It’s a year of artsy anniversaries in Porto, Portugal. The city’s major cultural institution, the Serralves Foundation, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year as well as the 15th anniversary of its Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. In honor of the landmark year, the museum has special programming planned including a two-week “monastic retreat” with Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi. It will be the first time Gates has shown work in the country.
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Serralves Foundation Celebrates Milestones With Theaster Gates Residency and Other Special Programming
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were ousted from Pussy Riot earlier this year, are suing the government of Russia in the European Court of Human Rights, according to a report from the BBC. The pair are seeking reparations not for their 21-month prison stints, but for a trial that they liken to torture. Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova each hope to claim €120,000 (approximately 160,000) for damages and €10,000 (around $13,000) for legal fees.
After a one-year search, Christopher Scoates has been chosen as the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum’s new director to replace Reed Kroloff. It is a homecoming of sorts for Scoates who graduated from the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan school in 1986 with a masters in photography. Scoates comes to Cranbrook from the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach and will start the job August 1.
The City of Sydney has announced that it will commission new public artworks by Junya Ishigami, Tracey Emin, and Hany Armanious. The three pieces are the first to be commissioned under the City’s $9.3 million City Center Public Art Plan and were selected by a panel from 700 expressions of interest.
Every restaurant in New York City is mandated to post a “First Aid for Choking” sign in a visible place by law, but now restaurant-goers might not have to get their Heimlich maneuver tips from the same dated poster. Instead, first aid tips could be found on a commissioned, one-of-a-kind, artist-designed reconsideration of the dining staple. (more…)
This summer, New Yorkers will be tempted to travel to the far reaches of Long Island for an impressive lineup at the Watermill Center’s Scaler Lecture Series. The talks bring together leading voices in the arts, humanities, and sciences at artist Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, which provides renowned residencies and innovative programming across the arts. Beginning July 29, this summer’s lecture series opens with a conversation between Wilson and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag director Benno Tempel, focusing on the collaborations between American painter and sculptor Paul Thek and Wilson. On July 30, New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als will ruminate on the life and work of Diane Arbus. Other events will include talks with Hamptons-based artist Clifford Ross on his forthcoming MASS MoCA project with museum director Joe Thompson and a session with architect Daniel Libeskind. (more…)
Because solely exhibiting your artwork on planet Earth is so 20th-century, Katie Paterson will be sending one of her sculptures off into space tomorrow. “The unmanned cargo resupply spacecraft Georges Lemaitre ATV will launch from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, on a mission to resupply the International Space Station with propellant, water, air and dry cargo,” states a press release from the artist’s New York gallery, James Cohan.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles has announced plans to mount the biggest retrospective of the work of LA legend and artist Cameron in over 20 years. “Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman,” is set to run October 11 through January 11, 2015 at MOCA Pacific Design Center. The show will feature 91 artworks and ephemera — some believed lost until now — including paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, poetry, and important letters between the artist and her husband Jack Parsons, as well as mythologist Joseph Campbell. The show will also importantly highlight the recent publication “Songs for the Witch Woman,” produced by Fulgar Esoterica, which brings together Parsons poems with Cameron’s transcendent illustrations. (more…)
Electric Literature tipped us off to the pending publication of Cory Arcangel’s “Working on My Novel,” which, quite simply, is composed of tweets from strangers that include those four words. “What does it feel like to try and create something new?” the artist ponders on his website. “How is it possible to find a space for the demands of writing a novel in a world of instant communication?” Like many of Arcangel’s best ideas — including the one in which he automatically appends the caption “What a misunderstanding!” to New Yorker cartoons — it’s simple and hilarious. We can’t wait to curl up on the couch and pore through these tweets — wearing a Surfware hoodie, naturally.
UK culture secretary Sajid Javid called the staff and students of the Glasgow School of Art an inspiration on a visit to the art school yesterday, July 24. The school’s historic Mackintosh Building tragically went up in flames on May 23, and both the building and student artworks inside were left seriously damaged. “The resilience shown by the staff and students since the terrible fire is a real inspiration,” Javid said.