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July 19, 2021
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The United States Commission on Fine Arts granted final design approval to the redesign of the landscaped garden at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Japanese architect Hiroshi Sugimoto plans to add much-needed infrastructural improvements, such as the creation of a platform to stage performances and sculptures, as well as the expansion of a reflecting pool and the addition of ‘an expanse of open lawn. Although the plans have sparked a lot of controversy since their unveiling, in 2019 they are expected to help increase visitor numbers by 300%.
The programming of the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco will tighten thanks to budget cuts linked to the pandemic. The establishment recently eliminated some of its long-standing programs such as the Artist Gallery at Fort Mason Center, which helps loan works by local artists to local offices and residences; the programming of films will end after the fall 2021 season; and the “Open Space” publishing platform and the “Raw Material” podcast will both shut down later this year. “For SFMOMA to maintain a healthy institution for our community, we must change our approach to make these goals more achievable and successful in today’s radically changed environment,” a museum representative said in a statement.
The Venice Biennale Beach Opera will make its long-awaited US debut in September.
One of the highlights of the Venice Biennale 2019 was Sun & Sea (Marina), the apocalyptic opera in which carefree day trippers performed daily outdoor activities on a surreal indoor beach while singing areas foreshadowing the impending ecological disaster caused by climate change. Designed by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė for the Lithuanian pavilion, the opera will be debuts in the United States in September at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. Next, it will undertake a trip across the country to Arcadia Exhibitions in Philadelphia, the Momentary in Bentonville, AK, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, where it will be presented in collaboration with the Hammer Museum and the Center for the Art of Performance at the ‘UCLA.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (AACHAF) African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund announced an investment of $ 3 million to help preserve 40 African-American monuments across the United States. “The recipients of this funding exemplify centuries of African American resilience, activism and achievement, some famous and others unheard of, that tell the complex tale of American history,” said Brent Leggs, Director AACHAF executive, in a press release. Recipients include the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center in Denver, the Karamu House in Cleveland, and the New Granada Theater Hill CDC in Pittsburgh.
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) is evaluate a rule which prohibits athletes from wearing the Soul Cap, larger swim caps designed for those with “long, voluminous hair”. The backlash ensued after the brand was “denied by FINA from its approval process to become certified to wear for competitive swimming,” according to a Instagram post. The agency is currently reviewing its decision to better “understand the importance of inclusiveness and representation”, as well as whether or not larger swim caps give wearers an unfair advantage.
The Amazon rainforest was once one of the world’s greatest carbon sinks, but deforestation has turned this natural wonder into a polluting. According to a recent study Posted in Nature, one billion tonnes of carbon is emitted from the forest each year, the majority of which comes from forest fires, which are deliberately started to clear land for beef and soybeans. “The first very bad news is that burning forests produces about three times as much CO2 as the forest absorbs,” said Luciana Gatti of the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research, who helped lead the study, in a press release. “The second bad news is that places where deforestation is 30% or more have carbon emissions 10 times higher than places where deforestation is less than 20%.
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Animal Crossing will soon receive the long awaited Monopoly treatment.
Spike Lee revealed the winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes ahead of schedule.
Dozen of munching goats rampaged in a New York City park.