October 24, 2014

Director of Andy Warhol Museum Joins Artists' Legacy Foundation Board

Eric Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, has joined the board of the Artists’ Legacy Foundation in Oakland. Shiner has directed the Warhol Museum since 2011 and is also a writer, a contributing editor for Art AsiaPacific magazine, and an adjunct professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh. The Artists' Legacy Foundation promotes and protects the legacies of deceased artists. Other current members of the board include painter Squeak Carnwath, community advocate Gary Knecht, the Jay DeFeo Trust's director Leah Levy, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's director Timothy Rub, and sculptor Sandra Shannonhouse, who is also the director of the Robert Arneson Archive.

October 24, 2014

New Museum Appoints Director of Ideas City Conference

The New Museum has announced the appointment of Joseph Grima as director of Ideas City, the museum's annual conference addressing the future of cities as determined by culture. Grima is an editor, critic, and curator whose work focuses on architecture, design, and urban issues. From 2007 to 2010, he was director of the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and in 2011 he became editor of the architecture magazine Domus. Grima was also cocurator of the first Istanbul Design Biennial in 2012 and will serve as cocommissioner of the first US architecture biennial, scheduled to take place in Chicago in October 2015. The next iteration of Ideas City, which has editions now in Istanbul and São Paulo, will take place in New York in May 2015.

October 24, 2014

New Director for Neuberger Museum of Art

Andrew Russeth at ArtNews reports that Tracy Fitzpatrick, the chief curator of SUNY Purchase College’s Neuberger Museum of Art since 2012, has been named director of the museum. She will be replacing outgoing director Paola Morsiani, who will remain involved with the institution.

Fitzpatrick is also a professor at the college, where she has taught for the past decade; she has also edited a recently published book about the Neuberger’s permanent collection.

October 24, 2014

Protesting Administration's Handling of Sexual Assault Case, CalArts Students Stage Walkout

Jillian Steinhauer at Hyperallergic reports that a group of students at California Institute of the Arts staged a walkout on the campus yesterday afternoon to protest the administration's recent handling of a sexual assault case involving two CalArts students. The art school, known for famous alumni and faculty such as Mike Kelley and John Baldessari—and for offering one of the first feminist art-centered curriculums in the country—is currently one of eighty-five institutions of higher learning under investigation by the US Department of Education for its policies dealing with incidents of assault, rape, and sexual harrasment on campus. Al Jazeera last week detailed the assault case causing the controversy and profiled the school's response to the student's accusation of rape against another student.

October 24, 2014

Concept Miami Art Fair Scales Back Original Plans

Sarah Cascone at Artnet reports that Concept Miami, a new art fair whose inaugural edition will occur this December 2 through December 7, has changed its initial plans to hold the fair in a tent on Biscayne Bay. It will instead be staged on the 228-foot-long SeaFair luxury yacht, moored at Miami's Bayfront Park. The fair had been unable to secure the planned Biscayne Bay site. The new venue is known for hosting the Miami International Art Fair every January. Concept is one of several fairs (including Art Miami and ArtPalmBeach) that David Lester and his wife, Lee Ann Lester, organize through their company Next Level Fairs.

October 23, 2014

Stanford's New Art and Art History Building Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Stanford University has announced that its new Diller, Scofidio + Renfro–designed 100,000-square-foot building, intended to house its departments of art and art history, will open in fall of 2015. The Burt and Deedee McMurtry building will combine the school's art history and studio art programs in one and feature two interlocking structural strands connecting around a central art and architecture library to resemble a floating glass box. The construction is part of an ongoing campus-wide arts initiative which also requires all undergraduates to take at least one art class.

October 23, 2014

Mark Bradford Among LA MoCA’s Four New Trustees

Mark Bradford

Jessica Gelt reports at the Los Angeles Times that four new trustees have been added to the board of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art: the “the latest sign of growing confidence in the museum under new director Philippe Vergne,” in Gelt’s words. The additions include Los Angeles–based artist Mark Bradford, policy strategist Heather Podesta, philanthropist Christopher Walker, and collector Cathy Vedovi. The museum, struggling with financial woes just several years ago, brought Jeffrey Deitch in as a director, and in turn saw the resignation of trustees Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, and Catherine Opie (the latter three of which returned to the board this March). With its new appointments, the museum now has a total of fifty board members. Praising the merits of Bradford's appointment, Vergne said: “He has a very strong voice in the community, and we need that on the board right now.”

October 23, 2014

Rebounding after Flood Damage, University of Iowa Art Museum Finds New Site and Developer

Vanessa Miller reports in The Gazette that the University of Iowa’s partnered with a developer and landowner to create its new art museum, replacing its old building, which saw $4 million in damage from severe flooding in 2008. FEMA denied the university’s funding requests for a building away from the river (though it did provide aid in restoring the original edifice to preflood conditions), so university officials turned to a public-private partnership model. The new building will be located downtown near the university’s new school of music; as an official at the Iowa City Downtown District said: “It's going to support all of the other area businesses. It'll be a major draw.” Thus far, the museum’s collection of 14,000 pieces has been on view at temporary locations.

October 22, 2014

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Plans Expansion

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, is planning an expansion: its first in fifty years, according to Julia Halperin in the Art Newspaper. Its current exhibition space only fits 200 works from its 6,740-piece collection. Architectural firm Snøhetta was commissioned two years ago to create a growth plan, but details remained secret. Now, the Buffalo News reported that museum officials may hold a competition for proposals. “We are in dire need of more space to accommodate a collection that is a national treasure, and one that has grown significantly in recent years,” said museum director Janne Siren.