The week in short: Statue of Black Lives Matter activist Jen Reid removed and more art news

The week in short: Statue of Black Lives Matter activist Jen Reid removed and more art news

This week’s art stories, in short.

July 16

– The Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen to the general public Aug. 29 at 25% capacity and with reduced hours. [ALL ARTS]

– “If you walk out at Lincoln Center, you’re going to see people of all shapes, sizes, colors, ethnicities and backgrounds. So why would the theatre, which is supposed to be a reflection of the real world, not reflect the real world?” Rebecca L. Hargrove, Denisha Ballew and Karmesha Peake share what it was like being part of the Metropolitan Opera production of “Porgy and Bess” and what they hope to see for the industry in the future. [ALL ARTS via Great Performances]

– A statue of Black Lives Matter activist Jen Reid, created by artist Marc Quinn, was installed on the plinth of a toppled sculpture in Bristol, only to be removed after one day. [BBC]

– As industries continue to reckon with legacies of white supremacy, nine Black performers in the classical music field spoke with The New York Times about how they see changes happening in the immediate and longterm. [The New York Times]

– And in the book world, here is how bookstores in Los Angeles are grappling with issues of diversity. [Los Angeles Times]

– Former employees of the San Francisco Museum of Art penned an open letter calling for reform to the museum’s Board of Trustees. [Hyperallergic]

– At Manhattan’s New York Theatre Workshop, programmers reconceive what a season looks like by offering “a subscription to the artists, rather than to a roster of plays.” [The Washington Post]

– Dreams of Hollywood and how it’s getting harder to make a break in the industry. [The New Republic]

July 15

– Episode premiere: Real-life lawyer Andrea Coleman takes a comedic spin on judging the law in “Wack or Woke?” Filmed at the Tank in New York City, the production features judge Karen M. Ortiz and comedians Andres Mallipudi, Todd Montesi and Kate Sisk. [ALL ARTS]

– The New York Botanical Garden revealed plans to reopen its 250-acre expanse, though its much-anticipated Yayoi Kusama exhibition will remain pushed until next year. [ALL ARTS]

– “We were tired of asking,” Jennifer Williams told Artnet News. “We wanted a radical change of leadership, of thought, and of direction.” Activists weigh in on how open letters serve advocacy. [Artnet News]

July 14

– The National Book Awards will be held online this year, marking yet another high-profile ceremony to make the shift to the digital stage. [ALL ARTS]

– A group of former staff members at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., issued a letter condemning the “culture of racism” at the museum. [HuffPost]

– The major art fair Frieze London was canceled amid concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. [ARTnews]

Top Image: Marc Quinn's statue of Black Lives Matter activist Jen Reid. Photo: Sam Saunders.