Ballroom Marfa Announces New Executive Director


Ballroom Marfa announced today that Susan Sutton will serve as its new executive director. Sutton spent the past four years at Houston's Menil Collection as an assistant curator, most recently organizing an exhibition on the designer Charles James and his work. Fairfax Dorn, Ballroom Marfa's cofounder and outgoing executive director, will transition to the role of artistic director and work with Sutton to concive and implement the creative and strategic vision for the Marfa-based nonprofit.

Gibney Dance Receives $750,000 Mellon Foundation Grant


Brian Schaefer at the New York Times reports that Gibney Dance has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its Dance in Process residency program focusing on midcareer artists. Over the course of three years, the gift will provide thirty artists with a three-week residency at Gibney’s space in the Flatiron district, (where the company has been based since its founding in 1991), and will also help establish a choreographic center there.

Millions in City Funding Granted to Brooklyn Cultural Projects


Eight new projects at Brooklyn arts organizations including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn Navy Yard, and the Mark Morris Dance Center, will receive millions in funding from New York City's 2015 capital budget, reports Rachel Holliday Smith at DNAinfo. BAM will receive $5 million to fund a permanent space for the institution's archives as well as four new cinema theaters. The Brooklyn Museum will receive $4.4 million that will go toward building an education space for its teenage and younger visitors. MoCADA will receive $2.8 million to aid in its search for a new space to house the institution. The Brooklyn Navy Yard will receive $1.5 million to support the upkeep of existing buildings, and the Mark Morris Dance Center will be granted $500,000 to build a new dance studio at its campus located in Fort Greene.

Mori Art Museum Director Appointed Curatorial Director of Honolulu Biennial


Art Radar reports that the director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Fumio Nanjo, has been named the curatorial director of the new Honolulu Biennial slated for 2016. The focus of the biennial will be on art from countries in Asia, the Americas, and Oceania. Fumio Nanjo has been the director of the Mori Art Museum since 2006 and previously curated the 2006 Asia-Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, codirected the 2001 Yokohama Triennale, and served as a commissioner of the Japanese pavilion at the 1997 Venice Biennale.

US Museums Receive Over $30 Million in Federal Grants


The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today the winners of its annual grant cycle, which awarded a total of over $30 million to 211 American museums and culture organizations. Awardees of the Museums for America grants receiving over $100,00 in funding include Art in General, the Denver Art Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Columbus Museum of Art, Arizona State University Art Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York, among others. In addition, the Peabody Essex Museum and the New School were among the recipients of the National Leadership Grants for Museums.

To see a complete list of all the newly announced Museums for America grantees and the National Leadership Grants for Museums awardees click here. The comprehensive list of all institutions receiving IMLS grants thus far in 2014 is here.

Thomas Crow to Deliver Mellon Lectures at National Gallery of Art in 2015


Thomas Crow, professor of modern art and associate provost at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, will be delivering the sixty-fourth annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. His lecture series, “Restoration as Event and Idea: Art in Europe, 1814‒1820”, will be held at the West Building Lecture Hall at the National Gallery of Art on March 15, 22, and 29, and April 12, 19, and 26, 2015. This year, the gallery also plans to broadcast the lectures in real time to audiences via a live-streaming video feed. Instituted in 1949, the A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts were named for Andrew W. Mellon, founder of the National Gallery of Art, which opened to the public in 1941.

Portikus Announces New Curator


Fabian Schöneich has been appointed the new curator of Portikus, the contemporary art hub associated with the Städelschule Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Schöneich has been the assistant curator at the Kunsthalle Basel since 2012 and also curated the Performance Project of LISTE Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland in 2013 and 2014. As an independent curator, he's organized solo and group exhibitions, working with artists such as Simon Denny, Stan Douglas, Tobias Spichtig, and Emilie Pitoiset.

Grand Rapids Art Museum Names New Chief Curator


The Grand Rapids Art Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan has announced the appointment of a new chief curator, Ron Platt, reports the local source WOODTV. Platt was previously curator of modern and contemporary art at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama for seven years. Prior to that he worked as curator of exhibitions for the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as well as curator of exhibitions for the Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Getty Foundation Announces Architecture Conservation Initiative


Jessica Gelt of the Los Angeles Times reports the Getty Foundation has announced a new conservation campaign called Keeping It Modern, which will provide grants of $50,000 through $200,000 to conserve landmarks of twentieth-century modern architecture. The initiative will fund work on ten designs globally–Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House in Australia; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in Chicago; the Charles and Ray Eames residence in Los Angeles; Hilario Candela’s Miami Marine Stadium; Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California; Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium in Finland; I.M. Pei’s Luce Memorial Chapel in Taiwan; Max Berg’s Centennial Hall in Poland; Dov Karmi’s Max Liebling House in the White City of Tel Aviv; and Le Corbusier’s apartment and studio in Paris.