October 4, 2013

Miami Beach Gives Bass Museum of Art $7.5 Million to Expand

The city of Miami Beach has given the Bass Museum of Art $7.5 million to expand its educational and exhibition space, according to Hannah Sampson in the Miami Herald. The museum, which was founded in 1963, will use the money to erect a new wing next to the Lindemann Family Creative Center that will add two new classrooms and increase the museum's size by approximately twenty thousand square feet.

October 4, 2013

Public Artwork Removed After Criticism from Locals, Calder Foundation

An artwork modifying an Alexander Calder public sculpture has been removed after criticism from the public and the Alexander Calder Foundation, reports Jamie Wetherbe of the Los Angeles Times. As part of ArtPrize, an annual art exhibition and competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, screenprinter David Dodde affixed magnetic flowers to Calder's large steel sculpture, La Grande Vitesse, 1969. He hoped recasting the work with a garden theme would act as an homage to Calder’s time in France.

In a letter to city officials, who requested an opinion from the foundation, Alexander S.C. Rower, the foundation's president, declared the work an “abomination” that “reflects an utter lack of understanding and respect of Calder’s genius.” Said city officials: “The Calder foundation wasn't pleased, and the relationship with the foundation is important to us, so it's a lesson learned.”

October 4, 2013

Caoimhe Morgan-Feir Awarded 2013 Frieze Writer’s Prize

Caoimhe Morgan-Feir has been awarded the 2013 Frieze writer’s prize. Her winning submission was a review on Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. She will receive a cash prize of approximately thirty-two hundred dollars, and has been commissioned to write her first review in Frieze magazine. Morgan-Feir was selected from a pool of more than two hundred applicants. Anna Searle Jones was named runner up and notable mentions were awarded to Paige K. Bradley, Tom Hastings, Tessa Norton, and Rebecca Partridge.

October 3, 2013

Cooper-Hewitt Museum Receives $5 Million

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York has announced that it has received $5 million from the city, reports Patricia Cohen of the New York Times. The new funds, which come on top of another $9.3 million that the city has already contributed, will be put toward the museum’s $79 million renovation. The Cooper-Hewitt’s building on the Upper East Side has been closed since 2011 while its structure and surrounding gardens undergo restoration and expansion. It is set to reopen in the fall of 2014.

October 2, 2013

New York City Opera to Close Doors, File for Bankruptcy

Michael Cooper reports in the New York Times that the New York City Opera has announced it will be shutting its doors after seventy years. The company, which most recently staged Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, needed to raise seven million dollars to stay solvent. Administrators even took the opera’s fundraising to Kickstarter, but in the end only managed to raise two million. “New York City Opera did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal, and the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the company, including initiating the Chapter 11 process,” said George Steel, the company’s general manager and artistic director. Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg, who has supported City Opera in the past, this time declined to step in with either city or personal funds, noting that the company’s “business model doesn’t seem to be working.’’ City Opera first opened in 1944 with a performance of Puccini’s Tosca.

October 2, 2013

New Curator of African Art for St. Louis Museum

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Saint Louis Art Museum has announced the appointment of a new curator of African art. Nichole N. Bridges will be the museum’s associate curator for African art, and also associate curator in charge overseeing the department of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Prior to her new position, she worked as associate curator at the Newark Museum, and headed the department of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Islands at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Bridges was the recipient of a Fulbright grant for research in the Republic of Congo and the 2010 Prix de Thèse from the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.

October 1, 2013

Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art Close Doors Due to Government Shutdown

The Smithsonian’s institutions and the National Gallery of Art have closed their doors due to the government shutdown, reports Andrew Russeth of the New York Observer. The Smithsonian announced yesterday that “in the event congress did not reach a deal to continue to fund the government, it would close to the public, as nonessential staff would be furloughed.” Affected museums also include the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Freer Gallery of Art, as well as New York-based institutions: the National Museum of the American Indian and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In addition to shuttering its doors, the Hirshhorn has taken its website offline and the National Gallery announced that employees will “not have access to their email or voicemail accounts.”

September 30, 2013

Phoenix Art Museum Curator Steps Down

Sara Cochran, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Phoenix Art Museum, has resigned, reports Becky Bartkowski from the Phoenix New Times. Cochran served as the museum’s curator since 2008. Prior to that, she was assistant curator at LACMA and has held positions at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Her last day at the museum is November 15.

September 30, 2013

Amy Galpin Appointed Curator at Cornell Museum

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, Winter Park, has appointed Amy Galpin as its curator, reports James Chute of the San Diego Union Tribune. Previously the associate curator of the San Diego Museum of Art, Galpin explored her interest in art of the Americas while organizing “Behold, America!”—a first-time collaboration between the San Diego Museum of Art, the Timken Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. In her new role, she will contribute a collections catalog and produce exhibitions with Cornell’s permanent holdings, which include more than five thousand objects.