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Week in Review: NYC loses 66% of creative jobs in 2020

Australian Arts Orgs Impacted by Facebook Ban, NYC loses 66% of creative jobs in 2020, German researc
Feb 26, 2021 • View in browser
Australian Arts Orgs Impacted by Facebook Ban, NYC loses 66% of creative jobs in 2020, German researchers say the risk of COVID-19 transmission is far lower in museums and theaters than any other indoor activity, and more.

"The Scream" by Edvard Munch (photo by Borre Hostland; courtesy the National Museum)
"The Scream" by Edvard Munch (photo by Borre Hostland; courtesy the National Museum)
Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts
  • Researchers at the Berlin Institute of Technology say the risk of COVID-19 transmission is far lower in museums and theaters than any other indoor activity, including supermarkets and restaurants.
  • Employment in the arts, entertainment, and recreation in New York City has plummeted by two-thirds during the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest decline among the city’s economic sectors in 2020.
Dartmouth Community Opposes Leon Black-funded Arts Center
Dartmouth College alumni and students are calling for the school to rename the Black Family Visual Arts Center following revelations of Leon Black’s financial ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. “The building represents an ever-present insult to all Dartmouth survivors,” said members of Dartmouth Community Against Gender Harassment and Sexual Violence.
Facebook “Unfriends” Australian Organizations
In Other News
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art has received gifts totaling over $1 million in support of its long-term financial plan to increase access and equity within the museum. The museum had previously planned to fund the initiatives using proceeds from the sale of three major artworks, a proposal that drew sharp criticism from many in the arts community.
  • The Palm Springs City Council rejected a bid to fund the installation of a Desert X artwork, citing the biennial’s partnership with Saudi Arabia.
  • Meme artist Tommy Marcus raised over $1 million for Planned Parenthood, donated ironically in Rush Limbaugh’s memory. During his life, the ultra-conservative commentator lambasted the national nonprofit and accused it of “sexual perversion.”
  • New findings reveal that a curious inscription on Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” — saying the work “could only have been painted by a madman” — is by the artist’s hand.
  • While protests over free speech in Spain rock the country, the last statue of dictator Francisco Franco has come down.
Transitions
  • Thomas R. Ellis and Brian Robinson were elected members of the Guggenheim Foundation board of trustees.
  • Tim Kent is now represented by Hollis Taggart.
  • Christine Kuan was named president and executive director of Creative Capital.
  • Candice Madey has opened a new, eponymous gallery.
  • Cameron Shaw was appointed executive director of the California African American Museum, where she has served as deputy director and chief curator since September 2019.
In Memoriam
  • Rajie Cook (1930–2021), assemblage sculptor best known for creating the ubiquitous pictograms used to identify restrooms, emergency services, and more | New York Times
  • Peter G. Davis (1936–2021), classical music critic for the New York Times and New York magazine | New York Times
  • Arturo Di Modica (1941–2021), sculptor of the Wall Street “Charging Bull” | Wall Street Journal
  • Milford Graves (1941–2021), free-jazz drummer, scientist, and educator | NPR
  • Barry Le Va (1941–2021), sculptor and installation artist | ARTnews
  • Rupert Neve (1926), pioneer in modern studio recording | Guardian
  • Helen Rae (1938–2021), contemporary artist | Tierra del Sol Gallery
  • Douglas Turner Ward (1930–2021), founder of the Negro Ensemble Company in New York | Playbill
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