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Philadelphia mayor proposes gutting city’s arts and culture office

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed fiscal 2021 budget has sent ripples of anxiety, grief, and outrage through arts and cultural institutions large and small in the City of Brotherly Love. Faced with a $649 million shortfall resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the city, under Kenney’s proposal, would completely eliminate all $4.4 million in arts funding. […]

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ArkDes takes its ASMR show online while the physical gallery is shut

In an ironic turn of events, the threat of the novel coronavirus has forced Sweden’s national center for architecture and design to move WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD, what was supposed to have been an in-real-life manifestation of ASMR, totally online. The exhibition was originally supposed to have run in ArkDes’s experimental Boxen, an enclosed gallery […]

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Russia is the first country to move its Venice Architecture Biennale pavilion online

With the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale postponed to August 29 because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, concerns are still swirling over whether the outbreak will be under control by the time of the festival. Australia has already withdrawn, and now Russia has announced plans to move its pavilion entirely online. “Given the seriousness of the wider […]

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Cash-strapped New York cultural institutions continue to slash jobs, exhibition funding

With the dire financial impacts stemming from the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of relenting, New York City’s leading museums and cultural institutions continue to announce furloughs, layoffs, and hobbled exhibition budgets. As reported by the New York Times, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is the latest normally crowd-drawing NYC institution to make public […]

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Virtual SITE exhibition inserts contemporary art into Detroit’s architectural landmarks

  Detroit fine art gallery Library Street Collective has launched a new online exhibition that grants virtual visitors access to the city’s most prized—and in some cases, forgotten—examples of historic architecture while showcasing a range of works by an exciting and diverse coterie of contemporary artists. SITE: Art and Architecture in the Digital Space, in […]

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Practice, Product, Protocol makes the immaterial tangible

The 2019-2020 college fellowship exhibition at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture is meant to render the invisible visible, and make the inextricable parts of architecture tangible. In Practice, Product, Protocol, on view through April 30, Jacob Comerci, Matiss Groskaufmanis, and Eduardo Mediero interrogate the demands of architectural productivity, the move to communal […]

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Architectural Bestia at SCI-Arc will display the ambiguities of creative authorship

This fall, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) will present an exhibition that attempts to draw subconscious connections between the work of several of its faculty members to potentially discover new, previously undefined methods of design practice. “Today, perhaps as never before,” the description for Architectural Bestia begins, “we share a technical language that flows […]

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Augmented reality app designed to allow artists to sell work virtually

Amid a nearly worldwide quarantine enacted to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, members of the art community have had to come up with new and novel methods of presenting their work without a physical audience. Developments in virtual visualization have seemingly accelerated at an unprecedented pace within the last several weeks, with virtual […]

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Burning Man 2020 won’t go ahead after all, moves online

Despite prior assurances just two-and-a-half weeks ago, Burning Man 2020 won’t be going ahead as previously planned thanks to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As The Burning Man Journal announced on April 10, instead of building the real Black Rocky City in Nevada’s desert of the same name in August, the festival will move […]

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates 150th anniversary with intercultural curation

Like virtually every other museum in America, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York temporarily closed down last month in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The decision, however, was unique for the world-famous museum, which had planned to celebrate its 150th anniversary with a year-long roster of events and exhibitions reflecting on […]

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Hauser & Wirth unveils VR program to explore virtual exhibitions

Last Summer, the Zurich-based contemporary and modern art gallery Hauser & Wirth began the development of Artlab, a research and innovation arm intended to “create bespoke technology solutions for the most pressing issues in the art world, including greater accessibility and sustainability.” The first initiative explored by the program is Hauser & Wirth Virtual Reality (HWVR), […]

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Kara Walker’s heavily attended Fons Americanus sculpture to be demolished

When New York-based artist Kara Walker was invited by London’s Tate Modern to produce a site-specific artwork within its Turbine Hall—a 500-foot-long exhibition space that has hosted outsized works by the likes of Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, and Ai Wei Wei—she knew she had to go big. The result was Fons Americanus (2019), a monumental, 42-foot-tall fountain […]

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Art shows in age of pandemics: 10 virtual festivals and fairs to check out

If you’ve already toured all four Tate Galleries, the Rijksmuseum, the Palace of Versailles, the Uffizi, 60 percent of the Smithsonian museums, and taken in a performance from the Berlin Philharmonic from the (dis)comfort of your home via Google Arts & Culture or another online platform, there’s a good chance that you’re looking for some […]

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Contemporary art gallery provides robot-assisted tours to beat stay-at-home orders

In an effort to remain in business while providing content for those under stay-at-home orders, museums and galleries around the world have expanded their online presence with offerings including high-resolution imagery, archival videos, and experimental programming. Hastings Contemporary, a small gallery on the southern coast of England, has gone one step further than its peers […]

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American arts and architecture commissioner Anne Bass dies at 78

On April 1, Anne Bass, influential investor and patron of the arts, died at the age of 78. Bass famously commissioned the Bass House, one of the most ambitious residential designs by the modernist architect Paul Rudolph, completed in Fort Worth in 1976. According to Paper City Magazine, Anne and her husband Sid Bass commissioned […]

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Campaign to save Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage blows past its goal

A small and humble cottage, set on the southeastern English coast in Dungeness, Kent, has been the unlikely subject of an arts crowdfunding campaign that exceeded its goal of $4.28 million (£3.5 million) after receiving more than 7,300 donations from around the world. Prospect Cottage was once a place of refuge for the late Derek […]

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OPEN Architecture transforms an abandoned Shanghai industrial site into a contemporary art park

Along with a vast number of cultural institutions around the globe, Tank Shanghai, a sprawling urban art environment situated along the Huangpu River in China’s most populous city, has been closed to the public and upped its virtual presence in the midst of the country’s coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Just a little over a year old, […]

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Could Be Architecture’s new installation riffs on Mies’s iconic McCormick House

A visit to the Elmhurst Art Museum this spring might have been more than you were bargaining for. A new installation by experimental Chicago-based practice Could Be Architecture is shaking up what might seem like a sleepy regional kunsthalle to question established notions of domesticity and historic preservation. At the same time, the studio’s playful […]

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