Lynne Cooke has been appointed senior curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Over the last two years, Cooke has served as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the gallery’s center for advanced study in the visual arts, where she has been engaged in independent research for an upcoming exhibition at the National Gallery that will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and LACMA. Cooke has previously served as the deputy director and chief curator at the the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, from 2008 to 2012; curator of the Dia Art Foundation, New York from 1991 to 2008; artistic director of the 10th Biennale of Sydney from 1994 to 1996; cocurator of the 1991 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and as lecturer of the history of art at the University College, London University. She begins her new post in August.
Japanese Conceptual artist On Kawara has died. Born in 1933 in Kariya, Kawara settled in New York in 1965, where he began making his renowned date paintings. His notable works also include the “I Am Still Alive” telegrams from the 1970s and the book-form project, “One Million Years,” 1970-71/1980. Kawara’s art has been included in numerous important exhibitions, among them “Information” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1970 and “1965-1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art” at LA MoCA in 1995. His various solo exhibitions included one at the Dallas Museum of Art in 2008, and a traveling show titled “On Kawara: Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher on the Hills,” held from 2002 to 2006 at venues including the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England; Le Consortium, Dijon, France; Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany; Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore; and the Power Plant, Toronto. A long-term installation of the artist’s date paintings is located at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York, and a retrospective of the artist’s work will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York from February 6 to May 3, 2015.
New York galleries ZieherSmith and Horton Gallery have announced that they will be merging, reports Scott Indrisek of Artinfo. Beginning in September, the gallery will be known as Zieher Smith & Horton and will operate out of ZieherSmith’s current location in Chelsea at 516 West Twentieth Street. The galleries will share their respective rosters of artists, which include Trudy Benson, Jason Brinkerhoff, Michael Cline, StÚphane Calais, Echo Eggebrecht, Peter Gallo, Kirk Hayes, the estate of Davi Det Hompson, Paul Housley, Jessica Labatte, Natasza Niedziolka, Tucker Nichols, Rachel Owens, Allison Schulnik, Lauren Silva, Aaron Spangler, Paul Anthony Smith, Matt Stokes, Chuck Webster, Wallace Whitney, and Mike Womack.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York today announced two new curatorships, both endowed by Daniel Brodsky, the museum’s chair, and his wife Estrellita B. Brodsky, an art historian who specializes in Latin American art. Beginning this fall, Iria Candela will serve as the Estrellita B. Brodsky curator of Latin American art. Candela is currently curator of international art at Tate Modern, where she’s acquired works of Latin American art for the collection. She cocurated the traveling retrospective of Kazimir Malevich that will appear at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam later this fall.
Meanwhile, Beatrice Galilee will now be the Daniel Brodsky associate curator of architecture and design. Galilee, who began at the museum in April, most recently served as the chief curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. She also curated the 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale. She began her career as editor at Icon magazine, and served as a contributing editor to Domus magazine from 2010 to 2013.
Both Galilee and Candela will work closely with Sheena Wagstaff, the museum’s chair of modern and contemporary art. Said Wagstaff, “We are proud to welcome two new curators who are regarded with respect in their fields, and who view their specialty areas within the wider perspective of international contemporary practice.”
Justin Peck has been named resident choreographer at the New York City Ballet. He is currently the company's soloist and created his first piece for the company just two years ago. Roslyn Sulcas of the New York Times reports that he is the second person to hold this position, the last being Christopher Wheeldon, who was the company’s resident choreographer from 2001 to 2008. In January 2013, Alastair Macaulay, the chief dance critic at the New York Times, described Peck as “the third important choreographer to have emerged in classical ballet this century.”
The appointment requires Peck, who will continue to dance with City Ballet, to create two ballets a year for the next three years and is effective immediately. Said Wheeldon: “City Ballet is and always has been a haven for choreographers. Strength, musicality, perhaps most importantly living inside the music—these were all qualities that I was inspired by, working with on a regular basis, and I am sure will influence Justin . . . . [He] perfectly captures the spirit and dynamic of today’s generation of dancers at City Ballet. They are extremely lucky to have him.”
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced plans to build a new wing that will span Wilshire Boulevard and include a skyscraper that museum officials envision will act as a hotel and condominiums. The residences will also include LACMA galleries as well as a new architecture and design wing that might potentially contain Frank Gehry’s archives. The tower will rise above a subway station that is planned for the corner of Wilshire and Orange Grove Avenue. Christopher Hawthorne of the Los Angeles Times reports that director Michael Govan says he hopes Frank Gehry will design the new building—Gehry completed a seventy-six story residential building in 2010. Said Govan: “That's my dream. I'm jealous that New York has a Gehry tower and we don't.” Govan declined to say how tall the tower will be, as that “is where you get neighbors all charged up. So I don't go out there and say I want the biggest, tallest skyscraper. But we know that density is the key to urban living and to the maximization of mass transit—and key to the environment.”
The Architecture and Design Museum is currently located on this site and will be demolished to make way for subway construction. Govan said he was not ruling out the possibility that the A+D museum could itself find space in the tower, if it strengthened its board and fundraising efforts. However, Govan emphasized the importance of building LACMA's own architecture and design wing to join the nearby Petersen Automotive Museum and forthcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Christopher Y. Lew has been named associate curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Lew is currently assistant curator at MoMA PS1, a position he assumed in 2011. Among notable shows Lew curated are the 2012 group exhibition “New Pictures of Common Objects,” “Clifford Owens: Anthology, GCC: Achievements in Retrospective,” which is currently on view, and “Jack Smith: Normal Love,” which was the recipient of a 2013 AICA award. “Since its founding, the Whitney has played a crucial role in galvanizing the conversation around new artists and challenging ideas,” said Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s Nancy and Steve Crown Family curator and associate director of programs. “Chris's adventurous and discerning eye has established him as a leading advocate of emerging artists, and we look forward to his contributions to the Whitney's contemporary program.” Lew will begin his new post this summer.
Artnet’s Sarah Cascone reports that Art Basel in Hong Kong‘s hired Alexie Glass-Kantor as the new curator of the fair’s Encounters section, which features large-scale installations and sculpture. During the fair’s previous two editions, Encounters was headed by Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Glass-Kantor currently serves as the executive director of Artspace in Sydney. She’s also currently deputy chair of the Contemporary Art Organizations of Australia and a board director of Australia’s National Association for the Visual Arts. A curator and writer, Glass-Kantor has staged projects everywhere from Singapore to South Korea, to the United States. “It is an absolute pleasure to be part of the Art Basel curatorial team,” she said about her new appointment. “I am looking forward to presenting works in the multiple mediums and artistic languages being fostered as the cultural ecology in Asia grows.”
The Canadian art curator Edythe Goodridge has passed away, Joan Sullivan reports in the Globe and Mail. Sullivan writes, “Much of Newfoundland’s thriving theater, literature, music, and visual arts germinated in or from the 1970s ‘Newfoundland Renaissance’ that she helped forge and name.” Goodridge was the third curator at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, and then served as the first executive director at the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, which was founded in 1980.
Later, as the director of visual arts with the Canada Council through the 1980s and into the 1990s, she “opened doors to Canadian artists in areas previously dominated by British and American artists,” remembered her friend and colleague, arts administrator Sue Ditta. Among her achievements is the founding of the Winterset Award and Festival: a literary fair and book award. Calling Goodridge a champion of diversity and a backer of artist-run programs, Gerald McMaster—who eventually become curator of Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario—recalled: “She was so supportive, a mentor and a guide, especially in the 1990s, when I pushed for aboriginal artists in the Venice Biennale. Her advice helped me through a stressful, exciting period.”