september 02, 2016 newsletter

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Now Be Here, Los Angeles, 2016, Photo: Isabel Avila and Carrie Yury. Courtesy: Kim Schoenstadt and Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

733 Female Artists come together for group portrait at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. Conceived and organized by Venice, CA-based artist Kim Schoenstadt, with Aandrea Stang, Head of Education, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, 733 Los Angeles female and female-identifying contemporary artists came together for a group portrait in the outdoor courtyard of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in downtown Los Angeles, for the event titled, “Be Here Now.” The gathering, hold on the final week of “Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016” highlights ongoing discussions and issues related to issues of gender and identity in contemporary culture. In Schoenstadt’s words, “We hope to capture a moment in which we stand together, proud of our diversity and proud of what it means to be a working woman and an artist.” Among those present were Meg Cranston, Liz Glynn, Catherine Opie, Helen Pashgian, Betye Saar-accompanied by daughters Alison and Lezley, and Alexis Smith. Photographers Isabel Avila and Carrie Yury took the group photograph. (8/28)

Katy Siegel named new senior programming and research curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Siegel also serves as chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University, where she will continue to teach. Siegel is also co-curator with Christopher Bedford of the American Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, featuring Mark Bradford. (8/30)

Atlanta Biennial re-opens after a nine-year hiatus. Originally launched in 1984 by curator Alan Sondheim, described as a response to the lack of Southern Artists included in the Whitney Biennial of American Art from the same year, the Atlanta Biennial ran for 23 years exhibiting hundreds of artists until 2007. Continuing the tradition of bringing together artists from throughout the South, the 2016 biennial includes artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee who meet the prerequisite that they have not shown in a previous iteration of the biennial. The curators, who also hail from across the south, are Victoria Camblin, Editor + Artistic Director, ART PAPERS (Atlanta); Daniel Fuller, Curator, Atlanta Contemporary; Aaron Levi Garvey, Independent Curator and Co-Founder of Long Road Projects (Jacksonville); and Gia Hamilton, Director, Joan Mitchell Center (New Orleans). The Atlanta 2016 Biennial will run August 27 – December 18, 2016.  (8/27)

Arts Alliance Illinois appoints Claire Rice as its new executive director, bringing over 18 years of experience in non-profit and corporate sectors to her new position. Since 2012, Rice has served as National Program Director of Harvard University’s Sustain Arts Project, a cultural data, research, and policy initiative. (8/26)

Corinne Erni joins Parrish Art Museum as curator of special projects, effective September 1, 2016. Erni previously served at the New Museum, beginning in 2010 as project manager and concluding as senior producer of the arts festival, IDEAS CITY. Her nearly twenty year tenure in the arts includes cofounding global curatorial platform ARTPORT_making waves in 2006 where she has worked on projects such as ARTPORT_Satellite with George Steinmann, Barthélémy Toguo, and Olafur Eliasson at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Paris, 2015. (8/25)

McNay Art Museum announces $1 million donation from the G.A.C. Halff Foundation, to establish an endowment for the acquisition of American art. The announcement made made by G.A.C. Halff Foundation trustee Marie Halff, also former museum trustee, at the evening “Tribute Celebration” in honor of William Chiego’s twenty-five years as leader of the museum. The endowment comes less than one month after the announcement of Rich Aste to succeed Chiego as the institution’s director. (8/25)

Artadia San Francisco releases names of five finalists for the 2016 Awards. Chosen from a pool of 490 applicants, the finalists for the ninth Artadia award from San Francisco are Mitzi Pederson, Josh Faught, Simone Bailey, Will Rogan, and Ruth Laskey. Jurors for the 2016 San Francisco Artadia Awards include Jenny Gheith, Assistant Curator of Sculpture and Painting, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Brian Sholis, Curator of Photography, Cincinnati Art Museum. The jurors will conduct studio visits with the five Bay Area-artists in order to finalize the two winning artists to receive the unrestricted $10,000 prize. (8/24)

“Son So & So,” 2001, Candida Alvarez, Acrylic and Graphite. Courtesy: DePaul Art Museum

The DePaul Art Museum has announced the gift of 114 works created by 59 Chicago-based artists from the collection of Chuck Thurow, former director of the Hyde Park Arts Center. Thurow, who built his collection during his tenure at the center from 1998-2010, donated works by painters Jim Lutes, Phyllis Bramson, Candida Alvarez and Philip Hanson; photography including Dawoud Bey and Bob Thall; an early work from Theaster Gates; numerous works on paper, including Richard Rezac and Karl Wirsum; and works by self-taught artists Mr. Imagination, Derek Webster and Stephen Warde Anderson to the museum. (8/18)