News Recap: February 26, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Carrie Mae Weems. By John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Carrie Mae Weems. By John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Carrie Mae Weems Wins National Artist Award
Photographer Carrie Mae Weems was named the 2016 National Artist Award Honoree by the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Weems’ work explores themes of family, identity, and sexuality, and she often incorporates herself into her photographs. The award is present to artists who are recognized for innovation in their field as well as across disciplines. Past recipients include Frank Stella, Cindy Sherman, and Theaster Gates. Weems was also a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and the first woman to receive a Guggenheim retrospective.
Read the full story (Artsy)

Judge Rules That Photographing Police Is Not Protected by the First Amendment
Last Friday, Federal District Court Judge Mark Kearney ruled on Fields v. City of Philadelphia and Geraci v. City of Philadelphia, that there is no First Amendment right to photograph or film police officers for any reason other than to “challenge or criticize” police conduct.
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)

B&H Photo’s Manhattan Warehouse Workers Vote to Unionize
Earlier this week, warehouse workers for B&H Photo Video voted 46-14 to unionize. This vote is the culmination of what the workers claim to be long-term abusive and hazardous working environment. Three weeks after picketing outside the Manhattan flagship store, the workers will organize with United Steelworkers.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)