LOS ANGELES – The Broad today announced that its outdoor plaza has been named for its longtime leading partner, East West Bank. The plaza, where East West Bank-supported programs such as Family Weekend Workshops, Summer Happenings and Soul of a Nation Celebration: A Special Musical Performance Curated By Quincy Jones have taken place, has been named the East West Bank Plaza at The Broad.
SALEM, Mass. – From the moment the first cry of “Gold!” was heard at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, thousands of people made the journey west to find their fortune. Daguerreotypists, practitioners of one of the earliest forms of photography, also made their way west to capitalize on the ready market of potential customers. Their images reveal a nation on the cusp of economic, social and environmental change. Organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and curated by Jane Aspinwall, “Gold Rush: Daguerreotypes of Early California” will be on view at the Peabody Essex Museum from April 4 through July 12.
AMSTERDAM – The Stedelijk Museum’s open call for this year’s biannual exhibition “Proposals for Municipal Art Acquisitions” received a record of 1,408 entries. Unlike previous editions, the open call invited submissions from makers of all disciplines.
CHICAGO –The Art Institute of Chicago announced Wednesday the acquisition of an extraordinary memorial window attributed to Agnes F. Northrop and made by Tiffany Studios in 1917. Originally commissioned for the Central Baptist Church (now known as Community Church of Providence) as the gift of Mary L. Hartwell in memory of her husband, Frederick W. Hartwell, the window is a pinnacle achievement in the medium of stained glass.
LONDON – Celebrated for his powerful and uncompromising vision, Steve McQueen creates work that addresses the urgent issues of representation, identity and history. Starting on Feb. 13, Tate Modern presents the first survey of his work in the UK for over 20 years, offering a timely moment to reflect on these themes. Featuring 14 major works spanning film, photography and sculpture, the exhibition is an unprecedented opportunity to experience the depth of McQueen’s visual art career in this country for the first time since he received the Turner Prize in 1999.
LONDON – British Baroque: Power and Illusion is the first ever exhibition to focus on baroque culture in Britain. From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, Tate Britain’s exhibition opening February 4, 2020, explores the rich connections between art and power in this often-overlooked era. The show includes many new discoveries and artworks displayed in public for the first time, many on loan from the stately homes for which they were originally made.
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s executive director, Irvin Lippman, announced two major philanthropic milestones at the museum’s 70th anniversary Gala on Jan. 25. The first announcement was the $1 million contribution by the Gala’s honorary chairs, Jody Harrison Grass and her husband Martin Grass, to benefit the museum’s education initiatives. Jody is the chair of the museum’s board of trustees.
NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Museum of Art has purchased a rare stoneware storage jar by the enslaved African American potter and poet David Drake (circa 1801–1870s), it was announced Tuesday.
CHICAGO – Bringing together over 55 paintings and sculptures, the Art Institute of Chicago presents El Greco: Ambition and Defiancefrom March 7 to June 21, 2020. The first major exhibition in over 15 years devoted to Doménikos Theotokópoulos, known widely as El Greco, Ambition and Defiance foregrounds the artist’s personality to chart the development of his distinctive style, offering a new view of his prescient aesthetic. The exhibition is organized by the Art Institute with the Réunion des musées nationaux–Grand Palais, Paris and the Musée du Louvre.