Friday, June 11
Mitchell-Innes & Nash Opens Seasonal Aspen Space
Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York has opened a seasonal exhibition space in Aspen, joining a wave of galleries, from Almine Rech to White Cube, that have recently opened pop-ups in the Colorado city. Located near the Aspen Art Museum, Mitchell-Innes & Nash’s 1,000-square-foot space will be open to the public from June 18–August 15. It will be inaugurated with a show of new works by Keltie Ferris, Gerasimos Floratos, Karl Haendel, Chris Johanson, Eddie Martinez, and Jessica Stockholder, in addition to a series of thematic presentation of gallery artists. The first thematic show will be trio of Pictures Generation artists: Jack Goldstein, Annette Lemieux, and Cindy Sherman.
Thursday, June 10
Kasmin Now Represents vanessa german
vanessa german, whose practice spans installation, photography, performance, sculpture, assemblage, and more, has joined Kasmin, which will present her work at Art Basel OVR: Portals and its High Line Nine space in New York this month. german examines the histories and legacies of white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and misogynoir in her art, and her work can be found in the collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and other institutions.
Museum of Arts and Design Names New Director
The Museum of Arts and Design in New York has appointed Timothy R. Rodgers as its next director. Rodgers currently serves as the director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum and previously served as director of the Wolfsonian-Florida International University in Miami. Prior to the Wolfsonian, he served concurrent terms as director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and vice president of the Scottsdale Cultural Council. Rodgers will assume his new position on September 15.
Harvard Art Museums Appoints New Curator of American Art
Horace D. Ballard will join the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as curator of American art on September 1. Ballard is currently curator of American art at the Williams College Museum of Art, where he worked as assistant curator from 2017 to 2019. Among his curatorial credits at the Williams College Museum of Art are the exhibitions “Sam Gilliam In Dialogue” (2018) and “James Van Der Zee: Collecting History” (2019).
MoMA Appoints First Director of Institute Focused on Built and Natural Environment
The Museum of Modern Art in New York has named Carson Chan as the inaugural director of the Emilio Ambasz Institute for the Joint Study of the Built and the Natural Environment. Additionally, Chan will serve as a curator in the museum’s department of architecture and design, where he will oversee initiatives focused on ecology and sustainability in collaboration with each of the museum’s curatorial divisions. Chan will begin his new position this summer, and among his first projects is an exhibition centered on the growing importance of ecological thinking in architecture, which is currently planned for 2023.
Wednesday, June 9
United States Artists Announces 2021 Berresford Prize Winners
United States Artists has named the winners of the 2021 Berresford Prize, an annual award recognizing “cultural practitioners who have contributed significantly to the advancement, wellbeing, and care of artists in society,” according to a release. This year’s winners are Lulani Arquette, president and CEO of the Native Arts and Culture Foundation, and Roberto Bedoya, cultural affairs manager for the city of Oakland. Arquette and Bedoya will each receive $25,000.
Veronica Terriquez to Lead UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center
Veronica Terriquez has been named director of the Chicano Studies Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, which supports the research, scholarship, programming, and advocacy related to Chicanx, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Terriquez will be the first woman to lead the institution in its 51-year history. Terriquez will also hold joint appointments in UCLA’s Urban Planning and Chicana and Chicano and Central American Studies departments. She is currently an associate professor of sociology at UC Santa Cruz.
Sobey Art Award Releases 2021 Shortlist
The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada have announced the five artists hailing from Canada’s five regions who have been shortlisted for the 2021 Sobey Art Award. They are Rémi Belliveau (Atlantic); Lorna Bauer (Quebec); Rajni Perera (Ontario); Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory (Prairies and North); and Gabi Dao (West Coast and Yukon). Each artist will receive $25,000 and be featured in an exhibition opening in October at the National Gallery of Canada.
Almine Rech Now Represents Haley Josephs
Almine Rech, which maintains spaces in New York, London, Paris, Aspen, Shanghai, and Brussels, now represents Haley Josephs in Europe, the United Kingdom, and China. Her vivid paintings present fantastical environments that explore notions of transformation, power, and femininity. Josephs has been exhibited in group shows at Almine Rech’s New York and London locations. She will have her first solo show with the gallery, which will feature new paintings, at its Brussels location in September.
Tuesday, June 8
Night Gallery, Marianne Boesky Gallery Now Represent Danielle Mckinney
Night Gallery in Los Angeles and Marianne Boesky Gallery, which has locations in New York and Aspen, have announced their co-representation of artist Danielle Mckinney. Her stark figurative paintings play with dramatic lighting to create dreamlike vignettes of intimate moments among individuals and groups. Mckinney’s work has been featured in group exhibitions at Half Gallery in New York and the FLAG Art Foundation in New York. Her exhibition “Smoke and Mirrors” is currently on view at Night Gallery through June 19. An exhibition of new works at Marianne Boesky Gallery in Aspen will open later this month.
Counterpublic Annouces Curatorial Team for 2023 Edition
St. Louis’s Counterpublic, a triennial that launched in 2019, has announced the curatorial team for its next iteration, which will take place in summer 2023. The team includes Allison Glenn, associate curator at Crystal Bridges; Diya Vij, associate curator at the public art organization Creative Time; Dream the Combine, a collaborative practice between Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers centering art and architecture; New Red Order, an Indigenous collaborative collective led by artists Zack and Adam Khalil, and Jackson Polys; and curator Risa Puleo. The event is organized by the nonprofit arts platform the Luminary and will take place in commercial and public venues across St. Louis.
LeRoy Neiman Foundation Donates $100,000 to New York City Arts Nonprofits
The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation will give four surprise grants of $25,000 each to arts nonprofits serving youth in New York City. The organizations that will receive funds are Publicolor, Creative Art Works, ProjectArt, and Free Arts NYC. The announcement coincides with what would have been LeRoy Neiman’s 100th birthday today.
Monday, June 7
Five Nepalese Sculptures Withdrawn from Bonhams Auction
According to a report by the Art Newspaper, a consignor has pulled five gilded bronze Nepalese sculptures from an online auction of Himalayan and Buddhist art at Bonhams that runs through June 10. The works, which depict Hindu gods and date to the 18th century, were reportedly stolen from the Taleju Bhawani Temple in the Kathmandu Valley. The estimates for the works ranged from €3,000 to €5,000 (about $3,700 to $6,100). The sculptures were looted along with seven other works from the temple gate, where they had been part of a frieze 40 years ago.
Tel Aviv Museum Receives $15 M. Gift
In honor of the institution’s 90th anniversary, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art has received $15 million from the Paulson Family Foundation in support of a renovation of its main building. The gift will fund the installation of environmentally efficient systems within the 270,000-square-foot space, as well as expand programming. It will also fund an endowment for the museum.
Hannah Hoffman Gallery Now Represents Puppies Puppies
Puppies Puppies, an elusive artist known for pondering issues related to the LGBTQ2S+ community and pop culture in her installations and performances, has joined the roster of Los Angeles’s Hannah Hoffman gallery. Past works have dealt with mortality, trans identity, and forms of power. In one of her most well-known works, shown at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, the artist, who also goes by the name Jade Kuriko Olivo, had men dress up as the Statue of Liberty and pose for extended periods. Her first show at Hannah Hoffman will take place in 2022.
Joy Bivins Named Director of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Curator Joy Bivins has been named director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, the New York Times reports. In 2020, Bivins joined the Schomburg, a part of New York Public Library network and an archive repository for materials related the history and culture of the African diaspora, as an associate director of collections and research services. She will begin her tenure on June 21, becoming the first woman to lead the center since 1980. Before that, Bivins had served as the chief curator of the International African American Museum in Charleston and the director of curatorial affairs at the Chicago History Museum.