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Morning Links: Breaking the Silence Edition

Time’s 2017 “People of the Year” cover.


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The Year in Activism

Artnet News notes that Amanda Schmitt, one of the women accusing former Artforum publisher Knight Landesman of sexual harassment, is among the Time People of the Year. This year, the magazine chose to recognize the “Silence Breakers,” the women who have come forward and told of various experiences with sexual harassment by men in positions of power. [Time/Artnet News]

Critics at the New York Times have picked their favorite art from this year. There are some surprises, and—spoiler alert—topping Holland Cotter’s list is something that might not even be considered art: the Women’s March. [The New York Times]

Preserving the Past

For her blog, CultureGrrl, Lee Rosenbaum spoke with J. Paul Getty Trust vice president Ron Hartwig about keeping the Getty Center’s holdings safe as one of several Los Angeles wildfires spread close to the museum. “The place for the collection,” Hartwig said, “is right here at the Getty.” [CultureGrrl]

Following a $10 million donation from Richard and Mary Jo Stanley, the University of Iowa will erect a building for its art collection, the Des Moines Register reports. That means its prized Jackson Pollock painting Mural will finally get a permanent home. [Des Moines Register]


Here’s some unfortunate news for all the sad-artist types out there: a new study has found that being miserable doesn’t necessarily make your art better, Atlas Obscura reports. [Atlas Obscura]

The Talent

The American Folk Art Museum’s executive director, Anne-Imelda Radice, will retire next year, according to the New York Times. Her tenure has been a relatively short one—she has been director since 2012—but her contributions have been major: she saved the museum from ceasing to exist entirely. [The New York Times]

New York magazine is honoring its 50th anniversary by telling one story each week about a key moment in New York history. This week, the magazine turns its attention to former Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Hoving and how he successfully created the museum blockbuster, which, during his tenure, became a new genre of exhibitions unto itself. [New York]

On the Horizon

In February, 12 Boston institutions will work together on a series of shows about art and technology, the Boston Globe reports. Headlining that series is “Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today,” a historic survey of how the web and digital culture have affected art making, at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. [The Boston Globe]

Despite having been controversial with locals, it seems like the Portland Art Museum’s proposed $50 million Rothko Pavilion is probably a go, Willamette Week reports. Today, Portland’s City Council is expected to vote on and approve the pavilion after various disputes. [Willamette Week]

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