August 7, 2014: New Museum Establishes Curatorial Travel Fund, MoMA Publishes First E-Book, and Emil Nolde’s Birthday

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Aug 7, 2014 6:51PM

Opening Tonight

In New York, “Itself Not So” opens at Lisa Cooley. Curated by Rachel Valinsky, the exhibition aggregates works that respond to aphasia, a cognitive disorder that renders one unable to understand or produce speech. 

Notable News

German art collector Hans Grothe has lent his private collection of Anselm Kiefer works to the Kunsthalle Mannheim for ten years. 

Animal rights activists are protesting Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Moving Ghost Town” exhibition at The Aspen Art Museum for including live tortoises with iPads attached to their backs. 

Greek construction workers came across fragments of a 5th-century wine cup that experts believe to have belonged to Pericles, a patron of the arts and advocate for the building of the Parthenon. 

New Museum trustees have allocated more than $300,000 for the creation of the MX Curatorial Travel Fund in honor of the museum’s artistic director, Massimiliano Gioni. The museum also announced that it will be re-launching a publication series in collaboration with MIT Press on books about the field of contemporary art. 

The Museum of Modern Art has released its first digital-only publication and first monograph e-book to be authorized by the Estate of Pablo Picasso, titled “Picasso: The Making of Cubism 1912-1914.” 

Best of Instagram

Ceramic red poppies created by artist Paul Cummins to memorialize the centenary of the First World War cascade over the walls of the Tower of London. Historic Royal Palaces (@historicroyalpalaces) shared this photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry touring the installation.  

Good Reads

Technology Driving Young Art”: A piece on the 89plus Project started by curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets that supports artists under age 25. (via New York Times)

Clock Curator Keeps Museum’s Collection on Time” A profile on the 78-year-old clock curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art who has been overseeing the museum’s European timepiece collection for 40 years. (via Wall Street Journal)

Artist of the Day

Emil Nolde was born on this day in 1867. Nolde began his career as a woodcarver but transitioned into painting and printmaking in his early ‘30s. He was a part of the German Expressionist movement and his work was bright and gestural, often depicting nightlife, biblical scenes, and landscapes. Explore his work and other German Expressionists with the Austrian and German Expressionism gene. 

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