Galerie’s Weekly Art and Design Industry News Brief
Here’s the week’s news you need to know, from the Frick’s takeover of the Met Breuer to Yusaku Maezawa’s trip to the moon
Here are this week’s must-read news stories in the fields of art and design.
1. The Frick in talks to take over the Met Breuer
The New York Times reports that the Metropolitan Museum of Art is in discussions to turn over the Met Breuer to the Frick Collection. The Frick would inherit the last three years of the Met’s eight-year lease of the space. The transfer of the Marcel Breuer–designed building would likely happen in 2020.
2. 1,400 U.S. museums to offer free admission on September 22
The 14th annual Museum Day—sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution—will see 1,400 museums across the country offering free admission. Interested patrons can peruse the participating institutions and acquire two advance tickets per person. This year, Museum Day will celebrate the theme of “Women Making History.”
3. Longtime McAlpine designer Susan Ferrier launches her own firm
After 18 years as a partner at the acclaimed architecture and design firm McAlpine, Susan Ferrier announced earlier this year that she would be leaving to establish her own firm. Susan Ferrier Interiors, her new Atlanta-based venture, officially opened its doors this week.
4. Hirshhorn annual New York gala to honor 25 creative couples and duos
The 2018 event, which takes place November 5, at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, will celebrate 25 creative couples and duos from around the world who together comprise some of the most important artists, gallerists, writers, and philanthropists working today, including Rachel Feinstein and John Currin; Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins; Ugo Rondinone and John Giorno; and Lesley Vance and Ricky Swallow.
5. Elon Musk is sending a Japanese billionaire and a group of artists to the moon
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the 42-year-old founder of online retail fashion site Zozotown, has purchased every single seat aboard SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), with the journey scheduled for 2023. As part of an unprecedented art project titled Dear Moon, Maezawa plans to invite a band of around six artists from a variety of fields to accompany him, hoping the experience will move them to create unique works.
6. NADA Miami announces 2018 exhibitor list
The New Art Dealers Alliance has announced the exhibitor list for its NADA Miami 2018 fair, set to take place from December 6 to 9 at Ice Palace Studios. The 2018 edition will feature 125 galleries and organizations from 23 countries. See the full list of exhibitors here.
7. Five finalists unveiled for MLK memorial on Boston Common
Boston is set to build a permanent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on Boston Common, and officials are asking the public for opinions on the five finalists. The contenders include Hank Willis Thomas with MASS Design Group; Adam Pendleton and Adjaye Associates with Future/Pace and David Reinfurt; Yinka Shonibare; Wodiczko and Bonder/Maryann Thompson Architects with Walter Hood; and Barbara Chase-Riboud.