Morning Links

Morning Links: Van Gogh Beer Edition

The label for Listermann Brewing’s van Gogh–themed beer.



Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, said he is working to bring the fundraising total for its proposed Peter Zumthor–designed building up to $600 million by the end of the year. LACMA currently has $550 million lined up for the $650 million project, and tariffs, inflation, and other pressures threaten to increase the cost of the initiative, whose groundbreaking has been pushed back a year, to late 2019. [Los Angeles Times]

Save the Art-Save the Museum, a group opposed to the Berkshire Museum’s ongoing sell-off of works from its collection, has put up a billboard in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where the museum is located, calling for an end to the sales. [The Berkshire Eagle]


With his retrospective running at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the indefatigable Cary Leibowitz is profiled. [OutSmart]

Tom Kiefer, who worked as a janitor for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, has taken photographs of items confiscated from, or discarded by, migrants apprehended by the government. [The New York Times]

Novelist and T magazine editor-in-chief Hanya Yanagihara writes about David Wojnarowicz, whose retrospective will open at the Whitney Museum in New York this month. [The Paris Review]


“Batman has the Batcave. Superman has the Fortress of Solitude. Michael F. Finn has two upstairs rooms in the house he shares with his family.” Those rooms are where Finn, a lawyer, stores his collection of comics and comics-related art, which is explored in this edition of the column Show Us Your Wall. [The New York Times]

The Talent

John Berry, who was tapped in May to be interim director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has opted not to take the job, citing a family issue. [Crain’s Detroit Business]

Myrna Ayad is stepping down after two years as director of the Art Dubai fair and plans to start a consultancy working on “cultural strategy and production, publishing and art advisory.” [The Art Newspaper]

The Tacoma Art Museum in Washington state has hired Matt Marshall as its director of development. He’s coming from the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. [The Suburban Times]

Food and Drink

The Cincinnati Art Museum and the local Listermann Brewing Company are minting a beer tied to the museum’s van Gogh show, which opens today. The beer in question is an IPA “with a huge juicy punch of orange, lemon, and tropical fruits, mango, and lychee.” Ten percent of the proceeds from its sale will go to the museum. [The Full Pint]

Chef Jason Gorman, who has held executive chef positions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Milwaukee Art Museum, has been named executive chef with Wolfgang Puck Catering at the Boston Museum of Science. [On Milwaukee]

Safety Warning

Take note when viewing outdoor artworks! Giant Hogweed—also known as the “horror plant,” since it can cause “severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering, permanent scarring and blindness”—is spreading in upstate New York and other parts of the United States. [Gothamist]

And More!

Here are photographs of Karthik Pandian’s current show at Federica Schiavo in Milan. [Contemporary Art Daily]

And here are photos from Frieda Toranzo Jaeger’s current show at Lulu in Mexico City. [Art Viewer]

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