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Week in Review: Whitney Museum Workers Unionize; Leon Black Accused of Abuse

Week in Review
Jun 4, 2021 • View in browser
A protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Toronto, Canada (photo by and courtesy Rehab Nazzal)
A protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Toronto, Canada (photo by and courtesy Rehab Nazzal)
Museums
At last week’s “Strike MoMA” protest, demonstrators convened to denounce police violence in Colombia. MoMA trustee Paula Crown’s husband James Crown, a speaker said, is a director at a weapons conglomerate with ties to violence in Israel, Colombia, and elsewhere.
The Whitney Museum voluntarily recognized its staff union, bypassing the election, but labor representatives say the Whitney is trying to exclude positions from the bargaining unit.
Open Letters
In an open letter, dozens of artists and scholars including John Akomfrah and Carrie Mae Weems demanded the release of dissident Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara.
Repatriation
A portrait of an anti-Nazi gynecologist was acquired by two UK institutions, becoming the first artwork to be allocated to multiple museums under a British law.
Two religious lintels were repatriated to Thailand from the San Francisco Asian Art Museum after five decades.
Unusual Orchestras
plant concert, conceptualized by the late artist Martin Roth, will soon bloom in a Victorian house in upstate New York.
Listen to the spooky cacophony of spider web sounds, orchestrated by artist Tomás Saraceno with the help of Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists.
In Other News
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has lifted its mask requirement in alignment with a statewide mask ordinance. In New York, the Guggenheim and Whitney Museums will continue to require masks.
See the oddest images from the Guinness World Records photo archives.
A stained glass portrait by Kehinde Wiley is the first work by a queer Black artist to enter the collection of the Stained Glass Museum in the UK.
People worldwide submit photos of abandoned artworks to Jason Osborne, who began his Instagram account for discarded art in 2011.
Awards and Accolades
Betye Saar was awarded the 26th Wolfgang Hahn Prize by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig.
Transitions
Kymberly Pinder was named dean of the Yale School of Art. She is the first woman of color to head the school.
Allison Glenn was named senior curator and director of public art at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. | CultureType
In Memoriam
Jay Belloli (1945–2021), writer and curator | LA Times
Eric Carle (1929–2021), artist and author known for the children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Washington Post
Judith Godwin (1930–2021), Abstract Expressionist artist | Berry Campbell
Robbie McCauley (1942–2021), stage artist
Meg Perlman (1950–2021), curator | Dignity Memorial
Evelyne Porret (1941–2021), ceramicist | TheNational
Dashawn Robertson aka Lil Loaded (2001–2021), rapper | BBC
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