David Hurn has donated a significant part of his archive to the Martin Parr Foundation collection. The gifted works include vintage press prints, exhibition prints, book layouts, and a complete set of David Hurn photographs made in Wales. This material joins a number of other David Hurn prints already housed at the Foundation.
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Hans Rasmus Astrup on 23 April 2021.
With his unique commitment to contemporary art, a desire to share his enthusiasm with others, and a clear philanthropic mission, Astrup has had a deep impact on the field of art both in Norway and internationally.
The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst adds a video, “Housewives Making Drugs” (2017) by the artist Mary Maggic to their collection. “What if it was possible to produce estrogen in the kitchen?” — this question is explored in artist Mary Maggic’s video work “Housewives Making Drugs” (2017). In this fictional online tutorial Jade Phoenix and Jade Renegade demonstrate how everyone who cannot or does not want to afford expensive hormone treatments can extract estrogen on their own. The work is part of Mary Maggic’s larger project “Open Source Estrogen”, a collaborative and interdisciplinary research venture combining biohacking with speculative design. The project calls into question the ostensible neutrality of science and spotlights the ways in which the sexual hormone estrogen is misused for the exercise of biopolitical power.
UCCA Center for Contemporary Art announced that Peter Eleey has joined UCCA as Curator-at-Large. Eleey will advise on the development of the museum’s exhibitions and programs as UCCA expands to Shanghai next month and continues its work at UCCA Dune, which opened in Beidaihe, Hebei province in 2018. Eleey will collaborate with the UCCA team to further elaborate its curatorial direction and process. He will also periodically organize exhibitions at UCCA and work to expand the museum’s program and partnerships from his base in New York.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Reveals Plans for Major Expansion Designed by Safdie Architects
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art revealed plans for an expansion that will increase the size of the current facilities by 50 percent. Adding nearly 100,000 square feet to the 200,000-square-foot facility, the expansion will allow the museum to showcase its growing collection and welcome more visitors to experience the power of art, in an inclusive environment.
Ten years after completing the original design for the museum, Safdie Architects has returned to create a seamlessly integrated expansion that resonates with the existing pavilions and outdoor spaces. New structures will house additional galleries, educational facilities, event spaces, a café, and new indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. Extending the long-term partnership between Crystal Bridges and Safdie Architects, the design continues the deep integration of art, architecture, and nature that has become synonymous with Crystal Bridges.
The project is currently in the design development phase with construction commencing in early 2022 with the goal of completing construction in 2024.