May 2, 2014

Google Glass to Sponsor New Museum 2015 Triennial

The New Museum, New York, has announced that Google Glass will be the lead sponsor of its 2015 triennial exhibition, organized by New Museum curator Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin. As part of this partnership, the New Museum will launch a visitor engagement app using Google Glass that will enable the public to share their individual experiences. The triennial will open in February 2015.

May 2, 2014

Cincinnati Art Museum’s Deputy Director to Retire

Anita Ellis, deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Cincinnati Art Museum, has announced that she will retire, reports Julie Engebrecht of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Ellis is an expert in Rockwood pottery and has been at the museum for forty years. While she was an interim director at the museum, Ellis conceived and oversaw the creation of the Cincinnati Wing, which she describes is “a celebration of the greatness of Cincinnati art and a celebration of the greatness of the Cincinnati community.” Her last day at the museum is May 30.

May 1, 2014

International News Digest

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Manifesta 10 curator Kaspar König defended the biennial’s decision to go ahead as planned, despite protesters who’ve urged for a boycott in light of the Crimean crisis, reports Javier Pes of the Art Newspaper. “To boycott or not to boycott” is not the question, said König at a conference. “The Hermitage is defending the territory of art.” The curator spoke about the power that art still has to play a crucially subversive role in the region, calling up the example of Marlene Dumas, whose drawings of famous gay men for the show (which will now be shown with drawings of straight men as well) quietly undermine Russia’s prohibition against “gay propaganda.” König also said that he has invited the three artists who originally withdrew from Manifesta 10, in protest, to participate by visiting or contributing to events. Two have agreed.

CNN’s Sam Gaskin surveyed the boom in new museums being constructed in China. Looking at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai, the Museum of Handcraft Paper in Yunnan Province, and the Datong Art Museum among other institutions, Gaskin noted that the five-year plan outlined by the National People’s Congress in 2010 included plans to increase the number of museums to 3,500 nationwide. By the end of last year, the goal was already surpassed, as China’s number of museums reached 4,000. But according to Gaskin, museum experts have raised the concern that the nation’s focus has remained on building new museums, while the problem of developing high-quality exhibition programming remains unsolved.

The artist collective Myvillages has won nearly $70,000 for a project they proposed that would engage with East London communities by recreating a nineteenth-century tradition in which hundreds of thousands of East Londoners would travel to Kent to do seasonal harvesting work, according to Ashitha Nagesh in Artinfo. The tradition died out in the 1950s. Myvillages will use their award to create a community garden in Dagenham, where visitors from East London will be able to harvest hops as their forebears did. The Create Art Award is offered by the Create London initiative, which sponsors socially engaged projects.

April 29, 2014

$1 Million Pledged to the Metroplitan Museum’s Performance and Talks Series

Adrienne Arsht has pledged $1 million in support of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s series of performances and talks, the “Met Museum Presents,” which is now in its second season and comprises approximately one hundred events annually that are based on the museum’s collection, exhibitions, and gallery spaces. The grant will fund the next three seasons of the series and bring together performers, scholars, and thinkers from around the world. Said director Thomas P. Campbell: “For years, Adrienne Arsht has been a philanthropic force in the performing arts and her generous grant to the Metropolitan Museum signals her confidence in the bold direction that our Concerts & Lectures general manager Limor Tomer has embraced over the past two years. Adrienne’s support will encourage the growth of this ground-breaking programming as Limor mines our collections, collaborates with our curators, and takes creative risks to bring a fresh perspective to the museum. We are grateful to Adrienne for her vision and generosity in making this possible.”

April 29, 2014

Herzog & de Meuron to Design Vancouver Art Gallery

Herzog & de Meuron have been commissioned to design the new Vancouver Art Gallery. The firm was the unanimous choice from a short-list of five, which also included Toronto’s KPMB Architects; Tokyo’s SANAA; and New York-based firms Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, reports Marsha Lederman of The Globe and Mail. The museum will span approximately three hundred thousand square feet—double the capacity of the current facility, which is located a few blocks away from the site where the new building is slated to be built. An additional $150 million needs to be raised from the federal and provincial governments by the end of April 2015, the same time conceptual designs are expected to be completed. At that point the institution will begin its public capital campaign. Said director Kathleen Bartels on the gallery’s selection: “They’re artists’ architects. They understand artists. They’ve worked with artists for their entire professional career and they know what that means.”

April 28, 2014

MAP Fund Awards $1.5 Million to Performance Projects

Creative Capital’s MAP Fund has awarded thirty-nine US-based performance projects a total of $1.5 million. The fund is primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional support given by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Since 1989, the MAP Fund has issued grants for new and innovative performance works that particularly address issues of racial, ethnic, and sexual diversity. This year, grantees, which range from individual artists to performing art centers, will receive anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000. For more information about the 2014 winners, click here.

April 28, 2014

Hans Hollein (1934–2014)

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Hans Hollein has passed away, according to the New York Times’ Margalit Fox. Hollein was renowned for high-profile buildings, like the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, Germany, and the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, but he also took on smaller-scale projects, working on boutiques, museum exhibitions, and home accessories, like a silver tea in the form of an aircraft carrier that he created for Alessi. Hollein often used columns, sometimes to surreal effect, adding a group of them—turned into palm trees—to the Vienna branch he designed for the Austrian State Travel Agency. In his lifetime, Hollein was a guest teacher at Yale; Washington University in St. Louis; the University of California, Los Angeles; and Ohio State University among other schools. The manifesto he penned in 1968 for the Austrian architecture magazine Bau revealed the extent to which architecture consumed his life. Its title? “Alles Ist Architektur,” or Everything is Architecture.

April 28, 2014

Phoenix Art Museum’s Director Steps Down

James Ballinger, Phoenix Art Museum’s director, is stepping down from his post after forty years at the museum, according to Allyson Gerrard in the Downtown Devil. Under his tenure as director, the museum added ten thousand pieces to its collection. He personally organized fifty of the five hundred shows mounted by the museum during his career. “The physical and programmatic growth of the Phoenix Art Museum during Jim’s tenure has been nothing short of astonishing, and in my view, directly reflects Phoenix’s evolution during the same time period,” said Jaime Dempsey, the deputy director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

April 25, 2014

Michael Glawogger (1959–2014)

The Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger, who focused on documentaries that depicted subjects living in atrocious situations, has passed away, according to Douglas Martin in the New York Times. Glawogger first received renown for Megacities, 1998, a film interleaving scenes from the lives of various poverty-stricken residents of Mumbai, New York, Mexico, and Moscow. The film turned out to be the first part of a trilogy, followed by Workingman’s Death, 2005, and Whore’s Glory, 2011. Throughout his life, the director won numerous awards, including London Film Festival’s Grierson Award (for Workingman’s Death); the Austrian Film Award for best documentary (for Whore’s Glory); and the award for best screenplay at the Ghent Film Festival for Slumming, 2006.