FIAC, Paris, has announced its plans to stage a fair in Los Angeles in April of 2015, reports GalleristNY. Managed by Reed Expositions, the fair is also considering plans to expand into Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.
Robert Cundall will be joining the Museum of Arts and Design as its new deputy director and chief operating officer. Cundall was most recently COO at the Seattle Art Museum, and has also worked in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, holding various positions at organizations ranging from the Business Software Alliance to Mobil Corporation. Said Cundall: “Leaving the Seattle Art Museum, its extraordinary board of trustees and my outstanding colleagues after twelve years is not a decision I took lightly, but MAD offers a unique opportunity to apply my SAM experience in an exciting, new context.”
Stuart Horodner has been named the new director of the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, according to Rich Copley in the Lexington Herald-Leader. He’ll be leaving the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, where he was artistic director. Horodner has also worked as visual arts curator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Oregon, director of the Bucknell University Art Gallery in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and coowner of the Horodner Romley Gallery in New York.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, which is facing considerable debt and a shrinking endowment, is considering a merger with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. The proposal currently on the table stipulates that the National Gallery would take over a substantial part of the Corcoran’s seventeen-thousand-piece collection (works not taken would be distributed to other institutions) as well organize exhibitions in its building, which is, according to Carol Vogel of the New York Times, in need of a $100 million renovation. The university would assume responsibility for the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Said Earl A. Powell III, director of the National Gallery: “This arrangement turns two great collections into one extraordinary collection. The Corcoran will still have its own identity: a great facility with a distinguished building. It’s a way of keeping the Corcoran memory alive.”
Marie Muracciole will be the new director of the Beirut Art Center. Her appointment comes as the founders and previous codirectors of the center, Sandra Dagher and Lamia Joreige, announced their decision to step down. An art historian, critic, and independent curator, Muracciole served as head of the cultural department at Jeu de Paume from 2006 until 2011. She is also a cinema and video theory professor at the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux. Said Dagher and Joreige, “We relinquish our duties as codirectors not with sadness but excitement for the coming tenure of Marie Muracciole, whose curatorial project, rich experience, dynamic approach, and human qualities are sure to invigorate the programming at BAC.”
The New York Times’ Jori Finkel reports that the Hammer Museum has made public the list of thirty-five artists who will be participating in the museum’s biennial, “Made in LA,” which focuses on emerging or underrecognized artists working in Los Angeles. Michael Ned Holte and Connie Butler are cocurating this year’s edition. Each of the included artists and collectives will also be in contention for the Mohn Award—a $100,000 juried prize. But this year, the museum will also offer two new $25,000 awards: One will recognize lifetime contribution and the other will go to the most popular work in the show. The full list of artists is as follows:
Magdalena Suarez Frimkess and Michael Frimkess
Gerard & Kelly
James Kidd Studio
Los Angeles Museum of Art
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, has hired Sona Datta as its new curator of Indian and South Asian art, according to the Associated Press. Datta comes from the British Museum in London, where for the past eight years she has specialized in the visual culture of South Asia, in particular the post-1947 art of Bengal. Said the museum’s chief curator, Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, Datta’s expertise “is perfectly in tune with our ambitions.” The Peabody Essex Museum has an extensive collection of Indian art from the colonial era to the present.
Sophia Kishkovsky is reporting in the Art Newspaper that Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were detained in Sochi yesterday in connection to a local theft, according to police. They were released later that day. The performers report that they, along with other activists, were beaten by law enforcement. Saying that their detentions had nothing to do with the theft, Tolokonnikova told the Art Newspaper , “If a person is arrested for no reason while walking the streets of the city, that is a preventative detention, and they are happening one after another.”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the endowment of two curatorships in the department of modern and contemporary art. The positions have been funded by a gift from the museum’s chairman, Daniel Brodsky, and his wife, Estrellita B. Brodsky, an art historian and specialist in Latin American art. The roles will be named accordingly: The Estrellita B. Brodsky curator of Latin American art will be held by a specialist in twentieth- and twenty-first-century art from Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, and the Daniel Brodsky associate curator of architecture and design will be responsible for the department’s holdings of architecture and design-related objects and other material.
Said museum director Thomas P. Campbell: “Through their generosity and vision, Dan and Estrellita Brodsky have taken a leadership role in our initiative to strengthen the resources and programming for modern and contemporary art. The two new curators will join us at a particularly exciting time, as we lead up to the opening of the Madison Avenue location.”