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Weekend roundup

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  • Big story: Michigan’s attorney general says that the Detroit Institute of Art’s art should stay where it is. (Perhaps for his next magic act he could banish all that ‘educational’ (and occasionally art historically iffy) text from the DIA’s galleries and undo the separation of African-American art from other art?)
  • Sebastian Smee thinks MASS MoCA looks pretty darn good right now.
  • Both the Washington Post’s Philip Kennicott and the CityPaper’s Kriston Capps are disappointed in Georges Braque‘s 1930s and 1940s output, and find it insufficiently interested in contemporary geopolitics. Not only do I disagree (as a friend of mine said to me last week: Braque wasn’t going to transform himself into a social realist because Germans were near), but I think the Kemper/Phillips show now in Washington is full of absotively great paintings, an exhibition that will leave you wondering why Americans see so few Braque shows. (This is the first one in 16 years.) Don’t miss it. Also: Co-curator Karen Butler was the lead guest on Episode No. 69 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast.
  • In the NYT Magazine, Wil S. Hylton profiles James Turrell.
  • Peter Walker, the landscape architect of the Nasher Sculpture Center, talks to the Dallas Morning News’ Michael Granberry on a rather suspicious ‘report’ issued by death-beam-building Museum Tower’s owners.
  • ArtNEWS’ Trent Morse on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s taking a turn toward the more scholarly and thoughtful under incoming director Colin Bailey. I hope so. FAMSF has been one of America’s most underperfoming museums for the last eight years or so.
  • With Robert Irwin’s famed 1977 Scrim Veil — Black Rectangle — Natural Light being re-installed at the Whitney, possibly for the last time, the NYT’s Randy Kennedy looks at the work’s past, present and iffy future.
  • Kenneth Baker takes a macro look at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.
  • On this week’s MAN Podcast: Joyce Pensato talks about her first museum survey exhibition, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Alexander Dumbadze tells us about his excellent biography-ish of Bas Jan Ader. Download the show. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast on iTunes (please rate the show there as it will help others find it!), SoundCloudStitcher or RSS. See images of art discussed on the program.
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  1. hbl says:

    Could you say more about the ‘educational’ texts in the DIA galleries? I haven’t been to DIA yet — I suppose I should bump it to the top of my list in case things do go south– but what kind of texts do they have? Is it dumbing down? Totally irrelevant to the art on view? Just distracting?

    I’m very interested in current trends in museum education that strike me as art historically suspect and don’t do anything to enhance the experience of the art itself. (This is happening in some fairly prominent places, too.) I’d love to hear other thoughtful perspectives on this, rather than just the usual platitudes about “enhancing the visitor experience” and supposed broadening of accessibility.

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