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  • Subodh Gupta. Photo: Dia Bhupal.

    Subodh Gupta Steps Down from Serendipity Festival After Accusations of Sexual Harassment

    After being accused of sexual harassment in a post on the Instagram account Scene and Herd (@herdsceneand) last week, the prominent Indian sculptor, painter, and installation artist Subodh Gupta has stepped down from his guest curator position at the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa, India.

    The post calls him a “serial harasser” and accuses him of making inappropriate comments and of engaging in unwanted advances and touching. It also states that he asked an assistant to pose nude despite their multiple refusals.

    Gupta denied the allegations, calling them “entirely false and fabricated.” A statement

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  • Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, Rise, 2018.

    Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca to Represent Brazil at 2019 Venice Biennale

    Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, curator of the Thirty-Third Bienal de São Paulo, will curate the Venice Biennale’s Brazilian pavilion, which will feature works by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca. The duo’s films often deploy a hybrid of music, dance, and narrative to examine the tensions between class, race, religion, and gender, and turn their lens on aspects of Brazilian pop culture such as evangelical rap, brega music, and the Pernambuco state. The artists have been commissioned to develop a film for the Biennale, which will take place from May 11 to November 24, 2019.

    “Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin

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  • Shan Goshorn, Self Portrait in Artist Studio, 1996. Photo: Ernest Amoroso for the National Museum of the American Indian.

    Shan Goshorn (1957–2018)

    Shan Goshorn, a Cherokee artist and activist known for her contemporary approach to traditional basket-weaving, died of a rare cancer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on December 1. She was sixty-one years old. Goshorn’s single- and double-weave baskets—made from archival paper printed with historical texts and images such as treaties between the Cherokee and the United States, and maps delineating American Indian lands—often tackle human rights issues and challenge stereotypes.

    For one basket, Two Sides of the Same Colonial Coin, Goshorn wove photographic images of bottles of alcohol together with

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  • Meleko Mokgosi, Acts of Resistance I, 2018.

    Baltimore Museum of Art Acquires Forty-Eight Works by Amy Sherald, Melvin Edwards, and Others

    The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced that forty-eight works of art, including paintings by Meleko Mokgosi and Amy Sherald; photographs by Louise Lawler, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Carrie Mae Weems; sculptures by Melvin Edwards and Senga Nengudi; and textiles by Stephen Towns, were added to its collection.

    Thirty-five of the works, gifted by Baltimore collectors Mary and Paul Roberts, will go on view in a special exhibition that will open on April 3, 2019 and run until June 30, 2019. It will be presented as a tribute to Mary Roberts, who passed away in November. Among the works donated were

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  • The Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. Photo: Alexey Naroditskiy.

    Activists Urge Moscow’s Garage Museum to Cut Ties with Real Estate Developer

    Residents of Moscow are calling for the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art to end its sponsorship agreement with the Russian real-estate developer the PIK Group. More than 750 people have signed a petition on change.org that blasts the company over its unsavory business practices and declares that its activities are in conflict with the museum’s mission.

    Garage first announced that it was beginning a “longterm partnership” with PIK in August. According to a statement issued on the museum’s website, the institution and PIK have a “shared ambition to change lives and spaces for the better, bringing

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  • Rendering of the Beirut Museum of Art.

    Beirut Museum of Art Taps Second Architect to Design New Building

    The Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) announced that Lebanese architect Amale Andraos, the dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the cofounder of the New York–based firm WORKac, has been selected to design its new building, which is slated to open in 2023.

    Andraos is the second architect to be hired for the job. Her appointment comes two years after Hala Wardé was chosen to lead the project after winning a global juried architecture competition. Wardé and her firm HW Architecture’s design for the institution featured a four-hundred-foot-high

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  • Marica and Jan Vilcek. Photo: the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

    NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts Receives Gift in Support of Its Curatorial Program

    New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts is planning to overhaul its MA and Ph.D. curatorial studies program, following a major gift from the institute’s board chair, Marica Vilcek, and her husband, scientist Jan Vilcek.

    “We are honored to endow this program so that the Institute may continue to offer rigorous training in curatorial studies and sustain its success in placing alumni into leadership positions at the world’s foremost art institutions,” Marica and Jan Vilcek said in a statement.

    The newly designed Marica and Jan Vilcek Curatorial Program will give students greater opportunities

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  • Gregory Burke.

    Gregory Burke Departs Remai Modern to Lead New Zealand’s Auckland Art Gallery

    Gregory Burke, who has served as director and CEO of Remai Modern in Saskatoon, Canada, since it opened in 2017, is stepping down in order to return to his homeland of New Zealand, where he will become the next head of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Burke will remain at Remai Modern to help the museum through the leadership transition until March 15, 2019.

    “The board offers Gregory our heartfelt thanks for his passion and dedication to the monumental project of opening Remai Modern, Canada’s newest modern art museum,” said Scott Verity, chair of Remai Modern. “We wish Gregory the very

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  • Jason Moran, STAGED: Slugs’ Saloon, 2018. Photo: Galen Fletcher.

    Walker Art Center Adds Works by Maria Hassabi and Jason Moran to Its Collection

    The Walker Art Center has acquired two interdisciplinary artworks: STAGED: Slugs’ Saloon, 2018—an installation that pays homage to a lost cultural space, an iconic New York jazz club, while doubling as a stage for concerts—by the American jazz pianist Jason Moran and STAGING: solo, 2017, a live installation that unfolds as a progression of highly formal choreographies, by the Cypriot choreographer Maria Hassabi. In addition to the dance, Hassabi also conceived of archival and sculptural iterations of the work, which can be exhibited independently of the performance.

    Commissioned by the

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  • Rachel Schreiber.

    Rachel Schreiber Named Executive Dean of the New School’s Parsons School of Design

    The New School in New York has appointed Rachel Schreiber, who most recently served as provost and senior vice president at the San Francisco Art Institute, as executive dean of the Parsons School of Design. Schreiber succeeds Joel Towers, who will become the new director of the New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center, and will take up the post on July 1, 2019.

    “We are thrilled Rachel chose to bring her extensive experience in design, the fine arts, and humanities to the New School,” the institution’s president David E. Van Zandt said in a statement. “Rachel’s strength as a leader

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  • Francesca Consagra.

    Francesca Consagra (1958–2018)

    Francesca Consagra, curator emerita of the Blanton Museum at the University of Texas, Austin, has died. She was sixty years old. Consagra served as the museum’s senior curator of prints and drawings and European paintings from 2012 to 2016.

    During her tenure at the Blanton, Consagra was responsible for key acquisitions to the institution’s encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings. She also grew attendance to the print study room to over 2,500 annual visitors; planned the rehang of the print collection; and staged exhibitions such as “Portraits During the Reign of George III” (2012–13), “

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  • Program director Cesar Ramirez giving a tour of the Haitian American Museum of Chicago.

    Joyce Foundation Names Recipients of Nearly $600,000 in Grants

    In its latest round of grants, the Joyce Foundation has awarded $595,000 to eleven cultural institutions across the Great Lakes region. Among the grantees are six collaborations between artists of color and arts institutions that were named the winners of the 2019 Joyce Awards. Each partnership will be given $50,000 in support of the creation of new work.

    Recipients of the Joyce Awards include the Smart Art Museum at the University of Chicago, which will use its funds to realize the project “People, Energy, Light, Power: the [Re]Construction of Ethos” with Chicago’s Emmanuel Pratt, founder of

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