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  • Frida Escobedo. Photo: Gsapponline/Wikipedia Commons.

    Frida Escobedo to Design the Met’s New Modern and Contemporary Wing

    Mexican architect Frida Escobedo will oversee the renovation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s $500 million modern and contemporary wing, the New York museum announced on Sunday. Escobedo, who established her studio in Mexico City in 2006, will be the first woman to design a wing at the Met since the museum’s founding in 1870. The restoration of what is currently known as the Modern Wing will see it expand to include 80,000 square feet of exhibition and public space.

    The Met had sought to overhaul its contemporary and modern art galleries for more than a decade and recently declared that it

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  • Stefanie Hessler. Photo: Brittany Nelson.

    Stefanie Hessler to Lead Swiss Institute

    New York–based contemporary art nonprofit Swiss Institute (SI) today revealed the appointment of Stefanie Hessler as its new director. Hessler was previously the director of Norway’s Kunsthall Trondheim, where she was instrumental in creating for the museum an engaging program at the intersections of ecology and society which garnered international recognition. She succeeds Simon Castets, who led SI for eight years before departing to serve as director of strategic initiatives at LUMA Arles, France. Castets remains affiliated with SI as its executive chair, ensuring a smooth transition of

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  • The Museum of Modern Art.

    Two Employees Stabbed at Museum of Modern Art in New York

    Two employees at New York’s Museum of Modern Art were stabbed this afternoon and taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

    The suspect is a sixty-year-old man whose membership had been rescinded due to two recent instances of disorderly conduct “in recent days.” After being turned away from the museum around 4:15 p.m., the man “jumped over the reception desk and proceeded to attack and stab two employees of the museum multiple times,” said John Miller, the deputy commissioner for the Police Department’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Bureaus. The

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  • An Edo artist’s commemorative head of a king, made in the eighteenth century and currently in the Smithsonian’s collection. Photo: Franko Khoury/Smithsonian.

    Smithsonian to Return Collection of Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

    In a decision that could mark a turning point in the growing restitution movement, the Smithsonian Institution announced on March 8 that it will repatriate to Nigeria nearly all of the thirty-nine Benin bronzes held in its collection. Many of the objects are believed to be part of the trove of some 90,000 brass, bronze, and ivory items looted from the Republic of Benin, as Nigeria was then known, in 1897 by British troops and dispersed across the Continent and then to parts west. The Smithsonian legally owns the objects, the majority of which arrived at the museum through donations over a span

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  • Carolina Alvarez-Mathies. Photo: Roger Gallegos.

    Carolina Alvarez-Mathies Named Executive Director of Dallas Contemporary

    Dallas Contemporary today announced that Carolina Alvarez Mathies will serve as the noncollecting art institution’s next executive director. Alvarez-Mathies, since 2019 the museum’s deputy director, will succeed Peter Doroshenko, who is departing after more than a decade in the role. During her relatively brief tenure at Dallas Contemporary, Alvarez-Mathies has elevated the museum’s digital presence, established new revenue sources, and expanded collaborative efforts with the fashion and design industries. She will take up her new post in May.

    “Dallas Contemporary’s mission to present the most

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  • The Wexner Center for the Arts. Photo: RightCowLeftCoast/Wikipedia Commons.

    Workers at Wexner Center for the Arts Move to Unionize

    Employees of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University in Columbus have revealed plans to unionize, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The move comes on the heels of similar efforts by staff at arts institutions across the country and contrasts with plummeting union membership nationwide, which last year stood at just 10.3 percent, according to the US Department of Labor.

    Organizing under the banner of Wex Workers United, staff at the museum including curators, educators, art handlers, and those working in front-facing positions, such as bookstore, ticketing, and visitor-experience

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  • Dayanita Singh. Photo: Cecilia Sandblom.

    Dayanita Singh Awarded Hasselblad Foundation Photography Prize

    The Hasselblad Foundation today announced New Delhi–based photographer Dayanita Singh as the winner of its 2022 Hasselblad Prize. This year’s iteration of the prestigious award includes two million Swedish krona (roughly $206,500), twice the amount typically attached to the prize. Singh, the first artist of South Asian descent to win the honor, gained renown for her black-and-white photographs of people and architectures, which she often compiles in “book objects” or displays in unusual formats, including foldable teak frames, termed “mobile museums” by the artist.

    “Through her extensive photographic

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  • Clockwise, left to right: Manuel Borja-Villel, Grada Kilomba, Diane Lima, and Hélio Menezes.

    Curatorial Team Revealed for 35th Bienal de São Paulo

    The Fundação Bienal, which organizes the São Paulo Bienal, has announced that Manuel Borja-Villel, Grada Kilomba, Diane Lima, and Hélio Menezes will cocurate the thirty-fifth iteration of the event. Each brings something different to the table: Borja-Villel, who lives in Madrid, is an art historian and the director since 2008 of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. The Berlin-based Kilomba is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and theorist whose work takes as its subject memory, trauma, gender, and postcolonialism. Lima, an independent curator, writer, and researcher, splits her time

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  • Cecilia Vicuña in 2014. Photo: Vicuña/Wikipedia Commons.

    Katharina Fritsch and Cecilia Vicuña Awarded Venice Biennale’s Golden Lions

    German sculptor Katharina Fritsch and Chilean activist, poet, and multivalent artist Cecilia Vicuña have won the Fifty-Ninth Venice Biennale’s Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement. The prestigious award is given to mid- or late-career artists in recognition of their efforts and contributions to the art-historical canon. This is the first year since 2013 that two artists have received the prize; that both are female reflects this year’s focus of the Biennale, which is on the work of women and gender-nonconforming artists.

    Fritsch, who divides her time between Düsseldorf and Wuppertal, is known

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  • Daniel Weinberg with work by Jeff Koons, ca. 1986.

    Daniel Weinberg (1933–2022)

    California dealer Daniel Weinberg, whose sharp eye for fresh and enduring talent led him to give Robert Gober his very first show and who introduced to the West Coast the work of such now-renowned artists as Dan Flavin, Jeff Koons, Sol LeWitt, and Bruce Nauman, died February 25 of natural causes at the age of eighty-eight. The news was announced by his children, Jonathan, Kate, and Nick Weinberg. A canny salesperson and a staunch supporter of his artists—one client recalled being told he could only buy a Christopher Wool work if he also purchased a Dan Flavin piece—Weinberg opened his gallery

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  • The Cathedral of Saint Sophia in Kyiv. Photo: Francisco Anzola.

    Unesco “Deeply Concerned” About Fate of Ukraine Cultural Heritage Sites

    Unesco late last week revealed that it is “deeply concerned” about the dire situation in which Ukraine cultural heritage sites find themselves as Russia continues its destructive and deadly attack on the country. The agency is attempting to meet with leaders of the besieged country’s arts and cultural institutions to assess the damage to date across the organization’s “spheres of competence,” which include culture, heritage, education, and information. Further, Unesco will convene a special session on March 15 to investigate the impact of the war on those realms.

    “We must safeguard this cultural

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  • View of the GES-2 museum in Moscow. Photo: Gleb Leonov/V-A-C Foundation.

    Leaders of Major Russian Art Institutions Resign as Ukraine War Intensifies

    Russia is seeing a talent drain at the highest levels of its art museums and cultural institutions as their directors depart their positions in protest of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Many of these leaders are leaving of their own accord, but context suggests that some may have been forced out after failing to vocalize their support for the attack.

    Among those stepping down from elevated roles are Vladimir Opredelenov, the veteran deputy director of Moscow’s Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, who clarified in an Instagram post, “My attitude to current world events does not coincide with that of

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