Leopold Museum's Nude Jocks Covered, Miami Fair Fight Gets Litigious, and More

Leopold Museum's Nude Jocks Covered, Miami Fair Fight Gets Litigious, and More
The ad for Leopold Museum's "Naked Men" exhibition
(Leopold Museum)

– Leopold Museum Covers Up Steamy Ads: The advertisements for the Leopold Museum's exhibition "Naked Men," which showcases the evolution of male nudity in art, has proven too hot for the city of Vienna to handle. The posters, which depict three male soccer layers wearing nothing but cleats, will be censored after they provoked an outcry in the city. "People insulted us and called us stupid, claiming what we were doing amounted to pornography," claimed museum spokesman Klaus Pokorny. [NYT]

– Miami Fairs Battle Over ExhibitorsNADA Miami Beach is sparring with the city's new Untitled fair over exhibitors for their respective December shows. Last week, Heather Hubbs, NADA's director, sent a letter to exhibitors who had also signed on to show with Untitled asking them to withdraw from the rival fair and "commit to NADA solely." In response, Untitled's attorneys sent a cease and desist letter to NADA demanding it withdraw its opposition.  [TAN

 

 Starchitects Fight to Save Women's Hospital: Frank GehryJeanne GangTod Williams, and Billie Tsein are facing off against Northwestern University in a fight to save Chicago's old Prentice Women's Hospital, a 1975 cloverleaf structure that the school says it must demolish in order to build new biomedical research facilities. The high-profile designers all signed petitions supporting the building's preservation, but now one of them is also proposing a compromise: Gang has crafted a concept for a 31-story skyscraper atop the building to create more room for research. [NYT]

– El Museo del Barrio Taps Chief Curator: New York's El Museo del Barrio has appointed Chus Martínez as its chief curator. Until recently, Martínez led dOCUMENTA (13)'s artistic direction department. Before that, she served as chief curator at MACBA, Barcelona. She also curated the Cyprus pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale. The curator will start her new gig before the end of the year. [Press Release]

– Tate Modern Director's Tell-All: The director of London's modern and contemporary art behemoth, Chris Dercon — formerly of Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen — shed some light on his job and his relationship to Tate director Nick Serota, likening his work to anxiety-inducing TV dramas like "The Wire" and "Homeland." "He [Serota] knew I was interested in other media, and he knew the shows I did," Dercon said. "The only thing we didn’t agree about was that I did so many fashion shows in Rotterdam and Munich. That’s still a joke." [TAN]

 Louvre Asks Public to Chip in on Medieval Statue Acquisition: The museum that attracts the most visitors annually in the world needs just €800,000 ($1.04 million) from its supporters to make up the difference on a €2.6-million ($3.4-milion) pair of 13th-century ivory statuettes it hopes to buy from a private collection to complete a seven-figurine "Descent From the Cross" ensemble. This is only the third time the Louvre has resorted to a public campaign to fund an acquisition. The first time was to acquire a Cranach painting; the second enabled the purchase of a pair of ancient Egyptian artifacts. [Le Figaro]

– McQueen Gets Catalogue Raisonne for Chicago Blockbuster: Turner Prize-winning video artist-turned-art house auteur filmmaker Steve McQueen will open his first major retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago on Saturday. The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of a catalogue raisonne, a rarity for a  moving image artist. "We’re trying to set academic, scholarly and practical standards for how we describe technology and how we account for its migration to DVD and digital," said AIC curator and catalogue co-author James Rondeau. [TAN, Chicago Sun-Times]

– Cincinnati OKs Museum Gunshot Art Project: The City Council of the Ohioan metropolis issued an emergency ordinance this week to allow artist Todd Pavlisko to shoot a rifle on the grounds of the Cincinnati Art Museum on October 29 as part of an exhibition titled "Crown," whereby a bullet will be fired from the ground floor's Schmidlapp Gallery into a chunk of bronze in the institution's Great Hall. The bullet, to be fired by one of the country's leading snipers, will in turn be filmed by Pavlisko using high-speed cameras and video, with the resulting documentation making up the bulk of the exhibition. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

 Biesenbach Curates From the Heart: Asked by Bullett magazine to pick five artworks that encapsulate the idea of "love" exceptionally well, MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach named a strikingly subdued set of works: a Michele Abeles nude photo, Frances Stark's hilarious new media narrative "My Best Thing," Clifford Owens's PS1 performance of Kara Walker's "Score" earlier this year, Zackary Drucker's video "She Gone Rogue" (for a taste, see our VIDEO OF THE DAY, below), and Felix Gonzalez-Torres's ghostly 1994 photo of an empty but recently-occupied bed. "In the background of the AIDS crisis of the 1990s," Biesenbach says of the latter, "this work is courageous proof of the belief in love." [Bullett]

Met Jazzes Up Its Construction Zone: Construction sites are never attractive, but the Metroplitan Museum of Art might become an exception to the rule. The New York institution has plans to dress up its facade and courtyard with art while it undergoes a two-year renovation. The fences outside the museum will soon be adorned with human and animal motion studies of pioneering English photographer Eadweard Muybridge. [WSJ

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Kickstarter promo for Zackary Drucker's video "She Gone Rogue," one of Klaus Biesenbach's favorite works about love

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