Further on Christopher’s post from this morning, here’s more info on the Art Institute layoffs, from the Chicago Tribune:
“The Art Institute of Chicago has laid off 22 employees, or 3 percent of its staff, as part of a larger series of cost-cutting measures.
Spokeswoman Erin Hogan said Friday that the cuts were made across the board and take effect immediately. Employees were notified Thursday.
“Of course we did everything we could to not go to this point,” Hogan said. “All departments have for months been reducing their operating budgets.”
Hogan added that new Modern Wing, which opened last month, “has been incredibly successful and it’s in part due to the success of the building that the cuts were not deeper.”
In a statement issued Friday, the Art Institute said its other cost-cutting measures include a voluntary 10 percent pay cut for the director, a weeklong unpaid furlough for employees and a salary freeze. Public research hours at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries will also be reduced, the statement said.”
On this weeks roundup we check out the conservation of contemporary art, AFC’s recap of Venice and Basel, and most importantly cats getting stoned via boing boing. Hope everyone has a great weekend and maybe well see you at galleries tonight.
- Paddy Johnson’s recap of this years Art Basel and Venice Biennale. It didn’t sound like we missed much.
- Ed Winkleman’s post on starting a commercial art gallery in a poor economy.
- “Millennium Park’s tradition of dazzling and delayed public art goes on“
- Becky Smith is closing Bellweather in New York after 10 years.
- Art 21 has a great post by Richard McCoy about the the conservation of contemporary art.
- Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen will be showing his Deadpan in Times Square.
- Dieter Rams on Plural Blog
- “Judge Slams MoMA, Guggenheim on Secret Holocaust Art Agreement.” That doesn’t sound good.
- Offworld has a sneak peak at a follow up to my favorite Iphone game Rolando 2!!!
I had the opportunity for a brief (and I mean super quick) walk through with co-curator Rachel Kalom of this show this past week. It opens tonight, and it is definitely worth checking out. I harassed Rachel with some questions about co-curating a show, and will share those answers and some pics from the opening later this weekend. From the press release:
Zolla Lieberman Gallery proudly presents a group exhibition addressing art making in an era of tightened belts and pinched pennies. Curated by Brian Gillham and Rachel Kalom and with works by Sarah & Joseph Belknap, Tom Berenz, Michael Cheatwood, Garrett Durant, Lucia Fabio & Robert Andrew Mueller, Shannon Goff, Nadia Hotait, Natalia Ivancevich, Sam Jaffe, Mark Khaisman, Austin Knierim, Jessica Labatte, Jesus Mejia, Phillip Orr, Vijay V. Paniker, Miriam Slager, Deb Sokolow, Katherine Webb and Jake Wells.
Opening reception: Friday, June 19th, 5-9pm
325 W Huron
Chicago, IL 60654
We just heard that The Art Institute of Chicago has laid of a good many of it’s employees today and there will be a town-hall tomorrow where other cost saving measures will be announced.
To those who lost their jobs today, be sure to thank Alderman Burke…..
On behalf of everyone at Bad at Sports we know very well what this is like and hope everyone lands on their feet as quickly as this economy will allow.