mar/apr 2016: news page

The James Goldstein House, designed by John Lautner
Photo: ©Jeff Green, Courtesy: LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced the promise of a John Lautner-designed home by owner James Goldstein who purchased the estate in 1972. The promised gift, which includes a James Turrell Skyspace, “Above Horizon,” its contents, and the surrounding estate to LACMA, and today shows the results of a 15-year collaboration between Goldstein and Lautner after the owner contacted the architect in 1979 to redesign aspects of the home which was first built in 1963, such as collaborating on custom-built minimalist furniture made of concrete, wood, and glass. The house famously entered into the lexicon of popular culture serving as the residence of character Jackie Treehorn’s in the Coen brothers’ seminal film, “The Big Lebowski” (1998).

The Wexner Center for the Arts has been awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The grant will be used to support ongoing production work by the Film/Video Studio Program as well as its residency program.

The MacArthur Foundation has announced 14 Chicago-based arts organizations recipients of the 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, providing each organization with awards ranging from $200,000 to $1 million. The annual award, now in its eleventh year, has historically been distributed to creative organizations both nationally and internationally. This year, the awardees were drawn exclusively from the foundation’s hometown in support of music, film, as well as theatrical, literary, and visual arts in Chicago, including the Hyde Park Art Center, which received a grant for $625,000.

The roster of participating artists for the Portland 2016 Biennial, curated by Michelle Grabner, exhibition has been announced. Grabner, the Chair of Painting and Drawing department at SAIC and widely known as a co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, selected the 34 artists and artist teams after conducting 100 studio visits across the state resulting in over one-third of the participants coming from outside the city of Portland.

Redwood Media Group recently announced the acquisition of Red Dot Art Fair, a Miami Art Week venue, and Art Santa Fe, an international contemporary art fair celebrating its 16th year this July. Redwood Media Group currently owns and operates a bi-coastal roster of international art fairs, including Spectrum Miami, Artexpo New York, Spectrum Indian Wells, and Art San Diego.

Rendering of the Planned Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, at UC Davis SO–IL/Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Photo: courtesy SO–IL/Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Associated Architects

The University of California, Davis has announced that the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, currently under construction, is scheduled to open to the public Sunday, November 13, 2016. The 75,000 square-foot museum site capped with a 50,000 square-foot “Grand Canopy” of perforated aluminum triangular beam reflects the collaborative design between associated architects SO-IL, an emerging firm based in Brooklyn, New York, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, based in San Francisco, Seattle
and Pennsylvania.
After serving 10 years as the founder and executive director of LAXART, Lauri Firstenberg has announced her retirement, effective March 31, 2016. In an official statement, Firstenberg described the transition “from a founder-based organization to a new leadership team.” The internationally recognized nonprofit, which recently moved from its longtime location in Culver City to Hollywood, built its reputation over the course of a decade launching over 500 exhibitions, public art programs, as well as biennials and festivals with leading local and national institutions. Firstenberg will continue her association with LAXART by serving on the board of directors.

The Tamarind Institute recently named Diana Gaston, curator of Fidelity Investment Corporate Art Collection for the past 12 years, as the new director replacing Marjorie Devon who retired after serving as director for 38 years. Devon was the last of three long-time veterans of the Institute who recently retired, following Education Director Rodney Hamon who retired in December 2015 after 16 years, and Tamarind master printer and workshop manager Bill Lagattuta who retired in July 2015 after 27 years.

Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford was recently named the recipient of the 2016 David C. Driskell Prize. Established in 2005 by the High Museum of Art, the Driskell Prize is the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to the field of art of the African Diaspora. A cash award of $25,000 accompanies the prize, which will be awarded to the artist at the Annual Driskell Prize Dinner on April 29.

People Moves:

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis announced Jeffrey Uslip, who currently serves as chief curator, has been appointed deputy director for exhibitions and programs.

Naima Keith, formerly Associate Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, has been appointed Deputy Director of exhibitions and programs at the California African American Museum.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) has announced Perry Price as the center’s new executive director. Price previ- ously served as director of education at the American Craft Council in Minneapolis, MN.

The Seattle Art Fair has announced the appointment of Laura Fried, who previously served as curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, to serve as the artistic director for the second annual event.

The Corning Museum of Glass announced the appointment of independent curator, writer and historian Susie J. Silbert as curator of modern and contemporary glass.