July 28 | MCA Chicago acquires collection of contemporary female photography
Some fifty works by female photographers exploring facets of politics, history, and identity through the medium have been gifted to Chicago’s biggest museum of contemporary art. In other news, the streets of New York will today host a march, organised by arts foundation Kindred Arts, in commemoration of the civil rights Silent Parade protest of 1917.
Fifty photographs by contemporary female artists gifted to Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
In celebration of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s fiftieth anniversary, fifty photographs — a selection of which is currently on show in the exhibition “Woman with a Camera” running until January 14, 2018 — have been gifted by trustee members Jack and Sandra Guthman.
The collection features works by artists such as Marina Abramovic, Laurie Simmons, and Carrie Mae Weems — along with Anne Collier, Xaviera Simmons, and Mickalene Thomas.
Catherine Opie, Untitled #1, 2012. Pigment print, edition of 5; sheet: 40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm), framed: 43.75 x 63.75 x 2.25 in. (111.1 x 161.9 x 5.7 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Jack and Sandra Guthman, 2016.40. © Catherine Opie. Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago | Marina Abramović, Waiting for an Idea, 1991. Chromogenic development print. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Jack and Sandra Guthman, 2016.27. © Marina Abramović. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives
South Korean officials imprisions on account of artist blackmail list
Yesterday, six members of ousted president Park Geun-hye’s administration were sentenced to prison for blacklisting at least 10,000 artists and cultural figures on account of their political beliefs. Hundreds of South Korean artists are now suing the former leader and her aides, as it’s been revealed that the list denied artists critical of Park’s leadership access to government-funded programs.
Kim Ki-choon, Park’s former chief of staff, was convicted for abuse of power and perjury — sentenced to three-years for ordering members of the president’s staff and ministry of culture officials to draw up the blacklist and lie about its creation. Details via The New York Times
Kim Ki-choon. Courtesy of Ahn Young-Joon/Associated Press
Arts group restage historic civil rights protest in New York
To mark the centenary of New York’s Silent Parade protest, the non-profit group Kindred Arts — in partnership with the NAACP and the arts initiative Inside Out — has organised a march in protest of the current administration — whose “rhetoric has insulted, demonized, and threatened” black communities.
At 5pm today July 28, 2017, dressed in symbolic white attire and marching in silence, a coalition of artists, activists and marginalized communities will stand together in solidarity — demanding respect for life and economic and social equality, diversity and freedom of expression.
The 1917 demonstration, where around 10,000 African Americans gathered on Fifth Avenue to march against racial violence and discrimination, was organised by W.E.B. Du Bois and the NAACP in the wake of the East St Louis riots in Illinois.
Kindred Arts Commemorative Art Walk