• New York Library Cardholders to Receive Free Admission to More Than Thirty Museums

    The New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Public Library announced today that they are launching “Culture Pass,” a citywide initiative that will provide library cardholders free access to more than thirty museums and cultural institutions across the five boroughs.

    Among the thirty-three participating institutions are the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Noguchi Museum. Cardholders can log onto and use their library card number and pin to make reservations.

    The full list of

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  • Katonah Museum of Art Appoints Michael Gitlitz as Executive Director

    The Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester County, New York, has named Michael Gitlitz the institution’s new executive director. With more than twenty-five years in the art world, Gitlitz has worked at various galleries including Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Hirschl & Adler Modern, and Marlborough Gallery, as well as at Paddle8 auction house, where he served as senior specialist in modern and contemporary art from 2016 to 2017.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Michael who has the perfect expertise, energy, and professional background for the Katonah Museum of Art,” said board president Deborah Mullin. “

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  • Association of Art Museum Directors Aims to Diversify Museum Field with New Internship Program

    The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) has announced the launch of a pilot internship program that will engage undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds in order to nurture their career opportunities in the museum industry.

    The program will invite up to ten students for the pilot year and will provide them with a twelve-week long, paid internship at different AAMD member museums located near the students’ homes or universities. Interns will be paired with a mentor, who will direct their activities and provide overall counsel on their professional development. Applications

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  • Artists and Activists Mobilize in Protest of Trump’s Visit to the UK

    United States President Donald Trump’s arrival in the United Kingdom on Thursday, July 12—his first state visit—has prompted hundreds of thousands to protest across London. The activists are carrying signs, chanting anti-Trump slogans, and even flying a giant “Trump Baby” balloon. The twenty-foot blimp of the diaper-clad Trump took flight above Parliament Square earlier today.

    Spearheaded by Leo Murray—who penned an impassioned editorial on the project in London’s Metro—the balloon is meant to be a symbol of resistance against the Trump administration, as well as a message

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  • Stolen Robert Motherwell Painting Returned After Forty Years

    A 1967 Robert Motherwell painting, Untitled, that had been missing for forty years has been returned to the Dedalus Foundation. According to the New York Times, the artwork was one of dozens that disappeared when Motherwell hired a moving company to relocate his works from one storage site to another in 1978. 

    The painting was discovered in a garage in upstate New York by a man whose late father had worked for the moving company. The man, whose name was not disclosed, had been helping his mother organize her belongings when he found the work. While inspecting the painting, he saw Motherwell’s

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  • University of Kansas Bows to Pressure from Politicians, Removes Creative Time Flag

    The University of Kansas in Lawrence took down the German artist Josephine Meckseper’s altered American flag, which featured a graphic of a map of a divided United States, after it faced backlash from local politicians.

    According to the Associated Press, Governor Jeff Colyer and other Republican lawmakers, including Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Kansas congressional candidate Steve Watkins, pressured the institution to remove the work from its campus, calling it “disrespectful” and a “desecration” of an American symbol.

    Critics of Colyer’s call to remove the flag accused the politician

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  • J. Paul Getty Trust Welcomes Board Member Drew Gilpin Faust

    The J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles announced that Drew Gilpin Faust will join the ranks of its board of trustees in September. Faust recently concluded an eleven-year term as president of Harvard University, where she remains a professor of history.

    A distinguished historian of the Civil War and the American South, Faust was the founding dean of Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Previously, she taught history at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the faculty for twenty years. Faust is also the author of six books, including Mothers of Invention: Women

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  • Pierre Alechinsky and Fujiko Nakaya Among Recipients of Japanese Praemium Imperiale Awards

    The Praemium Imperiale award, an annual global arts prize presented by the Japan Art Association since 1989, has named this year’s five laureates, who will each receive 15 million yen, roughly $133,500. The Praemium Imperiale recognizes artists working in the fields of theater or film, music, painting, sculpture, and architecture.

    Born in Brussels in 1927, Pierre Alechinsky, who recently became a French citizen, received the prize in painting. A founding member of the 1940’s Cobra group, Alechinsky organized the collective’s exhibitions and edited its eponymous magazine. He’s been featured in

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  • Aldrich Museum Appoints Cybele Maylone Director

    The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, announced that Cybele Maylone has been appointed executive director. She comes to the Aldrich from UrbanGlass in New York City, where she had served as executive director since 2013. Maylone succeeds Alyson Baker, who stepped down from the helm of the institution in December 2017.

    During her tenure at UrbanGlass, a studio space, gallery, and quarterly magazine dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation for and advancing the use of glass as a creative medium, Maylone worked closely with numerous artists who have also been featured

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  • New York Foundation for the Arts Awards More than $600,000 to Local Artists

    The New York Foundation for the Arts announced the recipients of its NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program. Chosen from a pool of more than three thousand people, eighty-nine artists working in the disciplines of fiction, folk/traditional arts, interdisciplinary work, painting, and video/film will be awarded a total of $623,000.

    For the past thirty-two years, NYFA has administered the fellowships in collaboration with the New York State Council on the Arts. This year’s recipients, which range from twenty-six to and seventy-seven years of age, will each receive $7,000 cash grants. In addition, the

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  • Clark Art Institute Appoints Robert Wiesenberger Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects

    The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, announced today that Robert Wiesenberger was tapped for its newly created position of associate curator of contemporary projects. Wiesenberger currently works as a critic at the Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut.

    “The addition of Rob Wiesenberger to our curatorial team is an important reflection of our commitment to extending the Clark’s focus on contemporary art, and Rob will surely enhance the depth and diversity of our exhibition program,” said director Olivier Meslay.

    Prior to joining Yale, Wiesenberger served as the Stefan

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  • Leonard Suryajaya and Derrick Woods-Morrow Win Chicago Artadia Awards

    Artadia announced today the recipients of its 2018 Chicago Artadia Awards: Leonard Suryajaya and Derrick Woods-Morrow. They will both receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds, as well as access to the Artadia program’s resources. In addition, works by both artists will be featured in Artadia’s booth at EXPO CHICAGO, which will take place at the Navy Pier from September 27 to September 30.

    In the first round of jurying, Darby English, University of Chicago professor and adjunct curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Courtenay Finn, curator at the Aspen Art Museum; and artist Jamie Isenstein

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