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  • Claude Clark, Men and Drill Press, 1999.

    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Gifted Seventy-Eight Works

    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has received a gift of seventy-eight works by primarily African American artists from the collection of the American educator, civic leader, and arts advocate Constance E. Clayton. Spanning from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth century, the donated works include pieces by notable alumni such as Henry O. Tanner, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Laura Wheeler Waring.

    Born in Philadelphia in 1933, Clayton was the first woman and African American to serve as superintendent of the school district of Philadelphia from 1982 to 1993. Since her

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  • Risa Puno. Photo by Talisman Brolin.

    Risa Puno to Create an Escape Room for New Creative Time Commission

    For the organization’s first open call for commissions, New York’s Creative Time has selected artist Risa Puno’s escape-the-room project from a pool of more than six hundred proposals. Inspired by the popular interactive, puzzle-oriented game in which a group of people agree to be “locked” in a room together and collectively solve clues in order to work their way out, Puno will draw on the activity’s format of puzzles and riddles to examine social issues, such as how privilege and inequity manifest when people participate in the game.

    “I have wanted to work with Creative Time for so many

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  • Raquel van Haver, We Do Not Sleep as We Parade All Through the Night..., 2018. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.

    Stedelijk Museum Works to Close Gender Gap in Its Collection

    The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam announced that it has established two special acquisition funds to help the institution increase its holdings of art by women. The funds are backed by two donors who wish to remain anonymous.

    According to the museum, only 4 percent of the art in its collection of more than 100,000 works was created by women artists or designers. “We are aware of this inequality and are committed to redressing the balance,” interim director Jan Willem Sieburgh said in a statement. “As far as our historical collection is concerned this won’t be easy, but there are plenty of

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  • Rodrigo Moura. Photo: El Museo del Barrio.

    El Museo Del Barrio Names Rodrigo Moura Chief Curator

    El Museo del Barrio in New York announced today that Rodrigo Moura will join the institution as its new chief curator, effective immediately. Moura most recently served as an adjunct curator of Brazilian art at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand. He is also a former longtime curator of one of the country’s largest foundations of contemporary art, the Instituto Inhotim in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

    “It is with great enthusiasm that I join the team at El Museo del Barrio in imagining and implementing a new curatorial vision for this historic and singular institution,” said Moura. “The

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  • Sheela Gowda.

    Sheela Gowda Awarded 2019 Maria Lassnig Prize

    Artist Sheela Gowda has been named the second winner of the Maria Lassnig Prize, a biennial award that recognizes midcareer artists and comes with an approximately $56,000 cash prize. Gowda will present a solo exhibition at the institutional partner for this year’s prize, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau in Munich, in spring of 2020 and will be honored at an award ceremony at the museum on June 7.

    Gowda lives and works in Bangalore, India. She studied painting at the city’s Ken School of Art as well as at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan and the Royal College of Art in

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  • Natasha Ginwala and Defne Ayas. Photo: Victoria Tomaschko.

    Gwangju Biennale Appoints Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala Artistic Directors of Thirteenth Edition

    The Gwangju Biennale Foundation announced today that Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala have been named artistic directors of the Thirteenth Gwangju Biennale, which will kick off in September 2020. Their curatorial vision for the exhibition includes a performance program, a publishing platform, and a series of public forums that will bring together artists, scientists, and system thinkers to explore the “entire spectrum of intelligence.” Participants will be invited to address topics such as “indigenous knowledge worlds, shamanistic cosmologies, and nonhuman cognition.”

    Ayas and Ginwala were appointed

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  • Otobong Nkanga and Emeka Ogboh, Aging Ruins Dreaming Only to Recall the Hard Chisel from the Past, 2019.

    Artists Otobong Nkanga and Emeka Ogboh Awarded Sharjah Biennial Prize

    The Sharjah Art Foundation has announced that artists Otobong Nkanga and Emeka Ogboh have won the Sharjah Biennial Prize for their work Aging Ruins Dreaming Only to Recall the Hard Chisel from the Past, 2019. The collaborative project, a series of multimedia interventions in the heritage house Bait Al Aboudi and the surrounding grounds in Al Mureijah Square, was inspired by a dead tree in the courtyard.

    The artists imagine that the tree’s cause of death was from her addiction to salt water. They created several circular craters filled with seawater and surrounded by sand mounds to which they have

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  • Elizabeth Glassman.

    Terra Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Glassman to Step Down

    Elizabeth Glassman, the president and CEO of the Terra Foundation for American Art, has announced that she is planning to resign. She will remain at the organization, which she has led for nearly two decades, until the appointment of her successor.

    “We are deeply grateful for Liz’s visionary leadership of the Terra Foundation,” said Joseph P. Gromacki, chair of the foundation’s board. “Her boldness of vision has set the Terra Foundation on a trajectory of innovation and experimentation that prioritizes our cultural partners and the connections that can be made across cultures and communities.

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  • Helen Levitt, Girl Playing Under Green Car, New York City, 1970.

    Cantor Arts Center Gifted More Than One Thousand Photographs by American Artists

    The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University has received a gift of more than one thousand photographs by American artists, as well as $2 million to endow a curatorial fellowship, from the Capital Group Foundation. Among the artists whose work is represented in the donation are Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris, Gordon Parks, and Edward Weston.

    “This incredible collection of photographs for teaching, research and display, is one which the Stanford community will benefit from for years to come,” said Harry Elam Jr., vice president for the arts and the vice

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  • Vallejo Gantner. Photo: Arion Doerr.

    Vallejo Gantner Named Artistic and Executive Director of Onassis USA

    The Australian-born curator Vallejo Gantner, who helmed Performance Space New York from 2005 to 2017, has been appointed artistic and executive director of Onassis USA. Gantner will lead all of the foundation’s cultural activities in the US and will take up the post on April 1.

    “We are at the beginning of a new era for Onassis Culture in Athens, New York, and beyond,” Afroditi Panagiotakou, director of culture at the Onassis Foundation, said. “Vallejo Gantner’s talent, vision, and innate curiosity are perfectly compatible with our strategy for the future. I am excited to see him lead Onassis USA

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  • Emily Liebert. Photo: Sebastian Bach.

    Cleveland Museum of Art Appoints Emily Liebert Curator of Contemporary Art

    The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) announced that Emily Liebert has been promoted to curator of contemporary art. Liebert first joined the institution’s staff as associate curator of contemporary art in 2017. During her tenure, she curated the exhibition “Raúl de Nieves: Fina,” now on view at the Transformer Station. She is currently organizing the museum’s first site-specific commission in the Ames Family Atrium, “Emeka Ogboh’s Ámà: The Gathering Place,” with Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, CMA’s curator of African art.

    “She is a terrific curator with a creative approach to making contemporary art

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  • V&A Dundee.

    Politicians Pressure V&A Dundee to Return Gift from Sackler Family

    The V&A Dundee, Scotland’s new design museum, is the latest institution to face backlash over accepting funding from the charitable organizations of the Sackler family, several members of which are embroiled in lawsuits in the United States over the family’s company Purdue Pharma and its role in the opioid crisis.

    Chris Marshall of The Scotsman reports that the museum received a grant of about $650,000 from the Sackler Trust, which is chaired by Dame Theresa Sackler, who is one of the defendants named in a lawsuit that was filed by the Massachusetts Attorney General last year. Earlier this month,

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