News Recap: August 25, 2017

A weekly update of art world news.

Image by Chrysopras Films via Wikimedia Commons

Image by Chrysopras Films via Wikimedia Commons

PCAH Member Resign En Masse
Every member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) has resigned. 16 of the 17 members, including Chuck Close, Thom Mayne, and Jhumpa Lahiri, drafted a letter to President Trump explaining their reasons for disbanding. They stated, “Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions. We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The 17th member has officially resigned as well, and the first letter of each paragraph in the PCAH resignation document spells out “RESIST.”
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

University of Arkansas to Open School of Arts
The University of Arkansas will be the new home of the only art school in the entire state of Arkansas thanks to an endowment of $120 Million by the Walton family, best known as the owners of Walmart. Their donation is the largest to ever be pledged to an art education institution in America. “The School of Art will have an immediate, resounding positive effect on the culture of our entire state, and its imprint will be seen across the nation and beyond.”
Read the full story (ArtNet)

Poster House to Open in 2018
A new art institution, backed by anonymous donors, will open in 2018. Poster House “aims to trace the history of posters and their impact on design history, politics, and visual culture.” Before the opening of their permanent space in Chelsea, Poster House will hold a pop-up exhibition beginning September 20. “Gone Tomorrow” will show various printed materials from shuttered New York venues.
Read the full story (ArtNet)