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LA Times Investigates Specter of Debt in LACMA Expansion Plans

February 21st, 2020

A piece in the LA Times this week looks at LACMA, and the potential debt the museum is facing to pay for its new expansion plans. “My concern,”consultant Rob Hollman says, “is that they will have this unfinished building, or they will finish it, and there will be this big bill to pay.”
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Ingrid Schaffner Named Curator of Chinati Foundation

February 21st, 2020

Ingrid Schaffner is the new curator of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Art News reports. “Donald Judd’s concept for the Chinati Foundation was curatorial: to permanently site works of art within a dynamic of exhibitions, scholarship, artists residencies, and events,” she said in a statement. “It is an honor to build on the curatorial legacy established by Judd.”
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NYT Looks Deeper into Departure of Cooper Hewitt Director

February 21st, 2020

The NYT has further info on the departure of Caroline Baumann from the Cooper Hewitt, as further investigations make her departure increasingly complicated. “I learned nothing I didn’t know, except some more details of the investigators’ cluelessness and shoddiness,” says former trustee and author Kurt Andersen, who resigned from the museum board in protest. “I still find it incomprehensible that the secretary decided these supposed infractions merited termination, and also that he didn’t seek advice from the board about this.”
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Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Avenue (at 75th Street)
New York, NY 10021
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Wednesday – Thursday 11am – 6pm
Friday 1pm – 9pm (6pm – 9pm pay-what-you-wish)
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Adults : $15
Senior Citizens (62+) and Students with valid ID : $10
Members, NYC public high school students with valid ID & children under 12 : Free

One day pass to Kaufman Astoria Studios Film & Video Gallery : $6

The Whitney Museum houses one of the most significant collections of American art. It’s collection features works from the first half of the century but emphasizes contemporary artists in its exhibitions. The Whitney’s collection includes works by artists such as Edward Hopper, Keith Haring, Alexander Calder, and Andy Warhol, and it’s independent study program jumpstarted careers for artists such as Julian Schnabel. The Whitney Biennial is usually a much-anticipated exhibit for younger and/or emerging artists.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions of note:
Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926—1933
on view through February 15, 2009
Opens January 22, 2009
Jenny Holzer
Opens March 12, 2009