• Archive of Black Panther Party Photographer Stephen Shames Enters Briscoe Center Collection

    The Briscoe Center at the University of Texas at Austin has acquired the photographic archive of Stephen Shames, who is best known for his role as the Black Panther Party’s photographer between 1967 and 1973.

    “Shames has used his camera to document the intimate histories of a wide range of subjects, including black political activism in the Bay Area, everyday life in New York City, and child poverty across America,” said Don Carleton, executive director of the Briscoe Center. “His archive will not only be preserved here at the center, it will be actively utilized in our mission to foster exploration

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  • University of Texas at Austin’s Plan to Gut Fine Arts Library Sparks Protests

    Curators and staff members from the Blanton Museum of Art have joined the ongoing protests against the University of Texas at Austin’s decision to downsize the holdings of its Fine Arts Library by moving thousands of books and other materials to an off-campus storage facility. In an open letter, the group urges Douglas Dempster, the dean of the College of Fine Arts, and Lorraine Haricombe, the vice provost and director of libraries, to halt the removal of books.

    The signatories claim that this move poses a threat to the work that is accomplished at the museum, including organizing exhibitions,

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  • Trump Signs Spending Bill that Increases Funding for NEA and NEH

    Despite President Donald Trump’s plans to eliminate the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities, he signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill on Friday that allotted $152.8 million to both agencies, which is $3 million more than each of their budgets for the last fiscal year. While the NEA and NEH, as well as the Institute of Museum and Library Services are safe for now, they are still in danger of being slashed in the president’s 2019 budget proposal.

    “This is not a small victory for American artists,” musician Blake Morgan wrote on Twitter. Earlier this month, the US Bureau of Economic

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  • Artists Take Legal Action Against Artist Pension Trust

    More than twenty British members of the Artist Pension Trust (APT), an initiative intended to provide pensions to contemporary artists, are taking legal action to remove themselves from a program they say is being run ineffectively, according to Rupert Jones of The Guardian. Among the artists seeking to withdraw from APT are Turner Prize–winners Jeremy Deller, Douglas Gordon, and Richard Wright, as well as British artists Bob and Roberta Smith and David Shrigley.

    APT, which was founded in 2004 to provide financial security to artists as they get older, asks participants to contribute twenty

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  • Ellina Kevorkian Joins Minneapolis’s Soap Factory as Director of Artistic Programs

    The Soap Factory, the nonprofit contemporary arts space in Minneapolis, announced today that Ellina Kevorkian has been hired as the new director of artistic programs. Kevorkian will be responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s programming and overall vision.

    “Ellina Kevorkian brings tremendous creativity, experience, and insight to her new role with us,” said Rosemary Williams, a Soap Factory board member. “We were extremely impressed with Ellina’s dedication to artists and their work.”

    Kevorkian was formerly artistic director for residency programs at the Bemis

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  • Riga International Biennial Reveals Artist List for Inaugural Edition

    The Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Latvia has announced the artists participating in its inaugural exhibition, titled “Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More” after Alexei Yurchak’s 2005 book about the collapse of the Soviet Union. Curated by the chief curator of RIBOCA1, Katerina Gregos, the biennial will feature the work of ninety-nine artists, including ten collectives. It will kick off on June 2 and run through October 28.

    The exhibition invites the artists, one-third of whom are from Baltic countries, to address the “new regional geography” after the fall of the

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  • Lévy Gorvy Names Andreas Rumbler Partner of New Zurich Outpost

    Dominique Lévy and Brett Gorvy, the founders of Lévy Gorvy, announced today that Andreas Rumbler, the chairman of Christie’s Switzerland, will join the gallery as a new partner. He will be charged with managing the gallery’s new office in Zurich, which is scheduled to open in November.

    The new division, Lévy Gorvy and Rumbler, will enable the gallery to deepen its existing relationships with collectors and clients in Switzerland, in Germany, and across northern Europe, while fostering new relationships and allowing it to work more closely with museums and cultural institutions throughout the

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  • ICA Philadelphia Becomes First Museum Certified by W.A.G.E.

    The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania announced today that it will be the first museum certified by W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), the New York–based activist organization that advocates for artists to receive fair compensation from the institutions that contract their work. The ICA joins a group of more than fifty certified institutions, including the Swiss Institute, Artists Space, and Locust Projects.

    “ICA’s commitment to artists is at the core of everything we do. Our partnership with W.A.G.E. helps to set a new standard in the museum field,

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  • Ringling Appoints Ola Wlusek Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

    The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, has named Ola Wlusek curator of modern and contemporary art. The position has recently been endowed by philanthropists Keith and Linda Monda, who gifted the institution $5 million, as well as four significant works by Teo González, Yayoi Kusama, Beverly Pepper, and Richard Serra.

    “The Monda family’s philanthropic leadership and enthusiasm for modern and contemporary art and how it can transform lives is truly inspiring,” said Steven High, the Ringling’s executive director. Commenting on the Wlusek’s appointment, he said, “Through

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  • ACLU Files Lawsuit Against New Orleans over Censorship of Anti-Trump Mural

    The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the city of New Orleans over an anti–Donald Trump mural that artist Cashy-D painted on the property of real estate developer Neal Morris in November 2017. The work features an excerpt from the infamous 2005 Access Hollywood tape, which records the president bragging to journalist Billy Bush about grabbing women’s genitals.

    According to the Art Newspaper, the city notified Morris that the work was a zoning violation and that he had to remove it. Morris was told that if he failed to comply he would face “a maximum fine or jail time for each and every day

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  • Facing Financial Struggles, Brazilian Museum to Sell Jackson Pollock Painting

    In an effort to become self-sustaining, the Modern Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro announced that it plans to sell a Jackson Pollock painting estimated to be worth around $25 million. The strategy has already proven to be controversial. While the Brazilian Institute of Museums has tried to convince MAM to change its mind, the Brazilian ministry of culture supports the idea, which could allow the institution, a private nonprofit, to depend less on economic factors. Rio de Janeiro spent almost $12 billion to host the Olympic Games in 2016—a time when Brazil was facing a recession—and in

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  • Hartmut Dorgerloh Nominated to Lead Berlin’s Humboldt Forum, Lars-Christian Koch Named Director of Collections

    German culture minister Monika Grütters has announced that she is planning to nominate Hartmut Dorgerloh, currently head of the Prussian Palaces and Garden Foundations, as the new director of Berlin’s Humboldt Forum.

    “[Dorgerloh] has a wide international network and is highly respected, and he has proven that he knows how to transpose multifaceted historical issues into exemplary exhibitions and events for a broad public,” Grütters said in a statement. “He is both an intellectual and someone who gets things done, as well as having excellent communication skills.”

    Dorgerloh has been at the helm of

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