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President Lyndon Johnson signing legislation creating the NEA.COURTESY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

President Lyndon Johnson signing legislation creating the NEA.


The 2017 Whitney Biennial

Roberta Smith has filed her review of the 2017 Whitney Biennial. “This show’s strength and focus make it doubly important at a time when art, the humanities and the act of thinking itself seem under attack in Washington,” she says. [The New York Times]

And here are the biennial’s curators, Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks, speaking on how they put the show together in a perilous political climate. [W]

Today is the public opening, and there’s probably going to be a long line for Jordan Wolfson’s Real Violence (2017), a VR work that’s a tour de force, to say the least. Here’s a talk with the artist about how it came about. [ARTnews]

As for a primer, you can look over the review from Andrew Russeth. “Thrillingly, this is a forward-looking affair,” he writes. [ARTnews]

Plus, a look at a few of the younger artists in the biennial. [W]

The National Endowment for the Arts

President Trump’s federal budget plan calls for the dismantling of four agencies: the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. But it’s an uphill battle. “Trump’s proposal will meet stiff—and bipartisan—opposition in Congress,” says one report. “If the president’s goal is the wholesale elimination of these agencies, he will need Congress to repeal the legislation that created them.” [The Washington Post]

The repeal, if enacted, would particularly affect regional arts organizations. [The Huffington Post]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York issued a statement opposing the proposed plan. “The President’s budget released today proposing the elimination of funding for the NEA, NEH and IMLS is shortsighted and does a terrible disservice to the American people,” it begins. [The Met]

And here are all the cultural offerings aided by the NEA that Ivanka Trump has enjoyed over the years. [Elle]

Museums in the News

San Diego, the home of Comic-Con, is getting a Comic-Con museum. It will be called the Comic-Con Center for Popular Culture. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

The Queen of England went by the National Army Museum after its long renovation. [The Evening Standard]

Melissa Chiu, director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, reports that there are still lines for the museum’s Yayoi Kusama show. [Instagram]

Hilton Als

Here’s a chat with the essayist Hilton Als, who curated the wonderful Alice Neel show that’s up at David Zwirner in New York. [Interview]

Also, Hilton Als really likes the FX docudrama “Feud: Bette and Joan,” about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. “The greatest thing ever,” he writes. “I have seen all episodes and it changes everything.” [Instagram]


Quite a headline: “Here Is the Scandalous Father John Misty Interview You’ve Been Waiting For.” [Pitchfork]

The pop star Kesha went by the Bill Saylor show at Magenta Plains on the Lower East Side. [Instagram]

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