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1/6/00
 
     
  NEW MUSEUM FOR PALM BEACH
The new 6,400-square-foot Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art (PB/ICA) opens in Lake Worth, Fla., Mar. 4-May 28 with "Making Time," an exhibition of video works by Lucy Gunning, Gary Hill, Shigeko Kubota, Diana Thater, Andy Warhol, Sam Taylor-Wood and others. The PB/ICA is located in the landmark 1939 art deco theater at 601 Lake Avenue that was home to the Lannan Museum before it moved to Los Angeles in 1989. For the past ten years, the facility has been operated by Palm Beach Community College.

Sponsors of the new museum are Robert and Mary Montgomery; Robert Montgomery is the high-profile lawyer who helped Florida win an $11.3 billion verdict against the tobacco industry. Pro tem curator for the first year is Amy Cappellazzo, former curator of the Rubell Family Collection in Miami. Interim museum chief is Michael McManus, who was director of exhibitions at the Museum of American Folk Art in New York. Forthcoming shows are to focus on architecture and design in contemporary art and international trends in contemporary painting. For more information contact info@plambeachica.org.

WALKER EVANS RETROSPECTIVE
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's first major exhibition of the 21st century is a retrospective of photographer Walker Evans, Feb. 1-May 14, whose emblematic images of everything from South Carolina churches to New York subway riders have defined 20th-century culture. Organized by Met assistant curator Jeff L. Rosenheim, the show features some 175 photographs as well as new material from the Walker Evans Archive, the vast collection of the artist's negatives and papers acquired by the Met in 1994. The exhibition also includes a special section dedicated to Evans and writer James Agee's classic Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a written and photographic portrait of cotton tenant farmers in Alabama first published in 1941.

BRITISH LOTTO BENEFITS ARTS
Britain's National Lottery, which since 1994 has raised over £7.6 billion for charitable causes (and created almost 900 new millionaires), has been a boon for arts institutions. The London Telegraph toted up some of the major projects so far:
  • £100 million for new galleries, a library and other improvements to the British Museum.

  • £134 for the Tate Modern, a new branch of the museum dedicated to 20th-century art.

  • More than a dozen new exhibition galleries for the Tate, now to be known as Tate Britain and featuring British art since the 14th century.

  • The Lowry Centre, a permanent gallery for British Realist L.S. Lowry's paintings.

  • Extensive development for the Wallace Collection.

  • £8 million for an annex to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Britain's first public art gallery.

  • £16 million for a new wing for the National Portrait Gallery, including a Tudor gallery and a gallery for 20th-century portraits.

  • A renovation of Somerset House to an out-station for St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum and a "cultural quarter" for Sir Arthur Gilbert's collection of decorative silverware.

  • £21 million for the New Art Gallery in Walsall to rehouse the Garman Ryan Collection of 350 artworks from the late Sir Jacob Epstein's collection.

  • £4 million for a commercial "theme park experience" at County Hall, in central London, featuring more than 600 artworks by Salvador Dalí.


  • TO THE TATE, BY BICYCLE AND BOAT
    Now that the Tate Gallery is opening a new branch two miles away across the Thames, the museum has begun to work on a number of plans to transport the estimated 150,000 people who will want to travel between the two buildings every year. Among the options being considered are buses, which would also stop over at the National Gallery, 20-minute ferries across the Thames running hourly, and free bicycle loans courtesy of Adshell, which runs similar projects financed by advertising in France and Singapore. At least two million visitors a year are expected to visit the Tate Modern when it opens May 12.

    WILLIAM MORRIS CALIFORNIA BOUND
    The Huntington Library and Art Collections in Los Angeles has snared the world's most important collection of works by Victorian designer William Morris for an estimated $5 million. The collection, which includes textiles, wallpaper, carpets, tapestries, stained glass, pottery, drawings and utopian socialist writings by Morris and his associates, was offered to Britain's Victoria and Albert Museum at a 25 percent discount from the appraised value of £2.5 million-£3 million by collectors Sanford and Helen Berger, who have collected Morris artifacts since 1965, but the V&A was unable to produce the funds.

    KATHARINE LEE REID TO CLEVELAND MUSEUM
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts director Katharine Lee Reid has been appointed director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Reid's appointment carries a personal resonance because she is the daughter of former CMA director Sherman E. Lee. Kate Sellers, acting director since the death of Robert P. Bergman last May, returns to her position as deputy director and director of development and external affairs in March, when Reid joins the museum.

    TANNENBAUM MOVES TO RISD MUSEUM
    Judith Tannenbaum, associate director at Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art becomes the first curator of contemporary art at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum on June 1. Among the shows Tannenbaum curated at the ICA were "Glenn Ligon: Unbecoming" in 1998, and "Vija Celmins," a major traveling exhibition from 1992 that was also shown at the Whitney Museum.

    SHARP LEAVES ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
    Lindsay Sharp, president and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum, will be stepping down and returning to London to become director of the National Museum of Science and Industry. Sharp's tenure was a sometime stormy one, according to Canadian news sources, with 36 people leaving during his administration, including 11 managers and two senior managers. The ROM is reportedly searching for a replacement.

    SHEDDING A LIGHT ON ANTONAKOS
    Neon sculptor Stephen Antonakos is the subject of a new, lavishly illustrated monograph by Irving Sandler covering 40 years of the Greek-American artist's oeuvre. The hardcover book, published by Hudson Hills Press, includes 275 color plates and is priced at $50.

    The book complements the upcoming millennial exhibition "Antonakos: Time Boxes 2000," Jan. 20-Mar. 12, at the Rose Art Museum in Walthtam, Mass. Centerpiece of the show is the large metal boxes the artist gave Richard Artschwager, Daniel Buren, Sol LeWitt, and Robert Ryman in 1974 and 1975, requesting that they put something in them without divulging their contents. Antonakos will open the boxes Feb. 24 in a ceremony with a new piano solo commissioned from minimalist composer Terry Riley.

    JOSÉ ANTONIO FERNÁNDEZ ORDÓÑEZ, 1933-2000
    José Antonio Fernández Ordóñez, 66, president of the Prado Museum's board of directors since 1993 and known for major additions to the museum's buildings and reorganization of its collections, died Jan. 3 of liver cancer in Madrid.