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THE ARMORY SHOW 2002 BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE: Last year’s Armory Show seemed to suffer from growing pains. As attendance doubled to 20,000 from the previous year, many visitors and participants complained about a lack of organization at the two-venue structure. So how will the 2002 edition, scheduled for February 21-25 at the same location, piers 88 and 90 in Manhattan, and headed by a new managing director, former investment banker Timothy H. Smith, compare? When the deadline for applications arrived on August 31, over 600 galleries had contacted the organizers, seeking one of only 150 slots—twenty less than were available last year. “There was a consensus that we grew slightly too fast last year, and we’d like to focus the show this time around,” says Smith, who noted other adjustments that are being made to improve the show. Preference is being given to galleries, apparently, that exhibit new work by artists, partly in order to curb the number of applications, but partly to highlight previously unseen work. The show will also feature a new area devoted solely to multiples produced by publishers, including those of newer media such as DVD. In addition, beginning this year, it will also commission a single artist to create original drawings for use in all of the Armory Show’s promotional items. Karen Kilimnik has been selected as the first artist to participate. She has also written an introduction to the catalogue that was supposed to appear in last year’s edition but was shelved to make room for a tribute to the late dealer Pat Hearn.

ACTING DIRECTORS START AT SF MOMA: Now that David A. Ross has resigned, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has appointed Ruth Berson, the museum’s current director of exhibitions, and Katie Koch, its chief administrative officer, as acting directors. Both women will carry out their original duties while assuming the shared directorial post. The board started a search for a replacement the Monday after Ross’s sudden resignation on August 17. Berson came to SF MoMA after serving as associate director of the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Before that, she was curator in the European department of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco from 1980 to 1989. Prior to SF MoMA, Koch was the comptroller at the San Francisco Symphony from 1994 to 1998.

TWO DEATHS: Eliza Parkinson Cobb, a life trustee and former president and vice-chairwoman of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, died at the age of 93 on August 24 in Hightstown, NJ, where she resided. One of the early members of MoMA’s Junior Advisory Committee, she helped cultivate an audience of young patrons of the institution while only in her twenties. Cobb was the niece of one of MoMA’s cofounders, Lillie Bliss, and the stepdaughter of the institution’s first president, A. Conger Goodyear. Also, Steven Izenour, a principal at the architectural firm of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates since 1969, died on August 21 while vacationing in Newbury, VT. He is well known for his design for his parents’ home on Long Island Sound, for which he won a National AIA Honor Award, as well as his lighting design for the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia on the occasion of the Constitution’s bicentennial. But he is perhaps best known for coauthoring, with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, the influential book Learning from Las Vegas (1972), considered one of the seminal architecture volumes of the twentieth century.