InstitutionsFairs 28-09-2017

September 28 | Hoor Al Qasimi is the new president of the International Biennial Association

In today’s news, several appointments internationally. In New York, The Studio Museum has revealed plans for an ambitious expansion.

Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi appointed president of IBA

The International Biennial Association (IBA) has announced that Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, (who is also director of the Sharjah Biennial and president of the Sharjah Art Foundation) is now its president. On occasion of the appointment, IBA’s headquarters will move from Gwangju, South Korea, to Sharjah.

Al Qasimi is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal College of Arts. She’s been at the head of the Sharjah Biennial since 2003 and also serves on the board of directors of MoMA PS1, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Beirut’s Ashkal Alwan and Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. More via The National.



Studio Museum will begin works on its new building

A rendering of the future Studio Museum in Harlem. Courtesy of Adjaye Associates and the Studio Museum in Harlem.


Harlem’s Studio Museum has unveiled the design of its new $175 million home, designed by Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye and set to open by 2021 on its current 125th Street site. The city of New York pledged $53.8 million for the project, whereas the Studio Museum has raised the 70% of the overall goal. The museum will go from 8,050 square feet to almost 17,300, and will feature five floors, including an auditorium and a roof deck. The Studio Museum will close for construction next January and will hold exhibitions at other institutions. More via artnet news.



Moving Museum founders join Art Basel Cities

Simon Sakhai and Aya Mousawi, co-founders of the Moving Museum have announced that programming has been put on hold for the itinerant institution, and they are both joining Art Basel Cities as consulting strategists. In an email, they cited the similarities between the two projects and added that the Moving Museum might return to bring museum-scale exhibitions in different cities. The Moving Museum had shows in Dubai, London and Istanbul among others. Read more on ARTnews.


Courtesy Art Basel.



New directors for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art & the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Augustus Casely-Hayford. Courtesy TED.


The institution has announced that Augustus Casely-Hayford was appointed as its new director and that he will take up his post as of February 5, 2018. Casely-Hayford currently serves as research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. He will succeed to Johnnetta Cole, who announced her retirement in December 2016. Read more on ARTnews.


Over in New York, Kathy Halbreich, who currently serves as director and Laurenz Foundation Curator of New York’s MoMA, will quit the institution to become executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The New York Times has more.


Kathy Halbreich, courtesy Bennington College.

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