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Artist-Designed “First Aid for Choking” Posters Trending in NYC Restaurants

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…)

Hilton Als and Daniel Libeskind Among Speakers in the Watermill Center’s Summer Lectures

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…)

LA MOCA to Host the Largest Cameron Survey in Over 20 Years

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…)

Bay Area Experimental Space the LAB Gets a Boost From New Leadership

The LAB, one of the Bay Area’s most renowned experimental art spaces, is making a comeback and getting a noticeable facelift under the new leadership of curator Dena Beard, according to a recent article by Christian L. Frock for KQED Arts. Formerly assistant curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Beard will step up as executive director at the LAB on August 1. She plans to launch a major effort to revitalize the non-profit space by renovating the gallery and performance spaces, organizing targeted fundraising events, and teaming up with founding artists like Alan Miller, who will serve as board president. (more…)

Florentijn Hofman’s Duck Missing After Flooding in China

Despite its monumental size (standing at 54-feet-tall) and weight (clocking in at close to one ton), Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s giant rubber duck sculpture has vanished following heavy flooding in southwestern China’s Guiyang city. The duck was anchored by a 10-ton metal platform on the Nanming River last Wednesday when it “flopped over and was flushed away really quickly by the torrential flood,” said Yan Jianxin, who helped to coordinate the exhibition, to China Real Time. This isn’t the first time the duck has been damaged — it deflated once before while showing in Hong Kong. (more…)

Massimiliano Gioni Promoted to Artistic Director of the New Museum

Massimiliano Gioni has a new job — or at least a brand new title. New Museum director Lisa Phillips announced this afternoon that the New York-based curator and critic, who has served as the institution’s associate director and director of exhibitions for the past seven years, has been promoted to artistic director. (more…)

Rhizome Announces New $10,000 Prix Net Art Prize

Rhizome has announced a new $10,000 prize for Internet art in partnership with Beijing-based Tsinghua University Art and Science Media Laboratory (TASML) and the Center for Art and Technology at CCIA (CAT/CCIA). Beginning this fall, the “no strings attached” prize will hand out its first honors in the form of cash prize of $10,000 to the winner, and a $5,000 distinction award to a second place candidate. The award will be handed out annually three times in total over the next few years through 2016. (more…)

Internet Cat Video Festival Heads to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

First Internet cat videos hit the Walker Art Center, then New York, and now they’re making their way to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, which will host its very own edition of the breakout traveling festival dedicated to the feline-themed viral online art form. Running July 18-19 at the museum’s performance space, CAM hopes that the public program will attract a larger and younger audience. (more…)

Mario Santamaría’s Tumblr Catches Google’s Camera Photographing Itself

First there was Jon Rafman’s “9-Eyes,” a haunting compendium of disturbing images and figures caught with Google Street View. Now there is Mario Santamaría’s new Tumblr “The Camera in the Mirror” —  a series of screen shots from Google Art Project that catch the robotic camera capturing itself in mirrors. (more…)

Artists Create a 3-D Printable Version of Marcel Duchamp’s Chess Set

In 1918, artist and chess enthusiast Marcel Duchamp hand-carved a chess set upon arriving in Buenos Aires to study the game. Now, artists Scott Kildall and Brian Sera have collaborated to create a 3-D printable version of the lost art deco set using the archival photos of the pieces and CAD software.