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  • Linda Stark, 
Stigmata, 
2011
. Photo: 
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Courtesy of the Andy Warhol Foundation.

    ICA Miami and LA MoCA Among New Andy Warhol Foundation Grantees

    The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is awarding $3.93 million to forty-six organizations from nineteen states for its fall 2019 grant cycle. The funds will support visual arts programs, upcoming exhibitions, and curatorial research. Among the first-time recipients of grants from the foundation are A Blade of Grass in Brooklyn, New York; Stamps Gallery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

    “The fall 2019 grant list reflects the foundation’s unwavering commitment to supporting experimental artistic practice around the

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  • Film posters for The Wiz, 1978, and Do the Right Thing, 1989; from the Separate Cinema Archive. Courtesy of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

    Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Acquires Major Archive of African American Film History

    Filmmaker George Lucas’s new Museum of Narrative Art, which is currently under construction in Los Angeles’s Exposition Park, has acquired a significant collection of film posters, photographs, scripts, and other archival materials that document African American cinema history. The Separate Cinema Archive comprises more than 37,000 items that date from 1904 to the present day.

    The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will partner with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to show The Wiz (1978) and Do the Right Thing (1989) at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza’s Cinemark Theater on Saturday, February 8.

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  • Simulation of art inspired by Sensorium. Photo: Leong Leong. Courtesy of the New Museum.

    New Museum and Onassis Foundation to Open Space for Artists Working in Mixed Reality

    The New Museum in New York and the Onassis Foundation are teaming up to create a new space for artists, filmmakers, and designers working in mixed reality. An initiative of the museum’s cultural incubator program, NEW INC, and Onassis USA, an arts and education affiliate of the foundation, the subsidized workspace and presentation gallery will serve as a space where creatives can experiment with AR, VR, projection mapping, spatial audio, and motion capture, among other technologies.

    Called the Onassis, NEW INC eXtended Reality Studio—ONX Studio, the lab will be located in the Onassis Gallery

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  • The 2020 Creative Capital awardees. Courtesy of Creative Capital.

    2020 Creative Capital Award Recipients Announced

    Thirty-five artist projects centered on topics such as migration, surveillance, sexual abuse, and how to make museums agents of change have been named 2020 Creative Capital awardees and will share a total of $3.5 million in grants from the organization. The recipients will each receive up to $100,000—a maximum amount of $50,000 in project funding and an additional $50,000 for career development services.

    Based in fifteen different states and territories, the projects will be realized by forty-one artists, who range in age from twenty-seven to sixty-seven. They were chosen from a pool of more

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  • Simon Fox. Courtesy of Frieze.

    Frieze Hires Simon Fox as Its First CEO

    Frieze, the media and events company that runs an eponymous magazine as well as four international art fairs—Frieze London, Frieze Masters, Frieze New York, and Frieze Los Angeles—announced today that Simon Fox has been named chief executive officer. He is the first to take the title in the organization’s thirty-year history. The news comes on the heels of the magazine’s appointment of Andrew Durbin as editor in chief last month.

    Fox is the former head of Reach, the company that owns the UK publications Mirror, Express, and Star newspapers. He had led the national and regional media

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  • Dance Theatre of Harlem in rehearsal for “Passage,” 2018. Photo: Brian Callan.

    Mellon Foundation Gives $4 Million to Dance Theater of Harlem

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has gifted the Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) $4 million, which, coupled with a matching grant of $1 million from the dance organization’s board of directors, brings the total incoming sum to $5 million—the largest single grant to be made to the ballet company in its fifty-year history. The funds will be used to commission new works, invest in fundraising infrastructure and leadership, improve staff salaries, and increase the New York company’s size from eighteen to twenty dancers. 

    “The Mellon Foundation enthusiastically offers its support to Dance Theater of

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  • Georgia O’Keeffe, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II, 1930. Photo: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

    National Endowment for the Humanities Awards $30.9 Million to 188 Humanities Projects

    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will distribute $30.9 million to 188 humanities projects in forty-five states and the District of Columbia as part of its latest grant cycle. NEH chairman Jon Parrish Peede announced the awardees at a press conference held at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which will receive a matching grant of up to $750,000 in support of the overhaul of its campus. An additional $48 million was awarded to fifty-five state, territorial, and jurisdictional humanities councils.

    “These new NEH grants will expand access to the country’s wealth of

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  • Stan Douglas. Photo: Evaan Kheraj.

    Stan Douglas to Represent Canada at 2021 Venice Biennale

    The National Gallery of Canada announced today that the Vancouver- and Los Angeles–based artist Stan Douglas will represent Canada at the Fifty-Ninth Venice Biennale. Known for his installations, films, photographs, and theater productions; his interest in outdated technologies; and his investigations into the repercussions of historical events, Douglas has previously participated in four editions of the prestigious contemporary art exhibition.

    For the last iteration of the biennial, which closed in November 2019, Douglas created a two-channel video installation, Doppelgänger, which depicts

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  • MoMA PS1. Photo: Robert K. Chin - Storefronts / Alamy Stock.

    Artists Pen Letter Protesting MoMA’s Ties to Controversial Donors

    Almost half of the artists currently featured in MoMA PS1’s exhibition “Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011” have signed an open letter urging New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and PS1 to divest from “any trustees and sources of funding that profit from the suffering of others.” The letter arrives a little over two months after British artist Phil Collins pulled his work from the show days before its opening, and specifically targets the museum’s relationship to Leon Black, the chairman of MoMA’s board of trustees and an ex-officio member of PS1’s board, for his links to the

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  • Performance Space New York. Photo: Wikipedia.

    Keith Haring Foundation Awards $1 Million to Performance Space New York

    Performance Space New York has entered a major new partnership with the Keith Haring Foundation, which has awarded the organization a $1 million grant in support of the creation of a new two-year curatorial fellowship. In honor of Haring’s legacy and history with the forty-year-old organization—the artist developed his iconic painting style during a studio residency within the abandoned PS 122 building where the nonprofit was founded in 1980—Performance Space New York has named its black-box space the Keith Haring Theater, where it will host the Keith Haring lecture series, which is

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  • Tereza Ruller, Lo Smith, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Courtenay Finn, Meghana Karnik, Murtaza Vali, Tina Kukielski, Prem Krishnamurthy, Evelyn Burnett, Dushko Petrovich, Emily Liebert. Photo: Paul Sobota. Courtesy of Front International.

    Front International Reveals Theme, Title, and Artistic Team for 2021 Edition

    FRONT International, the Cleveland triennial for contemporary art, has announced details of its 2021 edition, which will take place across three cities in northeast Ohio from July 17 through October 2, 2021. Titled “Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows,” after a 1957 poem by Langston Hughes, who moved to Cleveland in his childhood, the triennial will focus on labor, the environment, and the “exploitation, alienation, and degradation caused by capital.”

    The notorious 1969 fire on Cleveland’s polluted Cuyahoga River, which acted as a catalyst for future legislation on environmental awareness, is an example

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  • Incoming artists (clockwise from top left) playwright Madeleine George, composer Mike Holober, poet Ruth Ellen Kocher, playwright Haruna Lee, poet Dennis Nurkse, poet Charif Shanahan, visual artist Ellen Lesperance, and writer Joyce Zonana. Courtesy of the MacDowell Colony.

    MacDowell Colony Awards Fellowships to Eighty-Seven Artists

    The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, has named the eighty-seven artists who will receive fellowships for the organization’s upcoming winter and spring residency program. Seventy-six percent of the recipients, who hail from twenty-one states and seven countries, including Poland, Mexico, Belgium, and Israel, are first-time MacDowell fellowship awardees.

    The cohort includes writer Anna Bikont; filmmaker Denis Côté; visual artists Erica Daborn, Erick Alejandro Hernández, and Andy Robert; playwright Madeleine George; jazz composer Mike Holober; poets Dennis Nurkse and Brenda Shaughnessy;

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