The week in short: Heidi Schreck’s ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ film set for Amazon and more art news

The week in short: Heidi Schreck’s ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ film set for Amazon and more art news

This week’s art news, in short.

Sept. 18

  • With the 2020 Emmys just around the corner (set your reminder for Sept. 20), the Los Angeles Times takes a dive into what the pandemic-era show might look like and asks the question: “Must the show go on?” [Los Angeles Times]

Sept. 17

  • Heidi Schreck’s “What the Constitution Means to Me” will arrive on Amazon Prime Video on Oct. 16 — just in time for this year’s presidential election. The play, which was filmed at the Helen Hayes Theater in 2019, nabbed Best Play and Best Actress Tony nominations and was a Pulitzer finalist.

“In light of the moment we are living through, I am donating part of my proceeds from this film to the Broadway Cares COVID Relief Fund and to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Voting Rights 2020 initiative,” Schreck said in a statement announcing the release.

Theater lovers will also have a chance to see a version of Broadway’s “The Prom,” adapted by Ryan Murphy and starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington and Jo Ellen Pellman. The production debuts on Netflix Dec. 11. [Vulture, Deadline]

Sept. 16

  • The iconic plastic crown worn by the Notorious B.I.G. in his final photo shoot sold for $594,750 at a Sotheby’s in New York on Tuesday. The item was included in a sale of hip-hop objects, including Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” jackets and Tupac’s high school love letters. The event marked the first-ever hip-hop sale at the auction house. [Pitchfork]
Notorious B.I.G. by Barron Claiborne. Photo courtesy Sotheby's.
Notorious B.I.G. by Barron Claiborne. Photo courtesy Sotheby’s.
  • Also in auction news, the Brooklyn Museum is selling off 12 works with the aim of raising money to help sustain its collection. The move marks the first major U.S. institution to take advantage of temporary changes to regulations in light of the COVID-19 health crisis and its impact on cultural organizations. Works include pieces, among others, by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Donato de’ Bardi, Giovanni dal Ponte, Francesco Botticini, Jehan-Georges Vibert and Gustave Courbet. [New York Times]
  • The Guggenheim Museum announced it laid off 24 staff members Wednesday, with an additional eight workers accepting voluntary separation packages. In an a letter to staff, Richard Armstrong (the museum’s director) stated that despite taking cost-saving measures, the organization faces a projected revenue loss of over $15 million this year.

The news arrives as a group of current and former employees at the museum issued a letter calling for top leadership — including Armstrong, COO Elizabeth Duggal and chief curator Nancy Spector — to resign or be removed. The letter, which outlines allegations against the executives, comes from the collective A Better Guggenheim, which launched in June to address issues of systemic racism and “toxic workplace behavior” at the museum. [Hyperallergic]

Sept. 15

  • As jobs in the cultural sector shrink, workers with institutional knowledge are seeking positions outside of the field, prompting questions about long-term effects. “Museums are shedding staff and the brain drain is just immeasurable,” Ed Rodley, a digital media producer recently laid off from Peabody Essex Museum, told Artnet News. “It’s almost like the clock is ticking backwards on the evolution of museums. Everything that’s happened since the 1950s has been sloughed off.” [Artnet News]

Sept. 14

  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — a veritable humongo balloon art exhibition — will march on, with a handful of changes. Gone are the live performances (they’ll be pre-taped) and the dozens of balloon handlers (Snoopy and crew will be flown by “an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles tested and approved by the NYPD”). Also in Holiday-related news, the annual Greenwich Village Halloween parade will be canceled this year (but that doesn’t mean it’s gone). [Gothamist

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