He Art Museum Delays Opening Over Concerns of Coronavirus
The forthcoming He Art Museum, which is located in the Shunde district of Foshan, China, and is part of the larger metropolitan area that includes Hong Kong, will delay its opening, which was originally scheduled for March 21. Amid uncertainty over the ongoing coronavirus, which has over 17,000 cases worldwide and 362 deaths, the majority of which have been in China, the museum said that the “health and safety of HEM’s staff, construction workers, artists, future visitors, and international collaborators are of top priority” and that postponing the opening, along with architectural tours of the museum later this month, became necessary to “minimize the risks of transmission.” The museum has not yet announced a new opening date. The He Art Museum was founded with the intention of mounting exhibitions of Chinese art, with an emphasis on the region’s important Lingnan School, alongside shows of international art as a way to “change the local art ecology and provide local artists more opportunities and possibilities,” as its director Shao Shu recently told ARTnews. —Maximilíano Durón
Veteran Artists Decry MoMA’s ‘Toxic Philanthropy’ in Open Letter
In an open letter, 45 artists who formerly served in the American military called out the Museum of Modern Art in New York for its board members’ alleged involvement in “war and prison profiteering.” The letter, which was first reported by Hyperallergic, accuses the museum of “toxic philanthropy,” and urges the museum to cut ties with trustees whose business dealings potentially tie them to private prisons and American intervention abroad. The letter was written on the occasion of “Theater of Operations The Gulf Wars 1991–2011,” an exhibition at MoMA PS1, its sister institution in Queens, that focuses on wars in Iraq, which has previously been the subject of protest. “If MoMA truly celebrates ‘creativity, openness, tolerance and generosity,’ as stated in its mission, MoMA will recognize the hypocrisy in displaying the work of dispossessed peoples—Iraqis in this case—while continuing to profit, if indirectly, from the bloodshed and misery of those very people,” the letter reads.
Object & Thing Details Presentation at Independent Art Fair
Object & Thing, which had its inaugural edition in Brooklyn in 2019, has named the 17 Independent Art Fair exhibitors and nine international design programs who will show works at its special presentation at the New York event in March. The show will include contributions from Air de Paris, Chapter NY, Karma, Night Gallery, New Museum, and other institutions. Dorothy Iannone, Dike Blair, and Martin Puryear are among the artists whose pieces will be on view. The exhibition is organized by Abby Bangser, founder of Object & Thing, and Rafael de Cárdenas, artistic director of Object & Thing, which will return to New York in May.