art world, says Anny Shaw of the Art Newspaper. [...] Read more
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    Birmingham City University Establishes Program for Visual Culture in North Africa and the Middle East

    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND–Birmingham City University has appointed Anthony Downey to  a new professorship in visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East in its School of Art, reports Gareth Harris of The Art Newspaper. Downey holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London and is the editor-in-chief of Ibraaz, an online journal founded in 2011 [...] Read more

    Smith College Hires First-Ever Contemporary Art Curator

    NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS–Smith College Museum of Art in Massachusetts has appointed Emma Imbrie Chubb, a Ph.D. candidate and presidential fellow in the department of art history at Northwestern University, its first-ever curator of contemporary art. She will take up the post on July 10. Director and chief curator Jessica Nicoll said, “The search committee was particularly [...] Read more
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    New York Senator Endorses Cornell Graduate Student Union

    ITHACA, NEW YORK–On March 25 United States Senator Chuck Schumer issued a statement in support of Cornell University graduate students seeking to establish a union of teaching and research assistants on campus, reports Anna Delwiche of the Cornell Daily Sun. Schumer, the top-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate, also expressed approval for the American Federation [...] Read more

    Christine Poggi Named Director of the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU

    NEW YORK–New York University has announced the appointment of art historian Christine Poggi, currently professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania, as the new Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute of Fine Arts. She will succeed Patricia Rubin who will step down from the role after eight years. Poggi will assume [...] Read more
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    College Art Association Responds to Proposed Arts and Humanities Defunding

    NEW YORK–Hunter O’Hanian, the executive director of the College Art Association, has issued a statement condemning the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowments for the Arts, the National Endowments for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and other federal agencies that provide financial support to cultural and educational initiatives [...] Read more

    Mike Kelley Foundation Awards $319,000 in Grants for 2017

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA–The Mike Kelley Foundation has awarded a total of $319,000 in 2017 Artist Project Grants to eight Los Angeles–based nonprofits. “These artists and organizations exemplify the ambitious and imaginative spirit of this grant. From new works—such as Liz Glynn’s sculptural stage set of fire and steel—to the first-ever performance of the late composer [...] Read more
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    Proposed California Bill Finances Tuition-Free Higher Education Through Millionaire Tax

    SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA–In order to address the rising cost of tuition at California’s three public higher education systems, Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman has proposed a one percent tax on all California household incomes above $1 million, reports Alexei Koseff of the Sacramento Bee. Eggman and other Assembly Democrats estimate the measure would generate $2.2 billion each [...] Read more

    Centre Pompidou to Open Satellite Branch in Shanghai’s West Bund Cultural District

    SHANGHAI, CHINA–The Centre Pompidou in Paris plans to open a satellite branch in Shanghai’s David Chipperfield–designed West Bund Art Museum, writes Georgina Adam of the Art Newspaper. The project is being led by the Shanghai-based West Bund Development Group and the district government of Xuhui. Xuhui has already put in approximately $3 billion toward revamping [...] Read more
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    Indiana University Art Museum Announces Renovation Plans

    BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA–The Associated Press reports that Indiana University will spend $30 million renovating the Eskenazi Museum of Art beginning May 14, 2017 with an expected completion date of fall 2019. The museum’s current building was designed by I.M. Pei Construction and completed in 1982; renovations will be lead by New York’s Ennead Architects and Indianapolis’ [...] Read more

    New Fund to Protect Cultural Heritage in War-Torn Areas Launched by France and the UAE

    PARIS, FRANCE–A new fund started by France and the UAE to protect cultural heritage in war-torn areas throughout the world—called the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas, or ALIPH, as the first letter in the Arabic alphabet is named—has thus far raised $75 million of its $100 million goal, writes Vincent [...] Read more
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    Unionization Drives Gain Momentum at Cornell and Princeton Universities

    ITHACA, NEW YORK–The Ithacan reports that Cornell Graduate Students United has delivered a petition to unionize to Mary Opperman, the school’s vice president and chief human resources officer. The petition received signatures from more than 30 percent of eligible graduate and PhD students required be recognized by university administrators. A vote to create a union of [...] Read more

    Republican Legislators Come Out in Support of the NEA and NEH

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–In light of the president’s refusal to allocate funds for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, several Republican lawmakers are now expressing their support for the programs, according to a report by Michael Cooper and Sopan Deb in the New York Times. Senator Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska [...] Read more
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    Trump Budget Proposes Cuts to Higher Education Funding and Research

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Trump administration’s first federal budget would also significantly reduce federal support for higher education grants, as well as funding for research in climate science and medicine, Scott Jaschik reports for Inside Higher Ed. The “America First” budget, published Thursday, also made plans to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National [...] Read more

    Jennie C. Jones Wins Rose Art Museum’s 2017 Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award

    WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS–The Rose Art Museum announced that Jennie C. Jones has been named the recipient of the 2017 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award, which recognizes the achievements of emerging artists. “We thank Ruth Ann Perlmutter for her generous support of the Rose and for enabling us to bring Jones to Brandeis this spring,” [...] Read more
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    Prospect New Orleans Executive Director Brooke Davis Anderson Resigns

    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA–Prospect New Orleans announced today that after four years of leadership, executive director Brooke Davis Anderson will step down to head the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Ylva Rouse, deputy director for curatorial affairs, will serve as interim director while a search committee is formed to find her replacement. During her tenure at [...] Read more

    Art Jameel Announces New Art Center and Partnership with Metropolitan Museum

    DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–Art Jameel, a nonprofit that supports a wide range of arts initiatives throughout the Middle East, has announced that it is opening up a new arts center in Dubai and forging a partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will help the museum to more easily acquire modern and contemporary [...] Read more
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    Trump Administration Moves to Eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Sopan Deb reports for The New York Times that the Trump administration, in a proposed budget released by the White House early Thursday morning, has marked the National Endowment for the Arts for elimination. Under the administration’s budget, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Woodrow Wilson International [...] Read more

    German Government Designates $3.6 Million Fund for Provenance Research

    BERLIN, GERMANY–Since it was discovered that the art collection of the late Cornelius Gurlitt—which he inherited from his father, Hildebrand, an art dealer who worked for the Nazis—contained at least five works that were either sold under duress or looted, with an additional 153 artworks suspected of being stolen, the German government will dedicate $3.6 [...] Read more
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    Getty Institute Acquires Allan Sekula Archive

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA–Los Angeles’s Getty Institute announced that it has acquired the Allan Sekula papers, ca. 1960–1963, comprising four hundred boxes of correspondences, illustrations, photographs, notebooks, and research materials that highlight his practice as an artist, writer, filmmaker, and critic. The Institute is currently processing and cataloguing the collection. An American documentary photographer, Sekula was [...] Read more

    South Korea Culture Ministry Pushes for Legislation to Protect Artists from Discrimination

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–After the administration of impeached president Park Geun-hye of South Korea came under fire for blacklisting artists over their political beliefs, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has pledged to call for new legislation that would protect artists from discrimination and political oppression, Yoon Min-sik of the Korea Herald reports. The push [...] Read more
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    New York City Cultural Organizations Brace for NEA Cuts

    NEW YORK–For The New York Times, William Neumann reports how the city’s cultural organizations are preparing for potential funding cuts from the National Endowment for the Arts. Organizations based in New York City receive more than ten percent of all NEA funding, making them the largest concentration of grant recipients in the country – 419 [...] Read more

    A.I. Friedman, an Eighty-Year-Old Manhattan Art Store, to Close in April

    NEW YORK–A.I. Friedman, an eighty-year-old art supply store on West Eighteenth Street in Manhattan, will permanently close its doors on April 30, Lisa Fickenscher of the New York Post reports. The retailer is the fourth independent art store to shutter in the last two years, signifying a trend toward shopping at megastores and on the [...] Read more
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    QS Publishes Rankings of the World’s Top Art and Design Schools

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–QS World University Rankings has published its survey of the world’s top university programs in forty-six subjects, including art and design. QS rankings are determined by a school’s academic reputation as determined by surveys with educators and professors, it’s reputation with employers, and the number of citations of research papers by faculty over [...] Read more

    Prospect New Orleans Appoints Jennifer M. Williams as Deputy Director of Public Experience

    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA–Prospect New Orleans announced that Jennifer M. Williams has been named its new deputy director for public experience. Williams most recently served as the executive director of the McKenna Museum of African American Art in New Orleans. In her role at Prospect, Williams will oversee, manage, and implement all aspects of visitor services [...] Read more
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    Sheetal Prajapati Named Director of Public Engagement at Pioneer Works

    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK–Artnews’ Robin Scher reports that Pioneer Works, the multidisciplinary art space in Red Hook, Brooklyn, has hired Sheetal Prajapati as director of public engagement. Prajapati will lead Pioneer Works’ education initiatives and arts programming focusing on “cultural access through inclusive community engangement.” Prajapati is an adjunct professor in the Masters Social Engagment, Studio [...] Read more

    Susanne Gaensheimer to Head Düsseldorf’s NRW Art Collection

    DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY–The Westdeutsche Zeitung and the Rheinische Post reported on Monday that a press conference is scheduled this week to officially announce that Susanne Gaensheimer, current director of the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK) in Frankfurt, will succeed Marion Ackermann as the new artistic director of the Kunstsammlung NRW (NRW Art Collection) in Düsseldorf. Ackermann [...] Read more
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    Duke University Graduate Students Cancel Unionization Plans

    DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA–Following a unionization ballot in which students voted 691 to 398 against forming a union of graduate student workers at Duke University, representatives of the Service Employees International Union and the Duke Graduate Students Union announced they would suspend plans to unionize. The initial vote yielded 502 challenged ballots, which the SEIU and [...] Read more

    Freie Universität Berlin and Heirs of Rudolf Mosse Join Forces to Locate Nazi-Looted Artworks

    BERLIN, GERMANY–The Freie Universität Berlin and the family of German-Jewish publisher, philanthropist, and art collector Rudolf Mosse are working together to locate artworks taken from the Mosse family by the Nazis. A contract between Mosse’s heirs and the university has been signed to keep the collaboration going until February 2019. The venture, called the Mosse [...] Read more
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    New Trump Travel Ban Excludes Student Visa Holders

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–For Inside Higher Ed, Elizabeth Redden examines the Trump administration’s new executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority nations and its effect on higher education. The new ban, signed Monday, will go into effect March 16 and prohibits citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States, but does [...] Read more

    Demonstrators at the Louvre Protest Museum’s Relationship to Oil Conglomerate

    PARIS, FRANCE–The French newsmagazine Le Point has reported that environmental activists staged an event at the Louvre on March 5 to protest the Total Foundation’s financial support of the museum. The foundation, which helps to fund various kinds of scientific research as well as many cultural projects, is an arm of Total S.A., a multinational petroleum corporation [...] Read more
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    Survey of Alumni Signals Increased Emphasis on Career Development in Art Education

    BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA–A study conducted by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a survey and data management organization based at the Center for Postsecondary Research at the Indiana University School of Education, has found that recent arts graduates have received “better career and entrepreneurial training” than older arts graduates. The SNAAP study surveyed arts students [...] Read more

    Institute of Arab and Islamic Art to Open in Downtown NYC in May

    NEW YORK–Sheikh Mohammed Al-Thani, the sixth son of the former Emir of Qatar, will open an 8,200 square-foot cultural space in downtown Manhattan this May to host exhibitions traveling from institutions in Arab countries, Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper reports. Al-Thani, who is based in New York, said of his venture: “It made absolute sense to [...] Read more
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    Maine College of Art Hires Laura Freid as President

    PORTLAND, MAINE–For the Portland Press Herald, Bob Keyes reports that the Maine College of Art has hired Laura Freid as a permanent replacement for interim president Stuart Kestenbaum, following former president Don Tuski’s departure from Maine for the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Orgeon. Freid has previously served as executive director of Yo-Yo [...] Read more

    Manifesta Announces Team of Four Creative Mediators for Its Twelfth Edition

    PALERMO, ITALY–Manifesta has announced that four creative mediators will work with the local communities of Palermo, which is hosting the twelfth edition of the roving biennial in 2018, to engage with the basic architectural, urban, economic, social, and cultural fabric of the city. In addition to Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, a partner at the Rotterdam-based Office [...] Read more
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    Bob and Roberta Smith Plans Art School for 2017 Folkestone Triennial

    FOLKESTONE, UNITED KINGDOM–The British artist Bob and Roberta Smith will operate an art school for his contribution to the fourth edition of the Folkestone Triennial, Gareth Harris reports for The Art Newspaper. The artist will present twelve pedagogical videos on the triennial’s website and display banners around the coastal Kent town declaring “Folkestone is an [...] Read more

    Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles Announces Opening Date

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA–Set to open in 2017, Deborah Vankin reports in the LA Times that the Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation has now announced its precise opening date: May 25. The museum on Wilshire Boulevard near the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles is in a landmarked Millard Sheets-designed building, which formerly served as a Scottish Rite [...] Read more
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    Leeds College of Art Announces Expansion Plans

    LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM–The BBC and ITV report that Leeds College of Art has begun work on a £14 million expansion project expected to open in summer 2018. The new building will replace a parking garage and add 65,000 square feet over five stories to the school’s campus. It will include a 230-seat auditorium, an arts [...] Read more

    Laurence des Cars Appointed Director of Musée d’Orsay

    PARIS, FRANCE–Laurence des Cars, the current director of Paris’s Musée de l’Orangerie, has been appointed the new director of the Musée d’Orsay, reports Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper. The French Ministry of Culture issued a statement to say that Des Cars will “strengthen the museum’s place worldwide, building on partnerships with major international institutions.” She [...] Read more
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    Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art Retires

    MADISON, WISCONSIN–After thirty-three years leading the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art, director Russell Panczenko will retire on June 30, reports Gayle Worland of Madison.com. Prior to his leadership at the Chazen, Panczenko was assistant director of the       Williams College Museum of Art; in 1979, he earned a doctorate in art history from [...] Read more

    Metropolitan Museum’s Director Steps Down

    NEW YORK–Under mounting pressure, Thomas P. Campbell has resigned as the director and chief executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, according to the New York Times’ Robin Pogrebin. “I have decided to step down from my role as director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in order to pursue the next phase of [...] Read more