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Stephen Colbert Interviewed the Guerrilla Girls Last Night

by Michael Anthony Farley on January 14, 2016
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Did anyone catch the Guerrilla Girls’ brief appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert? Masked members of the anonymous feminist art collective gave a short introduction to what they do, and gave some really good answers as to why we should care about what museums collect.
Watch the full interview here.

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New Free Courses, Brooklyn Headquarters for BHQFU Spring Semester

by Michael Anthony Farley on January 13, 2016
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The Bruce High Quality Foundation University is back with new free courses—and bigger/better/badder than ever after a move to Brooklyn.

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New Yorkers Win Big in Creative Capital’s $4,370,000 Granting Round

by Michael Anthony Farley on January 13, 2016
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Creative Capital just announced $4,370,000 of support for 46 projects and 63 artists in 2016. Of those 43 projects, nearly half are located in New York City and of those 63 artists. over half are people of color.

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Why Rhizome’s $600,000 Mellon Grant is a Big Deal for Digital Preservation

by Rea McNamara on January 5, 2016
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New York-based new media non-profit Rhizome announced yesterday it was awarded a two-year $600,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build Webrecorder, a tool that allows users to archive the internet’s “dynamic content”.

It’s a big deal—the largest grant the organization has received in its 20-year history, and a signalling of the importance for institutions to steer the development of tech tools.

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Bushwick’s Interstate Projects Launches New Free Residency

by Rea McNamara on January 4, 2016
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Good news for artists. Interstate Projects has announced a studio program that will launch in April. The Bushwick gallery will be providing one artist a free 300-square foot studio space for the period of four months at its two-story building on 66 Knickerbocker. The open submission residency, which will be selected by a juried panel, will have three residency periods: April-July, August-November and December to March 2017.

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Nancy Spector Joins Brooklyn Museum: No More Crowd-Sourced Exhibitions!

by Paddy Johnson on December 18, 2015
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Nancy Spector has been hired as the new chief curator and deputy director of the Brooklyn Museum. The just-announced news comes as a shock, since she has defined the Guggenheim’s programming over the course of her thirty year career there. Her tenure at the Brooklyn Museum will start in April, and there’s a lot to ponder on what will be her expected impact.

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Two Artists Just Met and Married at SATELLITE’s Artist-Run Show

by Michael Anthony Farley on December 6, 2015
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The Artist-Run at SATELLITE just closed, but things stayed interesting here up until the end. While Art Basel had a stabbing, we had a wedding. James Swainbank, who was showing in Open Space’s Stupid Bar, just married Vinegar (Jennifer) Avery, who was also participating in the show through Yellow Peril Gallery. Really.

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Gallerist Burns Bridges to a Borough

by Paddy Johnson on November 16, 2015
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Fall out from the South Bronx party thrown by artist Lucien Smith, art dealer Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn, and real estate mogul Keith Rubenstein continues. The event featured bullet-riddled cars and trash can fires, which many thought were in poor taste. News erupted for days after enraged residents, politicians and artists learned of the party. Now, two weeks later, AFC has learned that Avery K. Singer refused Greenberg Rohatyn’s request for a studio visit, on the grounds that the party was insensitive and likely to lead the gallery into further trouble. We couldn’t agree more. The email, which was first posted on Facebook November 7th, after the jump

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Artists Petition the Brooklyn Museum to Dump the Real Estate Summit

by Paddy Johnson on November 6, 2015
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Many artists are not happy about the Brooklyn Museum’s decision to host the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit. Readers can count us among them—as a full disclaimer, we have been working with many in this group to help organize a response. There is now an open letter and petition being circulated on Change.org with a list of demands, all of which are in line with the communities they serve. The most important one, imo, is to start engaging directly with the community to make real commitments to affordable space.

The full petition after the jump.

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Jimmy Van Bramer Signs Bill to Support Artists and Small Businesses

by Paddy Johnson on October 30, 2015
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The Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) is gathering steam in New York. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has just signed on to the bill, which seeks to give commercial tenants a few more chips at the bargaining table. In the face of ever increasing rents, many believe the SBJSA couldn’t be more needed. Among other things, the bills give tenants in good standing the right to renew their lease for an additional 10 years, and allows artists to bring the dispute to binding arbitration by a third party.

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