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Focused on Residencies, the Main Museum Tests a Different Model in Downtown LA

“Performance Lessons: Suzanne Lacy Teaches Andrea Bowers Performance Art” at the Main Museum, October 30 (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) LOS ANGELES — Eschewing the pomp and fanfare that typically greet the opening of a new art institution, the Main Museum recently made its debut quietly, not with a star-studded gala but with a low-key performance.

The Unlikely Story of How Nitrate Film Endures

Nitrate film (all images courtesy George Eastman Museum) Many of the most iconic films in cinematic history — Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, Citizen Kane — were recorded on nitrate, the earliest form of motion picture film, yet the material has a terrible reputation.

Art Movements

The Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum, Paris, France (via Flickr/Pablo Ibañez) Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.

“Artists, Like Actors, Can’t Develop in Public”: A Conversation with Mega-collector Don Rubell

Miami-based collectors Mera and Don Rubell (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) The Rubells have become synonymous with the A-list of major contemporary art collectors.

While Held by US Immigration, an Artist Sketches His Fellow Detainees

José Alvarez’s drawing of Orlin “el Pajaro” (bird), Honduras, Krome #318, Blue, 18 years old. Orlin came to the US to escape gang violence, crossing Guatemala in one day and one night on a bus.

A Computer-Generated Coliseum that Will Disintegrate for 1,000 Years

KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst / KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art (all photos by Jens Ziehe) BERLIN — When you visit one of the many high-ceilinged, post-industrial cultural spaces in Berlin, they might seem like they were just built for site-specific, oversized contemporary art.

Yale Highlights an Archive of African-American Culture on Its 75th Anniversary

James Weldon Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, jacket illustration by Aaron Douglas (New York, Alfred A.

The Passionate Art of LGBTQ Prisoners in the US

Larry S., “Always Without a Net” (all photos by Christopher Watkins unless noted) One of the two hands thrust through the bars clutches a pencil, and the wrist sports the bracelet of a handcuff, putting to rest any question that these bars are anything other than those of a prison cell.

An Online Exhibition Explores the Cultural Legacy of Prohibition

Liquor being poured down the sewer during Prohibition (courtesy Mob Museum) Flappers, jazz, and colorful cocktails to mask the harsh taste of bathtub gin are familiar cultural influences from the Prohibition era.

Thousands of Minor White’s Photographs Go Online

Minor White, “San Francisco” (1949), from The Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum, bequest of Minor White (all photos © Trustees of Princeton University) When Minor White, the prolific American photographer and founding editor of Aperture magazine passed away in 1976, he bequeathed his entire archives to Princeton University.

Boston University’s MFA in Graphic Design Now Accepting Applications

The MFA Graphic Design program at BU pairs intensive making with research, design theory and professional practices.

Measuring Life by the Stars in Greco-Roman Antiquity

Frieze from Roman sarcophagus representing Putti with sundial (140–160 CE), marble (courtesy Musée du Louvre, Paris, Département des Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaines, © RMN-Grand Palais / Hervé Lewandowski Art Resource, NY) The oldest known example of a portable sundial is in the shape of a ham.

Stepping into an Uncanny Reconstruction of a Detroit Apartment

The foyer of Unit 1: 3583 Dubois by Anders Ruhwald (all images by Jerry Birchfield, courtesy the artist, Volume Gallery, and MoCA Cleveland) CLEVELAND — Maybe I haven’t yet recovered from binge-watching Stranger Things,  but my immediate reaction as I crossed the threshold into Unit 1: 3583 Dubois, an immersive installation work by Anders Ruhwald at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, was that I’d somehow stumbled into “the upside-down.” Ruhwald, a ceramic artist whose work has always displayed an extraordinary sensitivity to space, has meticulously reconstructed a Detroit apartment building he purchased back in 2014 for the purpose of the project. Mere weeks earlier, I had attended a birthday party at this location, and the clean, cheerful, and bustling environs of the real 3583 Dubois could not have provided a sharper contrast to the silent, windowless, blacked-over surfaces of the dark-side doppelgänger Ruhwald has created in Cleveland.

Scaling Up

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Artist Kader Attia Files Plagiarism Lawsuit over French Rap Video

Kader Attia, “Ghost” (2007) (photo by Herry Lawford/Flickr) A music video for the song “Putain d’époque” by French rappers Dosseh and Nekfeu has been removed from YouTube after the artist Kader Attia filed a lawsuit claiming it plagiarizes one of his works.

Artists’ Fascination with the Soft, Tingling Sensations of ASMR

Heather Feather, “Candy Queen ASMR Role Play for Relaxation” (screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic via YouTube) Sometimes we all just want someone’s gentle, soothing voice whispering in our ear that it’s all going to be okay, or we long to hear some meditative, relaxing sounds that induce calming sensations.

The Appeal and Drawbacks of a Show of Video Art from Africa

Installation view of Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, featuring Berni Searle video (courtesy of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art) CLINTON, NY — In the idyll of Oneida County, the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College is showing Senses of Time: Video and Film–Based Works of Africa, which features nine videos and films by seven artists, all of whom were born or grew up in the continent of Africa. The remarkably accomplished installation strategy designed by the Wellin’s Preparator, Christopher Harrison, takes those nine separate works and stitches them together into an experience defined less by a given video’s narrative and spectral material than by its manifestation as spectacle.

Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Pick, Resigns from LA Museum Board

Image from the invite to a rally protesting Steven Mnuchin (via facebook) LOS ANGELES — In a statement released last Friday, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) announced that Steven Mnuchin would be resigning from the museum’s board, which he joined in 2009.

CAA and NYFA Partner for Professional Development for Artists

Joyce Scott, 2016 MacArthur Fellow, at the CAA 2016 Annual Conference This Valentine’s Day, the College Art Association (CAA) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) are showing their love for artists by partnering to offer professional development programming, “The Artist as Entrepreneur,” the day before the CAA Annual Conference.

Did an Ursula von Rydingsvard Sculpture Really Make 17 FBI Agents Sick?

The Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building at 2030 SW 145th Avenue in Miami’s Miramar district (all images courtesy the General Services Administration, via A large wooden sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard is being blamed for a series of illnesses suffered by agents working out of the Miami field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).