Week in Review: Uffizi Gallery Sues Pornhub; Cuban Artists Arrested

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Protesters are demanding the resignation of Museum of Chinese in America director Nancy Yao Maasbach.

The Uffizi Gallery is suing Pornhub after the company’s “Show Me the Nudes” initiative turned classic paintings from international museums into live pornography.

Penn Museum workers are accusing the institution’s leadership of “obstructing the free and fair election process through anti-union activity.”

Memes and Media

Memes about Jeff Bezos flooded the internet after the billionaire launched into space in a phallic rocket ship.

In unusual design news: this viral NSFW lamp brings a new meaning to being “turned on.”

An Adobe survey looked into emoji habits from around the world, and found that 67% of emoji users think people who use the icons are friendlier, funnier, and cooler than those who don’t.

Check out the candidates for the upcoming emoji release.

In Other News

Dozens of artists have been detained in Cuba amidst anti-government protests.

An eerie, giant balloon face floated over Tokyo ahead of the Olympics.

A $5 million grant will fund Disability Futures through 2025.

Over 50,000 documents related to Land artist Nancy Holt were acquired by the Smithsonian.

Awards & Accolades

Stanley Clarke, Billy Hart, Cassandra Wilson, and Donald Harrison, Jr. were awarded the 2022 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Isolde Brielmaier was named deputy director of the New Museum.Clarisse Fava-Piz and Miranda Saylor were appointed curatorial fellows at the Meadows Museum.Pete Galindo was named director of the Great Wall of Los Angeles Institute by the Social and Public Art Resource Center.Callie Johnson was named director of communications and community engagement of the Albright-Knox.Olivia Lahs-Gonzales was named executive director of SF Camerawork. Laura Turcan was named director of Mariane Ibrahim gallery’s Paris outpost.

In Memoriam

Inge Baecker (1943–2021), art dealer and champion of Fluxus | artnetChristian Boltanski (1944–2021), artist | GuardianCarol Easton (1933–2021), biographer of artists, musicians, and more | New York TimesMat George (1995–2021), host of She Rates Dogs podcast | New York TimesRick Laird (1941–2021), bassist | JazzwiseBiz Markie (1964–2021), hip-hop musician | SlateGraham Vick (1953–2021), opera director | New York TimesGil Wechsler (1942–2021), first resident lighting designer at the Met Opera | Antelope Valley PressKurt Westergaard (1935–2021), cartoonist behind controversial cartoon of Muhammad | New York Times

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