Museums in America Reopen, Turner Prize Canceled—and More: Morning Links from May 26, 2020

Museums in America Reopen, Turner Prize Canceled—and More: Morning Links from May 26, 2020

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The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston reopened to visitors. “It’s good to be out of the house,” one of them said. “I’ve been looking for something uplifting, something beautiful.” [The New York Times]

Nancy Kenney checked in to see what’s going on in the shutdown-affected minds and eyes of conservators at MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, and other institutions working to keep their collections safe. [The Art Newspaper]

Adam Popescu looked into ways that museums “have begun recording this moment of collective uncertainty in the country’s war against the coronavirus.” What will they collect? What will seem relevant years from now? [The New York Times]

The prestigious Turner prize for artists in England has been cancelled this year and will be replaced by the allocation of 10 “Turner bursaries” of £10,000 to deserving artists. [The Guardian]


What are the 10 most important exhibitions mounted at London’s Tate Modern? See highlights from two decades of history. [ARTnews]

Sandra Benites, described as “Brazil’s first Indigenous art curator,” is working on a big “Indigenous Stories” show to bring together stories from her homeland in São Paulo. [The New York Times]

Advocates in Scotland are calling for centenary-year attention for Joan Eardley, an under-acknowledged painter who died in 1963 at the age of 42. [The Guardian]

Check out some timely and resonant drawings by Michelangelo Lovelace informed by nearly 30 years working as a nurse’s aide in nursing homes throughout Cleveland, Ohio. [ARTnews]


Rafael Leonardo Black, a self-trained artist had his first New York gallery show at 64, died from complications of Covid-19. [The New York Times]

The #MetMaskChallenge has inspired some creative facewear, with hippos included. [The Art Newspaper]


What are your thoughts?