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posted by March 25, 2020

As Art Schools Cancel Student Shows, One Instagram Account Pledges to Give Them Life

A new Instagram account is highlighting work from now-canceled BFA and MFA thesis shows, and students and faculty are encourage to submit. (ARTnews)

Curators Impacted by COVID-19 Can Apply for This Emergency Grant

The Kinkade Family Foundation grants will award up to $5,000 for “unexpected emergencies related to the COVID-19 epidemic.” (Hyperallergic)

Financial Relief Resources for Artists During COVID-19

Artwork Archive has compiled a list of emergency resources and crowdfunding efforts. (Artwork Archive)

New York Foundations Create $75 M. Fund to Support Arts Nonprofits and Social Services Impacted by Coronavirus

A consortium of 18 foundations has created a $75 million fund to support small and midsize nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. (ARTnews)

As Curricula Moves Online, Yale Art Students Demand Tuition Refund

Over one hundred MFA students from the Yale School of Art have called for a partial tuition refund. (Artforum)

Open-Access JSTOR Materials Accessible to the Public

JSTOR Open Access has over 6,000 ebooks and over 150 journals accessible without the need for an online login. (University Times)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 18, 2020

Screenshot via Google Arts & Culture, one of MCN’s recommendations for virtual museum resources.

The Coronavirus and the Ruptured Narrative of Campus Life

“I think of students whose identities needed the entirety of spring to play out. What will they face when sent abruptly home? They’d just got started.” (The New Yorker)

Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to Two Women for the First Time

Dublin-based architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are the recepients of the 2020 Pritzker Prize, making them the first two women to share the profession’s highest honor. (New York Times)

Opinion: Please Do a Bad Job of Putting Your Courses Online

“You are NOT building an online class. You are NOT teaching students who can be expected to be ready to learn online…Release yourself from high expectations right now, because that’s the best way to help your students learn.” (Rebecca Barrett-Fox)

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

A comprehensive guide to resources for e-learning and virtual retreats to art, culture, and history around the globe. (Museum Computer Network)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 11, 2020

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UC Graduate Students Threaten More Strikes as Movement Grows

Students and faculty members across University of California campuses took action last week in support of UC Santa Cruz graduate students demanding cost-of-living adjustments. (Los Angeles Times)

Online Resource: Women in World History

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, explore an online resource of educational materials for teaching the history of women in the world. (NEH)

Griselda Pollock Becomes First Art Historian to Win Esteemed $646,000 Holberg Prize

The feminist art historian has won one of the world’s biggest awards for contributions to the humanities. (ARTnews)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by March 04, 2020

The Smithsonian Puts 2.8 Million Images in the Public Domain

The Smithsonian opted for a Creative Commons Zero license, which places work “as completely as possible in the public domain.” (Wired)

Louvre Closes to Public as Staff Meets to Discuss Spread of Coronavirus in France

The institution temporarily closed this week to discuss the spread of the virus. (ARTnews)

Refugee Docents Help Bring A Museum’s Global Collection To Life

Attendance at the Penn Museum has shot up since the Global Guides’ first tours in 2018. (NPR)

Meet the Iowa Architect Documenting Every Slave House Still Standing

Since 2012, Jobie Hill has surveyed hundreds of structures that she believes once served as homes to enslaved African Americans. (Atlas Obscura)

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posted by February 26, 2020

5Pointz in January 2013. Photo courtesy of Ezmosis via Wikimedia Commons/artnet News

A Stunning Legal Decision Just Upheld a $6.75 Million Victory for the Street Artists Whose Works Were Destroyed at the 5Pointz Graffiti Mecca

The trial was a key test of the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), which grants protections to artworks deemed to be of “recognized stature.” (artnet News)

‘It Confirms the Dread I Felt on Election Day’: Artists From Countries Targeted by Trump’s Latest Immigration Ban Speak Out

The addition of Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, and Tanzania to the restricted travel list nearly doubles the number of countries affected since Trump’s original executive order. (artnet News)

Concerns Over Britain Returning Elgin Marbles to Greece Arise as EU Drafts Brexit Negotiating Mandate

After a draft EU mandate leaked to the media last week, reporters were quick to speculate that the Parthenon Marbles could become a bargaining tool in Brexit trade talks. (ARTnews)

American Alliance of Museums: Advocacy Toolkit

Museums Advocacy Day is happening now in Washington DC. Use American Alliance of Museums’s free advocacy tools to join in. (AAM)

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posted by February 05, 2020

Patricia Walters. Photo: Sarah L. Voisin, via The Washington Post

She Collected Art Worth Millions. Now, She’s Giving the Coveted Collection to Howard University.

Patricia Walters is donating 152 pieces to Howard University to honor her husband, the late political scientist Ronald W. Walters. (Washington Post)

The Aftermath of a Fire at the Museum of Chinese in America’s Archives

Staff are hopeful after the first recovery effort found 150 boxes in a salvageable state. (Atlas Obscura)

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Awards $2.5 Million to Five Universities

The announcement marks an expansion of the foundation’s Frankenthaler Scholarships program, a multiyear initiative that has already dedicated more than $4 million to advance the academic careers of art and art history students. (Artforum)

Art School’s Merger With Christian University Stokes Uproar

The union of Watkins College of Art and Belmont University in Nashville has prompted concern for the future of non-Christian faculty members and LGBTQ students on campus. (New York Times)

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posted by January 29, 2020

Much of the collection of the Museum of Chinese in America may have been ruined after a fire broke out at a building in Chinatown where its acquisitions were stored. Photo: Lloyd Mitchell, via New York Times

85,000 Pieces From Beloved Chinatown Museum Likely Destroyed in Fire

Our thoughts are with the staff and supporters of the Museum of Chinese in America after a devastating fire destroyed much of their collection last week. Donate to the recovery fund here. (New York Times)

German Museum Experiments With Novel Approach to Charging Its Visitors

The Weserburg Museum of Modern Art recently tried an experimental approach in museum admission pricing – €1 for every 10 minutes. (MuseumNext)

Images of 100,000 Artworks From Paris Museum Collections Now Freely Available to the Public

Paris Musées is offering digital downloads of artworks by Rembrandt, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Delacroix, and many others. (Hyperallergic)

Yale Art History Department to Scrap Survey Course

“Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present” was once touted as one of Yale College’s quintessential classes. This spring, the final rendition of the course will question the idea of Western art itself. (Yale News)

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posted by January 22, 2020

Museum Tour Toolkit: Developing an Inclusive Tour

A free resource from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, this toolkit for developing an inclusive museum tour was compiled through discussions with more than 150 docents and guides over a two-year period. (MIA)

History Shows What’s Wrong With the Idea That War Is ‘Normal’ in the Middle East

“This trope is frequently turned to by those who would have the world believe that war in the Middle East is somehow innate and inevitable.” (Time)

Germany Opens an Official ‘Help Desk’ for Those Seeking to Reclaim Nazi-Looted Art, Simplifying a Long-Opaque Process

The office in Berlin, led by art historian Susanne Meyer-Abich, aims to guide people around the bureaucratic hurdles for claiming back their cultural assets. (artnet News)

Philadelphia Mayor: Museum Should ‘Strengthen’ Sexual Harassment Policy

The mayor’s remarks come after former Philadelphia Museum of Art employee Joshua Helmer was forced to resign from his Erie Art Museum post. (New York Times)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by January 15, 2020

Mario Moore, Several Lifetimes, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Most Paintings on Princeton’s Campus Are of Dead White Men. But One Artist Is Adding Equally Grand Portraits of Its Cooks and Cleaners

Created during a year-long fellowship, artist Mario Moore’s portrait series honors service workers on the Princeton University campus. (artnet News)

Free Your Mind: A Speculative Review of #NewMoMA

“The museum has given over the ground floor to a new childcare facility, available to all its staff. The higher floors of the extension will provide affordable housing for low-income workers in the arts…” From Claire Bishop and Nikki Columbus, a speculative review of the “new MoMA.” (Paper Monument)

Museum Director Forced Out Amid Harassment Complaints

Joshua Helmer was removed at the Erie Art Museum after a recent New York Times article about complaints during his tenure at the museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (New York Times)

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posted by January 08, 2020

The archaelogical site and ruins of gates and columns of the Persian Achaemenid dynasty ancient capital city of Persepolis. Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images, via artnet News

President Trump’s Threat to Bomb Iranian Cultural Sites ‘Must Be Condemned,’ Say Outraged Museum Directors, Politicians, and Scholars

Cultural figures and scholars around the world have condemned Trump’s statements. (artnet News)

Update: The Pentagon Has Rejected Trump’s Threat to Bomb Iran’s Heritage Sites. Here’s What May Have Been Saved (artnet News)

Reimagining Museum Design, With Education at the Forefront

“Education departments have generally been the most imaginative, responsive, and inclusive arms of museums. So, why are they not given the highest consideration in new museum building planning?” (Hyperallergic)

Ten Rules for (Possibly) Succeeding in Academia through Upward Kindness

A satirical article on tips for “upward toxicity” in academia was Times Higher Education’s most-read article of 2019. In response—and in the spirit of the new year—here are ten rules for success through upward kindness. (THE)

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