Been a little behind…
Minnesota’s Museum of American Art to Close
“The Minnesota Museum of American Art in downtown St. Paul plans to box up its collection and temporarily close in January after years of financial and leadership trouble. Its board president, David Kelly, a Minneapolis lawyer, said the institution hopes eventually to reopen in a new location, although it has not identified a potential site or raised any money.
The museum has posted operating deficits in each of the past three years. Its longtime director, Bruce Lilly, resigned in July and has not been replaced.
The museum, which displays works by Minnesota and American artists, will temporarily cease operations when its current exhibition, “Hot Ink: Comic Art in Minnesota,” ends Jan. 4, said Kelly.”
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Murakami to Open an animation studio in L.A.
“Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, whose giant Buddha, bug-eyed monsters and magical mushrooms packed in huge crowds last year at the Museum of Contemporary Art, is putting down roots in Los Angeles. A multifaceted artist who embraces painting and sculpture, film and mass-produced goods as part of a single enterprise, he is planning to open an animation studio here next summer.
Often called Japan’s Andy Warhol and headquartered in Tokyo, Murakami already has a studio in New York. But he has decided that Hollywood is the place to expand his filmmaking capabilities. The new studio will operate under the umbrella of Kaikai Kiki, his production and artist-management company.”
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Last week I reblogged that LA’s MOCA was having some serious financial problems. Here is a brief recap of last week’s events.
Following the report of MOCA’s woes Jeremy Strick sent an e -letter in response to the report. In the LA Time’s post a reader points out that MOCA’s 990 statement posted to Guidstar.com shows that Strick not only makes about half a million a year but also that the institution has loaned him about another half mill for a house. The comments are totally worth checking out.
On the 20th art critic Christopher Knight asked the two questions: “Are you freakin’ kidding me? What on Earth do you think you’re doing?”
Then it looked as if MOCA had been looking to LACMA for a bailout.
On Friday Eli Broad, who was a founding chairman for MOCA, had announced that he would be willing to help them out with a $30 million donation if other people would also help.
There have been a lot of good discussions going on Culture Monster’s (not to be confused with C-Monster) posts this past week. Many readers have been blaming the museum’s lack of publicity and what some have claimed to be too high of salaries for it’s directors. In the past 5 years or so MOCA has had some really big shows. They had the Warhol Retrospective in 2002, the Basquiat retro in 2005, Masters of American Comics in 2005, WACK in 2007, and Murakami’s huge show this past summer, all of which were packed when I saw them (I am from LA). Maybe they do not have as many visitors as the Art Institute but I’m sure their attendance rate is not hurting so bad, maybe I’m wrong. It just seems that all of this comes down to horrible financial planning and poor fundraising. If Broad does help them out, what is MOCA going to do to make sure this doesn’t happen again?
The Third Coast International Audio Festival recorded their conference and is available for download.
“Have a couple dozen hours to spare? We have just the thing for your ears. Earlier this fall, 350 producers from around the globe joined us in Evanston, IL, for pure audio/radio immersion at the 2008 TCF Conference. For three days straight we listened, we learned, we discussed, we celebrated and yes, we even sang. Presenters included NPR veterans, established sound artists and talented college students, and came from all over the U.S., Canada, Germany and even as far away as Rwanda. Sessions ranged from the pragmatic to the philosophical, offering concrete information, creative inspiration and worthwhile provocation. We invite you now to “attend” the Conference from the comfort of your office, living room, car, gym, or…wherever your ipod takes you.” Download the conference here.
“Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is accepting applications for the inaugural Artadia Awards 2009 in Atlanta from all visual artists living and working in Greater Atlanta (23-county area) through December 1, 11:59pm (EST). Individual artists and collaboratives working in all media and at any point in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Awardees will be selected in early 2009 through Artadia’s two-tiered jury process.
All applications must be submitted online by Monday, December 1, 2008 at 11:59pm (EST).
For eligibility requirements and to access the web-based application, please visit our website.”
Francisco Bonami Defends His New Show
“VENICE. Curator, writer and critic Francesco Bonami is running into trouble. His current exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, ‘Italics: Italian art between Tradition and Revolution, 1968-2008’â€”running until 22 March, and from 11 July to 25 October at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicagoâ€”is causing something of a stir among artists and critics alike.
Mr Bonami is no stranger to negative pressâ€”as director of the 2003 Venice Biennale he was criticised for its sprawling lack of focus. Urbane, gregarious and unconventional, his outspokenness does not always win him friends. Born in Florence in 1955, Mr Bonami has lived in New York since 1987. He is guest curator at the MCA, as well as being artistic director at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin and the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery in Florence. He curates the monograph series ‘Supercontemporary’ (Electa Books) and is published widely.”
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Eli Broad’s New Museum
“LOS ANGELES â€” Less than a year after the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened a $56 million museum for contemporary art named for Eli Broad, the billionaire philanthropist who is its largest benefactor, Mr. Broad has decided to build his own museum and is considering a site just down the street.
In an Oct. 20 letter to the city manager of Beverly Hills, a lawyer representing Mr. Broad said he was interested ‘in bringing a first-class public art museum and adjacent foundation offices to the City of Beverly Hills.’
The letter says he is considering a site at the corner of Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards, roughly three miles west of the Los Angeles County Museum, whose 20-acre campus sits on Wilshire Boulevard next to the famed La Brea tar pits.
The decision appears to be another reversal for Mr. Broad, who had said he did not intend to build his own museum. In January, he shocked many in the art world when he said he had decided to retain permanent control of his art collection in a private foundation rather than give much of it away.”
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