• Alejandro Jodorowsky. Photo: IndieWire.

    El Museo del Barrio Cancels Alejandro Jodorowsky Retrospective

    El Museo del Barrio in New York has called off a retrospective of Chilean-born artist and filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky after assessing a decades-old interview in which Jodorowsky claims to have raped one of his costars. The exhibition—the first museum survey of the artist’s work to take place in the United States—was slated to open on February 28. The museum’s current survey of Liliana Porter’s art, which Lauren O'Neill-Butler reviewed in the January 2019 issue of Artforum, will be extended until March 3.

    According to Artnews, community activists in East Harlem also raised objections

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  • Dušan Makavejev.

    Dušan Makavejev (1932–2019)

    Serbian director and screenwriter Dušan Makavejev, perhaps best known for his 1971 art-house psychosexual collage film and political satire W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism, has died at the age of eighty-six. 

    Makavejev was a pioneer of the Black Wave filmmaking school that emerged in the former Yugoslavia during the early 1960s. His films deployed subversive provocation, playfulness, and humor to incisively comment on and combat aspects of life under Tito’s authoritarian socialist government. Much of his work was banned in Yugoslavia and resulted in his leaving the country to live and work in

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  • Hiwa K. Photo: Sarhang Hars.

    Hiwa K Wins 2019 Hector Prize

    Sculptor and installation artist Hiwa K has been awarded this year’s Hector Prize for Contemporary Art, which is administered by the Kunsthalle Mannheim and the HW & J. Hector Foundation every three years. He will receive around $22,800 and will mount an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Mannheim in Germany.

    Ulrike Lorenz, director of the Kunsthalle Mannheim, praised the formal, narrative, and anthropological qualities of Hiwa K’s video-based and sculptural works and noted how the artist effectively confronts contemporary social debates. He emphasized that his practice is aligned with the Kunsthalle

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  • Police officers at the entrance of Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Photo: Maksim Blinov.

    Police Detain Suspect, Recover Painting Stolen from Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery

    Russian police have apprehended the thief who stole a landscape painting off the walls of the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow in front of a crowd of unsuspecting visitors on Sunday, January 27 and recovered the missing work. The brazen act prompted Vladislav Kononov, the director of the museum department of the Ministry of Culture, to announce that the agency will be reassessing and ramping up security at cultural institutions across the country.  

    CCTV footage that was released by the police shows a thirty-one-year-old man approach the work by nineteenth-century landscape painter Arkhip Kuindzhi

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  • Elizabeth Rodini.

    Elizabeth Rodini Appointed Art Director of the American Academy in Rome

    The American Academy in Rome (AAR) announced that scholar and curator Elizabeth Rodini will join the institution as its next arts director. Rodini succeeds Peter Benson Miller and will begin her three-year term on July 1. Miller will stay on as curator for the academy’s upcoming 125th-anniversary year.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Rodini as the next Heiskell Arts Director in Rome,” said AAR director John Ochsendorf. “As both an accomplished curator of contemporary art and a scholar of Italian art history, she will be an invaluable resource for our community in exploring the past and

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  • Shannon R. Stratton. Photo: Jenny Woods.

    Shannon R. Stratton Resigns as Chief Curator of New York’s Museum of Arts and Design

    The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York announced today that Shannon R. Stratton has stepped down from her position as chief curator. Stratton plans to resume her work as an independent organizer and writer and is preparing to launch Slow Frequency, an international network of site-responsive art interventions and events. She is also completing a book on artist and designer Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient barn, which will be published by Soberscove Press.

    “During her tenure at MAD, Shannon has been instrumental in bolstering the museum’s curatorial program, expanding the permanent collection,

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  • The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

    Trump Reopens Government for Three Weeks; Impact on Cultural Institutions Unclear

    As the longest government shutdown in history continued on its thirty-fifth day today, President Trump announced he would partially reopen the government for three weeks, until February 15, for select federal agencies. Over 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or working without pay for over a month, and many museums in the capital, including the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the National Portrait Gallery, were forced to close.

    The shutdown was the result of Trump’s refusal to approve any budget unless it included $5.7 billion for the construction

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  • Mary Beard, Ed Ruscha, and Lorna Simpson. Photos: Jon Enoch, Sten M. Rosenlund, and James Wang.

    Mary Beard, Ed Ruscha, and Lorna Simpson Awarded Getty Medals

    The J. Paul Getty Trust announced that classicist Mary Beard and artists Lorna Simpson and Ed Ruscha will receive J. Paul Getty Medals in recognition of their contributions to their fields. “We are honored to present the medal this year to three leaders who have helped transform and deepen our understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and the humanities,” Maria Hummer-Tuttle, chair of the Getty’s board of trustees, said.

    Beard—a distinguished professor of classics at England’s University of Cambridge and a fellow of the university’s Newnham College, where she has taught for the last

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  • Nineteenth-century plaque of a crowned Buddha, part of the Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art collection donated to the University of Texas at Dallas. Photo: UT Dallas.

    University of Texas at Dallas Receives $23 Million Gift, Major Collection of Asian Art

    The family of Trammell and Margaret Crow has donated $23 million as well as its entire collection of Asian art to the University of Texas at Dallas in support of the construction of a new museum that will be named in their honor. The family’s holdings of Asian art includes more than one thousand works dating from antiquity to present times. The collection also contains a library of over twelve thousand books, catalogues, and journals.

    The late Trammell and Margaret Crow began assembling the collection in the 1960s. Trammell, a real estate developer who at one point owned eight thousand properties

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  • Susan R. Ewing. Photo: Jodi Miller.

    Cranbrook Academy of Art Names Susan R. Ewing Director

    The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has appointed Susan R. Ewing as its next director. The arts administrator, professor, and metalsmith has been serving as the institution’s interim director since August. She succeeds Christopher Scoates, who departed to lead the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

    “In the few months she has been here, Susan has made remarkable progress at the Academy,” Dominic DiMarco, president of the Cranbrook Educational Community, said in a statement. “She quickly earned the respect of the students, staff, faculty, and volunteer leadership, who

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  • The Singapore Biennale 2019 artistic director and curatorial team: John Tung, Goh Sze Ying, Renan Laru-an, Patrick Flores, Andrea Fam, Anca Verona Mihulet, and Vipash Purichanont. Photo: Singapore Art Museum.

    Singapore Biennale Announces Title and Theme of 2019 Edition

    The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) announced today the title and theme of the sixth edition of the Singapore Biennale. Called “Every Step in the Right Direction,” the exhibition will explore the human condition and how the feeling of hope can be a catalyst for change. Led by artistic director Patrick Flores and backed by the National Arts Council, the biennial will run from November 22 to March 22, 2020.

    Commenting on the theme, Flores said: “It may be said that the world is troubled. To sense such a state of flux is to acknowledge the situation and begin to face it. For Singapore Biennale 2019: We

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  • Employees of the New Museum in New York assemble in the institution’s lobby on Friday, January 11. Photo: New Museum Union.

    New Museum Staff Forms Union, Votes to Join Local 2110

    The employees of the New Museum in New York have succeeded in forming a union. In a vote held earlier this afternoon, thirty-eight staff members voted in favor of the union, while eight voted against it. Ten additional votes were not counted since they were challenged by the museum. The staff has elected to join Local 2110, the United Auto Workers group, which also represents employees at the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Historical Society, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

    The much-anticipated vote took place in the theater at the New Museum and was overseen by the National Labor Relations

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