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  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.

    Indianapolis Museum of Art Faces Backlash Over Insensitive Job Posting

    More than six hundred people have signed an open letter calling for the resignation of Charles Venable, director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, after it was revealed that the museum had posted an advertisement seeking a new director capable of maintaining its “core, white audience” while reaching out to more diverse communities in hopes of bringing them into the fold. Among the letter’s signatories are artist Nayland Blake, artist and curator Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and curator Kate Kraczon.

    As reported by the New York Times yesterday, the offending phrase was edited out

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  • Milford Graves.

    Milford Graves (1941–2021)

    Groundbreaking free-jazz percussionist and polymath Milford Graves died today of congestive heart failure at the age of seventy-nine, as reported by NPR’s Lars Gotrich. Described by composer and saxophonist John Zorn as “basically a twentieth-century shaman,” Graves possessed an astounding intellect that was matched only by his curiosity: Apart from contributing heavily to the emergence of free jazz, he was an accomplished martial artist, herbalist, inventor, and visual artist who for decades recorded his own heartbeats in order to study and manipulate them to various ends, including his own

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  • Alex Da Corte. Photo: John Beck.

    Alex Da Corte to Design Met Rooftop Commission

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, has invited multidisciplinary artist Alex Da Corte to create a site-specific sculptural installation for its Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. The work, created from stainless steel, fiberglass, and aluminum, and titled As Long as the Sun Lasts, will be on view from April 16 through October 31.

    The work by the Philadelphia–based artist, known for his immersive multimedia installations, often made from touchable materials like velvet and vinyl and commenting on pop culture, consumerism and capitalism, is said to address themes surrounding the Covid-19

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  • The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: LA MoCa.

    LA MoCA Restructuring; Klaus Biesenbach to Become Artistic Director

    The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art has announced that it is restructuring and that Klaus Biesenbach, who has served as the institution’s director since 2018, will assume the role of artistic director. MoCA is slated to begin a search for an executive director, with whom Bienbach will work in tandem to oversee the museum, with both reporting to the museum board.

    As reported in the Los Angeles Times, a February 11 email sent to staffers limned Biesenbach’s duties as more art-attendant, as he focuses on programming, collections and exhibitions, and digital initiatives, as well as “increasing

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  • The Cuba State Capitol in Havana. Photo: Wikipedia.

    Cuba Names Journalism, Music Production, Cultural Programming as Among Banned Private Professions

    The Cuban government, which this past weekend announced the expansion of its private sector from 127 professions to more than two thousand, yesterday published a list of 124 professions that it has said must remain under government control. Among the fields that will not be allowed to privatize are journalism, publishing, cinematographic and audiovisual production, TV programming, and general cultural programming, meaning that art galleries and theaters will remain under state control.

    With 85 percent of the communist country’s economy generated by the state and state-affiliated companies, Cuba

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  • Photo: Joan Mitchell Foundation.

    Joan Mitchell Foundation Refocuses Funding Model with Extended Fellowship

    The New York–based Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced the launch of the Joan Mitchell Fellowship, a new program that will provide fifteen artists working in the fields of painting and sculpting with an unrestricted grant of $60,000 apiece, to be paid out over a span of five years, during which time recipients will also be provided access to such services as private consultations with arts professionals; networking meetings; and programs focused on personal finance, legacy planning, and thought leadership. Fellows are also eligible to apply for a residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New

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  • Neal Benezra. Photo: Christina Nielsen/San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

    Neal Benezra to Step Down as Director of SFMoMA

    Neal Benezra is leaving his post as director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art after nearly two decades on the job. While there, he expanded the museum’s collection to more than fifty thousand artworks, increased both its endowment and its attendance, commissioned a number of site-specific works, and shepherded the donation of the storied Fisher collection to the institution. He additionally oversaw the museum’s widely lauded 2016 expansion, performed by Norwegian firm Snøhetta.

    Benezra’s departure comes after a turbulent year for museums in general, with US arts institutions attempting,

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  • Singapore’s Substation arts venue.

    Pioneering Singapore Arts Incubator the Substation Loses Longtime Space

    The Substation, Singapore’s first independent multidisciplinary arts space, has been told by the National Arts Council (NAC) that it must vacate in July the Armenian Street building it has occupied for the past thirty years, and that it cannot expect to return there in full capacity following a two-year renovation of the structure. Though plans to restore the building had been several years in the works following a 2017 assessment of the edifice, the Substation’s directors had been told that the organization would be allowed to move back in following completion of the work. According to

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  • 945 Madison, former address of the Whitney, Met, and now the Frick. Photo: Ajay Suresh/Wikipedia Commons.

    Frick Madison to Open in Iconic Breuer Building in March

    The Frick Collection has moved from its tony digs in its founder’s mansion at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East Seventieth Street on New York’s Upper East Side to its temporary home at 945 Madison, in the Marcel Breuer–designed building that recently housed the Met Breuer, and before that was home to the Whitney Museum of American Art for nearly five decades. Collection officials have announced that the Frick Madison will open to the public March 18, with timed-entry tickets available online February 19. At present, plans call for the Frick Madison to be open four days a week, from Thursday

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  • Cindy Nemser sits for a portrait backdropped by a projection of an earlier portrait of her and her husband, Chuck, painted by Alice Neel. Photo: New York Artists Circle.

    Cindy Nemser (1937–2021)

    Art historian and critic Cindy Nemser, who cofounded the influential Feminist Art Journal and was an early and outspoken critic of chauvinism in the art world, died on January 26 at the age of eighty-seven, her daughter Catherine Nemser reported. In the course of a career that spanned more than fifty years, Nemser successfully fought to change the sexist language and stereotypes surrounding art made by women, and worked to bring women artists into the mainstream at a time when few enjoyed gallery representation or were shown at major museums.

    Born in Brooklyn, Nemser earned her BA from Brooklyn

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  • Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Diana at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo: Wally Gobetz/Flickr.

    Met Contemplates Deaccessioning to Cover Deficit

    New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, under the direction of Max Hollein, is considering selling some of the rarely or never-shown works in its collection in order to offset a possible $150 million budget gap, the New York Times reports. Doing so would allow the museum to take advantage, as many other blue-chip institutions have, of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) announcement last April that it was temporarily loosening restrictions surrounding deaccessioning. Typically, money from sales of museums’ artworks must go toward the purchase of other artworks. Recognizing the peril

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  • The Ministry of the Interior, Havana.

    Cuban Artists File Legal Motion to Remove Culture Minister

    Artist activist group 27N has filed a legal motion for the dismissal of Minister of Culture Alpidio Alonso, who on January 27 was one of a number of government officials who physically confronted a group of peaceful protesters demonstrating in support of free speech. Alonso can be seen in a video aggressively knocking a cell phone out of the hand of Mauricio Mendoza, a reporter for the newspaper Diario de Cuba, during the protest, which took place outside the ministry building in Havana and was meant to mark the two-month anniversary of a protest against the passage of Decree 349, which requires

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