As we reported earlier this week, 3rd Ward will be closing due to financial troubles, effective nearly immediately. That’s the bad news. Since the story broke, though, there’s been some hopeful updates for those artists wanting to stay put in their studios, on their own.
Over the last two years, The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History has created outposts in Philadelphia, Bloomington, Indiana, and New York to investigate the hidden stories of local queer communities. Their motto: “If you don’t know you have a past, how can you believe you have a future?”
Framed by the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges and set against the backdrop of lower Manhattan, Emilia and Ilya Kabakov’s Ship of Tolerance will grace the DUMBO waterfront until October 8th.
The pre-eminent feature of this 66-foot wooden vessel is its colorful sail, stitched together from paintings on 30” x 30” silk squares by New York City public elementary school students. The paintings express notions of peace and tolerance and hope for a brighter future. For both the ship’s fans and detractors, it’s a simple message.
Is the government shut down? Yes.The dispute over whether Obamacare should be defunded has finally culminated. While the house will continue to pick up their checks, the national parks, federal historic sites (like fountains), and museums reliant on federal funding (like the Smithsonian) will close indefinitely. Here are the tweets.
After 43 years, Barbara London is leaving MoMA on October first. Over the course of her career as associate curator of Media and Performance Art, she has guided us over the expanding landscape of new media.
Her career began in the 70s when she founded the museum’s video collection, introducing works by Nam June Paik, Laurie Anderson, and Lynda Benglis. Over the years, she has consistently exhibited new work by Chinese and Japanese artists and pioneered Internet art at MoMA: in 2001 she produced the museum’s first website art commission, Tony Oursler’s Timestream, and in 1997 created Stir-Fry, a multimedia site mapping emerging media art in China. London has made a career of championing media and sound art, forms that continue to pose institutional challenges.
We rarely hear about “the local” in reference to China’s art scene, but the Armory Show’s new Focus curator wants to change that. This week it was announced that Philip Tinari, the esteemed director of Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), will curate the 2014 Armory Focus program, focusing on China.