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Morning Links: Copenhagen Edition



Los Angeles

356 Mission, a non-profit exhibition space run by artist Laura Owens and Ooga Booga art book store founder Wendy Yao, will close in May. For the past two years, activist groups Defend Boyle Heights and the Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement have pointed to 356 Mission as a gentrifying force in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. [ARTnews]

Here’s a rendering of the design for Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s 55,000-square-foot Audrey Irmas Pavilion. The event space was designed by Rem Koolhaas’ firm, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), and construction is expected to be completed in 2020. [Los Angeles Times]


This past Saturday, Denmark’s first public statue of a black woman was unveiled in Copenhagen. Artists Jeannette Ehlers and La Vaugh Belle created the statue as a tribute to Mary Thomas, a rebel queen who was a leader of an 1878 revolt against Danish colonizers on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. [The New York Times]

In September, Goldsmiths, a south London art college, will open a contemporary art gallery in a space formerly home to Victorian swimming baths. Director of Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, Sarah McCrory, said, “The whole point is not to be like anywhere else.” [The Guardian]

MassArt Departures

Following photographer Nicholas Nixon’s recent retirement from teaching at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), experimental filmmaker and professor Saul Levine announced in a Facebook live video that he has been “forced out” by the administration after presenting his 1989 film Notes After Long Silence, which shows Levine naked and having sex with his partner, to a class. [The Boston Globe]


Art collective Indecline constructed a temporary prison cell installation within a suite at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York. A handcuffed, MAGA-hat-wearing Trump impersonator sat in the makeshift cell with garbage, live rats, a copy of The Art of the Deal, and more. Indecline also created naked Trump statues for five U.S. cities back in 2016. [The Art Newspaper]


Photographer Arlene Gottfried’s brother, Gilbert Gottfried, talked to The New Yorker about his sister’s life and artistic practice, which was focused on capturing candid scenes in New York. [The New Yorker]

The Museum of Selfies opened in Glendale, a suburb of L.A., yesterday. [Hyperallergic]


A look at an interactive cartography project called Historic Aerials that sounds like a great tool for anyone interested in urban development, destruction, and city layers. [Atlas Obscura]

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