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  • Marisa Mazria Katz, editorial director of Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism.

    Eyebeam Launches Arts Grant Program for Journalistic Projects

    Eyebeam announced yesterday the launch of the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ), a program that will provide grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 for artists pursuing journalistic work on topics such as technology and data privacy, disinformation, artificial intelligence, and the 2018/2020 elections. Financed by Craig Newark Philanthropies, ECFJ will accept applications on a rolling basis and be headed by Marisa Mazria Katz, founding editor of Creative Time’s publishing branch Creative Time Reports, where she facilitated partnerships with The Intercept, Al Jazeera, and the Guardian

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  • View of the Parthenon Marbles at the British Museum.

    British Museum to Defend Collection in New Initiative: “Not Everything Was Looted”

    The British Museum is starting a program that aims to soften its reputation as a repository for plundered artifacts, according to The Guardian. The initiative, a monthly talk called “Collected Histories” that begins on Friday, is partially a response to art historian Alice Procter’s Uncomfortable Art Tours, trips that expose how major institutions in London “came into being against a backdrop of imperialism,” according to its website. Procter led a tour at the British Museum—which refuses to repatriate its looted treasures, which include the Parthenon Marbles, Rosetta Stone, and Gweagal

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  • Wrightwood 659. Photo: Jeff Goldberg/Esto.

    New Tadao Ando–Designed Arts Space Opens in Chicago

    Wrightwood 659, a new exhibition space dedicated to architecture and socially engaged art, has opened in a former apartment building in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The venue was designed by the Pritzker Prize–winning, self-taught architect Tadao Ando, who often works with reinforced concrete and is known for his mastery of light.

    Founded by media entrepreneur and philanthropist Fred Eychaner, who is president of the Chicago-based grantmaking organization the Alphawood Foundation, and architectural historian Dan Whittaker, Wrightwood 659 will present two exhibitions a year. Lisa Cavanaugh,

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  • Tavares Strachan. Photo: Andy Romer.

    Tavares Strachan Awarded VIA Art Fund’s $100,000 Frontier Prize

    The VIA Art Fund and the World Frontiers Forum have announced that Tavares Strachan has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Frontier Art Prize, an annual $100,000 award dedicated to honoring a visual artist whose practice reflects a pioneering spirit, and whose work addresses global challenges. “The Frontier Art Prize continues to be an experimental project, one that aims to make direct and impactful connections between art and our future,” Bridgitt Evans, the founder of VIA Art Fund, said in a statement.

    Born in the Bahamas in 1979, Strachan’s interdisciplinary practice examines the

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  • Gordon Wilkins. Photo: Peabody Essex Museum.

    Gordon Wilkins Appointed Associate Curator at the Addison Gallery of American Art

    The Addison Gallery of American Art announced that Gordon Wilkins has been named its new associate curator of American art. Wilkins comes to the Addison from the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where he served as assistant curator for exhibitions and research, and will assume his post on October 29.  

    During his tenure at the Peabody Essex Museum, Wilkins helped organize exhibitions, publications, and other projects, including, most recently, “Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings” (2018), which was co-organized with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and “Japanomania! Japanese

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  • Self-portrait (Hand-me-downs), 2011, by 2018 Houston Artadia Award winner Francis Almendárez. Photo: Artadia.

    Artadia Creates New Fellowship Program for Immigrant Artists in Houston

    Artadia, the national nonprofit organization that supports artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards, announced today that it has established a new fellowship program for immigrant and refugee artists based in Houston. Inaugural participants in the Artadia Houston Fellowship program will be given $2,000 in unrestricted funds and will work with a mentor that will be chosen from the pool of previous Artadia award winners.

    “We are thrilled to launch this program as it aligns with and broadens our mission to support visual artists in an open and accessible manner and through dialogue and exchange,”

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  • Takehisa Kosugi performing in 1988. Photo: Sabine Matthes.

    Takehisa Kosugi (1938–2018)

    Takehisa Kosugi, the Japanese Fluxist composer, sonic installation artist, and avant-garde violinist who for five decades reimagined the boundaries of music, died last Friday at eighty years old. In 1960, Kosugi cofounded Group Ongaku, a Tokyo-based collective widely considered the first improvisational music ensemble formed in both the country and the world. In the 1970s, Kosugi helped create the Taj Mahal Travelers octet. Between 1995 and 2011, Kosugi was the musical director for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. His collaborators included John Cage, David Tudor, Peter Kowald, saxophonist

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  • Human rights activists hold pictures of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 9. Photo: VOA News.

    Museums Pressured to Reassess Ties with Saudi Arabia Following Journalist’s Disappearance

    In the wake of the disappearance of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, museums and cultural institutions are being forced to re-evaluate their relations with Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government has been accused of brutally killing Khashoggi, the journalist and columnist at the Washington Post who entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and was never seen again.

    Many are questioning how museums will respond to the situation and whether they will refuse future funding offers from the country or cut ties altogether. The New York Times spoke to several museum leaders whose institutions are

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  • Vaginal Davis. Photo: John Vlautin.

    Vaginal Davis to Receive $10,000 Queer|Art|Prize for Sustained Achievement

    Queer|Art, the New York nonprofit launched in 2009 to support LGBTQ artists, announced that Vaginal Davis has been named the winner of its Queer|Art|Prize 2018 Prize for Sustained Achievement and the finalists for its Recent Work award, which honors projects completed between Pride 2017 and Pride 2018.

    The awards recognize LGBTQ artists whose work represent a significant contribution to queer culture. The artists will be honored in a ceremony at the Annual Party, Queer|Art’s biggest event of the year, at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Center on November 1, where the winner of the

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  • Reproduction of Benny Andrews, Composition (study for Trash), 1971, on view at P.S. 79 Horan School. Photo: The Studio Museum in Harlem.

    Studio Museum in Harlem Launches New Neighborhood Education Initiative, “Find Art Here”

    The Studio Museum in Harlem’s new initiative, “Find Art Here,” is displaying reproductions of works from its collection throughout Harlem’s public schools, libraries, and service centers, reports Artnews. Benny Andrews, Jordan Casteel, Elizabeth Catlett, LeRoy Clarke, Glenn Ligon, Mickalene Thomas, Derrick Adams, and Stephanie Weaver are among the artists whose work will be on view in the following eight partner institutions: P.S. 36 Margaret Douglas School, P.S. 79 Horan School, the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, the AHRC Fisher Center, the Countee Cullen Library, Park East High School,

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  • Rendering of Jeff Koons’s Bouquet of Tulips.

    After Two Years of Controversy, Jeff Koons Sculpture to Take Root Outside Petit Palais, Paris

    Paris’s deputy mayor for culture, Christophe Girard, announced that Jeff Koons’s Bouquet of Tulips, a memorial sculpture intended to honor victims of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan theater attacks in Paris, will be installed on the lawn of the Petit Palais, near the Champs Élysées, reports Artnet.

    The announcement, which was made on the French radio this morning, came as a surprise, as the thirty-four-foot sculpture has invited controversy over its design, cost, and location since it was first proposed over two years ago in June 2016. The artist is not providing the monumental piece’s

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  • Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 1615-1617, one of the newest acquisitions for the National Gallery's Room 32.

    London’s National Gallery to Renovate Caravaggio Room With Major Donation

    A $5.2 million donation from Julia and Hans Rausing will go toward updating the museum’s room featuring works by Caravaggio and Italian paintings from the seventeenth century, announced the National Gallery in London.

    The museum has closed Room 32, which houses a selection of the institution’s works by Guido Reni, Salvator Rosa, Luca Giordano, Guercino, and Caravaggio, for the renovation period. Sunscreening blinds, lighting, an air-conditioning system, cast-iron floor grilles, and other features are being added to help preserve the room’s collection of works, which will be on view in the other

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