In a settlement of a lawsuit brought by New York State Attorney General Dennis Vacco, the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation will create a grant program to donate $2 million to charitable organizations over the next three years. In his will, assemblage artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) directed the foundation to make grants to museums and other nonprofits, but since its creation foundation trustees Donald Windham and Richard M. Ader have made only one $1,000 cash grant, in 1984. By the end of 1993, the Cornell Foundation had cash and securities worth almost $21 million.
ROSEN, LUHRING AUGUSTINE TO CHELSEA
The long-rumored move to Chelsea of two SoHo stalwarts, Luhring Augustine and Andrea Rosen galleries, has been officially announced. The two galleries have jointly acquired a 10,000-square-foot former garage at 525-531 West 24th Street, which will be renovated into separate spaces by architect Richard Gluckman. Opening is slated for spring of 1998.
OURSLER DOES BECK'S
Video-sculptor Tony Oursler is the latest artist to design a specialty label for Beck's Beer. Look for a black label perforated with large holes and adorned with randomly placed images of Oursler's trademark eyes. Beck's has had artists design its labels in Britain for some time, among them Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst, Rebecca Horn, Rachel Whiteread and Tatsuo Miyajima. The project moved to the U.S. with a special label for Beck's Dark by David Hammons, designed in conjunction with the 1997 Whitney Biennial, which the brewer helped sponsor. You can also thank Beck's for the beer at the recent grand opening of P.S.1 and for that bus covered with slogans by Barbara Kruger.
BULLS-EYE FOR POUSETTE-DART
New York is having what amounts to a Richard Pousette-Dart festival. In addition to the recently opened retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum, Nov. 4, 1997-Feb. 22, 1998, there is a show of circle themes and variations at Knoedler & Co., Nov. 6-29, 1997; a show of still-life photographs at Zabriskie Gallery, Nov. 11-Dec. 20, 1997; and a recreation of the artist's studio plus a survey at the Whitney Museum, scheduled for Apr. 29-Sept. 20, 1998.
Lovers of that curious commodity, the artist's book, are descending on New York Nov. 7-9 for the fourth annual ArtistBook International/New Editions Fair. Organized by Rik Gadella and Daniel Elias, some 50 publishers and vendors will have booths at the fair, to be held at three Wooster Street venues in SoHo -- the Drawing Center, Printed Matter and Brooke Alexander Gallery. Admission is $10; hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
MODERNISM AT ARMORY Modernism/Photography: A Century of Design and Photography, produced by Sanford L. Smith and Associates, opens at the Park Avenue Armory, Nov. 13-16. Over 80 exhibitors from around the world will be on hand. Admission is $10. The $100 gala preview, Nov. 12 from 6-9 p.m., benefits the Brooklyn Museum; call (718) 638-5000 x327 for information.
CHASE GETS MEDAL
The 1997 American Association of Museums medal for distinguished philanthropy has been awarded to the Chase Manhattan Bank.
PEOPLE Rhode Island School of Design Museum chief Doreen Bolger has been named director of the Baltimore Museum; effective early 1998....Yona Bäcker has been appointed director of visual arts and curator of the art gallery at the Americas Society....After more than four years as director of Printed Matter, David Dean has announced his resignation to pursue other projects....