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  • Xiaoyu Weng.

    Xiaoyu Weng Joins SLEEPCENTER as Board Member and Adviser

    SLEEPCENTER, a nonprofit arts center in New York’s Chinatown neighborhood, announced today that Xiaoyu Weng will join the organization as an adviser and board member.

    Weng was appointed as associate curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2015, where she has led the institution’s Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative and curated the exhibition “Tales of Our Time” (2016–17) and “One Hand Clapping” (2018). 

    Previously, Weng served as the founding director of the Kadist Art Foundation’s Asia Programs in Paris and San Francisco and as a curator at the Wattis

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  • Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara being arrested in Cuba on Tuesday, April 16.

    Cuba Arrests More Artists Following Opening of Havana Biennial

    As the Thirteenth Havana Biennial kicks off in Cuba, a number of cultural figures who are known supporters of the artist-led movement against Decree 349—the infamous new legislation that criminalizes independent artistic activity in the nation—have been targeted by the government.

    Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara—an organizer of the #00Bienal de La Habana, the alternative Havana biennial held last year after the official state-backed event was postponed—has been arrested three times. He was first taken into custody on April 4 but was released after the authorities

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  • Elliot Reichert.

    Eskenazi Museum of Art Hires Elliot Reichert as Inaugural Curator of Contemporary Art

    The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University has appointed Elliot Reichert as its first curator of contemporary art. The newly created position was funded by a gift from alumna Linda Watson; her husband, Joe Moravy; and Judy and Gregg Summerville. Reichert will be responsible for overseeing the institution’s contemporary art program and will also serve as an adviser on public art at the university. He will take up the post this spring.

    “As our reimagined museum prepares for reopening, we understand the important role that contemporary art can play in connecting people with

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  • Replica of the Holocaust Memorial in front of Bjorn Höcke's home in Bornhagen, Germany. Photo: Center for Political Beauty.

    Germany Drops Investigation into Artist Behind Holocaust Memorial Replica

    The prosecutor’s office in Gera, in the German state of Thuringia, has closed an investigation into artist Philipp Ruch, the founder and head of the artist collective the Center for Political Beauty, following a public outcry, the New York Times reports. The legal inquiry was launched in 2017, after the artist built a replica of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin next to the home of the far-right politician and Alternative for Germany (AfD) party member Björn Höcke, but Ruch did not know he was being investigated until earlier this year.

    Ruch, along with other members of the Center for Political

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  • Isamu Noguchi’s Tenth Street Studio, Long Island City, c. 1960s. Photo: Noguchi Museum Archive.

    Noguchi Museum to Expand with New Building, Restored Studio

    The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Long Island City, New York, announced today its plans to create an expanded campus to increase public access to the institution’s permanent collection, exhibitions, and public programming. The original 27,000-square-foot gallery space and sculpture garden, established by Noguchi in 1985, will remain, while a new 6,000-square-foot building will be designed by Büro Koray Duman to house the museum’s collection and archives. The institution plans to renovate the sculptor’s original 1959 studio and apartment building, which it predicts will open to

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  • The Hall of Ocean Life in the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

    American Museum of Natural History Will No Longer Host Gala Honoring Jair Bolsonaro

    New York’s American Museum of Natural History announced yesterday that it would no longer host the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce’s black-tie gala honoring Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro on May 14, as previously planned.

    The museum faced swift backlash after it was reported last week that Bolsonaro would be honored at the chamber’s event—for which the organization rented the space—as one of two “persons of the year.” Past recipients of the annual award have included Michael Bloomberg and Bill Clinton; $30,000 tickets for the event sold out immediately.

    “With mutual

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  • Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 2008.

    Collectors Pledge Millions to Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

    Following a massive fire that ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed that the country would rebuild the landmark, and gifts from corporate giants, collectors, and individual donors began to pour in.

    The New York Times reports that French companies including L’Oréal and LVMH have pledged millions of dollars toward restoration efforts. The French billionaire and collector François Pinault and his son, François-Henri Pinault, plan to give $113 million through Groupe Artemis, a French holding company that owns Christie’s, among other companies.

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  • Photo: @LoovvN0ire via Twitter.

    Notre Dame Cathedral’s Spire Collapses as Fire Rages On

    The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has partially collapsed as a devastating fire that broke out at the historic site on Monday evening continues to spread. The twelfth-century building’s iconic spire fell while firefighters battled the flames. No injuries have been reported.

    According to the New York Times, the cathedral’s fire alarm went off at 6:30 PM, at which time witnesses said they had seen smoke billowing from the church’s roof. Notre Dame was evacuated, and emergency personnel arrived at the scene. While the cause of the fire is unknown, it may have been linked to construction at the site.

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  • Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

    Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo to Receive Independent Curators International’s Leo Award

    Independent Curators International (ICI), the New York–based nonprofit that connects emerging and established curators and artists to arts spaces around the globe, has announced that collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo was selected as the recipient of this year’s Leo Award. She will be presented with the honor at ICI’s annual benefit and auction in New York on October 22.

    Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is the founder and president of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, which was established in 1995 in Turin, Italy, and has since expanded into a center for artistic research and experimentation.

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  • The sixteenth-century Zabalaga farm house. Photo: Mikel Chillida.

    Eduardo Chillida’s Museum and Sculpture Park to Reopen in Spain

    Chillida Leku, the private outdoor museum and sculpture park dedicated to the Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida, will reopen to the public on April 17, eight years after it partially closed due to financial struggles. The institution has been accessible by appointment only since January 2011. 

    Located in Basque Country, on the outskirts of Hernani near San Sebastián in Spain, the site comprises a sixteenth-century farmhouse that was converted into an exhibition space and nearly thirty acres of land, on which around forty of the artist’s sculptures are installed.

    Chillida and his wife, Pilar

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  • Austen Barron Bailly. Photo: Kathy Tarantola.

    Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Names Austen Barron Bailly Chief Curator

    The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, has appointed Austen Barron Bailly as its new chief curator. Bailly comes to the institution from the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, where she has served as curator of American art since January 2013.

    “I’m thrilled to welcome Austen to Crystal Bridges and Northwest Arkansas,” said Rod Bigelow, Crystal Bridges’ executive director, chief diversity and inclusion officer. “Her ability to lead teams and collaborate with peers combined with her deep understanding of and passion for American art will invigorate

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  • Katthy Cavaliere, nest, 2010.

    Recipients of $100,000 Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship Announced

    The estate of the late artist Katthy Cavaliere has announced Frances Barrett, Giselle Stanborough, and Sally Rees as the winners of its $100,000 grants, which are awarded to female-identifying Australian artists working in performance and installation. The estate partnered with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) to establish the fellowship in support of women artists; the winners will realize an ambitious new project that will be exhibited at the three institutions in 2020.

    The selection panel comprised Daniel Mudie Cunningham,

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