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Morning Links: January 28, 2015 Edition

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Kehinde Wiley.

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Deborah Solomon profiles Kehinde Wiley, a story that begins with his thoughts on Ferguson, Mo.: “‘I know how young black men are seen,’ he said on a recent winter afternoon in his studio in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. ‘They’re boys, scared little boys oftentimes. I was one of them. I was completely afraid of the Los Angeles Police Department.’ He grew up in South-Central Los Angeles and was 14 when four white police officers were acquitted in the videotaped beating of Rodney King; riots flared in the neighborhood.” [The New York Times]

Collector Barbara Levy Kipper will give 394 pieces from her collection of Buddhist ritual objects and Asian ethnic jewelry to the Art Institute of Chicago. The collection totals some 1,200 works. She is also giving the museum a dozen pieces of African jewelry from her holdings. [Broadway World via Artforum]

The Joyce Foundation has announced four grants, each totaling $50,000, which will facilitate collaborations between artists of color and institutions in the Midwest. [Artforum]

Georgia’s Albany Museum of Art has tapped Barbi Fisher as its new director of education and public programming. Fisher previously worked 31 years in the state’s Dougherty County School System, where she was most recently art supervisor. [Fox 31]

Jordan M. Wright’s collection of political memorabilia–including a George W. Bush piñata and George Washington picture flag–is languishing in a storage unit in Queens, but Wright’s son is looking for a New York museum to take it all in. [The New York Times]

Masked robbers made off with an estimated in $10,000 in gold nuggets from Wells Fargo’s corporate museum in San Francisco, after smashing an SUV through the entrance. A stagecoach that was used by Wells Fargo in the 1860s. It was unharmed in the heist. [The New York Times]

“The US Army is looking to recruit the next generation of ‘Monuments Men and Women’ to help preserve sites and cultural property in combat zones and to advise troops on heritage.” [The Art Newspaper]

College museums did well in a year of record donations to college: “Among those megagifts were two art donations—one of $216.6 million to the University of Texas at Austin, and another valued at $115.6 million for Colby College in Maine. The gift to Colby by Peter and Paula Lunder, of a variety of works by American artists such as John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper, was about more than monetary value, said Sharon Corwin, director and chief curator at the Colby College Museum of Art. The school didn’t sell any of the collection and instead is displaying it for students, faculty and locals. ‘It allowed us to broaden and deepen our teaching commitment,’ she said.” [The Wall Street Journal]

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