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  • Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles. Courtesy of the Marciano Art Foundation.

    Marciano Art Foundation Lays Off Workers Amid Union Drive then Shuts Its Doors

    Los Angeles’s Marciano Art Foundation—established by Maurice and Paul Marciano, the founders of the American clothing retailer Guess, in 2013—has laid off dozens of employees days after they announced plans to unionize. According to the Los Angeles Times, the workers were informed they were being let go in an email from management that was sent at 6:13 PM on Tuesday. The letter cited low attendance to the foundation’s exhibition space as the reason and stated that Thursday, November 7, will be their final day with the organization.

    Front-facing members of the museum’s staff, including docents

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  • Thomas Feuerstein, Pancreas, 2012. Courtesy Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman.

    Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts to Launch Triennial on Art and Technology in January

    The CAFA Art Museum (CAFAM) in Beijing has announced that it is launching a new triennial in January. Curated by Zhang Ga, a professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the CAFAM Techne Triennial will feature the work of more than 130 artists and collectives from twenty-eight countries. The exhibition is the largest ever organized by the museum.

    “The triennial’s exhibition is the first major undertaking in mainland China that showcases the most current media art production, while situating the state-of-the-art within a comprehensive historical context,” Zhang said. “It also marks the first

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  • A women’s suffrage poster, which is currently on view in the exhibition “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.

    US Museums to Organize More Shows by Women Artists in Run-Up to 2020 Presidential Election

    The Feminist Art Coalition (FAC), a new grassroots organization, is teaming up with more than fifty museums to organize feminist art exhibitions, performances, and other programming in the months leading up to the US presidential election. Founded by Apsara DiQuinzio, the senior curator of modern and contemporary art at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), the initiative “seeks to generate cultural awareness of feminist thought, experience, and action.”

    “The idea, for me, really came out of the election of Donald Trump and feeling this urgent need to do something,” DiQuinzio

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  • The Magazzino Italian Art Foundation.

    Magazzino Italian Art Foundation Names New Research Center Coordinator and Scholar-in-Residence

    Magazzino Italian Art Foundation in Cold Spring, New York, announced today that it is expanding its research initiatives. In support of its recently launched research center and fellowship program, which was established in 2018, the organization appointed Melissa Dunn as its inaugural research center coordinator. It also named Tenley Bick as its first American scholar-in-residence.

    In her new role, Dunn will oversee the development and management of the center’s growing collection, which has added over nine hundred holdings since opening last fall and comprises nearly five thousand publications,

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  • The West Bund Museum in Shanghai. Courtesy of the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

    Centre Pompidou’s Shanghai Outpost Opens Friday

    After more than a decade of planning an expansion to China, the Centre Pompidou in Paris will finally open a branch of the modern and contemporary art museum in Shanghai on Friday, November 8. The institution unveiled its new venue, called Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project, in the recently completed David Chipperfield–designed West Bund Museum, located along a new seven-mile cultural corridor on the banks of the Huangpu River on Tuesday. Among those who attended the inauguration ceremony was French President Emmanuel Macron.

    According to the New York Times, the Pompidou is calling the

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  • Ryan N. Dennis and Evan Garza. Courtesy of Big Medium.

    Ryan N. Dennis and Evan Garza to Curate 2020 Texas Biennial

    Ryan N. Dennis and Evan Garza have been named cocurators and creative directors of the seventh edition of the Texas Biennial, which opens in the fall of 2020. The regional survey of contemporary art has run intermittently since it first launched in 2005. The last iteration, which was led by Leslie Moody Castro, was held in a warehouse in Austin in 2017 and showcased the work of thirty-three artists.  

    Backed by the Austin nonprofit Big Medium, the 2020 biennial has also received a $25,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The theme, venues, and list of artists participating

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  • The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

    Former Stedelijk Museum Director Beatrix Ruf to Join Moscow’s Garage Museum

    Beatrix Ruf, the embattled former director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, is joining the team of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. The institution revealed that its director, Anton Belov, will work with Ruf on a long-term development plan for the museum in an announcement about its upcoming programs and exhibitions on Friday, November 1. Ruf will also help Garage develop exhibitions, educational initiatives, and partnership projects for 2020.

    The veteran museum leader, who previously directed the Kunsthalle Zurich, became embroiled in a controversy ignited by Dutch media

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  • The Marciano Art Foundation.

    Marciano Art Foundation Workers Push to Unionize

    Staffers at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles have initiated a union drive. The New York Times reports that around seventy part-time employees of the private museum, which was founded by Maurice and Paul Marciano, the creators of the fashion label Guess, and opened its doors in 2017, filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board on Friday, November 1.  

    Among those organizing are docents, visitor services associates, and other front-facing staffers. “The foundation relies on a system of labor that has historically undervalued its workers, paying workers minimum wage without

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  • Marco Fusinato, Aetheric Plexus, 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

    Marco Fusinato to Represent Australia at 2021 Venice Biennale

    The Australia Council has announced that Marco Fusinato will represent the country in the fifty-ninth edition of the Venice Biennale, which kicks off in May 2021. The Melbourne-based artist and musician is known for making mixed-media works that take on the form of recordings, performances, and installations.

    Fusinato released his first recordings in 1996 and has been featured in numerous international exhibitions, including the 2018 Biennale of Sydney, the 2015 Venice Biennale, and the 2012 São Paulo Bienal. “It’s an immense privilege to have been chosen from among such a high caliber of

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  • Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo: Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne.

    Sri Lanka’s First Modern and Contemporary Art Museum to Open in December

    Sri Lanka is planning to open its first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art next month.The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka, which has been three years in the making, began as a privately funded venture. In 2016, a nonprofit organization was founded to support the project, and a committee of international curators, arts professionals, and industry leaders was formed. The institution will be temporarily housed on the seventeenth floor of the Colombo Innovation Tower (CIT) in the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and will begin welcoming visitors on December 12.

    “While the

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  • Okwui Enwezor. Courtesy of the Venice Biennale.

    Sharjah Biennial Will Present Okwui Enwezor’s Final Exhibition in 2021

    The 2021 edition of the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates will stage the last show by the highly influential Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor, who passed away after a long battle with cancer in March. Titled “Postcolonial,” the exhibition is a sequel to “Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965” (2016–17), an ambitious presentation of art created after World War II that opened at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, which he led from 2011 to 2018.

    Hoor al-Qasimi, the president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, told the New York Times that Enwezor’s landmark Documenta

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  • StudioMDA rendering of Phillips’s Park Avenue space. Courtesy of Phillips. 

    Phillips Taps Markus Dochantschi’s studioMDA to Design New York Headquarters

    Phillips announced that studioMDA, founded by Markus Dochantschi, will design its new headquarters at 432 Park Avenue in Manhattan. The auction house revealed that it planned to relocate to the new luxury building designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects and Macklowe Properties in December of last year.

    The auction house will assume more than 55,000 square feet of commercial space in the residential tower’s double-height, column-free underground concourse and will take over the Park Avenue Cube, a white-glass modernist structure of more than 5,000 square feet on the northwest corner of Fifty-Sixth

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