Friday, March 26
Armory Show to Launch Digital Exhibition Series Ahead of September Fair
Ahead of its in-person fair at the Javits Center in New York from September 9 to 12, the Armory Show has revealed that it will launch a series of virtual, curated exhibitions featuring works from galleries participating in the event. The first installment of the series, titled “The Pandemic is a Portal” and organized by Public Art Fund curator Daniel S. Palmer, opens on April 15. Inspired by an essay by Arundhati Roy published in the Financial Times in April 2020, the exhibition will feature works by Hank Willis Thomas, Gordon Matta-Clark, Firelei Báez, Nicholas Galanin, and others.
Thursday, March 25
Veronica Ryan Is Now Represented by Paula Cooper Gallery
Paula Cooper Gallery has added Veronica Ryan, a New York– and U.K.–based artist known for her sculptures meditating on trauma and memory, to its roster. In 2019, Ryan had a solo exhibition at the New York gallery, where she showed works paying homage to her West Indian ancestry. She is currently at work on a public sculpture devoted to the Windrush Generation for London’s Hackney Town Hall Square, and her art has previously appeared at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, the Camden Arts Centre, Tate St Ives, and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, March 24
ICA Miami Announces New Curatorial Appointment and Promotions
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, has appointed Donna Honarpisheh to the newly created position of assistant curator of research for its Knight Foundation Art + Research Center. Honarpisheh is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of comparative literature and designated emphasis in critical theory program at the University of California, Berkeley. The museum has also promoted Stephanie Seidel, who has been with the institution for five years, to the post of curator. And Amanda Morgan, who has previously worked as curatorial assistant, curatorial and programs assistant, and research fellow at the ICA Miami, has been promoted to the role of assistant curator.
Fine Arts Work Center Names Next Executive Director
Sharon Polli, who currently serves as executive vice president of the Brooklyn arts center BRIC, will join the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, as executive director on May 10. Polli has previously worked as chief revenue strategist to the vice president of advancement at BRIC, and prior to her tenure at that institution she was deputy executive director of the New York–based public art organization Groundswell.
Tuesday, March 23
National Gallery of Art Appoints Eric Motley as Deputy Director
Eric Motley, who most recently worked as executive vice president and corporate secretary of the Aspen Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based public policy organization, will join the National Gallery of Art in D.C. as deputy director on August 30. Before his tenure at the Aspen Institute, Motley served as counselor to the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs and as director of the U.S. department of state’s office of international visitors. “I believe that we are witnessing a paradigm shift in our nation with respect to the role that museums play in our cities and communities—connecting people to transcendent ideas and inspiring creativity,” Motley said in a statement. “This is where the National Gallery is headed and I am honored to contribute to this journey.”
Jameel Prize Reveals 2021 Finalists
The V&A in London and Art Jameel have released the eight finalists who have been shortlisted for the Jameel Prize, which recognizes contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. The finalists for the award, which comes with £25,000 (about $34,500), are Golnar Adili, Hadeyeh Badri, Kallol Datta, Farah Fayyad, Ajlan Gharem, Sofia Karim, Jana Traboulsi, and Bushra Waqas Khan. In September, the V&A will open an exhibition of work by the eight finalists.
Monday, March 22
Leah Dickerman Named Director of Research Programs at MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art in New York has appointed Leah Dickerman as its director of research programs, a position that will see her reenvision the institution’s “Studies in Modern Art” books series and oversee partnerships with several universities. Dickerman was previously MoMA’s director of editorial and content strategy, as well as the co-lead of its creative team. In a statement, Dickerson described her post as “a new role that builds on MoMA’s core commitment to research for an innovative age of knowledge production and sharing is an extraordinary opportunity.”
Franklin Sirmans Joins Artists’ Legacy Foundation Board
The Oakland, California–based nonprofit Artists’ Legacy Foundation has appointed Franklin Sirmans, director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, to its board of directors. The organization was founded in 2000 by artists Squeak Carnwath and Viola Frey and community advocate Gary Knecht to support artists through grants and by managing their estates after their deaths. Each year, the foundation gives a $25,000 grant to a painter or sculptor; past awardees have included Howardena Pindell, Jim Nutt, Suzan Frecon, and John Outterbridge.
Hales Gallery Now Represents Anthony Cudahy
Hales Gallery, which maintains spaces in New York and London, has added Anthony Cudahy to its roster. Cudahy, who has previously exhibited work at 1969 Gallery in New York, Farewell Books Austin, and other venues, is known for his figurative paintings, many of which are informed by queer histories. The artist will open a solo exhibition with the gallery in New York in September.