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Morning Links: Joy Machine Edition


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The Top Story

HuffPost‘s Priscilla Frank reports that three women have accused artist Chuck Close of inappropriate sexual behavior, having to do with him asking them to pose nude for him in his studio. [HuffPost]

Martha Rosler said that Jens Hoffmann, who was terminated from the Jewish Museum in New York after allegations of misconduct, will not be involved with her 2018 retrospective at the institution. [ARTnews]


In an interview with the New York Times, architect Steven Holl talks about trading his work—architectural designs, watercolors he makes, writing—for pieces by artists like Richard Tuttle, Anish Kapoor, and Richard Artschwager, who called him up one day and proposed an exchange. [The New York Times]

A newly discovered painting by Artemisia Gentileschi went for €2.36 million (or about $2.80 million) at a sale at Drouot in Paris, the Art Newspaper‘s Sarah P. Hanson writes. [The Art Newspaper]

Museum Policy

Madeleine Grynsztejn, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, discussed her work, and her views on the role of the museum today, with the Art Newspaper. “The museum is a tool for citizenship and for visual literacy,” adding, “But at the same time, the museum is also a joy machine. It’s a wonder maker. And it’s never, ever not grounded in art.” [The Art Newspaper]

The Contemporary, the roving Baltimore-based arts institution, is suspending its operations, according to a statement from its board reported on by Baltimore Beat that makes clear that it is not shutting down. The two employees on its staff—its artistic director, Ginevra Shay, and its education director, Lee Heinemann—had their last days earlier this month. [Baltimore Beat]

The Talent

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit has hired Jova Lynne as a Ford Curatorial Fellow. She joins the institution after completing an MFA in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art. [MOCAD]

Jay A. Clarke, the curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has been named curator of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, Artforum reports. [Artforum]

Rebekah Beaulieu has been tapped to be the next director of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Antiques & The Arts Weekly reports. She had previously been associate director at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine. [Antiques & The Arts Weekly]


Following a recount in a race for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, a Democrat emerged as the winner by a single vote, Politico reports. More than 20,000 votes had been cast in the election, and if the result stands, the House of Delegates will be split evenly betweens Democrats and Republicans. [Politico]

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