News Recap: August 24, 2018

A weekly recap of art world news.

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Man Falls into Anish Kapoor’s Bottomless Pit
On August 13 an elderly Italian man fell into Anish Kapoor’s Descent into Limbo or “Bottomless Pit” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal. There are warning signs and supervising staff in the installation at all times, however they unable to prevent the accident. The tumble into Kapoor’s, in reality, eight foot deep hole led to the hospitalization of the man and the installation was temporarily closed. It has since reopened and the man has been released from the hospital.
Read the full story (Artnet News)

MoMA Staff Secures Higher Wages
For the last four months, MoMA employees have been negotiating and demonstrating for fair pay and benefits from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Local 2110 chapter of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) successfully negotiated at least a 3% or $1,600 (whichever is larger) raise for all employees on a five year contract ratified with a 96% margin. Healthcare will remain the same and new employees will meet with members of the union to better understand all of their options. This agreement comes after 122 days and exhaustive efforts by the union. Athena Christa, a member of the MoMA Union bargaining committee released a statement: “Building the collective power of art workers through unionization strengthens our ability to set higher standards for wages, benefits, and job rights, conditions which I think lead will to a more inclusive and diverse art world.”
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Martin Puryear to Represent the USA in 2019 Venice Biennale
Artist Martin Puryear has been selected to represent the United States at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Brooke Kamin Rapaport, deputy director and senior curator of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, serving as commissioner and curator of the US pavilion at the Biennale, said, “Martin Puryear confronts contemporary issues as a maker of objects in the studio. For more than five decades, Puryear has created a body of work distinguished by a complex visual vocabulary and deeply-considered meaning.” The 77 year old artist will be creating a new body of work for the seven month exhibition and has been recently exhibited at Madison Square Park, MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, and elsewhere.
Read the full story (Artnews)

Casey Riley Named Curator and Head of Department of Photography and New Media at Minneapolis Institute of Art
Beginning September 10, Casey Riley will serve as the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Curator and Department Head of Photography and New Media. Riley previously held roles at the Boston Athenaeum and was a Consulting Curator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A statement released by the museum said, “We are delighted to have Dr. Riley join the curatorial team at Mia. Her particular interest in gender studies and the work of women photographers is a welcome new direction for the department.”
Read the full story (Artnews)