Week in Review: Official Definition of “Museum” Sparks Debate, Concerns Arise Over Suffragist Monument

Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City (via Wikimedia Commons)

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For nearly 50 years, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has described the museum “a nonprofit institution” this “acquires, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits that the concrete and intangible heritage of humankind and its environment for the aims of schooling, study, and enjoyment. ” But an updated version of the definition would incorporate mention of “human dignity and social justice,” references which have split the consortium’s 40,000 professionals representing 20,000 museums across cultural lines. And the past week, 24 domestic branches of the council — including people of France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Canada, and Russia — asked a postponement of the revision’s official vote to be able to produce a “new proposal. ” | Hyperallergic

Last month, Subhash Kapoor was charged with 86 felony counts for allegedly looting $145 million in antiquities within the last 50 years. The consequent inquiry into the trader ’s alleged smuggling operation triggered a cascade of collector and memorial inquiries into their profits from your detained dealer.  | Hyperallergic

Before this week, New Yorkers noticed something different about the landmarked Pepsi-Cola sign along the East River. For the first time in its history, the iconic illuminated logo has been temporarily amended. JetBlue has added its logo to market its recently-announced partnership in which the airline will only function PepsiCo beverages. | Hyperallergic

Sojourner Truth (through Wikimedia Commons)

For nearly a year, scholars have enticed Monumental Women’s Statue Fund (the nonprofit financing the sculpture) of whitewashing history by spotlighting the suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony without spending equal tribute to the most girls of color who contributed to the motion. The following week, the team said that the statue will include Sojourner Truth, an abolitionist and girls ’s rights activist best known for the rousing “Ain’Can I a Woman? ” address delivered at the 1851 Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio. But not everybody agrees with the Statue Fund’s angle on history. More than 20 leading professors have signed onto a letter asking that the public art procedure between the monument eventually become more transparent and inclusive. | Hyperallergic

Over 120 art world professionals have signed a letter calling for the Rene and Veronica di Rosa Foundation in Napa, California to cease its plan to market its collection of 1,600 functions. They state ldquo & the selling;would lead to an irretrievable loss to the art community. ” Arists Mark di Suvero, Peter Saul, and Nancy Hoffman are among its signatories. | ARTnews

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More than 500 people rushed the roads of Mexico City this past week, calling on government officials to create stronger laws against sexual assault following two teens accused policemen of them. Protests found in the wake of these allegations are dubbed “glitter protests” after activists dumped pink glitter on the Mexican funds ’s police chief earlier in the week. Demonstrators have claimed that city officials have failed to properly investigate the rape accusations. On Friday night, activists voiced their anguish by vandalizing Mexico City’s & “Angel of Independence” monument with graffiti. | Hyperallergic

One of those candidates for the next official New York license plate

Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared five potential replacements for the current New York license plate. He’s asking the people to cast their vote through September two online. | Hyperallergic

After agreeing outcry, in an emergency special session of the Alaska state legislature, agents restored full funding to the nation ’s arts service in a new budget arrangement with Governor Dunleavy, that didn’t exercise his veto power to remove it . If the veto had maintained, Alaska would have become the nation without an arts service. | Hyperallergic

Former British Council employee Aras Amiri was sentenced to 10 years in a Tehran prison for “ethnic infiltration by the British intelligence services in Iranian internal affairs” after losing her charm. She was detained in March 2018 during a trip with her grandmother and now is serving her sentence in Tehran. The council is opposing any allegations of espionage and states, “We remain very concerned for Aras’so safety and health and continue on to refute the accusation levied against her. | TAN

“Iris Bleus, Jardin du Petit Gennevilliers” (1892) by Gustave Caillebotte (through Wikimedia Commons)

After three years of battle, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has acquired “Iris Bleus, Jardin du Petit Gennevilliers” (1892) by Gustave Caillebotte. Although the specific amount hasn’t been shown, it went for over $1 million. In an earlier sale in 2016, the work was offered to a British art dealer at a Toronto auction for $678,500, but has been blocked from leaving the country. The AGO is getting a $540,000 grant from the Canadian government to assist the purchase.

This along with other noteworthy acquisitions and sales are all chronicled in our latest Transactions story.


AIR Gallery is hosting an open call for its sixth biannual CURRENTS exhibition, curated by Carmen Hermo. The exhibition will be held January 10–February 9, 2020.  Applications are due October 13, 2019.  | AIR

Find out about other opportunities you’ll be able to apply for this month in our latest “Opportunities for Artists in August 2019. ”

This Week in the Art World
Elaine Cameron-Weir, “Historical events influencing the disappearance of the determined that from the end of the opportunity to the start of the century, only the area of the existing Old was along with the ancient axis remains only as a vestige as it claws itself to the cross. ” (2018), marble, stainless steel, aluminum, pewter, leather, parachute cable, semi jaw fixation apparatus, 78 x 17 x 10 inches (Photo by Charles Benton, Courtesy of the artist and JTT, New York)

Ylinka Barotto and Frauke V. Josenhanswere named curators at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University in Houston, Texas. | Artforum

Nora Burnett Abrams was appointed director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. | Via email announcement

Elaine Cameron-Weir, Sam McKinniss, along with Issy Wood are represented by JTT Gallery. | Instagram

John Connelly was appointed director of the Santa Barbara City College Art Gallery. | Via email announcement

Maximilian Coreth, Sarah Wendell Sherrill, Sundaram Tagore, and Kulapat Yantrasast have combined the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum Board of Trustees.

Eric Golo Stone was named artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart in Germany. | Via email announcement

The Hemingway African Gallery has relocated to 88 Leonard Street in Tribeca, Manhattan. | TAN

Edward P. Henry has been appointed board seat of United States Artists. | ARTnews

Betti-Sue Hertz was named director and chief curator of Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery. | Via email announcement

Monica King will start an eponymous gallery in Tribeca, Monica King Contemporary. | artnet News

Udo Kittelman has resigned as director of the National Gallery in Berlin. | artnet News

Simon Preston has been exploited as senior director at Pace. | ARTnews

Victoria Ramirez was appointed executive director of the Arkansas Arts Center. | Arkansas Online

Rebecca Wei has resigned as chairman of Christie’s Asia. | artnet News

In Memoriam

Ernie Colón (1931–2019), comics artist | Hollywood Reporter

Barbara Crane (1928–2019), photographer | ARTnews

Jean-Pierre Mocky (1929–2019), film director | Guardian

Richard Williams (1933–2019), animator, voice actor, director, and author | Washington Post

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