This week’s art stories, in short.
- The American Folk Art Museum announced Tuesday that Audrey B. Heckler’s over 500-piece collection of works by self-taught artists will be donated to the New York City museum. The collection, which has rarely been seen by the public, represents “one of the richest collections of self-taught art in the country over the last twenty-five years,” the museum said in a statement. [ArtNet News]
- The Metropolitan Opera will not reopen until next year, the organization announced Wednesday. [ALL ARTS]
- The Artist Relief fund will continue to distribute $5,000 grants to creatives affected by the COVID-19 health crisis until the end of the year. In total, the coalition of arts grantmakers has raised nearly $20 million. [The New York Times]
- After two years of bargaining, administrative workers at Brooklyn Academy of Music ratified their first union contract, which included wins such as “broad compensation increases, more job security for the coming year and progress on healthcare,” Hyperallergic reported.
“During bargaining, the pandemic caused us to pivot and job security became our top priority,” BAM Union said in a post on Instagram announcing the contract. “We acknowledge that it isn’t perfect, but we feel having this contract will secure our future and will greatly benefit the unit as a whole.” [Hyperallergic]
- As performing arts institutions brace for several more months of closures and uncertain schedules, New York City Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer, Laurie A. Cumbo and Paul Vallone led a virtual hearing about proposed legislation that would expand cultural opportunities in open areas, such as parks, plazas and roadways. The bills discussed, two out of three of which pertained to the arts, came from the Committees on Economic Development and Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations.
“I think so often, the cultural community is always forced to say, ‘Wait, there are more important things than culture and art right now,’” Cumbo said at the close of the session. “We’re always forced into that space, and people have to recognize it can’t be an either/or. They have to happen simultaneously, because the arts are too critical to the foundation of everything — from our soul, to our heart, to our spirit, to the economy, to education, to all of these different elements.” [Playbill]
- Recommended reading: Claudia Rankine profiled Lizzo for Vogue’s October cover story. [Vogue]
- The art installation “Climate Clock,” now on display in Union Square, tracks how much time is left to stop irreversible effects of global warming. [ALL ARTS]
- An agreement has finally been reached over the estate of artist Robert Indiana after a long legal battle and $5 million in lawyer fees. [The Art Newspaper]
- Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of “West Side Story” will be delayed until Dec. 10, 2021, pushing back the debut nearly a year. [Hollywood Reporter]
- Several comedy club owners, local politicians, comedians and supporters gathered in the East Villiage to rally for the reopening of outdoor and indoor comedy spaces. The speakers implored officials that the industry faces collapse amid the ongoing closures.
“I can tell you this: the ban on live comedy has done nothing of the sort,” comedian Christian Finnegan said. “Shows are happening every night — in backyards, parking lots and private homes. The only thing Governor Cuomo’s guidelines do is prevent them from being done safely.” [Gothamist]
- The National Book Foundation revealed this year’s “5 Under 35” recipients. The authors will be honored at the National Book Awards in October. [ALL ARTS]
- The team at LitHub calculated how many times books were recommended on fall reading lists by publications. The winner for most anticipated? “Leave the World Behind,” by Rumaan Alam. The title appeared on 20 lists. [LitHub]
- Artist Adrian Wilson paid tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18 at the age of 87, with a pop-up dedication within a subway stop. With the help of Matt Duncan, the artist transformed a sign at the 50th Street station in Manhattan to “Ruth St.” Ginsburg will also be honored by New York with a statue in Brooklyn. [Hyperallergic, ALL ARTS]
Also new on the ALL ARTS feed: The legacy of the Young Lords in El Barrio • “Rising Artist” Sagarika Sundaram • A quarantine poem • 125 books from the New York Public Library • Indigenous dance in Albuquerque • Annette Bening and National Voter Registration Day • The “Pand-Emmys”
Top Image: "Ruth St." by artist Adrian Wilson.