Art industry news: New York City Mayor Eric Adams is pumping $5.5 million into a hip-hop history museum in the Bronx + Other Stories

Art industry news: New York City Mayor Eric Adams is pumping $5.5 million into a hip-hop history museum in the Bronx + Other Stories | Pro Club Bd

Art Industry News is a daily round-up of the most momentous developments in the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know this Thursday, August 4th.


Antony Gormley’s plan for a ‘phallic’ sculpture angers university students – Students at Imperial College of London say plans to install a ‘phallic’ sculpture by Antony Gormley on campus are ‘exclusive’ due to the gender imbalance of students and staff at the school. Titled ALARM, The 20-foot-tall steel sculpture is apparently meant to resemble a crouching human figure, but a protruding block of steel – plus the work’s title, which some say refers to an erection – has sparked consternation among students. (The art newspaper)

Nancy Pelosi visits National Human Rights Museum amid tense trip to Taiwan During her controversial trip to Taiwan, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the National Human Rights Museum, located in Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park in New Taipei City. In a tweet, Pelosi wrote: “Together with former political prisoners, our delegation visited the Nat’l Human Rights Museum: a tribute to heroes who suffered and fought for Taiwan’s democracy. Then we heard from civil society leaders about human rights. We came to listen and learn; We are inspired by their courage.” (TAN)

New York Announces $5.5 Million Funding for Universal Hip Hop Museum – New York Mayor Eric Adams and Commissioner for Culture Laurie Cumbo have announced that the city will provide $5.5 million in new equity funding for an upcoming Universal Hip Hop Museum to be housed in a 52,000-square-foot building in Mill Pond Park in New York York is to open the Bronx. The Adams government provided $2 million of the total amount, with the remaining $3.5 million coming from elected local officials. “Whether you’re in Co-op City or Canarsie, New Yorkers deserve the opportunity to experience some of the unique cultures in their backyard,” Adams said. “Hip hop tells the story of this city and the Bronx so vividly. It tells of life in the midst of poverty and crime, of turning pain into meaning, of realizing it. (press release)

Storm King Art Center Announces $45 Million Renovation The Storm King Art Center in upstate New York shared details of its $45 million redesign, which will take place this fall. An international cohort of landscape and architectural firms are involved in the project, which will include the creation of a new heritage building and the planting of around 600 trees on the 500-hectare site. The aim is to improve the visitor experience and ecological biodiversity. (press release)

movers & shakers

LACMA Art and Film Gala Names 2022 Award Winners – Sculptor Helen Pashgian and filmmaker Park Chan-wook are celebrated at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s 2022 Art and Film Gala. Pashgian is a light and space artist whose ethereal, reflective sculptures she describes as “presences” in space, and her first large-scale installation was exhibited at LACMA in 2014 and is now part of the museum’s permanent collection. South Korean-born director Park Chan-wook won the 2022 Cannes Film Festival Director’s Award for his romantic mystery decision to go. The event, which is a mainstay for the West Coast’s cultural elite, will be co-hosted by Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio on November 5th. (Los Angeles Times)

Pollock-Krasner Foundation awards millions in grants – Nearly $2.7 million in grants were awarded to 106 artists and nonprofit arts organizations from 16 countries and 16 states. The grants are designed to support artists and organizations to create new works, hold exhibitions, attend residencies, purchase materials and supplies, and help offset living expenses. The 2022 Lee Krasner Award was presented to Brazilian artist Josely Carvalho, who founded the Silkscreen Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York in the 1970s and participated in the 1984 Artists’ Call Against US Intervention in Central America. and the 2022 exhibition Art for the Future: Artists Call and Central American Solidarities, which revisited the event. (art forum)

Amon Carter announces new director of collections and exhibitions – Andrew Eschelbacher will join the Fort Worth Museum to manage the institution’s renowned American art collection, as well as curatorial, conservation and exhibition initiatives. Before joining the Amon Carter Museum, Eschelbacher was Director of Curatorial Affairs for the American Federation of Arts. He will take up the new role in September. (press release)


Raymond Pettibon’s cover for CREAM reboot – The American rock ‘n roll magazine CREAM relaunches after 33 years, and who better to grace its first cover than rock star artist Raymond Pettibon? (vanity fair, press release)

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