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WO KEY UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUMS HAVE NEW LEADERS. In New Orleans, Tulane University has lost Maurita Poole to be the director of its Newcomb Art Museum. Poole comes from Clark Atlanta University, where she was director and curator of its art museum. She said in a statement that Newcomb “is an ideal place to explore how the visual arts can help alleviate suffering and promote social change.” Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, Alejandra Peña-Gutierrez has been hired to manage University of Minnesota‘s Weisman Art Museum. Peña has been led by Ponce Art Museum in Puerto Rico since 2013. She joins the new job in November and succeeds Lyndel King, who retired in 2020 after nearly 40 years at the helm.
A FRIDAY ARCHEOLOGY DOES: Scientists believe that animal bones found in a cave in Morocco were used more than 90,000 years ago to make clothes, according to Courthouse News Service. In a new study, they write that the material represents “strongly suggestive proxy evidence for the earliest clothing in the archaeological record.” In North Carolina, NPR reports, archaeologists are conducting a series of new excavations to try to locate the lost colony founded by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1587. Its more than 100 inhabitants quickly disappeared, leaving almost no trace. And life-size stone carvings of camels discovered three years ago in Saudi Arabia may be older than previously thought, Smithsonian Magazine reports. Initial estimates linked them to 2,000 years old. Chemical analysis and other research methods now suggest that they are at least 7,000 years old, making them older than The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
More than 660,000 white flags for every person in the United States who have died from Covid-19 have been installed on National Mall in Washington, DC, as an installation of Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg. It will be shown for 17 days and flags will be added when people die. Recently, about 1,900 coronavirus deaths have been reported daily in the United States [Roll Call]
A newly identified Vincent van Gogh drawing is shown to the public for the first time on Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The piece is borrowed from an unidentified collector who had asked the museum to inspect it. “It is quite rare that a new work is attributed to Van Gogh,” said the museum’s director, Emilie Gordenker, it says in a statement. [ARTnews]
New York alternative rum That Kitchen is embarking on a $ 28 million campaign over the next five years that will include a refurbishment of its Chelsea home. The architectural firm Ris + Lipka will handle the work; $ 19 million has already been raised. [Artforum]
Damien Hirst recently gave Drake a couple Nike Air Force 1s painted in a style reminiscent of his “Spin” paintings. Judging from the photos Hirst posted on Instagram, the musician appreciated the gift. The cover of Drake’s latest album was made by the formaldehyde-loving artist. [Hypebeast]
On Chrystals Auktioner on the Isle of Man, auctioneer Murray Keefe sold the same LS Lowry street scene that his father hammered down about 40 years ago. Alas, the piece went on a single bid of £ 350,000 (about $ 483,000), well below the £ 500,000 that the house had hoped it would draw. [BBC News]
Toronto is the latest city to get a gallery weekend. A total of 22 seats will participate in the first edition later this month, which has been started by Association for Contemporary Art Galleries. Montreal got its own back in June. [Ocula]
EAT your heart out. Next week, Art Basel opens in Switzerland for the first time in more than two years with around 270 dealers. Jeffrey Deitch, in New York and Los Angeles, presents a doozy of a sculpture in its section for major works, Bloomberg reports: Urs Fischerclassic 2004 Untitled (bread house) . True to its name, the work is a house made of bread (about 2,500 loaves). In an interview, Fischer said when he created it in Vienna that not everyone was affected by it. “Austria is a very Catholic country, and everyone who thought the bread was somehow about the body of Christ,” he said. The work is priced “in the range” of $ 3 million per. Deitch. [Bloomberg]