Museums and Galleries
In a new attendance record for the institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art drew well over 7 million visitors to its three locations in New York over the last fiscal year. [The New York Times]
Tate St Ives won the UK’s top museum prize, the Art Fund Museum of the Year, which comes with a £100,000 purse. [Artnet News]
A Beyoncé and Jay-Z-themed art tour, which will focus on the artworks featured in their recent music video for ”Apeshit,” is in the works at the Louvre. [Artforum]
Theaster Gates discusses “through-lines” in his art and his exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel, which features a Black Madonna forged from tar. He said, “I almost feel like one part of the project is about me being a kind of new jack propagandist. I’m Black Madonna Press, and my goal is the redissemination of the black image.” [The Guardian]
While the Grand Palais in Paris undergoes extensive renovations, which are slated to begin in 2021, the FIAC fair will be held in a semi-permanent structure on the Plateau Joffre near the Eiffel Tower. [The Art Newspaper]
Virtual reality might be the next frontier of designing, planning, and rendering new structures. Carolina A. Miranda explores the ways in which architects are utilizing VR in their work, writing, ”Some architects use the technology because it not only allows them to see a proposed building, it lets them get a sense of what it might feel like.” [Los Angeles Times]
Activism and Protests
Earlier this week, on the Fourth of July, activist Therese Okoumou climbed the Statue of Liberty as part of a protest against Trump’s immigration policies. Here’s a brief history of American demonstrations that have involved climbing national monuments. [Atlas Obscura]
On a somewhat sillier note, a six-meter-tall, inflatable “angry baby” caricature of the American president will float above Parliament throughout his upcoming visit to London. [Hyperallergic]
Here’s a piece on photojournalist Laylah Amatullah Barrayn’s practice, her sources of inspiration, and her ongoing exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art in Virginia. Barrayn, who is a cofounder of the photography journal MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, said of her chosen medium, “It became an important way of knowing who I was, through my family and through images that my mother created.” [Vice]
A new book titled The Swimming Pool in Photography dives into poolside aesthetics around the world through the ages. [Vanity Fair]
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