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Morning Links: Magna Carta Edition

Charles Etienne Pierre Motte (possibly), Ouverture d’une chambre, 1800–36.



A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to steal the Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral in England. [The Guardian]

Museum Leaders

J’na Jefferson sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Linda Harrison, the newly named director of the Newark Museum in New Jersey, who said in an interview that art “has always been intrinsically tied to social justice. Artists present us with point of views that often push us into new ideas and ways of thinking.” [Vibe]

Gus Casely-Hayford, who became director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. in February, spoke with Jennifer Steinhauer. “Traveling around Africa just astonishes me every visit,” he said. “There are more pyramids in Sudan than Egypt. There’s longer traditions of Christianity in Ethiopia than there is anywhere else.” [The New York Times]

Laurel Graeber filed an institutional profile on the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, which opened in Upper Manhattan in 2005. Lauren Kelley, the museum’s director and chief curator, said that the museum is “a space that honors people of color. Artists of color, artists of the Harlem Renaissance, thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance.” [The New York Times]

Preparing for his show at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Mario García Torres sent a telegram to its curator of visual art, Vincenzo De Bellis, with an intriguing wager: if the Walker had not hired a new director by the time his exhibition opened, he would donate the telegram to the museum. (Its previous director, Olga Viso, stepped down at the end of last year.) [Star Tribune]

The Gallery Scene

Galleries are adding “restaurants, kitchens, gift shops, bookstores, and black box spaces and auditoriums,” Laura van Straaten notes. Hauser & Wirth partner Marc Payot told her, “We want to create a multidimensional global enterprise that connects the realms of art, architecture, education, food, and environmental responsibility.” But Los Angeles dealer David Kordansky isn’t so sure about the food and drink thing. “I don’t know what it has to do with art,” he said. [The New York Times]


Officials in Easton, Pennsylvania have told a local artist that two signs containing profanity that he is displaying on the outside of his building have to be removed because they violate zoning ordinances. The artist, Shalom Neuman, counters that they are works of art, and a response to the language of President Trump. [The Morning Call]

For a project for Time about gun control, JR filmed nearly 250 from a variety of angles discussing the issue and collaged them into an interactive video mural. “In France, where I come from, we don’t have guns like that,” JR said, who currently reside in the U.S. “I was always curious seeing this through the news, seeing these mass shootings, how did that happen?” [CBS This Morning]


Work has been completed on the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s new conservation center. “Although the MFAH’s new facility is not open to the public,” Molly Glentzer reports, “it glows like a glass jewelbox at night.” [Houston Chronicle]

A Mary Corse piece on view in her show at Dia:Beacon in Upstate New York was damaged in an electrical fire last weekend, and the museum was temporarily evacuated. [The Art Newspaper]


Why was there such a large round-up of Times stories in today’s Breakfast with ARTnews? The team over there put together a special section called Fine Arts & Exhibits, which also includes profiles of artists Maya Lin and Toni Dove and quite a bit more. [The New York Times]

Here are photographs of Sara Greenberger Rafferty’s current show at Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York. [Contemporary Art Daily]

And here are photos of Rachelle Dang’s recent show at Motel in Brooklyn. [Art Viewer]

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