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Chicago Gets Eight New Public Sculptures This Week

Public works by Christopher Wool, Robert Lobe, Alice Aycock, and Indira Johnson will be installed across Chicago by the end of this week as part of an intiative of the city government and the Chicago Park District. Slated to be on display for one year, the pieces are spread across Kenwood, Palmisano Park, and the Museum Park Campus. They join preexisting works from Orly Genger and Hebru Brantley.


Walker Art Center and Coffee House Press Use Kickstarter to Fund a Cat Art Book

The Walker Art Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival in 2012 kicked off a nationwide tour and a flurry of excitement from pet owners, cat enthusiasts, and cultural critics far and wide. Now, Coffee House Press is looking to bring together the various thoughts about cat videos and their impact on art and culture through a new book titled “Cat is Art Spelled Wrong.” In collaboration with the Walker Art Center, Coffee House Press marketing director Caroline Casey and publisher Chris Fischbach have started a Kickstarter campaign called Catstarter to fund the project. (more…)

Electronic Frontier Foundation Honors Trevor Paglen with 2014 Pioneer Award

San Francisco-based digital rights organization the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced that it will award photographer Trevor Paglen with one of its 2014 Pioneer Awards. “Trevor Paglen is an artist whose work uses methods from science, journalism, and other disciplines in an attempt to “see” the historical moment we live in,” states the press release. Other awardees include United Nations Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue and U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren.


Mint&Serf Curate a TriBeCa Photography Show

As New York-based graffiti duo Mint&Serf (aka the Mirf) get set to release the seventh edition of their Special Graffiti Unit (SGU) limited edition newsprint, they’re also busy preparing to open a photography exhibition called “Never Too Young, which will run concurrently at TriBeCa’s No Romance Galleries today through September 7. Produced alongside Good Peoples, the exhibition, carefully curated by Mint&Serf, will showcase the work of emerging photographers PJ Monte, Mike Krim, Osvaldo Chance Jiminez (aka Slutlust), and Harry McNally — all of whom are featured in the newest issue of SGU. (more…)

Interpol to Play at the Met’s Temple of Dendur

Interpol is set to promote their new record (and the launch of the Met’s new app) in a concert at the Temple of Dendur on September 2. The museum’s Egyptian setting is a perfect pairing with the band’s recently released single “Ancient Ways” from forthcoming album “El Pintor,” which is slated to come out September 9. Those willing to throw down $45 for a ticket will “enjoy a private reception before the show with complimentary wine, beer, and snacks—and be among the first to try The Met app,” according to the event page.


American Alliance of Museums Head to Retire in 2015

After eight years on the job, Ford W. Bell, the president of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), is set to retire on May 31, 2015. Formerly a veterinarian and non-profit executive, Bell oversaw the AAM’s rebranding in 2012. “Bell is credited with making the organization, founded in 1906, more outward looking, more dedicated to member service, and more focused on making the case for museums, at all levels of government,” according to the press release.


303 Gallery Plans Kim Gordon Show For Next Summer

Chelsea’s 303 Gallery has sent out their exhibition schedule for the next year and it looks like experimental musician and Sonic Youth front-woman Kim Gordon is set to have a show from June 4 to July 15. The gallery, which added Gordon to its stable this April, is not yet releasing details on exactly what form the show will take.


Lucie Awards Honor Carrie Mae Weems, Nan Goldin, and Four Others

LA-based photography non-profit the Lucie Foundation has announced the six photographers to be honored with its 12th annual Lucie Awards. During the November 2 ceremony at Carnegie Hall, Carrie Mae Weems will be honored for fine arts, Nan Goldin for portraiture, Martin Parr for documentary, and Nick Ut for photojournalism. Jane Bown will receive the Lifetime Achievement award and Pedro Meyer will be given the Visionary Award.


A Few More Important Findings Within the Corcoran Ruling

It looks as if the sun is finally setting on an autonomous Corcoran Gallery of Art. Yesterday, DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun approved the institution’s merger with George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art. The ruling  “effectively dissolved the Corcoran as an independent entity,” Okun wrote in a statement. The final ruling, which came to 49 pages, included several other important details about the Corcoran’s fate. The Washington Business Journal’s Rebecca Cooper has rounded up five noteworthy findings that deserve mention. (more…)

Steve McQueen’s HBO Pilot to Hold Casting Call in Harlem this Weekend

Filmmaker and artist Steve McQueen is looking for the star of his upcoming project for HBO this weekend at the Harlem School for the Arts, DNAinfo reports. Between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, black men between 20 and 40 are invited to audition for the leading man in an untitled drama that is “an exploration of a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems,” according to Deadline Hollywood.