Gaga and Koons Plan Art Rave, Workers Strike at Smithsonian, and More

Gaga and Koons Plan Art Rave, Workers Strike at Smithsonian, and More
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Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons Team Up for Art Rave: On Friday pop superstar Lady Gaga announced that her next album will take the form of an app titled "ARTPOP" that will fuse "music, art, fashion and technology with a new interactive worldwide community." The launch party for its November 11 release, an event dubbed the "artRave," will feature collaborative works between Gaga's agency HAUS OF GAGA and artists including Jeff Koons, Marina Abramovic, Robert Wilson, and Inez & Vinoodh. [Telegraph, Complex]

Low-Wage Workers Strike at Smithsonian Museums: More than 100 protestors who work as low-wage employees in D.C. museums staged a strike and a series of demonstrations in front of the Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian Castle, and on the National Mall on Thursday. The strikers, who were organized by Good Jobs Nation, a group representing low-wage workers, demanded that President Obama take action to promise a "living wage" for laborers working at federal facilities. [Washington Post]

MoMA PS1 Expands: Despite occupying an already huge former public school building, MoMA PS1 has plans for expansion after being allocated $3 million from the New York City council budget to purchase a neighboring apartment building that the museum is considering using as office space. Funds were also given to other Long Island City arts organizations including the Chocolate Factory Theater, after the New York City council passed its annual budget last month. "MOMA PS1 is great for Long Island City," councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, chair of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee, said. "The number of people who go to Long Island City because of it is enormous. And many of those people then go to Vernon [Boulevard] and elsewhere to go to restaurants and stores." [LIC Post]

LACMA and MOCA Lagging on Gender Equality: Surveying the 68 solo exhibitions at LACMA and L.A. MOCA over the last five years, Christopher Knight finds that just 15 total (or a paltry 28 percent at MOCA and an abysmal 18 percent at LACMA) were devoted to women artists — while crosstown institution the Hammer Museum managed a perfect 50-50 male-female split.[LAT]

Depp to Play Gumshoed Gallerist: Johnny Depp is in talks to produce and play the lead in "Mortdecai," an upcoming adaptation of Kyril Bonfiglioli's novel "The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery," about a suave art dealer who travels the world to recover a stolen painting and Nazi loot. [Hollywood Reporter]

Picasso Studio Evicted: The non-profit National Committee for Artistic Education that runs the Grenier des Grands-Augustin in Paris, a small museum housed in the former attic studio where Picasso worked between 1937 and 1955 to create "Guernica" and countless other famous works, has received an eviction notice after 11 years in the space, which it has renovated extensively. At a press conference Thursday, with actress and supporter Charlotte Rampling in attendance, the group said it was hopeful that it would be able to stay thanks to negotiations with a Picasso family heir. [Libération]


– A long-lost Japanese antique that was sold for $150 and used as a TV stand was recently bought by the Victoria & Albert Museum for $9.5 million. [NY Post]

– An exhibition devoted to the TV show "Breaking Bad" — about a terminally ill, meth-dealing high school chemistry teacher — is slated to open at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens later this month. [DNAinfo]

– Boston-based collector Dorothy Braude Edinburg has given nearly 1,000 works from her personal collection to the Art Institute of Chicago. [NYT]


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