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1. In case you missed the memo, the New Museum's director Lisa Phillips, who has helmed the ship since 1999, was crowned the New York art world's most powerful woman by the New York Times. [New York Times]
2. OK, ladies: In honor of the one year anniversary of her game-changing Lemonade project, Beyonce Knowles announced the Formation Scholars awards, which will be given to female creatives pursuing degrees in art, design, music, literature, or African American studies at Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons the New School for Design, and Spelman College. [Beyonce.com]
3. Poet Claudia Rankine and choreographer Will Rawls have teamed up for a project, “What Remains,” that opened last Thursday at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. The work addresses surveillance and the Black experience — speaking about the work, Rankine told the New York Times, “you have to curtail your movements, to live in such a way that what the white gaze projects upon blackness will not end your life. So you’re always thinking, can I walk at night? Can I hold Skittles in my hand? Can I have my cellphone out? If it glitters, will somebody think it’s a gun? At what point can I just be?” [New York Times]
4. At the Denver Art Museum, a new exhibition titled "Mi Terria: Contemporary Artists Explore Space" interrogates the American West through a Latinx gaze. “The exhibition offers insights with a depth usually reserved for biennials,” says Hyperallergic, and explores the layered, complicated history of the West in regards to race, gender and colonialism. [Hyperallergic]
5. Bad news for non New Yorkers: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is considering charging fixed admission to make up for their budget deficit. Daniel Weiss, president of the Met, assured the New York Times that folks “have a right to a clear understanding of how we would be engaging the public, how we balance access with sustainability,” but that they are considering all options to cover the nearly $15 million deficit. [The New York Times]
6. Do you have a thousand0year-old look-a-like? Using a tool from the Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec, you can find out. Users can upload selfies to the museum’s database, which matches you with the ancient sculpture you most resemble. The project has some drawbacks, as the author notes: ”the 52 faces from antiquity that up for match are all Greco-Roman and Egyptian—which means a Southeast Asian gal like me is a sure-fire loser for the lookalike contest,” she says. Nevertheless, if you feel your look-a-like is truly uncanny, you can submit the comparison for the upcoming exhibit. [Hyperallergic]
7. Here's a home for your worst ideas: The Museum of Failure is opening in Sweden this month, showcasing sixty objects that show “the risky business of innovation.” When asked for examples of innovative failures, the museum's chief curator Samuel West held up Lady-Bic — a pen for women — and Segways as examples. [New York Times]