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  • Tate Britain.

    Tate Will No Longer Accept Donations from Sackler Trust

    As the Sackler family’s relationship with arts institutions worldwide comes under increased scrutiny, Britain’s Tate announced on Thursday, March 21 that it will reject all future donations from the family’s charitable organization the Sackler Trust. The landmark decision follows the National Portrait Gallery in London’s announcement earlier this week that it mutually agreed with the Sackler Trust to put a $1.3 million grant on hold indefinitely.

    The Sacklers have made billions of dollars from the sale of OxyContin, the powerful painkiller manufactured by their private pharmaceutical company

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  • Claire Peeps. Photo: Robert Pacheco.

    Mike Kelley Foundation Welcomes Claire Peeps to Its Board of Directors

    The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts in Los Angeles announced today that Claire Peeps has joined its board of directors. Peeps currently serves as the executive director of the Durfee Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on “people who are making a better Los Angeles.” The organization is best known for its support of leadership development and community building through its Stanton Fellowships and other programs.

    “We are delighted to welcome Claire to the board of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts,” said board chair John C. Welchman. “Her exemplary work at the helm of a sister

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  • Javier Hontoria.

    Javier Hontoria to Lead Spain’s Museo Patio Herreriano

    Curator Javier Hontoria has been named director of the Museo Patio Herreriano, the contemporary art museum in Valladolid, Spain, that showcases artworks dating from 1918 to the present in the cloisters of a former Benedictine monastery.

    Hontoria has curated exhibitions at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid; the Galician Center for Contemporary Art in Santiago; and Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, among others. A prolific writer, he has written criticism and other essays on art for El Cultural, the supplement to the national Spanish newspaper El Mundo. He is also a regular

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  • Leronn P. Brooks speaking at New York University.

    Getty Research Institute Appoints Leronn P. Brooks Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections

    The Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Los Angeles announced today that LeRonn P. Brooks, who currently serves on the faculty of Lehman College in New York, has been named associate curator for modern and contemporary collections. In this role, he will be responsible for building the institute’s collections and developing programming related to African American art.

    Brooks is the first full-time staff member hired at the GRI under its new African American Art History initiative, a program launched last year to establish the institute as a major center for the study of African American art and art

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  • Sam Gilliam, Light Depth, 1969. Photo: Corcoran Gallery of Art.

    Artworks from Defunct Corcoran Gallery Enter Collection of Hirshhorn Museum

    The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will add thirty new works to its collection, including a gift of ten works from Washington, DC’s former Corcoran Gallery of Art. Founded in 1869, the gallery was one of oldest arts institutions in the United States; it shuttered in 2014, after years of financial difficulties, and had to find a new home for its holdings of more than seventeen thousand objects, valued at over $1 billion. Among the artists whose works are included in the gift are Sam Gilliam, Robert Gober, Petah Coyne, and Harvey Quaytman.

    “We’re so pleased to begin the year by welcoming

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  • Rendering of the Kemper Art Museum. Photo: KieranTimberlake/studioAMD.

    Expanded Kemper Art Museum to Reopen in September

    The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in Saint Louis will reopen this fall following the completion of a major expansion project. Led by the architecture firm KieranTimberlake, the revamp is part of the university’s $280 million transformation of its Danforth Campus. The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ newly constructed Anabeth and John Weil Hall, which will feature studios and classrooms for art and architecture students, will also be unveiled in October.

    “This is the dawn of a new era for Washington University and the Sam Fox School,” Carmon Colangelo, dean of the

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  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa in rehearsal at The School at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts. Photo: Christopher Duggan.

    Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Receives 2019 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award

    Jacob’s Pillow—the famous dance school and performance center in Becket, Massachusetts—has named the Colombian Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, who has created more than ninety works for more than fifty major dance companies around the world, the winner of its 2019 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. The $25,000 prize is presented annually to an artist of “exceptional vision and achievement.” Lopez Ochoa will receive the honor at the organization’s season-opening gala on June 15.

    “A global citizen, she creates rigorous works of great beauty and intensity in hybrid contemporary and

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  • J Tomilson Hill. Photo: The Financial Times.

    J. Tomilson Hill Joins Board of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

    Collector and private investor J. Tomilson Hill, who spent more than twenty-five years working at the Blackstone Group, was elected the newest member of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s board of trustees. Earlier this year, Hill opened the Hill Art Foundation, a public exhibition and education space that is housed in the twelve-story Peter Marino–designed Getty building in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

    A Harvard College and Harvard Business School graduate, Hill was a copresident and CEO of Lehman Brothers from 1990 to 1993 before he joined the Blackstone Group. From 2007 to 2018,

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  • Yto Barrada. Photo: Benoît Peverelli.

    Yto Barrada Wins $25,000 Roy R. Neuberger Prize

    The Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York, announced that the French Moroccan multimedia artist Yto Barrada, who is currently based in New York, has been awarded the 2019 Roy R. Neuberger Prize. The artist will receive a cash prize of $25,000, and her first solo show in the United States will be staged at the museum. Titled “Yto Barrada: The Dye Garden,” the exhibition will run from September 25 to December 22, 2019.

    Born in Paris and raised in Tangier, Barrada was nominated for the prize by an advisory panel comprising Neuberger Museum director Tracy Fitzpatrick and members of its

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  • Kehinde Wiley. Photo: Still from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s The Artist Project.

    Kehinde Wiley Launches Artist Residency Program

    The Los Angeles–born and New York–based painter Kehinde Wiley has established an artist residency in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, Artnews reports. Called Black Rock Senegal, after the volcanic rocks commonly found along the city’s shoreline, the program was born out of the artist’s need to engage with Africa “in a much more personal way.”

    “As an artist who works in the west I desired a space of renewal to explore new ideas and to create work outside of a western context—to create work within the context of my own lineage,” the artist said in a statement. In an interview with Artnews, dealer

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  • Anna Katherine Brodbeck.

    Dallas Museum of Art Appoints Anna Katherine Brodbeck Senior Curator

    The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) announced today that Anna Katherine Brodbeck has been named senior curator of contemporary art. Brodbeck will oversee the institution’s contemporary art collection, programming, exhibitions, and scholarship.

    Brodbeck first joined the museum as assistant curator of contemporary art in January 2017. In August 2018, she was promoted to associate curator. During her tenure at the DMA, she curated several exhibitions, including a forthcoming Jonas Wood show—the first major museum survey of his work, which opens on March 24—and a thematic group exhibition, titled

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  • Monika Szewczyk. Photo: Jennifer Tee.

    De Appel in Amsterdam Names Monika Szewczyk Director

    Amsterdam’s De Appel announced today that Monika Szewczyk will become its next director. The Polish curator most recently served on the curatorial team for Documenta 14 and will take up her new post at the contemporary arts center on May 1. Commenting on her role, Szewczyk said: “It’s a time of institutional renewal at De Appel and I am excited to work with the team and board to make the most of this opportunity.”

    Prior to her move to Athens, where she has worked on the quinquennial since 2014, Szewczyk developed the inaugural exhibitions program of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

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