Friday, April 2
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery Adds Amalia Pica to Roster
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, which maintains spaces in New York and Los Angeles, now represents London-based artist Amalia Pica. Her multidisciplinary practice spans performance, installation, and video, and explores the complexity of human connection. She takes a playful approach to themes of interaction, often relying on found objects and simple materials. She has exhibited at the 2016 Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art in Australia, among other institutions. She will have her first solo exhibition at the gallery’s Los Angeles venue in September 2021.
Thursday, April 1
Karrabing Film Collective Wins Eye Art & Film Prize
The Karrabing Film Collective is the recipient of this year’s Eye Art & Film Prize. Based in the Northern Territories of Australia, the Karrabing Film Collective is an Indigenous media group whose videos occupy a space between fiction, activism, and documentary. The prize, jointly administered by Amsterdam’s Eye Film Museum and the Paddy and Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund, carries a £25,000 ($34,600) grant to fund the making of new work. Additionally, the Karrabing Film Collective will be featured in an exhibition in 2022 at the Eye Film Museum alongside the previous year’s winners, Meriem Bennani and Kahlil Joseph.
Walker Art Center Names Director and Curator of Moving Image
Pablo de Ocampo, who from 2014 to 2020 served as exhibitions curator at the artist-run center Western Front in Vancouver, has been named director and curator of moving image at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He has also previously worked as artistic director of Toronto’s Images Festival from 2006 to 2014 and as cofounder and collective member of Cinema Project in Portland, Oregon. “The Walker has always stood out for me as a groundbreaking and vital institution—dedicated to multidisciplinary, experimental practices and championing living, contemporary artists in its programs,” de Ocampo said in a statement.
Wednesday, March 31
Castello di Rivoli Appoints Francesca Lavazza as President
The Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Italy has named Francesca Lavazza, a longtime benefactor of the institution, as its next president. Lavazza succeeds Fiorenzo Alfieri, who died of Covid-19 in December. She is on the boards of her family’s Lavazza coffee company and the international board of the Guggenheim.
Tuesday, March 30
Various Small Fires Now Represents Lezley Saar
Los Angeles’s Various Small Fires gallery now represents Lezley Saar in Asia. The daughter of artists Richard and Betye Saar, Lezley Saar crafts paintings and textiles rooted in questions of identity, mysticism, and gender as they relate to her mixed-race ancestry. She has exhibited at spaces including David Beitzel Gallery in New York, Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles, and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. Saar’s work is included in collections such as the Kemper Museum, the Californian African American Museum, the Ackland Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Monday, March 29
Roberts Projects Adds Dominic Chambers
Roberts Projects in Los Angeles now represents Dominic Chambers. In his practice, Chambers explores the lived Black experience through figurative paintings which depict fleeting moments of leisure, contemplation, and camaraderie. Chambers has exhibited at institutions including Luce Gallery in Turin, the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, and the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh. He will present a solo exhibition at the gallery in 2022.
Rainin Fellowship Names Inaugural Recipients
The Oakland-based Kenneth Rainin Foundation has announced the inaugural recipients of the Rainin Fellowship, which is administered by United States Artists and supports artists in the Bay Area. The four fellows for 2021, who each get an unrestricted $100,000 grant, are choreographer and performance maker Amara Tabor-Smith; actor, director, playwright, and educator Margo Hall; the People’s Kitchen Collective, an artistic and activist project focusing on food-centered political education; and director Rodrigo Reyes.
Daata Fair Reveals Details for Third Edition
Daata Fair, an online event showcasing video and digital art, has announced the exhibitors for its third edition, which will run from April 20 through May 9. The participating galleries are Alexander Levy (Berlin), Capsule Shanghai (Shanghai), Cristin Tierney (New York), DREI (Cologne), Esther Schipper (Berlin), Madeln Gallery (Shanghai), Madragoa (Lisbon), Pilar Corrias (London), and von ammon co (Washington D.C.). The presentations will be accompanied by a panel talk with collector Julia Stoschek; Jason Foumberg, the curator of digital art at the Thoma Foundation; Zoé Whitley, director of Chisenhale Gallery in London; and Arja Miller, chief curator of the Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Finland.
Curator Lawrence W. Nichols To Retire from Toledo Museum of Art
Lawrence W. Nichols, who has served as senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900 at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio for nearly 30 years, has announced that he will retire from his post. Nichols, whose curatorial credits include “One Each: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet and Friends” (2020), “Frans Hals Portraits, A Family Reunion” (2018), and “Manet: Portraying Life” (2012), among many other exhibitions, has been named as the institution’s first curator emeritus.
Suzanne Weaver Will Depart San Antonio Museum of Art
Suzanne Weaver, who has served as interim chief curator and curator of modern and contemporary art at the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas, will retire from the museum on April 16. Before joining SAMA in 2016, Weaver was curator of modern and contemporary art and director of adult programs at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, and prior to that role she was associate curator of contemporary art at the Dallas Museum of Art.