Philadelphia Museum Director Offers Apologies, Returning the Benin Bronzes, and More: Morning Links from January 23, 2020 – ARTnews

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At a town hall meeting, Philadelphia Museum of Art director, Timothy Rub, offered an apology to employees over the recent allegations of sexual harassment against former manager Joshua Helmer. Some in attendance felt that the meeting did not offer plans for substantive change. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

The complex tale of the arduous process to return the looted Benin Bronzes to the place of their making in modern-day Nigeria. [The New York Times]

Swiss artist Tobias Madison has pleaded guilty to two counts in a domestic violence case in New York Criminal Court and must attend a 26-week batterers’ program in Basel. [The Art Newspaper]

The beloved New York gallery Koenig & Clinton has closed after a decision by its founders to pursue independent projects. [ARTnews]


On the eve of his 91st birthday, starchitect Frank Gehry is still hard at work. [New York/Intelligencer]

As the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower approaches, Native Americans, including artist Cannupa Hanska Luger, are shaping the conversation over its legacy. [The New York Times]

The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto has prioritized collecting the work of women artists over the past few years. It recently acquired work by four artists, including Judy Chicago. [The Art Newspaper]

Earlier this week, Judy Chicago realized her 1977 Inflatable Mother Goddess project for Dior’s haute couture show. [The Guardian]


Anastasia James, a curator at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, talks about diversifying the institution’s programming. [The Charlotte Observer]

Ted Loos looks at the collection of El País columnist Dani Levinas, who is also the chairman of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. His holdings are heavy in Latin American art. [The New York Times]

A remembrance of James Mollison, a force in Australia’s art community who directed two of the country’s top museums. He died on Sunday. [The Australian]

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