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Nancy Kenney

Nancy Kenney is Senior Editor at The Art Newspaper

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Unions

In a virtual rally, Carnegie Museums employees launch union organising drive

Goals include a greater role in decision-making at the four Pittsburgh institutions, which reopened Monday

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Job losses

Art Institute of Chicago lays off 51 employees

Cuts come as US museums slash costs in response to loss of revenue

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Keith Haring

Once hidden, Keith Haring’s Amsterdam mural is ready for restoration

Conservators will repair paint losses and weatherproof a work that the artist executed “in a sort of frenzy” in 1986

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Job losses

Philadelphia Museum of Art to eliminate more than 20% of its staff

Loss of jobs comes amid plunge in revenue from coronavirus shutdown

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reopenings

Met plans to reopen flagship building on 29 August after five-month shutdown

Other New York museums are expected to follow its lead, but it all depends on the city entering Phase 4 of reopening

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Museums & Heritage

Seattle Art Museum responds gamely to fake news release saying it is dissolving

Institution says announcement that it will be run by organisations led by black and indigenous Americans was “a well-done piece of satire”

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diversity

Curators at Guggenheim demand ‘urgent’ reforms of racial inequities at museum

In a letter to management, they call for minority hiring efforts and an inquiry into the treatment of guest curator

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Conservation & Preservation

Menokin preservation project offers a literal window onto layers of Virginia history

Structural glass replaces missing walls and floors of a 1769 house, exposing indelible links to slavery

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Protests

Protest letter urges New York art institutions to rectify ‘egregious acts’ rooted in white supremacy

Signatories cite “unfair practices”, unequal pay and lack of diversity

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Protests

National Trust for Historic Preservation supports removal of Confederate statues that glorify white power

Trust says such monuments “do not reflect, and are in fact abhorrent to, our values”

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Acquisitions

Giuseppe Penone presents two big gifts of drawings to Philadelphia Museum of Art and Centre Pompidou

Arte Povera sculptor hopes that his donations of hundreds of works on paper will start a dialogue

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Philanthropy

Citing devastating coronavirus impact, five US foundations plan to increase payouts to strapped nonprofits by $1.7bn

In a novel strategy, at least three of the foundations will borrow money to finance giving

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Unions

Labour organising committee assails Philadelphia museum’s use of a ‘union avoidance’ law firm

Employees call on the museum to take a position of neutrality in any union vote

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Protests

MCA Chicago renounces future contracts with police until changes are made

Museums calls for policies that “respect black communities”

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Protests

Former Whitney vice chairman divests businesses marketing aggressive crowd-control technology

Corporation owned by Warren B. Kanders, whose links to tear gas led to his museum ouster, is selling off divisions associated with aggressive tactics

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Racial injustice

MOCA Cleveland apologises to black artist whose show it cancelled

Shaun Leonardo, who depicted victims of police violence, has accused the museum of censorship

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Three to see

Three initiatives that explore racial inequality and the long fight for justice in the US

From Google Arts & Culture's digital platform exploring the culture of black experience to the Smithsonian's new Talking About Race portal

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Walker Art Center

Citing killing, Walker Art Center says it will suspend use of police services for special events

Museum calls for holding Minneapolis officers accountable for excessive force and treating people of colour with respect

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Protests

Nelson-Atkins Museum director pledges to re-establish trust after police use campus to stage response to protests

After asking that squad cars leave the grounds, he says police presence caused deep “hurt”

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Museums & Heritage

Amid turbulent US protests, Smithsonian's African American museum opens a conversation about race

Goal of online portal is to spur dialogue about racism and its “corrosive impact”

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coronavirus

Putting our heads together: the three Guggenheim directors size up post-Covid challenges

With museums in Bilbao and Venice poised to reopen, while New York remains in lockdown, Richard Armstrong, Juan Ignacio Vidarte and Karole Vail talk about weathering the financial crisis

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Landscape architecture

Board will revisit vote that would allow demolition of site-specific work at National Geographic Society’s home in Washington, DC

Board members say they were unaware that renovation plan would sacrifice Elyn Zimmerman’s installation

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Acquisitions

A valentine to New York City, in a gift of 130 urban scenes by Chagall, O'Keeffe, Hockney and other artists

Philanthropic couple’s promised donation to New-York Historical Society boosts collection’s 20th-century holdings

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Unions

Workers at Philadelphia Museum of Art seek to unionise

Entreating management to recognise the union voluntarily, employees emphasise goals of equity, diversity and inclusion

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Landscape architecture

National Geographic Society defends disputed plan to remove sculptural installation

Organisation argues that Elyn Zimmerman’s site-specific 1984 work does not deserve protection

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Conservation & Preservation

‘A resting time for the art’: with museums shut, US conservators seize on strategies to safeguard their collections

Experts embrace a blend of remote monitoring and on-site tours, while marvelling at diminished levels of dust

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Museums

Here are the US and European museums that have announced when they are reopening

As governments loosen lockdown restrictions, institutions map out ways of seeking to limit the spread of coronavirus

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Conservation & Preservation

Flooding threatens Mies van der Rohe’s minimalist Farnsworth House in Illinois

Site braces for another onslaught of heavy rain starting this weekend

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Museums & Heritage

Director of Akron Art Museum resigns after negative reports on management

Staff members had leveled allegations of racism, sexism and bullying by managers

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coronavirus

The Met will not reopen until mid-August at the earliest

The museum also cancels tours, talks, concerts and events through the end of the year

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coronavirus

After two-month shutdown, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is reopening this weekend

Institution adopts new policies to foster “the safest possible conditions”

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Art & Technology

With a haunting sculpture, the Met expands its push into augmented reality

Curator provides audio narration for 3D experience of a Taíno religious figure

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Conservation & Preservation

The master's hand: a treasured Vermeer gives up its secrets

Extensive testing of the Frick’s Mistress and Maid proves that it was not finished by someone else

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Antiquities trafficking

International crackdown on art trafficking leads to 101 arrested and 19,000 artefacts recovered

Interpol says the operation spanned 103 countries and that objects ranged from coins to paintings to fossils

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diversity

After racial incident involving a student field trip, MFA Boston reaches accord on diversity

Agreement with state attorney general calls for museum to set up a $500,000 fund promoting inclusion

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Met Gala

With its May gala derailed, the Met offers entertainment for online visitors

Museum provides a preview of its delayed Costume Institute exhibition, posts video of gala highlights and invites audiences to photograph themselves in red-carpet attire

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Art schools

San Francisco Art Institute plans to stay open but suspend degree programmes

School seeks a new business model as well as a partner that can shore up its finances

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Museums & Heritage

Competition spawns alternative designs for controversial Lacma building project

A protest group champions six ideas that remedy what it views as shortcomings in Peter Zumthor's design

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Museums & Heritage

'There is no fast track back to normal': museums confront economic fallout of the pandemic

Closed museums are losing millions in income, ushering in job cuts, appeals for emergency relief and lasting changes in strategy

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Coronavirus resources

US Congress renews payroll loan programme for small businesses and non-profits reeling from coronavirus, extending hopes for museums

Money ran out in the first round, although some museums scored loans

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coronavirus

Met lays off 81 staff members in response to projected budget shortfall

Cuts affect employees in visitor services and retail departments, and more job losses are expected

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Public art

Art world figures protest plan to dismantle sculptural installation in Washington, DC

Arrangement of boulders around reflecting pool on National Geographic Society campus is cited as a landscape art masterpiece

Podcast

Donald Judd 101: the great artist in depth

Plus, Dia Art Foundation's curator Donna De Salvo on Duchamp’s Étant Donnés. Produced in association with Christie's

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coronavirus

AAMD loosens rules for museums seeking to divert income amid coronavirus crisis

While legal hurdles remain, the museum directors’ association will not penalise members who redirect restricted funds to cover operating expenses

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coronavirus

Portland Art Museum joins wave of institutions to cut back on staff costs

Nearly 75% of staff will be placed on unpaid leave and senior leadership at the Oregon museum will take salary cuts

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coronavirus

Guggenheim furloughs 92 employees in New York

Museum will also reduce salaries for those making over $80,000

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coronavirus

Whitney and New Museum lay off staff members as coronavirus economic fallout continues

Employee cuts come three weeks after institutions shut down

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Appointments

Laura Raicovich is named interim director of Leslie-Lohman Museum

Politically minded figure left helm of Queens Museum amid tensions with its board

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coronavirus

Getty sets up $10m fund for small and mid-size Los Angeles-area arts organisations reeling from virus

The trust anticipates that grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000

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coronavirus

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation plans $5m coronavirus relief effort

Multi-year effort will start with $1.25m in grants to a contemporary art foundation, an Artist Relief Fund and New York arts groups

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Exhibitions

‘On the Edge’: de Young plans juried show for artists this summer in San Francisco

No firm date is set amid quarantine, but museum is inviting Bay Area artists to take part and sell their work

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Art schools

San Francisco Art Institute considers suspending classes after May graduation

Citing coronavirus tumult, the 149-year-old school says it has failed to find a partner to ensure its financial survival

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coronavirus

Here's how to apply for financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic if you're self-employed or a small business in the arts

We have gathered information about grants and loans around the world to help you get through the Covid-19 crisis

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coronavirus

Donors set up $75m fund to help cultural groups and other non-profits in New York City

Fund will disburse grants and loans to small and midsize organisations impacted by coronavirus

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coronavirus

‘It’s almost like science fiction’: artists share their experiences with the coronavirus

We spoke with artists in the US and Europe about how Covid-19 has so far affected them and their work, from cancelled exhibitions to concerns about the future

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Museums & Heritage

Seeking answers from Lacma, Ahmanson Foundation threatens to take its largesse elsewhere

Long-time patron wants ‘a clear understanding’ of how a new building can accommodate the permanent collection highlights it has funded

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coronavirus

Met anticipates a $100m shortfall and remaining closed until July—and smaller museums in the US could be hurt even more by pandemic

“Everyone is really whipsawed,” says the New York institution’s president Daniel Weiss, who expects staff reductions

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Closures

Here are the museums that have closed (so far) due to coronavirus

Updates on which cultural institutions are temporarily closing to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Conservation & Preservation

Crowdfunding campaign launched to revive travel-worn Rockwells

Two works—the artist's famous Thanksgiving dinner scene, and a depiction of an African American girl being escorted by US Marshalls to school—have been on a national tour

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coronavirus

Led by Metropolitan Museum of Art, a flurry of US museums say they are shutting down because of coronavirus

Institutions in New York, Boston and Washington underline the need to control the spread of Covid-19

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Museums & Heritage

New arts space finds its muse in the atmospheric Oklahoma sky

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center is reopening with an inaugural exhibition on illumination

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Acquisitions

Cleveland Museum of Art receives art gifts valued at more than $100m

Works donated by a collecting couple include paintings by Bonnard, Vuilliard, Matisse, Braque, Caillebotte and many others

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Museums & Heritage

Four North American museums cancel exhibition of masterworks from Liechtenstein’s princely collections

National Gallery of Canada cites use of forced labour on royal estates in wartime

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Museums & Heritage

New York workers mount rescue operation for Chinese-American artefacts after fire

Salvaging effort focuses on the remaining 80 percent of the archives of the Museum of Chinese in America

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Exhibitions

No stone unturned: an exhibition explores Cézanne’s fascination with rocks

Princeton show charts the artist’s enduring pursuit of geological compositions

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Museums

Several US museums restrict staff travel to high-risk countries in response to coronavirus

Institutions like the National Gallery of Art and the Guggenheim remain open but alert to potential for closing as confirmed cases of Covid-19 rise

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Museums & Heritage

In the Met’s British galleries, a tale of artisans spurred by entrepreneurial forces

Installation weaves a 400-year narrative with global and sometimes dark threads

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Museums

Ahmanson Foundation cuts off gifts of art to Lacma

Foundation president cites concern over a dramatic museum redesign that could force prized works into storage

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Terra Foundation for American Art

Terra Foundation for American Art recruits new leader from Colby College Museum

Sharon Corwin aims to help forge partnerships with arts organisations and interrogate histories of American art

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Exhibitions

'Strikingly experimental': major Donald Judd survey to open this week in New York

The exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, including 70 works made between 1960 and 1992, will trace the artist's development by focusing on key turning points in his career

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Exhibitions

'Cities are not that great': Rem Koolhaas on the appeal of the countryside

Guggenheim exhibition explores the theme of nonurban areas in its first show that has nothing to do with art or architecture

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Museums

Smithsonian provost overseeing Cooper Hewitt after ouster of director

Caroline Baumann was reportedly forced to resign from the NY museum after concerns raised about her 2018 wedding

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Museums & Heritage

Face-off with a founding father: Brooklyn honours African art by placing it amidst its other collections

New exhibition seeks to “fill in the blanks that are still present in museums and art history books”

Podcast

Does Los Angeles want a big art fair?

As Frieze Los Angeles opens, we look at the LA art scene. Plus, we explore the Met's exhibition Sahel about art from the Sahara. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793