• Deng Chuanbin. Courtesy of Nanfu Wang.

    Chinese Authorities Detain Filmmaker and Activist Deng Chuanbin

    Deng Chuanbin, an independent documentary filmmaker and activist who is also known as Huang Huang, was arrested in China on May 17. According to ArtAsiaPacific, hours before the authorities took him from his home in Yibin in the Sichuan province, he had tweeted a photo referencing the Tiananmen Square Massacre, which followed pro-democracy student protests in 1989.

    The image is of a person holding a bottle of liquor with a label that reads “64.” The number alludes to the month and day, June 4, when troops fired into crowds of people demonstrating in the square, killing hundreds. The type of

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  • William J. Carpenter. Photo: Courtesy of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

    Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Names William J. Carpenter Executive Director

    William J. Carpenter has been appointed the executive director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Carpenter comes to SECCA from High Point University, where he was most recently professor of English and director of the Honors Scholars Program. Carpenter will take up the post on June 3.

    “Dr. Carpenter will bring renewed attention to SECCA’s contributions to the field of contemporary art by celebrating its history while emphasizing the multidisciplinary nature of art today and inviting reflection on the ideas that shape our time,” said Valerie

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  • Jenny Holzer. Courtesy of the artist.

    Jenny Holzer to Receive University of Chicago’s Jesse L. Rosenberger Medal

    The University of Chicago has announced that it will award this year’s Jesse L. Rosenberger Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Creative and Performing Arts to the pioneering conceptual artist Jenny Holzer for her ambitious text-based work. Widely known for her groundbreaking 1970s series “Truisms,” Holzer will be honored during the university’s convocation ceremony on June 15.

    Established in 1917 by Jesse L. and Susan Colver Rosenberger, the medal recognizes “achievement through research, in authorship, in invention, for discovery, for unusual public service or for anything deemed to benefit

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  • The LAXART building—featuring Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (it), 2018—in Hollywood. Photo: Ruben Diaz, courtesy of LAXART.

    LAXART Welcomes Five New Board Members

    LAXART, the nonprofit organization and alternative arts space that was founded in 2005 to promote contemporary art, has added five new members to its board of directors: Kim Gordon, Zenas Hutcheson, Glenn Ligon, Olivia Marciano, and Conor O’Neil.

    They will work with executive director Hamza Walker and the rest of the board to further LAXART’s mission through various programming such as the upcoming exhibitions of Grace Wales Bonner, Liz Johnson Artur, and the collective Postcommodity.

    “These new members heighten our dynamism,” said Walker. “Whereas Gordon and Ligon are seminal figures (read rock

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  • BAMunion Twitter.

    Brooklyn Academy of Music Employees Push to Unionize

    The administrative workers and cinema staff of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York are moving to unionize. In April, employees signed a petition to join Local 2110 UAW (United Auto Workers), which staffers at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Museum of Modern Art belong to and the New Museum voted to join in January.

    The plan to form a union has been in the works for more than a year and a half, following reductions in benefits such as health care and 401(k) matching, the conversion of full-time jobs into hourly part-time positions, and other changes in working conditions. An

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  • 2019 MacDowell fellows (Top:) Martha Mooke, Fred Hersch, Moses Sumney, and Jane Fine and (Bottom:) Sarah Schulman, Suki Kim, Heidi Hahn, Shon Kim. Photo: The MacDowell Colony.

    MacDowell Awards More than $1 Million in Fellowships to Ninety-Three Artists

    The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, has awarded more than $1 million in fellowships to ninety-three artists who hail from twenty-five states and seven countries. Recipients will be invited to the colony for a period of up to eight weeks; they will each be provided with accommodations, meals, and studio space.

    The cohort includes composer Fred Hersch; experimental filmmakers Shon Kim and Mitch McCabe; performance artists Cassils and Michelle Ellsworth; playwright Max Posner; visual artists Becca Albee, Heidi Hahn, and Victoria-Idongesit Udondian; and writers Ross Gay, Suki Kim,

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  • The Unite and Shine: For a Europe for the Many march in Berlin on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo: “Die Vielen” via Facebook.

    Thousands March in Berlin for Artistic Freedom and European Solidarity

    On Saturday, May 18, around five thousand people—including artist Wolfgang Tillmans, writer Ingo Schulze, and theater director Paweł Łysak—rallied in front of Berlin’s Volksbühne for “Unite and Shine: For a Europe for the Many,” a protest against the restriction of artistic freedom in the face of rising far-right nationalism in Germany and the European Union. The action coincided with another demonstration against nationalism, which moved from the Alexanderplatz to the Victory Column.

    “It is not enough to be cosmopolitan and wave around a colorful EU flag,” Schulze told Monopol. “A

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  • Lawrence Carroll, Table Painting, 2002.

    Lawrence Carroll (1954–2019)

    The Australian-born, American-raised painter Lawrence Carroll—known for his expressively elegant, restrained sculptural pictures often assembled from found materials—has died. His death on Tuesday morning was announced by his Cologne gallery, Karsten Greve, which has represented the artist since 1999. He was sixty-five years old.

    Carroll quietly resisted trends or even a decipherable progression over the span of his forty-year career, though his muted color palette and use of household paint, stitched canvas, oil, wax, and dust to create works that existed in the space between object

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  • The Miami Beach Convention Center.

    Magalí Arriola to Curate New Section for Monumental Projects at Art Basel Miami Beach

    Art Basel Miami Beach has revealed that it is adding a new section dedicated to monumental works to the eighteenth edition of the fair, which opens December 5. Curated by Magalí Arriola, Meridians will present around thirty large-scale sculptures, paintings, installations, film and video projections, and live performances in the Miami Beach Convention Center’s newly refurbished Grand Ballroom, which boasts nearly 60,374 square feet of space. The sector will be similar to Art Basel’s Unlimited, which was initiated in 2000.

    “The sheer scale of the Grand Ballroom and its immediate proximity to the

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  • Herzog & de Meuron to Design Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s New Building

    The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee has tapped the Pritzker Prize–winning firm Herzog & de Meuron to design its new $105 million building overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis. The institution will be a short walk from the National Civil Rights Museum and the Cotton Museum, among other cultural institutions.

    “We have selected Herzog & de Meuron to partner with us because we respect their design philosophy: each project design evolves from a different and fitting formal response to the site and is then realized with unrivaled sensitivity to materials and craftsmanship,”

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  • Michael Findlay. Photo: Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

    Art Dealers Association of America Foundation Announces New Leadership

    The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) Foundation has named Michael Findlay, the director of Acquavella Galleries in New York, as the organization’s new president. Findlay has served on the foundation’s board for a total of five years and has held a number of leadership positions, including vice president from 2009 to 2012. He succeeds Dorsey Waxter, principal of Van Doren Waxter, who had served as president since 2016 and as president of the ADAA from 2013 to 2015.

    Under Waxter’s leadership, the foundation restructured its grant program in 2017, expanding the support it gives to museums

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  • Colleen Higginbotham, Dana Fuqua, and Seth Feman. Photo: Ed Pollard.

    Chrysler Museum of Art Appoints Three New Deputy Directors

    The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, recently promoted several of its staff members as part of a larger restructuring initiative. Seth Feman has been named deputy director for art and interpretation; Colleen Higginbotham is now the deputy director of visitor experience; and Dana Fuqua was appointed deputy director for operations.

    “At the Chrysler Museum, optimizing the visitor experience is among our top priorities,” said museum director Erik Neil. “We hope to achieve a more unified approach to that objective with greater synthesis of exhibition and educational programming, enhanced

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