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  • The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York.

    New York’s Everson Museum Gifted $4.8 Million

    The Everson Museum of Art in New York has received a donation of $4.8 million, one of the largest gifts ever made to a Syracuse arts organization. Longtime museum supporters and board members Paul Philips and Sharon Sullivan donated the money as part of the institution’s new $17 million capital campaign. The fundraising effort was announced in September as part of the fiftieth anniversary of its iconic I.M. Pei-designed building.

    According to the museum, “The Everson. First and Forever.” campaign, chaired by Jessica Danial and Michael P. Falcone, aims to expand the museum’s influence as a creative

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  • The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Maryland.

    Art Dealers Association of America Foundation Names Recipients of Annual Grant Program

    The Art Dealers Association of America Foundation announced today the four recipients of its 2018 grants: the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Maryland, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in New Mexico. They will each receive between $10,000 to $15,000 to mount exhibitions and conduct research.

    Selected by the foundation’s board, comprising ADAA galleries, the four new grantees presented proposals for exhibitions touching on issues such as global migration, cultural identity,

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  • Quentin Bajac. Photo: Peter Ross.

    Quentin Bajac Heads to Paris to Direct Jeu de Paume

    Quentin Bajac, the chief curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is departing after nearly five years to become the next director of the French national photography museum Jeu de Paume. He succeeds Marta Gili, the founding director of the noncollecting institution, which was established in Paris in 2004. 

    During Bajac’s tenure at MoMA, he organized numerous exhibitions including the Stephen Shore retrospective which closed in May, “Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection” (2015), ”A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio” (2014),

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  • Die Vielen, the nonprofit organization that spearheaded the anti-nationalist declarations, also organized the first Glitter Demonstration against the far right took, which place in May 2018. Photo: Die Vielen.

    Cultural Institutions Across Germany Unite Against the Far Right

    Museums and cultural organizations in the city-states of Berlin, Hamburg, and the North Rhine-Westphalia are taking a stand against rising nationalism in Germany. Hundreds of institutions have signed declarations denouncing the “illegitimate attempts made by right-wing nationalists to exploit art and cultural events for their own purposes.”

    More than 140 Berlin-based organizations, including members of the KW Institute, the Berlin Biennale, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, signed the first declaration, titled “Berlin Declaration of the Many,” which was spearheaded by the nonprofit Die Vielen, on

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  • Liu Li Anna, president of the CCAA from 2011 to 2018; Suhanya Raffel, executive director, M+; Victor Lo Chung-wing, chairman of M+ board; Uli Sigg, founder of the CCAA; Duncan Pescod, chief executive officer of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. Photo: The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

    Hong Kong’s M+ Museum to Launch $63,800 Sigg Prize

    The M+ Museum in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District announced that it has established the Sigg Prize, a new biennial $63,800 award which recognises outstanding artistic practice in the Greater China region. Finalists of the inaugural award will receive $12,700 and will be announced in March 2019.

    The prize will replace the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA), which was conceived by Uli Sigg in 1997 and has been chaired by Liu Li Anna since 2011. The CCAA, the first award for contemporary art in Mainland China, has been supported by M+ since 2012 and a member of the M+ team has been on

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  • The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

    Future of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre Threatened by State Budget Cuts

    More than one year after the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), one of Thailand’s largest public art institutions, had its budget slashed by the federal government, it is struggling to continue its operations. Despite drawing over 1.8 million visitors last year, the nonprofit nearly had its water supply cut off in September. The nine-story venue—which comprises galleries, performance spaces, and a library—had previously been allotted around $1.2 million from the city annually. While the center was not given a reason for the government’s decision to cut its funding, many suspect

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  • Stephanie Cristello. Photo: Assaf Evron.

    Stephanie Cristello Appointed Artistic Director of Expo Chicago

    Expo Chicago announced today that Stephanie Cristello, editor in chief of the contemporary and modern art journal The Seen and the fair’s former director of programming, will assume the role of artistic director effective immediately. Cristello will oversee the exposition’s core programs and initiatives, including its dialogues panel program, site-specific installations, off-site exhibitions, and national and international partnerships.

    “After six years with the organization, and the launch of numerous core programs, I look forward to being at the helm of expanding the legacy of an exposition

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  • Alison Rossiter. Photo: Michelle Kloehn.

    Alison Rossiter Wins Shpilman Photography Prize

    The 2018 Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography has been awarded to American artist Alison Rossiter. Established by the Shpilman family and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in 2010, the $40,000 biennial award recognizes contemporary photographers who are working on projects relating to the human condition. This year’s prize focuses on the idea of “The Last Photograph” and the evolving role of cameras as information transmitters in the virtual age.

    Rossiter was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1953 and lives and works in New York. She received her training in photography and

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  • Mary Ceruti. Photo: Troy Benson.

    SculptureCenter’s Mary Ceruti Named Executive Director of Walker Art Center

    The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis announced today that Mary Ceruti, director and chief curator of SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York, will join the institution as its new executive director beginning in late January 2019. Ceruti succeeds Olga Viso, who stepped down from the helm of the museum in November 2017. Toward the end of Viso’s ten-year tenure, she faced backlash over the inclusion of artist Sam Durant’s sculpture Scaffold in the center’s sculpture garden.

    “I am honored to be selected as the next director of this great institution and believe it is uniquely positioned to

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  • Tony Bechara.

    New York’s El Museo del Barrio Receives $1 Million Gift

    Tony Bechara, the chair emeritus of El Museo del Barrio’s board of trustees, has donated $1 million in support of the museum’s curatorial and education programs. The gift will also be used to create an endowment for El Museo, which is located on Museum Mile on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

    “This is a significant moment for Latino artists and for El Museo,” said Bechara. “We are entering into a transformative period of achievement after some years of instability. Our galleries recently reopened after a renovation to critical acclaim. We are also proud to announce our theater will reopen in

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  • Thornton Dial, Fading, 2002. Photo: Souls Grown Deep Foundation.

    Five Institutions Acquire Works from Souls Grown Deep Foundation

    The Souls Grown Deep Foundation (SGDF) announced today that it will help five more cultural institutions expand their holdings of artworks by African American artists from the South. Through a combination of gifts and purchases, the Brooklyn Museum; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Morgan Library and Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art will acquire fifty-one artworks by thirty primarily self-taught female artists. The works have an estimated total worth of more than $1.6 million.

    “Our core mission is to advocate for artists of the African American

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  • Stan Lee.

    Stan Lee (1922–2018)

    American comic book writer Stan Lee—legendary architect of the Marvel Universe and imaginer of iconic characters, including Spider-Man, Black Panther, X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, and the Avengers—died today in Los Angeles at the age of ninety-five. As a comics writer and an editor of Marvel Comics, Lee played a massive role in shaping not only comics but also pop culture throughout the world during his six-decade career.

    Born Stanley Lieber in Manhattan in 1922, Lee secured a foothold in the comic book industry through a menial assistantship at Timely Comics, which would become

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