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2/11/97


NEW NAME IN BROOKLYN
It's a good thing the art world likes change. The trustees of the Brooklyn Museum have voted to change the name of the institution to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, effective immediately. The decision was prompted by a recent audience survey that showed many visitors to the museum think it is a natural history museum or a Brooklyn history museum. "Where's the dinosaurs," say many first-time visitors. The museum begins an 18-month-long celebration of its 175th anniversary on Feb. 21 with the opening of "Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven: Women in Ancient Egypt."

LANNAN ART TO MOCA
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has released the list of 105 works by 53 artists transferred to the museum by the Los Angeles-based Lannan Foundation, which is ending its art collecting operations to concentrate its grant programs on social issues. Among the trove are 14 collages by Wallace Berman, Chris Burden's Big Wheel (1979), seven works by Robert Irwin, four "Monkey Island" paintings by Mike Kelley, seven works by Charles Ray and two sculptures by Kiki Smith. With the gift, MOCA obtains its first works ever by Siah Armajani, Jo Baer, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lynda Benglis, James Coleman, Jay Defeo, Keith Haring, Ralph Humphrey, Alfred Jensen, Bridget Riley and John Wesley, among others.

GOING TO BASEL?
First time exhibitors from New York at the next Basel Art Fair, June 11-18 (vernissage June 10), are Gavin Brown's Enterprise, Howard Greenberg, Friedrich Petzel and Andrea Rosen. The "Statements" section of solo shows by emerging artists is to feature Elisabeth Peyton (Gavin Brown), Darron Lago (Annely Juda, London) and Dan Peterman (Helga Maria Klosterfelde, Hamburg). Approximately 250 galleries will participate in the fair, which has been scheduled to coordinate with the Venice Biennale, June 15-Nov. 4 (vernissage June 11-13), and Documenta X in Kassel, June 21-Sept. 29 (vernissage, June 19-20).

HOUSTON BREAKS GROUND
The Houston Museum of Fine Arts has broken ground for a new $70 million, 185,000-square-foot facility, named the Audrey Jones Beck Building, across the street from the present museum building. Designed by architect Raphael Moneo, the new structure will more than double exhibition space and allow increased educational programs. So far the museum has raised $88 million of its $100 million capital campaign. The MFA also announced the acquisition of 18 works by Jackson Pollock (four paintings, 12 drawings and two sculptures) from the Pollock estate.

POP MUSIC AT DIA
The Dia Center for the Arts is presenting a three-day conference on popular music, titled "Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth," on the weekend of Feb. 14, 15 and 16, 1997. Organized by Karen Kelly and Evelyn McDonnell, the conference is to be held at Dia's main facility, 548 West 22nd St. The keynote address, by Greil Marcus, is scheduled for Fri. Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. For more info go to Dia's web site

WEXNER CD-ROM
The Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Columbus, has released an interactive CD-ROM by installation artist Ann Hamilton. The museum's first venture into digital publishing is titled the body and the object: Ann Hamilton 1984-96 and grows out of a show of the same name at the center May 18-Aug. 4, 1996. The CD-ROM package includes an old-fashioned 92-page illustrated book, and is available for $45 (call 614-292-1807 for mail order).

DORM FOR ART INSTITUTE
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has acquired the landmark Chicago Building at State and Madison Streets in the Loop for conversion into a dorm for art students. The 15-story, 92,000-square-foot building, designed by Holabird and Roche in 1904, will house approximately 195 students in fully furnished loft-style apartments. Renovation should be completed in Aug. 1997.

ALICE YANG, 1961-1997
Alice Yang, 35, art historian who had just been appointed curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, L.I., was killed by a hit-and-run driver at Canal and Varick Streets in Manhattan on Feb. 8. Her husband, the architect Gerald Szeto, was injured in the accident. Yang came to the U.S. at age 15 and graduated from Yale. She had been assistant curator at the New Museum, organizing exhibitions of Alfredo Jaar and "The Final Frontier," a group show about global emigrations.

PAUL CUMMINGS, 1933-1997
Paul Cummings, 64, adjunct curator of drawings at the Whitney Museum from 1975 to `87, died in Manhattan on Feb. 7 from complications from a stroke suffered on Jan. 24. Cummings was director of the oral history project of the Archives of American Art (1968-78); in 1969 he founded the Print Collectors Newsletter and in 1979 founded the journal Drawing, which he edited until 1995. He was also editor of The Dictionary of American Artists and ran Catchword Papers press, which published poetry by Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsburg and others.


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