Week in Review: 10 Weeks of “Strike MoMA” Conclude; Met Repatriates Two Benin Bronzes

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Strike MoMA

Hundreds of activists attended the final week of “Strike MoMA” demonstrations. Activists unfurled a “Strike MoMA” banner at a courtyard in the museum and projected protest messages on the museum’s facade after dark.

Repatriation and Returns

The Metropolitan Museum will repatriate two Benin Bronzes to Nigeria.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian returned a pre-Incan gold ornament from its collection to Peru’s government.

Artists Supporting Communities

Yazmany Arboleda, the NYC Civic Engagement Commission artist in residence, repurposed a corrections vehicle from Rikers to encourage New Yorkers to vote.

Artist and iron worker Bernard Klevickas unveiled a COVID-19 memorial dedicated to his fellow NYC Department of Sanitation workers who have been affected by the virus.

Supporters are raising funds for a Bethlehem arts center that was raised by Israeli soldiers.

The Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy, a nonprofit in Alabama, has received a $250,000 grant from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnership.

Hidden Art History

Barcelona’s city council has pledged to preserve a Keith Haring mural tucked behind the DJ booth at a former nightclub, which is slated to become a home for seniors.

Two scientists uncovered and reconstructed a Modigliani portrait hidden beneath another work by the artist.

In Other News

The Hood Museum acquired over 6,000 photographs of Old Hollywood.

People want Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to buy the Mona Lisa and eat it.

Nintendo is opening a museum in Kyoto, Japan.

Awards & Accolades

Nobutaka Aozaki, Beverly Acha, Jane Benson, Kim Brandt, Theresa Daddezio, J.A. Feng, Ronald Hall, Heidi Hahn, Athena LaTocha, Jeffrey Meris, Cy Morgan, Ebecho Muslimova, Louis Osmosis, Marianna Peragallo, Amelia Saul, D’Angelo Lovell Williams, and Andrew Paul Woolbright were named 2021-2022 residents at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program.

Transitions

Freya Chou, Renée Akitelek Mboya, Robert M. Ochshorn, and Pablo José Ramírez were named curators of the 58th Carnegie International.Gregory Harris was appointed curator of photography at the High Museum of Art.Ibrahim Said is now represented by Yossi Milo Gallery.Lily Snyder was appointed Colnaghi’s managing director of modern and contemporary art in North America.

In Memoriam

Mary Beth Edelson (1933–2021), multidisciplinary artist | Washington PostAlain Kirili (1946–2021), sculptor | Brooklyn RailJanet Malcolm (1934–2021), journalist and author | Washington PostMilton Moses Ginsberg (1935–2021), filmmaker | DeadlineEva Sereny (1935–2021), photographer | HeraldDonald York (1947–2021), musical director of Paul Taylor Company | New York Times

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