News Recap: January 27, 2017

A weekly recap of art world news.

Photo By Susan Sterner via Wikimedia Commons

Photo By Susan Sterner via Wikimedia Commons

White House Petitions to Save the NEA and NEH Are Not Registering Signatures
Only one day after President Trump’s inauguration, two separate petitions on the White House’s website asking the President to save the National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are not registering signatures. Hundreds of people have claimed to sign the petitions, and yet one petition shows only 44 signatures and the other shows 734 signatures.
Read the full story (The Independent)

B&H Photo’s Relocation to New Jersey Could Violate Labor Laws
In the midst of ongoing labor contract negotiations, B&H Photo has announced that it will close its two Brooklyn warehouses and move operations to Florence Township, New Jersey. The move would require workers to commute three hours by public transit each way. United Steelworkers Union has accused the company of purposely disrupting contract negotiations, thereby violating federal labor laws. The accusations follow a vote to unionize B&H warehouse employees in order to fight hazardous working conditions and discrimination.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

The Duchess of Cambridge Honored by Royal Photographic Society
Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, has accepted a lifetime honorary membership of the Royal Photographic Society. Chief Executive Michael Pritchard praised Middleton for her talent and enthusiasm, and stated that the society chose to recognize her for her “long-standing” interest in photography. Middleton is known to photograph her children including the first official portrait of her daughter Charlotte.
Read the full story (BBC)