Week in Review: Artists Mourn COVID-19 Deaths; Guggenheim Curator Resigns Amid Controversy

Artists and activists wore black masks that read “Vote” at a vigil on October 6. Ten participants read the name of those who have died due to the coronavirus. (photo by Kisha Bari, used with permission)

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Artists and activists led a vigil in Queens to mourn the 212,000 lives lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to urge the country to vote.

Nancy Spector has resigned as the Artistic Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator of the Guggenheim Foundation. News of her resignation was accompanied by a report by the museum investigating allegations of racism made by curator Chaédria LaBouvier.

Many have likened Donald Trump’s photo-op on the White House balcony to the famous speeches of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

Check out the best memes inspired by the fly who landed on Mike Pence‘s head during the vice presidential debate.

A major Hellenistic and Armenian archaeological site is threatened by the outbreak of violence by Azerbaijan against the Armenian region.

The Baltimore Museum of Art plans to sell three works by Brice Marden, Clyfford Still, and Andy Warhol. It will funnel $10 million of the proceeds into a fund to acquire works by women and artists of color.

P.A.I.N. Sackler — the activist group founded by artist Nan Goldin  criticized a potential settlement for Purdue Pharma, which would protect the personal wealth of members of the Sackler family.

Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the Monuments Project will finance the development of more inclusive monuments, memorials, or historic storytelling spaces.

A state Senate committee has defeated a bill that would have made it easier for local governments in Virginia to dismantle Confederate monuments.

Members of a Pan-African group stood trial in Paris on charges of attempted theft for an action staged at the city’s Quai Branly Museum.

Images of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other political prisoners were projected onto buildings in Washington, DC on the second anniversary of his death.

Eclipsing its projected price tag of $8 million, a T. rex named Stan sold for a whopping $31,847,500, making it the most expensive dinosaur fossil ever sold.

A virtual auction will benefit the Bronx Documentary Center and Bronx photographers.

Awards & Accolades

Jon Henry, “Untitled 39, Santa Monica, CA” (courtesy the artist)

Jon Henry was awarded the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture. | Hyperallergic

Artist Ralph Lemon, playwright Larissa FastHorse, and poet and cultural theorist Fred Moten are among the newly announced class of 2020 MacArthur fellows. | Hyperallergic

Transitions

Andrea Barnwell Brownlee was appointed director and CEO of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida.

Heidi Holder was appointed the Chair of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. | CultureType

Allison Katz is now represented by Luhring Augustine gallery.

The Ellsworth Kelly Award this year was awarded by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts to fund a collaboration between dana washington-queen and the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Yinka Shonibare CBE was awarded the Robson Orr TenTen Award 2020.

Obituaries

Jim Dwyer (1957–2020), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist | Washington Post

James Helferich (1944–2020), butter and ice sculptor | New York Times

Thomas Jefferson Byrd (1950–2020), actor known for his roles in Spike Lee films and Tony nominee | CNN

Derek Mahon (1941–2020), poet | Guardian

Quino (1932–2020), cartoonist who created the character “Mafalda” | NPR

Maynard Solomon (1930–2020), musicologist and biographer | New York Times

Kenzo Takada (1939–2020), fashion designer | New York Times

Eddie Van Halen (1955–2020), singer and lead guitarist of rock band Van Halen | Rolling Stone

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