Over 100 Gowanus-based artists and small businesses are the latest victims of New York’s rampant developer-led gentrification. The newest displacement involves three adjacent buildings at 94 and 98 9th street, and 75 and 75A 10th Street and possibly more. Many artists and businesses have been told they must vacate as early as October 31st.
New York based New Media non-profit Rhizome.org announced this Tuesday that they have appointed Zachary Kaplan as their new executive director. That same day Pratt Digital Arts also named Lorna Mills as the keynote speaker for its digital media conference, Pratt Upload.
The mayor’s office announced late today that Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl will take a leave of absence to treat a health issue. Although the release did not name the illness, Finkelpearl wrote in a Facebook later today that he was fighting cancer. “As some of you know,” the commissioner wrote “I have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphoma. Serious, indeed, but I am expecting to recover and be back at my job after several courses of Chemo over a number of months. (Liking this post will be accepted as your liking my recovery, not my cancer!)”
New Classes! A Student Council! Student curators! The Bruce High Quality Foundation University has launched a whole bunch of fresh happenings at the BHQFU this fall semester—registration begins today, and runs through August 24.
.ART, the widely-contested Top Level Domain bid, was finally settled in a private ICANN auction, with both e-flux and DeviantArt losing out to UK Creative Arts Limited.
The news come as a blow to the two art organizations, who joined forces last year in the hopes of ensuring that the administration of the new .ART Domain would be an authentic Internet address for the arts community. Of the total 10 applicants, e-flux and DeviantArt were the only two who had applied for “community designation”, as there was expressed concern regarding the potential for the domain to be exploited by commercial interests.
Despite a widely distributed online campaign —including e-flux’s letter of endorsement from curators and artists worldwide as well as support from DeviantArt’s 31 million+ users — there had been internal debate in the art world with e-flux running the campaign at all.
Big changes are afoot at the Canada Council, the nation’s largest source of funding for the arts. From a shake-up of granting procedures to the appointment of a new chairman of the board, who’s quite the dapper dresser.
Today, the students have delivered the 760-plus signatures from the international art community, which includes high-profile names like Anton Vidokle, Catherine Opie, and Martha Rosler, along with a new letter calling for the Dean’s removal, to the USC president, high-ranking staff, and board members.
Art criticism is now truly in the hands of the few. News broke last night that ARTnews would buy out Art in America (kind of). These are some details to help you try to figure out what’s actually happening, and what’s just speculation
Really, 10 Montieth Street raises the bar for development. It’s more than an apartment complex; it’s a mall for wealthy hipsters. Maybe it would be nice to include more affordable housing units in there, too?