Smithsonian Launches Race-Engaged Online Portal, Artists Remember George Floyd, and More: Morning Links from June 2, 2020

Smithsonian Launches Race-Engaged Online Portal, Artists Remember George Floyd, and More: Morning Links from June 2, 2020

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Artists in Minneapolis are working to remember George Floyd and others whose lives have been cut short by violence. [ARTnews]

Over the weekend, Dallas-based artist Jammie Holmes staged a work for which airplanes pulled banners through the sky reading “They’re going to kill me”—some of the last words spoken by George Floyd before he drew his last breath in Minneapolis. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture launched a new online portal called Talking About Race, to be home to “videos, role-playing exercises, scholarly articles, probing questions, and more than 100 other multimedia resources that delve into racism and racial identity and the profound ways in which they shape society.” [The Art Newspaper]

The work of the artist Christo, who died on Sunday, courted its share of controversy over the decades. See a rundown of some of the more storied episodes. [ARTnews]

Corona Crisis

In a move sure to be watched by many in the world of institutions for the performing arts, the Metropolitan Opera in New York announced the cancellation of its entire fall season—with plans to come back no earlier than the start of next year. [The New York Times]

Artist Tatiana Trouvé, born in Italy and now based in Paris, is telling the story of lockdown through works made on and with newspapers. [The Guardian]

Here’s a rundown of films and documentaries to watch while commemorating Pride month at home, including The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender activist whose story figured in a number of art exhibitions related to the Stonewall Rebellion. [The New York Times]


“Houston is losing one of its most intriguing art power couples”: Project Row Houses curator/director Ryan Dennis and the musician/artist Jawwaad Taylor. [The Houston Chronicle]

The storied electronic-music group Kraftwerk created a video to mark the unveiling of Sprüth Magers Gallery’s new website. [The Art Newspaper]

A “Great British Art Quiz” related to works in institutional collections in England queries readers with questions, such as “Where is this orgy taking place?” [The Guardian]

The Paris Review has an interview with the great poet Nathaniel Mackey. [The Paris Review]


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