august 15, 2016 newsletter

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Image: Adam Linder, Kein Paradiso, 2016. Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only.
Performance documentation at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 12 – August 28, 2016.
Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Shahryar Nashat. 

Hammer Museum has announced the recipients for the 2016 Mohn Award, presented in conjunction with “Made in LA 2016: a, the, though,only,” organized this year by Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, director of education and associate curator, Renaissance Society, Chicago. The $100,000 Mohn Award for artistic excellence was awarded to dancer and choreographer Adam Linder who will also be the subject of a monograph produced by the Hammer. Also awarded, Wadada Leo Smith will receive the $25,000 Career Achievement Award honoring brilliance and resilience; and Kenzi Shiokava will receive the $25,000 Public Recognition Award as determined by a public vote. (8/16)

The San Jose Museum of Art has received a major gift of 12 works of art from the collection of J. Michael Bewley of San Jose. The gift includes works by Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Lesley Dill, Enrique Chagoya, George Grosz, George Herms, Fritz Scholder and Robert Arneson’s Five Times for Harvey (1982), a series of five mixed-media portraits of the late LGBT activist and San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk. (8/14)

Joseph Rose appointed director and CEO of Seattle Frye Art Museum. Rose comes to Seattle from his role as director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor for six years, where he is credited for expanding the curatorial vision of the institution and created a $40 million capital campaign. (8/12)

Image: Jim Hodges, With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), 2014.
Installation rendering for The Contemporary Austin – The Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center, 2016.
Artwork © the artist. Image courtesy the artist.

The Contemporary Austin has announced Monika Sosnowska: Habitat as the inaugural exhibition for the museum’s newly expanded Jones Center, opening November 22, 2016. The renovation designed by Paul Lewis of LTL Architects adds 7,000 square feet of gallery space and a 21-foot tall open-air canopy, along with enhancements to the building’s infrastructure. The Contemporary has also announced the unveiling of 145-foot long work by American artist Jim Hodges’s With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), to coincide with the buidling’s reopening. (8/12)

Rice University has announced the opening date for the new trans-disciplinary creative lab, Moody Center for the Arts. The $30 million, 50,000 square-foot facility, designed by LA-based architect Michael Maltzan, is scheduled to open February 24, 2107 with Beirut-born, Palestinian, London-based artist Mona Hatoum as the inaugural first artist in residence. The residency will be held in partnership with nearby Menil Collection, where Hatoum will exhibit her work in October 2017. (8/11)

Jacksonville MoCA announces gift of 50 artworks by collector Maria Cox. The $5.8 million dollar gift, including works by Philip Guston, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns, Joan Mitchell, and Frank Stella, brings the total number of works in the Donald and Maria Cox Collection at the museum to 98 artworks. (8/10)

Creative Time adds seven members, under the direction of Katie Hollander who took over as executive director of the New York-based, nonprofit organization in February. Among the new board members is Bay Area video artist Trevor Paglen. (8/6)

McNay Art Museum names Rich Aste as new director. Aste comes to the San Antonio-based institution from his position of managing curator of the arts of the Americas and Europe and curator of European art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York (8/6)

FRONT Exhibition Company has announced a new international art triennial, titled FRONT International: Cleveland Exhibition for Contemporary Art to launch in 2018. Conceived by art collector Fred Bidwell, who served as interim director of the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2013 – 2014, and Chicago-based conceptual artist Michelle Grabner of Chicago and curator Jens Hoffmann who seek to challenge the conventional biennial or triennial exhibition model though this city-wide, multi-venue event. The inaugural event, titled An American City, is set to feature over 50 international artists, with site-specific artistic interventions, public programs, artistic and curatorial residencies, a temporary academy, a web-based art journal for the Midwest, and a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout the city with a wide range of collaborators. FRONT International: Cleveland Exhibition for Contemporary Art will be presented in collaboration with a collection of partners, and is scheduled for July 7 to September 30, 2018. (8/04)

The North Carolina Museum of Art has announced that it will add four new outdoor sculptures to its 164-acre park, an installation of 23-foot-tall illuminated rabbits by Australian artist Amanda Parer, a bronze tree by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone, and two benches designed by New York-based Hank Willis Thomas. This announcement follows a year-long expansion and renovation of the park, including a new entrance and increased bicycle and walking paths. The announcement follows NCMA’s announced plans to renovate its East Building gallery and education spaces, which will include the creation of a new media and photography gallery space, and the reinstallation and expansion of the Museum’s African collection. The phased project, which began in July 2016, is funded by a $500,000 grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.

500 Capp Street Foundation, a museum in the former Bay Area home of artist David Ireland has announced Bob Linder as curator. The announcement coincides with the release for the upcoming exhibition, The Echo conceived by the foundation’s curator and head of programs Diego Villalobos and co-curated with the newly appointed curator. “Linder was a student of Ireland, and Villalobos was a student of Linder,” said Executive Director of the 500 Capp Street Foundation Carlie Wilmans in a prepared statement. “Together they form a powerful lineage directly from Ireland and will collaborate on exhibitions and programs that illuminate the historical importance of his practice and put his work in dialogue with other contemporary artists.” Linder is also director and co-owner of San Francisco’s Capital Gallery. (8/03)