During our International Art Symposium in Germany with artists from the US
Creating international art exhibitions, excursions, and performance projects.
German and American Culture Center, developing an interest in German language, art, music, culture and a dialog among German and American people.
During our International Art Symposium in Germany with artists from the US
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Amazing clay sculptures by Hans-Ulrich Buchwald in Hannover, Germany
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Memories of our amazing International Art Symposium 2019:The Ocean Between ll in Germany with US and German artists
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Sculptures of German artist Hans-Ulrich Buchwald
Sculptures of German artist Hans-Ulrich Buchwald
Problems arising from attachment and hatred are not eliminated by resorting to the use of force. No one ever achieves complete victory; enemies are never completely vanquished. Because, ultimately, we have to live together, we have to settle our problems through dialogue and negotiation. And to achieve external disarmament requires that we first have a sense of inner disarmament.
How COVID-19 Has Thrown Museum Exhibition Planning into Disarray
Jun 4, 2020 5:17pm
Museum exhibitions take an exceptional amount of planning—from curatorial conception to filling out loan forms and insurance, to shipping, hanging, and displaying works. Getting a show on a museum’s calendar is no simple feat, let alone getting it on the gallery walls. So what happens when a global pandemic puts exhibitions and their scheduling on an indefinite pause?
It’s been nearly five months since the first museums in China started closing their doors due to COVID-19. Within that time, closures have spread worldwide, as the virus swept the globe. Even now, as institutions cautiously reopen in places like China, South Korea, Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Texas, some are bracing for the possibility they’ll have to close again. Museums in South Korea have already reshuttered as a result of a second wave of infections.
Exterior view of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
As the world continues to exist in a state of suspension, curators, exhibition planners, and museum directors have had to remain nimble and prepared. “I have what I call scenarios,” said Robin Groesbeck, the director of exhibitions and interpretation at Arkansas’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, discussing the museum’s postponement of “Nick Cave: Until” (originally scheduled to go up this summer). “Believe it or not, I’m on scenario 16!”
Like many museums throughout the U.S., Crystal Bridges closed the week of March 15th and has remained in a state of uncertainty up until today, when it announced it would reopen to the public on June 10th. “What we’re trying to be is consistent and reliable,” said Groesbeck. The museum will be reopening with “Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal,” which has been extended to July 13th and is free.
There’s also the issue of timeliness. Many museums coordinate exhibitions specifically tied to moments in history, anniversaries, and broader cultural initiatives. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example, was planning on opening its show “Making the Met,” in celebration of the institution’s 150th anniversary, on March 30th. “We are allowing ourselves to let the 150th anniversary spill into the 151st year, which I think is the wise thing to do,” said Andrea Bayer, the Met’s deputy director for collections and administration. She added that “151 is the new 150! We’ll just consider this a mature way to celebrate a birthday when you can’t do it on the day itself.”
Exterior view of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
A majority of the programming and events tied to both the exhibition and the anniversary will also likely take place in 2021. The museum recently pushed backits expected reopening date from July to mid-August, at the very earliest. “We’re looking to expand most of the exhibitions that were on view to give people the opportunity to enjoy them,” said Bayer. “So much work and care went into them.”
Inward-focused exhibitions that draw heavily on an institution’s permanent collection are one thing, but exhibition planning gets really tricky when partner institutions and inter-museum lending is involved. “There’s a lot that’s changed,” said Gary Tinterow, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), which was one of the first museums in the U.S. to reopen to the public, on May 23rd. “It’s still moving around because other cities don’t yet know when they’ll be able to reopen.” A major Phillip Guston exhibition co-organized with London’s Tate, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston that was supposed to open at MFAH this fall now likely won’t be possible until next year.
Exterior view of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo by Robb Williamson. Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art has been dealing with similar challenges. “It’s a very complicated thing for the exhibition coordinators,” said curator Valentin Dyakanov. “They had to write personally to every lending institution or person to ask for permission to extend the loans for these shows. It was a volume of emails unprecedented in the history of our museum.” Like the Metropolitan Museum, the Garage Museum chose to shutter a few days ahead of its official government lockdowns, which were instituted in mid-March.
Even as museums reopen, show calendars remain in flux. “Global logistical and travel restrictions have caused major problems,” said a representative from the UCCA, which operates spaces in Beijing and the nearby seaside town of Beidaihe. “We were required to postpone planned exhibitions despite both our museums having now reopened.”
Exterior view of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Courtesy of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.
On the plus side, united by these collective concerns, art institutions around the world have been communicating, organizing, and figuring out ways to help assist one another. “All of our partners have been remarkably helpful, conducive, collaborative, and collegial,” said Tinterow. “It’s been a great experience.” Crystal Bridges’s Robin Groesbeck echoed that sentiment: “If there’s any kind of silver lining,” she said, “it’s about helping each other.”
Though museums around the world are having to contend with ongoing uncertainty, one thing is certain—that reopening day will be a spectacular one. “It’s going to be all the more meaningful when we go back in,” said Bayer. “This show allows us to really appreciate the Met’s history—the building, all its donors, members, visitors. And this moment has made it all the more precious.”
Shannon Lee is Artsy’s Associate Editor.
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To help fight the spread of the coronavirus, Illinois residents are now required to wear a face covering or mask when in a public place where they cannot maintain a six-foot distance from other people. For example, face coverings are required in public indoor spaces, such as stores.
For more information on when and where to find masks in your community, read the Block Club story below.
Here’s Where To Get A Free Mask In Chicago This Weekend
CHICAGO — Illinoisans are required to cover their faces in public starting Friday to fight the spread of coronavirus. Residents will be required to wear a face covering or mask when in public and unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from other people, according to Gov. JB Pritzker’s office.
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Some aldermen are giving out free masks after businessman Willie Wilson donated 1 million masks to Chicago wards earlier this week. The city also plans to give out 1 million masks to “residents in need,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
Many of the mask giveaways are ward specific. Not sure what ward you live in?
Look it up here.
1st Ward/ Logan Square: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays at Ald. Daniel La Spata’s office, 1958 N. Milwaukee Ave. Residents must pre-arrange a pick up.
Call 872-206-2685 or email [email protected]. Details here.
2nd Ward/Wicker Park: 1-3 p.m. Friday for seniors only and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday for all 2nd Ward residents at Ald. Brian Hopkins’ office parking lot, 1600 W. Blackhawk St. Residents can also request a mask by filling out this form. More details here.
4th Ward/ Kenwood: 3-5 p.m. Saturday at CSO Sport and Medical Complex, 1301 E. 47th St. The effort is organized by Ald. Sophia King. Details here.
5th Ward/ South Shore: 11 a.m. Friday at 7351 S. Stony Island parking lot; 2 p.m. Friday at 60th & Stony Island parking lot. The effort is organized by Ald. Leslie Hairston. Details here. Another at 10 a.m. Saturday, at All Nations Worship Assembly, 7359 S. Chappel Ave. Details here. And one at noon Saturday, there’s a giveaway at Local Market, 2101 E. 71st St. Details here.
8th Ward/ South Shore: noon-2 p.m. Saturday at 7415 S. East End Ave. The effort is organized by Ald. Michelle Harris. Details here.
11th Ward/ Bridgeport: Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson said in his newsletter he plans to announce a giveaway soon.
14th Ward/ Chicago Lawn: 9 a.m.-noon Friday at Ald. Ed Burke’s office, 2650 W. 51st St. Details here.
15th Ward/ Englewood: Ald. Raymond Lopez’s office is delivering masks to residents. Call 773-306-0837 to request one. Details here.
16th Ward/ New City: Ald. Stephanie Coleman plans to announce a giveaway soon.
17th Ward/ Auburn Gresham: Ald. David Moore is looking for volunteers to help distribute masks. Call his office at 773-783-3672 if you can help. Details here.
27th Ward/ West Humboldt Park: 10 a.m. Friday at Turkey Chop, 3506 W. Chicago Ave. 5,000 free masks are available. Details here.
27th Ward/ Near West Side: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday at Ald. Walter Burnett Jr.’s office, 4 N. Western Ave. Senior and low-income residents can also request a mailed mask by calling 312-432-1995.
28th Ward/ Garfield Park: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Garfield Park, 258 S. Central Park. Ave. The effort is organized by Ald. Jason Ervin. Details here.
31st Ward/ Belmont Cragin: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at New Life Covenant Church, 5101 W. Diversey Ave. The effort is organized by Ald. Felix Cardona Jr. Details here.
33rd Ward/ Irving Park: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Ald. Rossana Rodriguez’s office, 3001 W. Irving Park Road. The mask giveaway will continue through Tuesday. Details here.
37th Ward/ Austin: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Ald. Emma Mitts’ office, 4924 W. Chicago Ave.
39th Ward/ Albany Park: Residents can request a free mask from Ald. Samantha Nugent’s office by filling out this form. More details here.
40th Ward/ Lincoln Square: Residents can request a free mask from Ald. Andre Vasquez’s office by filling out this form. More details here.
41st Ward/ Edison Park: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at Ald. Anthony Napolitano’s office, 7442 N. Harlem Ave. Call 773-631-2241 when you arrive. Details here.
45th Ward/ Jefferson Park: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Hoyne Savings Bank, 4729 N. Milwaukee Ave. The effort is organized by Ald. Jim Gardiner. Details here.
47th Ward/ Lincoln Square: Residents can request a free mask from Ald. Matt Martin’s office by filling out this form. More details here.
48th Ward/ Edgewater: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Ita Church parking lot, 5500 N. Broadway. The effort is organized by Ald. Harry Oster
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