Morning Links

Morning Links: Peter Paul Rubens Edition

Peter Paul Rubens, Head of an African Man Wearing a Turban, 1609, oil sketch on paper.


The U.K.

An exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London showcases work by Forensic Architecture, a research agency that investigates and analyzes urban conflicts by creating digital reconstructions of buildings, streets, and neighborhoods. [The New York Times]

Cathy Wilkes will represent Great Britain at the 2019 Venice Biennale. [ARTnews]

The Ethiopian government is asking that the British Museum offer a long-term loan of the Maqdala treasures, which were looted by British troops during the 19th century. [The Art Newspaper]

In an effort to keep the work in the United Kingdom, arts minister Michael Ellis placed a temporary export ban on an oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens called Head of an African Man Wearing a Turban. Ellis said, “This powerful sketch is not only a stunning example of his work but hugely important as a rare representation of an African man in Europe at this time. I hope that a buyer can be found so that this outstanding item can be kept in the UK for future generations to enjoy.” [The Guardian]

Los Angeles

Helen Molesworth, who was fired from her role as the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles’s chief curator last month, will give the keynote commencement address at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. [Los Angeles Times]

This weekend, the Underground Museum in L.A. showed work created by more than 70 contemporary artists—including Ed Ruscha, Catherine Opie, and Njideka Akunyili Crosby—during their childhoods. The exhibit, titled “My Kid Could Do That,” benefited arts education non-profit ProjectArt. [Los Angeles Times]

The Talent

Tate Modern curator Nancy Ireson will join the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia as deputy director for collections and exhibitions and chief curator. [Artnet News]


Assemblage artist La Wilson, known for her compelling arrangements of ordinary objects in boxes, died on March 30 at age 93. [The New York Times]


One of three Public Art Fund exhibitions planned for this summer, “Erwin Wurm: Hot Dog Bus,” will serve up free hot dogs starting June 9 at Brooklyn Bridge Park in the borough’s Dumbo neighborhood. Read about the upcoming projects here. [The New York Times]

Carol May’s sculpture Unhappy Meal was on view at Hong Kong’s Harbour Art Fair until cleaning workers mistook the artwork for trash and thew it away. May told Hyperallergic, “I am concerned with the value of things and their perception, but also with the deception, as in the given case, and [with this work] I obviously succeeded.” [Hyperallergic]


On Yo La Tengo’s new album, “There’s a Riot Going On.” [The New Yorker]

Philip Ashforth Coppola has been sketching the details and idiosyncrasies of New York subway stations for 40 years. There’s currently an exhibition of his work at the New York Transit Museum’s gallery at Grand Central Terminal. [Atlas Obscura]

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