Chairman of the cosmetics company Estee Lauder; Leonard A. Lauder is giving $131 million US to the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The gift is the largest donation in the institution’s history, with about $125 million going towards the New York museum’s endowment, according to a Wednesday report in the New York Times.
The 75-year-old billionaire hopes the donation would spur others to give generously to the Whitney.
Stating that his intention was to help the Whitney retain its Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue at 75th Street.
“I believe the Whitney and the Breuer building are one,” Lauder told the Times. Read more
This week the show is Co-hosted by Lori Waxman, recorded live in coffee shop on a Saturday night during dinner.
She and Duncan check out what is going on in the Chicago Alternative spaces. San Francisco beats down Eli Broad/LACMA and it turns out Marc LeBlanc is part of the oppressive white male hegemony.
Ah, Bad at Sports is “sweet as pie.” Let the hate mail flow freely.
This week Duncan and the always delightful Jeff Ward talk to Stephanie Smith, the Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smart Museum in Chicago about the current exhibition Adaptation: Video Installations by Ben-Ner, Herrera, Sullivan, and Sussman & The Rufus Corporation.
Holy guacamole am I sick this week, yuck. One of the joys of having a child in daycare.
Bad at Sports is officially panhandling for a used PC laptop as a donation, or a reasonably priced sale, to us. The IBM T-42 that has handled the last 130+ shows is fatally ill and needs replacement pronto. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have something fairly recent laying about you would like to get off of your hands! Thanks.
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_130-Stephaine_Smith.mp3
Amanda interviews artist and master of “celebutard portraiture” Tom Sanford.
Duncan bitches a bit more about the Art Institute.
And can we have a moment of silence for Mort Garson, please.
Mort Garson (20 July 1924 – 4 January 2008)
Who was born in in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, was an electronic musician best known for his albums that predominantly feature Moog synthesizers.
Robert Fitzpatrick, director and CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art since 1998, has become international managing director of Haunch of Venison, a 6-year-old gallery for contemporary art with spaces in London, Zurich and Berlin.
Mr. Fitzpatrick, 67, stated when he took the position that he would stay no more then 10 years in the position and has proven his word literal.
He is now moving to New York, where his new position would be to oversee the fall opening of a 20,000-square-foot branch of the Haunch of Venison gallery at Rockefeller Center.
Read more here in the Chicago Tribune