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Morning Links: Alberto Giacometti Edition

Alberto Giacometti and photographer Erhard Wehrmann.

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Exhibitions

The “City and Cosmos: the Arts of Teotihuacan” exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art features over 200 artifacts from the Mesoamerican city Teotihuacan, which, like Los Angeles, had a significant immigrant population. Megan O’Neil, an associate curator at LACMA, said, “It’s so important for us to show these connections to our colleagues and friends in Mexico.” [The Art Newspaper]

Funding

Notwithstanding Trump’s threats to cut funds for the endowments, the NEA and NEH budgets will grow by about $3M following the passage of the spending bill in Congress. [The New York Times]

Departures

Photographer Nicholas Nixon, best known for “The Brown Sisters,” portraits of his sisters taken throughout a span of 40 years, has retired from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) after claims of “inappropriate behavior” were made against him. [The New York Times]

Elizabeth Dee Gallery will vacate its Harlem location as the building’s owner has decided to demolish the structure at 2033/2037 Fifth Avenue. The building was the original location of the Studio Museum when it opened in 1968. [Artforum]

Activism

Photographer Luis Garza and artist Harry Gamboa Jr. on their recent exhibitions at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and how they push back against Chicano stereotypes by means of their artistic practices. [Los Angeles Times]

Back in November 2017, the New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits ordered the removal of an anti-Trump mural from developer Neal Morris’ private property on the grounds that he had not adhered to the city’s permitting process. In response, the ACLU of Louisiana is suing the City of New Orleans for infringing on Morris’ First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. [Hyperallergic]

Blanton Museum of Art curators and staff members protest the University of Texas at Austin’s plan to relegate thousands of books and materials from the Fine Arts Library to off-campus storage. [Artforum]

Recreations & Adaptations 

The Giacometti Institute’s reconstruction of the artist’s studio in the Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris will open June 21. The space will feature over 70 sculptures, and the first exhibition will focus on Alberto Giacometti’s relationship with writer Jean Genet. [Artnet]

Trust is a new t.v. show all about the messy affairs (read: kidnapping, the mafia, oil money, etc.) of the Getty family. [Vulture]

On the long-lasting appeal of Gerrit Rietveld’s zig-zag chairs, how much an original fetches at auction, and what it costs to buy a reproduction. [Architectural Digest]

Lives

An obituary for collector and scholar of African-American quilts, Eli Leon, who died earlier this month at age 82. [The New York Times]

Archives

The Paris Review shares a selection of Octavia Butler’s annotations, notes and drafts from the Huntington Library in California. [The Paris Review]

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