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Morning Links: Cutting Up Huge Fish Edition

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U.S.A.

“Smithsonian Museums, National Zoo Welcome Back Visitors After Government Shutdown.” [The Washington Post]

Artist Molly Crabapple volunteered with the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City to wait with immigrants in various bureaucratic holding patterns and made drawings to show what it was like. [The New York Review of Books]

News

“Restitution Fears Unsettle the Trade in Tribal Art.” One dealer of tribal art at the Brafa art fair in Brussels said, “Over the last 100 years, it’s been the work of Western scientists, collectors, and dealers that has preserved these pieces. Now we are looking like crooks.” [The New York Times]

“Dozens of New York galleries, including Marian Goodman, David Zwirner, and Gagosian, have been hit with lawsuits alleging they are violating the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) because their websites are not equally accessible to blind and visually impaired consumers.” [artnet News]

Nato Thompson is returning as artistic director of the next Seattle Art Fair, running August 1-4. [ARTnews]

Ursula Davila-Villa has joined Artist Estate Studio, LLC, an organization that manages the estates of Jack Tworkov and Elizabeth Murray as well as the studios of working artists Joan Witek and Robert Zakanitch, as a legacy specialist. [Press Release]

Giveth/Taketh

James Turrell closed his Skyspace at MoMA PS1 until temporary scaffolding from construction nearby is no longer visible. [Gothamist]

After a museum leader’s controversial comment describing a museum taking in cultural artifacts as “a creative act,” Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones holds forth in a column titled “Let’s not lose our marbles over the British Museum boss’s remarks.” [The Guardian]

Tributes

Alan Licht, a downtown New York fixture and member of Text of Light (a band with Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo that plays live soundtracks to experimental films), wrote a tribute to the late Jonas Mekas. [The Wire]

Two good arts journalists—Carolina A. Miranda and Siddhartha Mitter—talked to each other about the work that they do. [SFMoMA Open Space]

Fantasies

“Jack Walls, Robert Mapplethorpe’s Former Lover, Partner, and Muse, Looks Back on the Photographer’s Dark Arts.” [Interview]

If the prospect of a former Brazilian soccer player turning into an Instagram star for his videos of cutting up huge fish into small filets in Boston intrigues you even in the slightest, you would be wise to read this story. [The New York Times]

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