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  • Saudi Prince Donates $10 Million to Berlin’s Museum of Islamic Art

    Alwaleed Bin Talal, the billionaire investor, philanthropist, and member of the Saudi royal family, has donated $10 million in support of developing exhibitions and educational programming to the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin, which is housed within the Pergamon Museum.

    Gifted through his Riyadh-based charitable foundation, Alwaleed Philanthropies, the monies, which will be distributed over the next ten years, will also fund a permanent display of Islamic art to be installed at the Pergamon following a major renovation project, which will be completed in 2026, as well as the institution’s

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  • MFA Boston Acquires Thirty-Seven Photographs by Graciela Iturbide

    The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has acquired thirty-seven works by Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide. The photographs, which span from 1969 to 2007, include images of life in Mexico and represent her interests in various subjects such as the ritualistic and celebratory nature of fiestas, as well as death, birds, and botany. Thirty-five of the prints were purchased by the institution, and two were donated by Iturbide.

    Born in 1942 in Mexico City, Iturbide first wanted to become a film director and studied at the Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónama de

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  • Germany’s Museum Folkwang Announces Curatorial Appointments

    Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, has tapped Nadine Engel to head its collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and hired Thomas Seelig to oversee its photographic collection. For incoming director Peter Gorschlüter, appointing new members to the museum’s senior management team was a priority since both posts had been vacant since last year.

    Seelig, the former interim director of Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, succeeds Florian Ebner, who left the museum to join France’s Musée National d’Art Moderne in July 2017. Engel, whose most recent curatorial project was “Paul Klee:

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  • Second Edition of Current:LA Triennial to Focus on Food

    Los Angeles’s Department of Cultural Affairs has announced the theme and curatorial team leading the second edition of the city’s Current:LA Triennial, which will take place next fall. The exhibition will explore LA’s relationship to food.

    Organized by the curators of Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles—represented by executive director Elsa Longhauser, curator Jamillah James, and director of learning and engagement Asuka Hisa—the triennial will place fifteen artworks in public spaces across the city and will present a series of related programming that will explore themes ranging

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  • Sondra Perry Wins MOCA Cleveland’s Inaugural $50,000 Toby’s Prize

    The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland has named Sondra Perry the inaugural recipient of its Toby’s Prize, a biennial award named for philanthropist Toby Devan Lewis, one of the institution’s founding board members. She will receive $50,000—a $25,000 cash prize and $25,000 for the commission of a new work.

    “Toby’s deep and abiding belief in the humanizing impulse of art is now more relevant than ever and will serve to enrich the MOCA community over the next decade,” said Jill Snyder, MOCA’s executive director. “I cannot think of a more relevant and compelling artist working today, than

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  • Whitney Museum to Open Seven Days a Week in July and August

    The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York will be open to the public seven days a week during the months of July and August. The museum, which is ordinarily closed on Tuesdays, will be open during these summer months from 10:30 AM to 6 PM Sunday through Thursday, beginning Tuesday, July 3, and will have extended hours on Friday and Saturday, from 10:30 AM until 10 PM. Friday evenings will remain pay-what-you-wish from 7 PM to 10 PM.

    Among the exhibitions on view this summer are “Mary Corse: A Survey in Light;” “Pacha, Llaqta,” “Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art;” “

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  • Gagosian Gallery Files Motion to Dismiss Jeff Koons ‘Nondelivery’ Lawsuit

    Gagosian Gallery, Inc and Jeff Koons, LLC have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which Koons’s studio was accused with failing to deliver a trio of sculptures after Tananbaum paid over $13 million for them, according to Artnews. Filed last night in New York Supreme Court, the motion asserts that the collector’s fifty-three-page complaint—which was filed in April—was filled with “rambling and overwrought allegations.” It also claims that Tananbaum, who is also a trustee of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, was sufficiently briefed about the timelines for the stages of his acquisition.

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  • Fairfield University Art Museum Gifted 1,500 Prints

    The Fairfield University Art Museum in Connecticut received a major gift of 1,500 works from the James M. Reed Print Collection, which the artist, collector, and master printer spent decades assembling. Spanning the sixteenth century through the early twenty-first century, the holdings include works by French artists Théodore Géricault, Eugène Delacroix, and Édouard Manet; German Expressionists Emil Nolde, Ernst Kirchner, and Max Beckmann; and modern artists Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, and Jim Dine, among others.

    The holdings also include Reed’s own work, which can be

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  • Wexner Center for the Arts Names Lindsay Cooper Martin Deputy Director

    Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University annoucned today that Lindsay Cooper Martin will join the institution as deputy director. She will assume her responsibilites on July 10.

    Martin comes to the center from the Hammer Museum at UCLA where she served as director of administration for three years. Previously, she worked at Lord Cultural Resources a global cultural consulting practice working with nonprofits, governments, and higher education institutions to plan and manage cultural places, programs, and resources, for ten years. As senior consultant, principal consultant, and ultimately

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  • Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden to Transform Former New York Army Base

    This summer, Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden, 1966–present, is coming to New York. Comprising 1,500 mirrored, stainless steel spheres, the immersive installation will transform the interior of a former train garage that was part of Fort Tilden, a defunct army base situated on a beach in Rockaway, Queens.

    The famous work was first exhibited in the 1966 Venice Biennale—for which the artist stood in front of the Italian pavilion with a sign that read “Your Narcissism for Sale,” as she attempted to sell the spheres to passersby for $2—and has since been staged in cities across the globe.

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  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art Executive Director to Retire

    The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach has announced that executive director Debi Gray will step down in January of next year.

    Since joining MOCA in 2009, Gray guided the museum through the final stages of accreditation, which was awarded by the American Alliance of Museums in December 2010, and spearheaded new community engagement initiatives, which resulted in the institution being awarded a Humanitarian Award by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission earlier this year.

    Prior to MOCA, Gray served as president of the Norfolk campus of Culinary Arts for Johnson & Wales

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  • Florida’s Cornell Fine Arts Museum Appoints Gisela Carbonell Curator

    Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, announced that Gisela Carbonell has been hired as the new curator of its Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Carbonell was previously director of curatorial affairs at Artis-Naples, the Baker Museum in Naples, Florida.

    Carbonell will be responsible for collection scholarship as well as exhibitions, acquisitions, research, and publications. She will also work closely with Rollins’s faculty and students in order to develop educational programming and other events, which will allow them to engage with the artworks in the museum’s collection, and will help prepare the

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