WHITNEY MUSEUM TO BUILD IN CHELSEA
The New York Times reported it, and now the museum has confirmed the news. The Whitney Museum of American Art has agreed to acquire a site in the Chelsea art district from New York City and build a new museum facility there. The new location, at the northwest corner of Washington and Gansevoort Streets in the Meatpacking District, is at the southern starting point of the High Line, the 22-block-long elevated railroad that is to be turned into a city park. Architect Renzo Piano, who designed the now-abandoned expansion for the museum’s Madison Avenue facility, is in charge of the new building as well. According to the museum, the site is also to include NYC park department offices and a meatpacking facility.
SÃO PAULO BIENAL: A REPORT
The 27th installment of the São Paulo Bienal, Oct. 7-Dec. 17, 2006, is a distinctly international affair -- that is to say, for this year’s show, chief curator Lisette Lagnado abolished the usual lineup of national representations. With her curatorial team (Adriano Pedrosa, Cristina Freire, José Roca, Rosa Martinez and Jochen Volz), she selected the bienal’s 118 participating artists for an exhibitions titled "How To Live Together."
Now, the website Universes in Universe has posted a comprehensive photo report on the show, ranging from a shot of an impressive traffic jam on the highway near the bienal pavilion to detailed images of individual installations. Included as well are portraits of the curators.
MICHAEL ASHER AT SANTA MONICA MUSEUM OF ART
California conceptual artist Michael Asher is designing a new installation for the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Opening in January 2008, the work involves rebuilding from plans and diagrams every temporary wall constructed at the museum since its 1998 opening at Bergamot Station (using metal studs only, so visitors can enter the space). The accompanying catalogue features an essay by UCLA professor Miwon Kwon.
A pioneer in "institutional critique," Asher’s previous works have included a catalogue of deaccessions for the Museum of Modern Art (for "Museum as Muse" in 1997) and reconfiguring a radiator system from inside to outside the building (at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1992). The SMMA installation is the artist’s first major commission in the U.S.
"FACTORY GIRL" TRAILER ONLINE
The trailer for the new Edie Sedgwick biopic Factory Girl is now online at YouTube. Starring Sienna Miller as Edie and Guy Pearce as Andy Warhol, the movie’s plot seems to hang on a corny competition for Edie’s affections between Warhol and a Bob Dylan character played by Hayden Christensen (and named "Billy Quinn"). "She would become his greatest work of art," says the voice-over, as Pearce does a rather sharp-edged imitation of the typically reticent Warhol. "I sure would like to work with her," says Andy, as David Bowie’s Life on Mars plays on the soundtrack. "I’ve never seen a girl with so many problems."
Also in the cast is Meredith Ostrom (Nico), Armin Amiri (Ondine), Brian Bell (Lou Reed), Illeana Douglas (Diana Vreeland), Jack Huston (Gerard Malanga), Patrick Wailson (John Cale) and -- wait for it -- Mary-Kate Olsen (Molly Spense). The movie is slated to hit the theaters in the U.S. on Dec. 29, 2006.
CLOEPFIL TO DESIGN CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM
The nascent Clyfford Still Museum in Denver has hired Allied Works Architecture, headed by Brad Cloepfil, to design its new 30,000-square-foot facility. Cloepfil, who is based in Portland, Ore., designed the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum and is at work on the Museum of Arts & Design’s new building on Columbus Circle in New York. For more details, see www.clyffordstillmuseum.org.
Detroit’s ten-year-old Museum of New Art, located in Pontiac, Mich., is debuting Scottish conceptual artist Douglas Gordon’s new version of his signature 24 Hour Psycho, the 1998 film installation showing Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at one frame per second over a 24-hour period. Dubbed One Minute Psycho, Gordon’s reworked version is in color and speeds up Hitchcock’s film so that it lasts only 60 seconds. It goes on view Dec. 16, 2006-Jan. 24, 2007. For details, see www.detroitmona.com
"BLACK NOW" IN NEW YORK
Artist Fred Wilson has organized "Black Now," Dec. 6, 2006-Mar. 10, 2007, a show of works by a dozen artists at the Longwood Arts Project in the Bronx. Artists in the show include Francisco Alvarado-Juarez, Jorge Julian Aristizabal, Candida Alvarez, Chakaia Booker, Rashawn Griffin, Heather Hart, Jason Irwin, Kalup Linzy, Carl Pope, Jose Ruiz, Will Villalongo and Kara Walker. For details, see www.longwoodarts.org
"HANUKKAH PROJECT" AT JEWISH MUSEUM
Just in time for the holidays, the Jewish Museum in Manhattan opens "Light x Eight: The Hanukkah Project," Nov. 25, 2006-Feb. 4, 2007, an installation of light art by eight artists marking the Jewish festival of lights. It’s the museum’s fifth show on the theme. The artists are Teresita Fernandez, Spencer Finch, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Sharon Louden, Brigitte Nahon, Alyson Shotz, Mary Temple and Pae White.
CURATORIAL CHANGES AT HAMMER
Hammer Museum senior curator Garry Garrels has been promoted to chief curator and deputy director of exhibitions and public programs. He succeeds Russell Ferguson, who has been named as chairman of UCLA’s department of art. Ferguson remains adjunct curator at the Hammer, where he is organizing "Mathias Poledna: Crystal Palace," a video installation about ethnographic films shot in Papua New Guinea. Additionally, Ali Subotnick, the critic and curator who co-organized the "4th Berlin Biennal," has been appointed adjunct curator at the Hammer.
HIRSHHORN CONTEMPORARY ACQUISITIONS
The Hirshhorn Museum has announced the acquisition of 24 contemporary art works, including 13 photographs from Hiroshi Sugimoto’s "Seascape" series that were seen in the museum’s recent exhibition of the Japanese artist’s work, a gift of the Glenstone Foundation, founded by Mitchell P. Rales. The museum has purchased works by Rachel Harrison and Isa Genzken from its current "The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas" show, as well as two sculptures from Jim Lambie.
Other acquisitions include a painted and sculpted canvas by Sam Gilliam (a partial gift of the artist and dealer Marsha Mateyka), a stacked and cut paper installation by Uruguayan artist Marco Maggi, three photographic works by Christopher Williams, a triptych by Troy Brauntuch and a collage by Al Hansen.SHERRI GELDEN TO HEAD WARHOL FOUNDATION
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has elected Sherri Gelden, director of the Wexner Center for the Arts, as its new chair, succeeding collector Werner H. Kramarsky. Three new members were elected to the foundation board: collector James Keith Brown, artist Cindy Sherman and attorney Michael Straus.
AUDREY FLACK ART FOR NASHVILLE SYMPHONY
The Nashville Symphony unveils Recording Angel, its new commissioned bronze sculpture by Audrey Flack, at the city’s new Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville on Dec. 12, 2006. The 14-foot-tall winged figure holds a feather quill in one hand and a compact disc in the other. The $120-million facility also includes art commissions by Marton Varo, Ray Kaskey and Casey Eskridge.
NEW CURATOR, PROMOTIONS IN HOUSTON
The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston has announced that Toby Kamps will fill a new curatorial position at the institution, effective Jan. 16, 2007. The 43-year-old Kamps comes to Texas by way of Ohio, where he is senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Kamps arrives on the scene to take up some of the slack left by erstwhile curator Lynn Herbert, who now fills the position of adjunct curator and is pursuing other projects outside of the institution, while Paola Morsiani has been promoted to senior curator and Valerie Cassel Oliver moves up from associate to full-fledged curator status.
MISAKO & ROSEN OPENS IN TOKYO
After ten years at Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo, dealer Misako Rosen has left to open her own gallery, Misako & Rosen, which debuts in December with a show of new paintings by Japanese artist Shimon Minamikawa. For further details, see www.misakoandrosen.com