The Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo has appointed Cuauhtémoc Medina as its chief curator. An art critic, curator, and historian, Medina has been a full-time researcher at the Aesthetic Research Institute of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México since 1992. He previously served as the first associate curator for the Tate Modern’s Latin American art collections from 2002 to 2008.
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, announced today that Erin Dziedzic has been named its curator and head of adult programs, effective late April, reports Artdaily. Dziedzic is currently the curator of the museum at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned her MA in art history. “Erin is a tremendous talent whose work on ambitious and dynamic exhibitions and public programs during the opening of the SCAD Museum in 2011 showed creativity and an ability to envision a new relationship between exhibitions, public events, and engaged museum visitors,” said Kemper Museum executive director Barbara O’Brien of the hire. “We welcome her energy and enthusiasm, her experience and drive.”
The Tribeca Film Festival announced yesterday that choreographer Twyla Tharp will be honored at this year’s festival with a lifetime achievement award, reports David Ng of the Los Angeles Times. Tharp will receive the award at the annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, which recognizes innovators in various fields; other 2013 honorees include journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, Korean pop star Psy, and political commentator Glenn Beck. “Through dance, Tharp has created her own language and pushed the boundaries of our notions of movement for the past fifty years,” reads a statement from the festival’s organizers. The ceremony will take place in New York on April 26.
The Lyon Biennial has announced additions to its roster of exhibiting artists for its twelfth edition, which already includes Matthew Barney, Tavares Strachan, Paulo Nazareth, Anne Lislegaard, Yang Zhenzhong, and David Duoard. With a focus on “narrative,” curator Gunnar Kvaran, director of the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo, has also invited a group of young artists who have developed new modes of storytelling. These include: Ed Atkins and Helen Marten from Britain; Vaclav Magid from the Czech Republic; Americans Trisha Baga, Ian Cheng, Petra Cortright, Nate Lowman, and Ryan Trecartin; Zhang Ding from China and Thiago Martins de Melo from Brazil, as well as Neïl Beloufa and Lili Reynaud-Dewar from France. The biennial will be held September 12 through January 5, 2014.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art announced yesterday that it would pursue a partnership with the University of Maryland, reports Patricia Cohen of the New York Times. The gallery has been looking for a partner since it decided to stay at its current location after proposing to move out of its Beaux-Arts building near the White House due to needed renovations costing $130 million. The Corcoran also announced a deal with the National Gallery of Art to exhibit its modern and contemporary holdings during the public museum’s three-year renovation of its East Wing. “We have rebuilt our fundraising team from the ground up,” said Harry Hopper, president of the Corcoran’s board. “We have a strategic framework for a new Corcoran.”
Jean-Luc Martinez has been named the director-president of the Louvre by François Hollande, the president of France. Gareth Harris notes in the Art Newspaper that, after weeks of speculation, the museum named an internal candidate to the post. Filling the position that Henri Loyrette vacates next week, Martinez will face the challenge of leading as France sees a 7.5 percent reduction in its cultural budget, thanks to new austerity measures. Martinez has been head of the museum’s Greco-Roman antiquities department since 2007. He will also take up the responsibility of finalizing loans for the Louvre’s Abu Dhabi outpost, set to open in 2015.
Vicente Todoli has been named the artistic advisor of HangarBicocca, the contemporary art space in Milan. Todoli was the director of the Museu Serralves in Oporto from 1996 to 2003 and director of Tate Modern from 2003 to 2010. He has curated numerous exhibitions including a section of the 1997 Venice Biennale, and solo shows featuring Gary Hill, James Lee Byars, and Franz West among others. He will be responsible for HangarBicocca’s new exhibition program, which begins this autumn.
Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art has announced the artist list for this year’s Carnegie International, which runs October 4, 2013–March 16, 2014. The survey, organized by Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski, is now in its 117th year, and will include, among other elements, a reinstallation of the museum’s permanent collection highlighting the legacy of the International and the inauguration of a playground designed by Yvan Pestalozzi in 1972. The International, which takes place every few years, will feature thirty-five artists from nineteen countries.
Ei Arakawa/Henning Bohl
Dinh Q. Lê
The Playground Project
The Michigan State University Museum has received $1.9 million from Julie Avery, Stephen Stier, and Val Berryman, according to WLNS. The gift, the largest in the museum’s history, will go toward creating the institution's first endowed curatorship. The Berryman MSU Museum Curator of History will be responsible for the museum’s historical collections. Berryman was curator of history for nearly fifty years at the museum, while Avery and Stier were also on staff. Said museum director Gary Morgan, “This is a fantastic gift that will ensure the museum’s historical programs are strong and vibrant into the future.”