NASHVILLE—Arts nonprofit Tri-Star Arts has announced the inaugural Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art, set to run from February 5 though May 2, 2021. Unlike biennials or triennials centered around a particular city or institution, the Tennessee Triennial will occur simultaneously at art museums and other venues in four cities across the state: Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.
Andrea Zieher, cofounder of the New York gallery ZieherSmith, has been named director of the Tennessee Triennial. Since 2010, ZieherSmith has regularly hosted workshops, screenings, and pop-up exhibitions in Tennessee, where Zieher has family ties. She previously served as president of NADA (New Art Dealers Association) and has collaborated with nonprofits including the CUE Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the New York Academy of Art.
In a press release, Zieher said, “With deep family roots across the state of Tennessee, it has long been important to me to connect with the dynamic artists and organizations working here, as well as contribute through contemporary arts programming and events. I am thrilled to join the Tennessee Triennial team and feel it will be a breakthrough event.”
The triennial is an initiative of Tennessee-based organization Tri-Star Arts, whose programming includes statewide exhibitions, a lecture series, and an online resource that includes a Tennessee artist registry. Formed in 2014 as Locate Arts, the organization was co-founded by Carolyn Jobe and Brian R. Jobe, both of whom are Tennessee natives who worked in arts organizations and museums in New York and Texas before relocating to Nashville.
ATLANTA—This fall, the roughly 500 artists who live and work on the campus of The Goat Farm Arts Center will relocate to various spaces in Castleberry Hill, Old Fourth Ward, downtown, and other areas while the property undergoes a $250 million redevelopment. In addition to renovations of the site’s historic brick buildings, the corrugated metal structures where Goat Farm staff and residents currently live will be demolished and replaced by three buildings containing ground-level artists studios and around 175 units, which will include an assortment of apartments and live-work spaces. With Tungsten Partners, an early partner in the Ace Hotels brand and founder of the art publication Art Observed, the Goat Farm will construct a 125-room “independent arts-based” hotel set to offer an experimental artist-run space, an arts training center, studios, and two restaurants.
As was previously reported, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia (MOCA GA), is set to build its permanent location as part of the redevelopment of The Goat Farm. MOCA GA recently launched a capital campaign to support construction of the new building, which will be designed by Merrill Elam, principal at Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, who also currently serves as vice chair of MOCA GA’s board of directors.
“To be immersed in an arts-centric development, surrounded by visual artists and other creatives, could not be a better location for a contemporary art museum,” said MOCA GA director and co-founder Annette Cone-Skelton. “Together, the close proximity of the Goat Farm and MOCA GA will establish a strong and lively new arts center for Atlanta.”
Goat Farm developer Anthony Harper told Atlanta magazine that the redevelopment plan has the potential to allow the Goat Farm to double its arts grants—potentially totaling up to $500,000 a year—and strengthen its artists-in-residence program. “I don’t think we’re going to solve the world’s problems,” Harper said, “but here’s at least one example that people can say, ‘That was designed to keep artists in a high-cost neighborhood.’”
NEW YORK—Following other arts institutions including the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has said it will decline money offered by the Sackler family tied to America’s ongoing opioid crisis. Members of the Sackler family own Purdue Pharma, the company responsible for producing OxyContin.
Met CEO Daniel H. Weiss said, “Every object and much of the building itself came from individuals driven by a love for art and the spirit of philanthropy. For this reason, it is our responsibility to ensure that the public is aware of the diligence that we take to generate philanthropic support. Our donors deserve this, and the public should expect it.”
Along with West Virginia-based activist art collective Queer Appalachia, artist Nan Goldin and her advocacy group P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) released a statement last September decrying the Sackler family’s involvement in the opioid epidemic, cultural institutions’ acceptance of money from the Sacklers, and the misunderstanding of addiction as a moral failing instead of a chronic illness. Goldin and P.A.I.N. previously staged protests, including a “die-in,” at the Met’s Sackler Wing.
NEW YORK—The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation have named the twenty American curators who have received their 2019 Awards for Excellence. The recipients of this year’s awards include Wassan Al-Khudhairi, chief curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, for the catalogue accompanying Third Space, the exhibition she organized at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Mindy N. Besaw, curator of American art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, received an award for the re-installation of the museum’s collection of early American art.
MIAMI—Jorge Pérez, the collector and real estate developer known for his family’s involvement with the Pérez Art Museum Miami, has announced a new initiative—the CreARTE Grants Program—to support and improve access to arts programs in Miami-Dade County. Pérez’s family foundation will award a total of $1 million to artists and organizations working in various disciplines across three areas of focus: individual Artist Residency/Fellowship grants, Arts Education and Access grants, and Spaces for Creation grants aimed at supporting institutions’ operating costs.
“In order for the arts to flourish, we need not just artists but students and children who might not otherwise have access to a museum or dance or theater to be supported as well,” Pérez said. “We want them to experience the power of the arts.”
NEW ORLEANS—After eighteen months of construction, the New Orleans Museum of Art has reopened its Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden with a six-acre addition to its existing five-acre property within New Orleans City Park. The expansion features twenty-seven new, recent, and commissioned large-scale sculptures by artists including Yinka Shonibare CBE, Frank Stella, Katharina Fritsch, Hank Willis Thomas, and Thomas Houseago, among others. A sculpture by Ugo Rondinone will be installed later this year. The sculpture garden is free and open to the public, seven days a week.