Week in Review: Gallery Graffitied With QAnon Conspiracies; MCA Chicago Lays off 11% of Staff

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Tania Bruguera and Katherine Bisquet were among a group of artists detained during a peaceful demonstration in front of the Ministry of Culture in Havana honoring writer Jose Martí.

A Montreal Gallery was vandalized with QAnon graffiti. Ralph Alfonso, co-founder of BBAM! Gallery, believes that the spray painting of “Pedogate” is related to the gallery’s current exhibition, You’re Gayer Than A Picnic Basket.

Leon Black, the Museum of Modern Art chairman, stepped down as CEO of his equity firm Apollo following a company review of his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, but remains on the museum board.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago cut 11% of its workforce, citing financial losses brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Artists Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương canceled their scheduled performance at the museum in a show of solidarity with the laid-off workers.

Someone threw a stolen painting into the Gardner Museum, the site of one of history’s most notorious art heists.

YInMn, the first new blue pigment in 200 years, is now commercially available.

In Russia, high schoolers are using TikTok as a catchy tool of political resistance.

Artist Edmund de Waal donated his “library of exile” to the Mosul University Library, once one of the largest libraries in West Asia, housing over a million books and rare historical materials, before it was destroyed by ISIS.

Paris’s Centre Pompidou will close from 2023 through 2027 for a critical €200 million renovation.

A 3D microscope captured 9,100 photographs of Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” to create an exceptionally intimate 10 billion-pixel panorama.

The internet can’t get enough of bundled-up Bernie memes, so we compiled the best for you.

Awards & Accolades

Twenty-two artists — Abigail DonahueAlexa HoyerAndres Santiago PinaAnthony HuffmanBetsy KenyonDena IgustiHsuan Yu PanHyewon ParkIsaac RollerJanelle LawrenceJosef PinlacKaty McCarthyKC TrommerKelly MarshallKosuke KawaharaMadeleine Fia MatssonMingna LiNozomi RoseRhonda WepplerRyan D. MatthewsSelwyn V. Garraway and Yin Ming Wong — were awarded the second round of free artist residencies at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island.

Keijaun Thomas was awarded the inaugural Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists. | Queer|Art

Transitions

Hanif Abdurraqib is guest curator at large at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Arjun Appadurai was named Max Weber Global Professor at Bard Graduate Center.

Akili Tommasino was named associate curator in the modern and contemporary art department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. | CultureType

Mary Leigh Cherry was named the director of enterprise at ARTERNAL.

In Memoriam

Jerry Brandt (1938–2021), entrepreneur and club owner | New York Times

Jonas Gwangwa (1937–2021), jazz musician, songwriter, and producer | New York Times

Larry King (1933–2021), award-winning television and radio host | AP

Cloris Leachman (1926–2021), award-winning comedic actress | CNN

Christopher Little (1941–2021), literary agent who aided the success of the Harry Potter franchise | New York Times

Junior Mance (1928–2021), jazz pianist | Washington Post

Elias Rahbani (1938–2021), composer and lyricist | ABC

Also, MoMA Chairman Leon Black stepped down as CEO of his equity firm following a review of his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, but remains on the museum board.Read MoreNews, Week in ReviewHyperallergicRead More

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