Reebok is marketing sneakers with images by Jean-Michel Basquiat, taking it back to the streets and part of their “I am what I am” (!!) advertising campaign. In conjunction with the deal, Reebok also sponsored the Basquiat exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. cf “Running with Basquiat” by Eileen Kinsella (Art news, Mar. 2006, p. 37)
Gregg Bordowitz was one of two winners of the Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism, from the College Art Association.
Sherman Clarke was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award at the 2006 Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America, held in early May in Banff, Alberta.
Patricia Cronin and John Kelly were selected for 2006/2007 Rome Prizes by the American Academy in Rome. Cronin’s project is titled “Musings on Harriet Hosmer’s Roman life, work, and career” and Kelly’s is titled “Inhabiting the skin of Caravaggio.”
Felix Gonzalez-Torres will represent the United States at the 2007 Venice Biennale, show to be curated by Nancy Spector.
Harmony Hammond’s work will be included in the forthcoming exhibition “High times, hard times: New York painting 1965-75,” curated by Katy Siegal and David Reed for Independent Curators International. The exhibition will be at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, August 6-October 15, 2006, the American University Museum, November 19, 2006-January 21, 2007, and then possibly travel to additional venues. Harmony has been awarded a two-month residency at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy (see advert below for renting her Galisteo house during the residency).
Barry Harrison of Queer Arts Resource reports that he is now involved with Homobilia, an ecommerce site that tries to provide some historical/cultural background for the vintage photographs that are included, hoping to make the site an interesting experience for browsers as well as buyers. They hope to expand beyond the current offerings which are primarily aimed at the gay male audience. www.homobilia.com
Daniel Heyman was in Amman, Jordan for a week in March, continuing his work on victims of torture from Iraq. danielheyman.com
Among the 2005-2006 awards given by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) were the “best show in a commercial gallery in New York” to the Robert Gober show at Matthew Marks Gallery; “best show in a commercial gallery nationally” to the Jess show at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco; “best monographic museum show nationally” to the Robert Smithson show organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and “best show in an alternative space” to a show including work by Agnes Martin at the Drawing Center, New York.
Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation moved to a new street-level space at 26 Wooster Street in Soho, New York City. The inaugural exhibition is “The culture of queer: homage to J.B. Harter.”
An exhibition of portrait photographs by Carl Van Vechten was on display during a book event on May 4th for The homoerotic photography of Carl Van Vechten by caucus member James Smalls at James Cummins Bookseller, 699 Madison Avenue, New York.
Vagner Whitehead was one of six artists in the “Search” exhibition at Meadow Brook Gallery in Rochester, Michigan earlier this year. He was also included in a juried group show “The body eclectic” at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale. Four new short videos were included in “Detroit: 55--this time it’s personal” and his work was selected for the Optica Festival 2006 which will take place in October in Gijon, Spain.
Eathon G. Hall, Jr., most recently the program director at Aljira, a center for contemporary art in Newark, NJ, died in São Paulo, Brazil after being struck by a car. He was 40 years old and had earlier been a curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Newark Museum, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. (obituary in The New York times, Mar. 7, 2006)
Bill Rice, artist, actor, director, scholar, died on January 23, 2006, in New York City at the age of 74. He had a show at Mitchell Algus Gallery in fall 2005. (obituary in The New York times, Jan. 29, 2006)
CALLS FOR PARTICIPATION
Harmony Hammond is guest curating an exhibition of queer art for the Landmark Art Gallery at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, that will take place Fall, 2007, and invites artists currently living in Texas to submit work for consideration. For the purposes of this exhibition, queer art is defined as art that “in some way” engages issues of sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or other identities as cultural construction or as bodily, social, psychological, and political experiences. Work may be in any media. Please send slides (preferred), CDs or suitable documentation, résumé, artist statement, catalogs, and reviews along with a SASE, if you wish eventual return of your materials, to: Harmony Hammond, 5618 NM Hwy 41, Galisteo, NM 87540. Materials will be accepted through July 2006. DO NOT SEND MATERIALS OVER THE INTERNET.
ARLIS/NA in Atlanta 2007
The Art Libraries Society of North America will be meeting in Atlanta at the end of April 2007. We have begun working on a program dealing with GLBT art in the South. Suggestions for speakers or content may be sent to Hugh Wilburn, Harvard Design School (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gary Ginther, Ohio University (email@example.com)
HOUSE FOR RENT IN SANTA FE Historic stone and adobe lanera (wool barn) with pitched metal roof situated on the Galisteo Creek in the traditional village of Galisteo, 20-30 minutes from Santa Fe. Big sky country. Approximately 3000 sq. ft. Renovated for living. Large rooms, sky lights, two fireplaces, great kitchen, central heating, washer & dryer, land line internet access. Furnished. Quiet gardens and portal enclosed by stonewalls with orchards, cottonwoods and view to the Ortiz Mountains. Ideal for two people who want to spread out and do their work, and would like to use the house as a base for day trips. No pets or children. Available September and October 2006. $1600 per month plus electricity and phone (necessary for internet, cell reception is poor). Rent and one month deposit must be paid in advance. References required. Email Harmony Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org