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  • The Museum of Chinese in America’s building on Centre Street. Its holdings are kept at 70 Mulberry Street nearby.

    Museum of Chinese in America’s Collection Likely Devastated after Manhattan Fire

    A fire tore through the building where the Museum of Chinese in America’s holdings are stored on Thursday night, injuring nine firefighters and one civilian and possibly destroying most of the beloved Manhattan institution’s vast collection, which explores Chinese American heritage through more than 85,000 personal belongings, artifacts, and artworks.

    The five-story Chinatown building, which serves as an office and acquisition space for the museum, whose current exhibition space is at nearby Centre Street, is also a senior center and community cornerstone. Nancy Yao Maasbach, the president of

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  • Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage.

    Artists Launch Fundraiser to Preserve Derek Jarman’s Home and Garden

    Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Tilda Swinton, and Wolfgang Tillmans are among the artists fighting to preserve Derek Jarman’s beloved Prospect Cottage, his home and famous garden in Dungeness, a hamlet on the coast of Kent, England, which has been a beloved site of pilgrimage and remembrance, The Guardian reports.

    Jarman bought the home in 1986. Following his death in 1994, it was maintained by his companion Keith Collins until his passing in 2018. Friends of the late artist as well as the Slade School of Art and the Tate are aiming to raise $4.5 million in ten weeks to prevent the private sale of

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  • Souls Grown Deep board chair Mary Margaret Pettway and Shontaye Mosely. Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio.

    Souls Grown Deep Invests in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, the Home of Generations of Quiltmakers

    Souls Grown Deep (SGD) is planning to help revitalize Gee’s Bend, Alabama—the home of multiple generations of quiltmakers, many of which are represented in the organization’s collection. Established to promote the work of African American artists from the South, Souls Grown Deep has already succeeded in spotlighting the community, which consists of the towns of Boykin and Alberta, by fostering the acquisition of quilts and other works from artists in the region by major art museums in the United States—since 2014, the SGD has placed quilts by sixty-eight Gee’s Bend quilters into the permanent

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  • Art Basel Hong Kong, 2015.

    Galleries Voice Concern over Art Basel Hong Kong, Demand Concessions from Fair Organizers

    After months of unrest in Hong Kong, which has has been the epicenter of massive pro-democracy protests, twenty-four high-profile galleries participating in Art Basel Hong Kong (ABHK)—including 303 Gallery, Gavin Brown, Greene Naftali, Lévy Gorvy, Matthew Marks, Metro Pictures, and Paula Cooper—have penned a letter expressing concern and making concessional demands from fair organizers.

    Dated January 16 and addressed to Art Basel global director Marc Spiegler and the fair’s Asia director, Adeline Ooi, the letter requests the right to reduce booth sizes without penalty, an extension of the payment

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  • Claude Monet, The Seine Estuary, 1864–70. Courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.

    Denver Art Museum Gifted Forty-Four Works on Paper

    The Denver Art Museum has received a gift of forty-four works on paper from the collection of Esmond Bradley Martin. The donation includes works by artists such as Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Jean Antoine Watteau, as well as three rare works on paper by Claude Monet—a caricature in graphite and two early landscapes executed in pastels that are currently on display in “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature.”

    The institution also revealed that it made several key acquisitions in 2019. Among the works that have recently entered its collection are two paintings by Denver native

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  • Christian Larsen. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.

    Museum of Arts and Design Names Christian Larsen Windgate Research Curator

    The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York has appointed Christian Larsen as its Windgate research curator, effective immediately. In his new role, which is funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Larsen will lead an educational and curatorial partnership between the museum and the Bard Graduate Center as part of an effort to increase the visibility of craft and design.

    “With great enthusiasm, we welcome Christian to the curatorial team at MAD,” said museum director Chris Scoates. “A respected curator and scholar, his ability to integrate research, teaching, and curating to articulate

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  • Richard Misrach, Cabbage Crop Near Brownsville, Texas, 2015. Courtesy of Pace.

    Pace Expands Its Photography Program, Brooklyn’s Koenig & Clinton Gallery Closes, and More

    Pace is merging with Pace/MacGill Gallery. The move will both streamline operations and strengthen its photography program. Since its founding in 1983 by Peter MacGill and partners Arne Glimcher of Pace and Tichard Solomon of Pace Prints and Pace African & Oceanic Art, Pace/MacGill has held more than 350 exhibitions and has represented artists such as Richard Avedon, Richard Learoyd, Irving Penn, and Judith Joy Ross. The department will now be helmed by Lauren Panzo, formerly vice president at Pace/MacGill.

    Through the merger, Pace will add five new artists to its roster: Harry Callahan, Robert

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  • The Shed, New York. Photo: Wikipedia.

    New York’s The Shed Voluntarily Recognizes Employee Union

    The Shed, the 200,000-square-foot arts center in Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s West Side, will voluntarily recognize a new union formed by its front of house staff, eliminating the need for an election with the National Labor Relations Board, Hyperallergic reports.

    Around seventy-five staffers, including front-desk workers, gallery guides, ushers, and other representatives of the venue’s experience associates department, announced they were launching a union drive earlier this month in an attempt to improve working conditions.

    The workers decided to join UAW Local 2110—the same union which represents

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  • Culture Push artist Nancy Nowacek, 2017. Photo: Marie Lorenz. Courtesy of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Ten Cultural Organizations Partner with NYC Agencies to Address Civic and Social Issues

    New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs has announced that ten nonprofit arts organizations will partner with city agencies to create programming on a range of civic and social issues including homelessness, workers’ rights, and climate change. Through the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact (MGCI) program, nearly $1 million will support four ongoing collaborations, which also received funding in the 2019 fiscal year, and six new partnerships.

    The existing projects that will continue to be backed by the initiative are Concerts in Motion and the Department of Aging’s concert series for

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  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s main building. Photo: the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    Philadelphia Museum Director Apologizes to Staff over Handling of Harassment Complaints

    Philadelphia Museum of Art director and CEO Timothy Rub has issued an apology to hundreds of the museum’s employees over the mishandling of harassment complaints made against Joshua Helmer, who previously worked as assistant director for interpretation at the institution, in an all-staff meeting held on Wednesday morning.

    According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the “town hall” marked the first time Rub widely addressed the accusations against Helmer since they were first reported by the New York Times on January 10—in the days leading up to the event, he held individual meetings with each of the

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  • Tobias Madison Pleads Guilty in Domestic Violence Case

    Swiss artist Tobias Madison pleaded guilty to one count of assault in the third degree and one count of harassment in New York criminal court on Wednesday, January 22, the Art Newspaper reports. The charges against Madison were filed after an incident in December 2018, when according to a complaint filed by the District Attorney’s office, the New York–based artist hit and strangled his ex-girlfriend then struck her head against a wall, “causing swelling to the head, concussion, and substantial pain.”

    If he complies with certain conditions set by the court, Madison will be able to clear his record

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  • Frederick Weston, Body Map (Arms), 2017. Photo: Gregory Carideo. Courtesy of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

    Foundation for Contemporary Arts Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

    The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), a nonprofit organization founded in 1963 by the John Cage and Jasper Johns has revealed the eighteen artists selected for its 2020 Grants to Artists cycle. It has also named Meredith Monk the winner of its John Cage Award. All of the recipients will receive $40,000 in unrestricted funds.

    Established in 1993, the Grants to Artists awards provide unrestricted assistance to visual artists, performing artists, and poets. Recipients are chosen annually through a confidential two-part nomination and selection process. Six of the awards are named for artists

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