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  • Lovett/Codagnone, The Walk, 1996, C-print.

    Alessandro Codagnone (1967–2019)

    Italian artist Alessandro Codagnone, who since 1995 collaborated with artist John Lovett as Lovett/Codagnone on performances that examined the ways in which power is encoded in language, behavior, and collective identities, has died. He was fifty-two years old.

    Codagnone was born in Italy in 1967 and studied at the Chelsea School of Art and Goldsmiths College, both in London, before completing the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York in 1994. In 2009, he and Lovett formed the band CANDIDATE with musician Michele Pauli; the group has collaborated with artists including Jim Fletcher,

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  • Abstract of Piano Curve against blue sky and clouds, 2003. Photo: Alex Vertikoff / J. Paul Getty Trust.

    Getty’s Next Pacific Standard Time Will Explore the Intersection of Art and Science

    The Getty Foundation has revealed that the next edition of its Pacific Standard Time initiative, which will kick off in 2024, will look at art through the lens of science, and at science through the lens of art. Titled “Art x Science x LA,” the third iteration of the event—a regional collaboration on thematic programming—will focus on topics that range from alchemy and botany to augmented reality and climate change.

    “What we today recognize as art and science sprang from the same origins—a shared desire to explore and explain the universe in all its dazzling diversity,” said Jim

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  • Sue Canterbury.

    Dallas Museum of Art Promotes Sue Canterbury to Curator of American Art

    The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) announced today that Sue Canterbury, its associate curator of American art, has been promoted to curator, effective immediately. Canterbury has been with the institution for eight years. Since she joined the museum, Canterbury has overseen its collections of Spanish Colonial and modern Latin American art. Her previous responsibilities will be taken over by a curator of Latin American art, which has yet to be appointed.  

    “Sue has significantly broadened the range of her projects and stimulated the American art department’s development,” said DMA director Agustín

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  • The Eskenazi Museum of Art. Photo: Indiana University.

    Eskenazi Museum of Art Receives $4 Million Gift

    The estate of Jane Fortune, the champion of women artists who passed away last fall, has gifted the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University a collection of sixty-one artworks and enough funds to launch the Jane Fortune Endowment for Women Artists. In recognition of the donation, which is valued at $4 million, the museum will rename the first-floor of its gallery for American and European Art from Medieval to 1900 after the philanthropist.

    An Indianapolis native, Fortune was a scholar and collector whose commitment to supporting female artists was recognized worldwide. She

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  • Kate Fowle. Photo: James Hill.

    Kate Fowle Named Director of MoMA PS1

    MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York, announced today that Kate Fowle has been appointed its next director. Fowle most recently served as chief curator at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, and is currently director-at-large at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. She succeeds Klaus Biesenbach, who stepped down in October 2018 to helm the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She will take up the post on September 3.

    “Kate is a highly respected curator with a global vision and an impressive track record of success in leading major international contemporary

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  • New Museum staffers, who voted to join Local 2110 in January, with UAW Local 2110 president Maida Rosenstein, demonstrating outside the museum on Tuesday, June 25.

    New Museum Union Pushes for Contract at Exhibition Opening Protest

    As the New Museum celebrated the opening of summer exhibitions by Mika Rottenberg, Marta Minujín, and Lubaina Himid on Tuesday evening, some two hundred to three hundred members and supporters of the institution’s newly formed union gathered outside to demand a contract as negotiations between UAW (United Auto Workers) Local 2110 and museum management continue. Participants—many members of other unions, including those from the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and UAW’s graduate student organizing committee—chanted slogans including “What do we want? A contract! When

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  • Sascha Pohlflepp. Photo: Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

    Sascha Pohflepp (1978–2019)

    Artist and design researcher Sascha Pohflepp, whose practice probed the overlapping nodes of algorithms, business, speculative design, and biology, has died. He was forty-one years old.

    Pohflepp characterized his work as centering “around questions regarding the role of technology as a force that shapes our relationship with natural systems, human culture and ultimately ourselves, embodied in the tools we create. . . . The resulting work is regarded not so much as rarified objects but rather as embodied synthetic knowledge, of the state of things or of a potential future.”

    Born in 1978 in Cologne,

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  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul.

    South Korea Introduces Plan for 16 Percent Increase in Arts Infrastructure

    On Monday, South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism announced a five-year plan to increase public access to its arts and artifacts by building 140 additional museums and forty-six galleries by 2023, reports the Korea Herald. The planned growth will bring the number of museums and galleries in the country to 1,013 and 297, respectively, and represents a 16 percent increase in arts infrastructure.

    The government plans to facilitate its initiative with tax deductions on museum admission fees, effective July 1, and subsidized construction costs. It will also increase engagement and

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  • Courtesy of Save the Redstone Labor Temple.

    San Francisco’s the Lab Fights to Save Historic Building from Private Developers

    In an effort to ward off private developers and protect existing tenants and subsidized rents, San Francisco arts nonprofit the Lab has launched a campaign to buy the historic Redstone Labor Temple building, a former union meeting hall in which the organization has been housed since 1994.

    The Lab’s effort is part of a larger capital campaign by the anti-gentrification organization Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), which has been in a yearlong negotiation to buy the building from its current owner David Lucchesi. In May, MEDA signed a $15 million contract with Lucchesi, which stipulates

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  • Eli and Edythe Broad. Photo: The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

    Arts Patrons Among US Billionaires Demanding a Wealth Tax

    Several prominent members of the art world are voicing their support for a new wealth tax in the United States. On Monday, a letter calling for a “moderate wealth tax on the fortunes of the richest one-tenth of the richest 1 percent of Americans” was published on Medium. Among the multimillionaires and billionaires who signed the letter are philanthropist and arts patron Agnes Gund and her daughter Catherine Gund, filmmaker Abigail Disney, and Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes.

    Addressed to the 2020 presidential candidates, the letter reads: “America has a moral, ethical and economic responsibility

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  • Courtesy of NURTUREart.

    Brooklyn Nonprofit NURTUREart to Close

    NURTUREart, the Brooklyn-based nonprofit founded by George J. Robinson in 1997 as a platform for emerging artists, has announced that this season’s programming will be its last. An email announcing its decision to close said, “Due to a confluence of resource challenges and a shifting environment for non-profits, we find ourselves unable to continue serving our communities in our ideal capacity.”

    Over the years, the organization has presented seventeen full seasons of six to eight exhibitions, organized a number of curatorial projects, launched a popular networking program designed to help artists

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  • Peter Selz. Courtesy: BAMPFA.

    Peter Selz (1919–2019)

    Celebrated scholar, art educator, and curator Peter Selz, the founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) at the University of California, Berkeley, died on Friday, June 21. He was one hundred years old. His passing was announced by his daughter Gabrielle Selz.

    “Peter Selz was a remarkable individual whose contributions to BAMPFA, UC Berkeley, and the broader art world are too numerous to count,” Lawrence Rinder, BAMPFA’s current director and chief curator, said in a statement. “Over the course of his tenure as our founding director, Peter transformed BAMPFA

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