Thursday, July 2
Linda Goode Bryant Wins $25,000 Berresford Prize
Gallerist, activist, and filmmaker Linda Goode Bryant is the 2020 recipient of the annual Berresford Prize, which celebrates figures who have “contributed significantly to the advancement, wellbeing, and care of artists in society” and comes with $25,000. Bryant opened the storied New York gallery Just Above Midtown in 1976, and she is the founder of the urban farming initiative Project EATS and the Active Citizen Project.
National Gallery of Art Names Chief of Design
Michael Lapthorn will succeed Mark Leithauser as the new chief of design of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He will begin his tenure on July 20. Lapthorn is currently the exhibition designer at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Prior to working at the MIA, Lapthorn served as an exhibition designer and manager at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where he designed acclaimed exhibitions including “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” (2013) and “Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures” (2011).
Wednesday, July 1
Magnum Photos Announces New Nominees, Associates, Members
Magnum Photos, the prestigious international photography co-operative, has announced the addition of five new nominees, five associates, and two new members. Photographers are first invited to join Magnum as nominees before progressing to associates and finally being inducted as life-long members. The associates are Khalik Allah (USA), Colby Deal (USA), Sabiha Çimen (Turkey), Yael Martínez (Mexico), and Hannah Price (USA). The associates are Gregory Halpern (USA), Rafal Milach (Poland), Lua Ribeira (Spain), Lindokuhle Sobekwa (South Africa), and Emin Özmen (Turkey). Sohrab Hura (India) and Lorenzo Meloni (Italy) have been named as members.
Tuesday, June 30
USC School of Architecture and Getty Research Institute Acquire Paul Revere Williams Archive
The University of Southern California School of Architecture and Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles have jointly acquired the archive of architect Paul Revere Williams (1894–1980), one of the leading architects of the 20th century who helped define the city’s architectural aesthetics. The archive includes approximately 35,000 plans, 10,000 original drawings, vintage photograph, and blueprints spanning his early residential designs in Los Angeles (including celebrity homes) to his landmark civic commissions. “Paul Williams was a trailblazing architect whose long career helped shape Los Angeles and Southern California. His archive essentially tells the story of how the modern Southland was built,” Getty Research Institute director Mary Miller said in a statement.
Monday, June 29
NYC Institutions Form Latinx/POC Arts Consortium
Eight New York City–based arts organizations have formed the Latinx/POC Arts Legacy Consortium in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The consortium—comprised of the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, Bronx Documentary Center, Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute, El Museo del Barrio, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, Repertorio Español, and Flushing Town Hall—will be dedicated to producing and promoting the work of living artists of color. The first collective initiative is fundraising for cultural organizations impacted by the pandemic. In a statement, Charles Rice-González, the executive director of the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, said “We need to mind our Latinx/POC arts legacy organizations for what they bring to communities of color now also disproportionately hit by COVID-19, and also make sure these organizations stay strong past the emergency point.”
Gerhard Dammann, Collector of Outsider Art, Has Died
Gerhard Dammann, a psychiatrist and collector, has died at age 56. Dammann served as medical director of the psychiatric clinic in Münsterlingen, Switzerland, and hospital director of psychiatric services at Thurgau. With his wife, Karin, he collected outsider art and gave a presentation titled “Unusual Brains” at the 2019 New York edition of the Outsider Art Fair, which confirmed the news in a release.
Newark Arts Names Awardees of Mini-Grant Program
The New Jersey–based organization Newark Arts has revealed the awardees of its annual mini-grant program. A total of $45,000 will be distributed among 15 local arts groups, including the Youth Impact Arts Initiative, Little Newark Print Shop, and Dance Education at Quitman Street Community School.