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BARNES FOUNDATION TO CLOSE?|
The Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pa., is once again in danger of closing, according to local press reports. The famous billion-dollar collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art has exhausted its endowment and is running a deficit of more than $5 million. Executive director Kimberly Camp called the situation "critical" and said that without emergency funding the Barnes would have to shut down within six months to a year. Barnes recently received $760,000 from the estate of former foundation leader Violette De Mazia, but it predicts a deficit of about $500,000 for this year and is asking donors for $15 million over the next five years to continue operating.
MOMA STRIKE ENDS
PASTA-MOMA workers celebrated the end of the union's 20-week-long strike against the Museum of Modern Art by marching with the United Auto Workers in the Labor Day Parade on Sunday, Sept. 10. Art lovers welcomed the settlement, which allows visits to the museum with a clean conscience. The next big show, "Open Ends," featuring work since 1960 from the museum collection, bows Sept. 28.
The strike ended after a marathon 15-hour negotiating session, with the museum employees claiming victory and the museum declaring a draw. The workers get a wage increase of nearly 18 percent over five years, job recall rights for employees laid off as a result of the upcoming building project and the provision for an agency shop, requiring that new employees will join the union or pay union dues. The museum retains the right to impose changes in health coverage as long as any changes made to union members' coverage applies also to management. The new contract lasts five years or until six months after the re-opening of the newly expanded museum, whichever comes later.
Local 2110 president Maida Rosenstein credits the open letter to the museum signed by 150 prominent artists and the Manhattan Borough City Council Delegation's vote against the zoning variance required by the construction with contributing to the victory.
ICP UPTOWN TO BECOME A HOME AGAIN
The International Center of Photography's 94th street facility has been sold for $17.5 million and is being turned back into a home, according to a report in the New York Post. The six-floor, 30-room red brick Federal-style manor house at 1130 Fifth Ave. has been bought by Caxton Group principal Bruce Kovner, who will begin restoration once the ICP vacates the premises next June. The center is moving its operation to ICP Midtown at Sixth Avenue and 43rd Street, which is currently undergoing renovations by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates and is slated to reopen with four exhibitions: "Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the ICP Collection," "Annie Leibovitz: Women," "Lorie Novak: Collected Visions" and "New Histories of Photography 1: Daguerreotypomania," all running Nov. 3-Dec. 31.
WHITNEY DOUBLES COLLECTION GALLERIES
Beginning Dec. 7, 2000, the Whitney Museum is dedicating its entire second floor galleries to its collection. "Pollock to Today: Highlights from the Permanent Collection" ranges from postwar classics by Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg to even more contemporary works by Paul Pfeiffer and Pat Steir. The new arrangement -- which means fewer temporary exhibitions, of course -- is "for the foreseeable future," said a museum spokesman. "At least till the next Biennial."
STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCY 2000-2001
The Studio Museum in Harlem has announced the 2000-2001 artists in residency, the first to be selected under the administration of director Lowery Sims and deputy director for exhibitions and programs Thelma Golden. Painters Julie Mehretu and Senam Okudzeto and installation artist Nadine Robinson move into the new 2,500-square-foot studio space on Oct. 2. The Studio Museum has offered 12-month residencies culminating in an exhibition to three emerging artists of African descent for over 30 years.
XX BIENNALE DES ANTIQUAIRES
The prestigious XX Biennale des Antiquaires opens at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris with 120 dealers and 7,000 works of art, Sept. 15-Oct. 1. Belgian designer Christophe Decarpentrie has transformed the space with a theatrical backdrop titled France Welcomes the Continents for this year's expected 90,000 visitors. Admission is 75 Fr. francs; stay tuned for a complete report from Artnet Magazine decorative arts columnist Brook S Mason.
FRANZ MARC'S HORSES IN MASSACHUSETTS
Harvard University's Busch-Reisinger Museum presents "Franz Marc: Horses," the first U.S. exhibition in 20 years by the German Expressionist, Sept. 29, 2000-Mar. 18, 2001. The show is complemented by "The Blue Rider Artists: Works on Paper from the Busch-Reisinger Museum and Other Harvard Collections," Dec. 23, 2000-Mar. 18, 2001. Both exhibitions are organized by Busch-Reisinger curator Peter Nisbet with curatorial assistant Tawney Becker and curatorial intern Tanja Maka.
JOHN E. SCHLODER TO HEAD NEW FLA. MUSEUM
Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum chief John E. Schloder has been named director of the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Fla. The new $12-million facility, the first full-scale collecting art museum in Southwest Florida, opens with "Reflections of Chihuly," Nov. 2, 2000-Mar. 15, 2001.
ALBRIGHT-KNOX GETS PRINTS
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., is celebrating the donation of 500 prints by Frederic P. (Nick) Norton with "Rembrandt to Rauschenberg," on view Sept. 29-Dec. 31, 2000. The show covers the history of printmaking from the 16th through the 20th centuries via 127 works.
The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Tex. -- the sprawling Minimalist art center established on a former army base by Donald Judd -- has published two books documenting symposiums it sponsored. Art in the Landscape ($18) boasts contributions by Carl Andre, Michael Charlesworth, Hamish Fulton, Lucy Lippard, Ann Reynolds, Richard Shiff and James Turrell. Art and Architecture ($20) has illustrated lectures by James Ackerman, Michael Benedikt, Frank Gehry, Jacques Herzog, Roni Horn, Robert Irwin, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and William Stern. Both books were printed in editions of 2,000, and are available from Chinati at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ART OF GATE-CRASHING
Roebling Hall presents "In Person," David Henry Brown, Jr.'s adventures gate-crashing galas, fundraisers and private parties, Sept. 16-Oct. 9. The exhibition features audio and video recordings and 40 photographs documenting a year of the Brooklyn artist assuming the identity of Alex von Furstenberg and hobnobbing with celebrities ranging from Tom Brokaw and Hillary Clinton to Puff Daddy and Christopher Reeves. Brown's antics recently got front-page coverage in the New York Observer. Roebling Hall is located at 390 Wythe Ave., on the corner of South 4th St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; call (718) 599-5352 for more info.
-- compiled by Giovanni Garcia-Fenech