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Morning Links: Scandalized Ballet Dancer Edition

Edgar Degas, Dancer, ca. 1880.

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, THE WALTER H. AND LEONORE ANNENBERG COLLECTION, GIFT OF WALTER H. AND LENORE ANNENBERG, 2001, BEQUEST OF WALTER H. ANNENBERG, 2002

Museums

Four employees—three former, one current—at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board because they believe the museum did not respond appropriately to allegations of sexual harassment at the hands of one of their colleagues. The employees’ accusations are detailed in a new report. [90.5 WESA]

A new report by the American Alliance of Museums reveals that Latinx artists are still underrepresented at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. “The Smithsonian can do more and should do more,” said Estuardo Rodriguez, the executive director of the advocacy group Friends of the American Latino Museum. [The Washington Post]

According to Max Hollein, his last big show for the de Young Museum—a survey of contemporary Muslim fashion—has drawn criticism from people on both ends of the political spectrum. Some have bemoaned the museum showcasing Muslim culture, while others have claimed that the exhibition celebrates the oppression of women. [The New York Times]

Money

Thanks to a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Guggenheim Museum will begin offering free admission to City University of New York students and faculty. [Artforum]

Artist Isa Genzken has won the Nasher Sculpture Center’s $100,000 Nasher Prize. [ARTnews

Uncovered Histories

The Guerrilla Girls have written a template for wall text for work by artists accused of sexual harassment. “We thought we’d help [institutions],” one member of the collective said. [Artnet News]

Best known as a site for celebrating, and at times stereotyping, Mexican culture, Los Angeles’s Olvera Street and its history of multiculturalism and immigration is the subject of a new episode of the series Artbound, hosted by artist and writer Raquel Gutiérrez and journalist and musician Rubén Martínez. Included is a discussion of David Alfaro Siquieros’s landmark América Tropical mural, which had at one point been whitewashed and was only recently restored. [KCET]

The Royal Family

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was spotted at an exhibition about Oceanic art at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. [Reuters]

Mysteries

Was the model for Gustave Courbet’s scandalous painting L’Origine du monde a retired ballet dancer? [The Art Newspaper]

Roman Abramovich, an ARTnews “Top 200” collector and a Russian oligarch whose name has come up in the Mueller investigation, has been avoiding coming to England, the country he calls home, for months, according to Bloomberg, which has a report on his whereabouts. [Bloomberg]

Berlin

With Berlin Art Week opening today in the German city, the program’s organizer, Moritz van Dülmen, discusses why it is meant not as “a sales platform,” but as something for building community. [Deutsche Welle]

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