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MOCA Cleveland Faces Censorship Controversy, Warren Kanders Divests, and More: Morning Links from June 10, 2020

MOCA Cleveland Faces Censorship Controversy, Warren Kanders Divests, and More: Morning Links from June 10, 2020

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News

Artist Shaun Leonardo has accused the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland of censorship because it declined to mount an exhibition featuring works about the police killings of Black and Latino boys and men. [The New York Times]

Take a look inside artist Zhang Huan’s pandemic diary, which includes musings on how news about the coronavirus was circulated in China. [ARTnews]

Warren B. Kanders, the former vice chair of the Whitney Museum, will divest from parts of his defense manufacturing company, Safariland, that make “crowd-control” products. [The New York Times]

Controversies

Protestors rallied outside the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, demanding that the director apologize for his statement about Black Lives Matter. [WTOL]

Art historian Marc Restelleni has sued the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc., alleging that the institute is trying to disseminate his research on an Amedeo Modigliani catalogue raisonné against his will. [Le Monde]

Changes

The Annenberg Space for Photography, one of the prime photography galleries in Los Angeles, will close permanently. [Los Angeles Times]

After students called for the removal of an Oxford statue of Cecil Rhodes, whom they say represents white supremacy, local politicians said they are hoping it ends up in a museum. [The Art Newspaper]

Around Europe

Following an acclaimed solo show of work by the Spanish artist, the National Gallery in London has acquired a work by Joaquín Sorolla. [The Guardian]

Curator Yvette Mutumba and former Documenta artistic director Adam Szymczyk have been named curators-at-large at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. [Monopol]

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