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Art Basel to Restage Ryan McNamara’s Meme Ballet in Miami Beach

Good news for those who didn’t get the chance to see artist Ryan McNamara’s fantastic “MEƎM: A Story Ballet About the Internet” when it debuted at Performa last year: Art Basel in Miami Beach plans to restage the performance this December. The show will have a three-night run at Miami’s Miami Grand Theater (formerly known as the Playboy theater).  “MEƎM 4 Miami” will kick off with an invitation-only performance on December 2, but tickets are available for presentations at 8pm and 10:30pm on December 3 and 4.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Jack-O’-Lanterns, Chris Ofili, and Beyoncé Yet Again

MoMA curator Eva Respini (curator_on_the_run) posted this pretty impressive Blue Nude-inspired jack-o’-lantern.

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Harvard Art Museums to Debut With Site-Specific Rebecca Horn Installation

The new Renzo Piano-designed Harvard Art Museums, which are slated to open on November 16, have just announced another inaugural exhibition and commissioned work by Rebecca Horn. In addition to a show of Horn’s multiples, photographs, and early films, the museum has also asked the artist to create a new kinetic sculpture called “Flying Books under Black Rain Painting.” One of Horn’s “painting machines,” it will be installed outside the Prescott Street entrance to the museums and be on long-term display.

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Pérez Art Museum Miami Announces 5 Artist Commissions

For its 2014-2015 season, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) has asked artists Nicole Cherubini, Mario Garcia Torres, Iman Issa, Shana Lutker, and Gary Simmons to create site-specific projects in the museum. In creating the commissioned works, the artists have been asked to respond to both the museum’s architecture and Miami. Projects range from Cherubini’s clay works to a large mural by Simmons to a historiographic installation from Torres.

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High Museum Director Announces Retirement

After a 15-year run, High Museum of Art director Michael E. Shapiro has announced plans to retire next summer. During his tenure at the Atlanta institution, Shapiro has overseen the museum’s Renzo Piano-designed expansion, the doubling of its permanent collection, and nearly $230 million in fundraising. The High’s board of directors has announced plans to form a search committee to find the museum’s next head.

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Dior CEO Sidney Toledano Joins Guggenheim Foundation Board

As announced on Tuesday, Sidney Toledano is the latest edition to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s board of trustees. Toledano has long been a major figure at Christian Dior, first introducing the “Lady Dior” bag in 1995 before being appointed president and CEO of Christian Dior Couture in 1998; under his tenure, Toledano has launched the Christian Dior Fine Jewellery department and Dior Homme. “His experience managing a global business and his shared commitment to the importance of art in the world today will make him a valuable member of the Board of Trustees,” said William L. Mack, the Guggenheim Foundation’s chairman, in a press release. Toledano also serves on the boards of Fendi International and the Institut Français de la Mode, and is president of the John Galliano company.

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See Snoop Dogg’s Painting Process in This Ad for Happy Socks

“For many years in my life, I always felt like painting was something I wanted to do, but I never got a chance to do it,” begins Snoop Dogg at the opening of a promotional video for his collaboration with Swedish company Happy Socks, due out on November 1. As part of their “Art of Inspiration” series, the company asked the hip hop legend to, in his words, “do my thing with canvas, paint, see what we come up with.” (Note: Yes, this absolutely means high-end socks with pot leaves on them.) Though the collaboration was teased shortly thereafter, today the full video has been released via Dazed in all its just-under-4-minute glory, providing invaluable insights into Snoop’s creative process.

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Alexi Fung Named Bonhams Managing Director for Hong Kong

Alexi Fung is the new managing director of the Bonhams Hong Kong branch, a post he will take up immediately at the auction house’s new One Pacific Place salesroom. With a focus on Asian 20th century & contemporary art, Fung has previously worked at auction houses in Hong Kong and Japan.

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Miami Project Announces 2014 Exhibitors

Set to sell in Wynwood for the third year in a row, the Miami Project has just announced its 2014 exhibitors. Running from December 2 through 7, the fair will host 68 participants just down the block from Art Miami.

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Mykki Blanco Joins Hood By Air’s MoMA Performance Piece

If you happen to follow Mykki Blanco on Twitter or Instagram, then you know that the rapper-cum-performance artist has been on tour for the better part of two years now, breezing through an impressive list of countries in Europe and Southeast Asia — from a particularly controversial stop in Portugal to a gig in Hanoi’s sole hipster bar. And given her* change of handle on both social media sites, you’re probably also aware of “Gay Dog Food,” the Kathleen Hanna–featuring alter ego album set to drop on October 28, which represents, according to Blanco, “where I hope to go creatively and commercially” — i.e., harder, grimier, genre-bending “creative punk.” What you may not yet know, however, is that Blanco will be back in New York City at long last on October 30 to perform as part of fashion house Hood by Air’s first-ever non-runway presentation, hosted by MoMA’s PopRally.

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