Filmmakers say movie theaters ‘may not survive’ and more art stories

Filmmakers say movie theaters ‘may not survive’ and more art stories

This week’s art stories, in short.

  • Movie studios, theater owners and directors issued a letter stating that cinemas in the United States “may not survive” without additional help from the federal government. Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodovar, Barry Jenkins, Todd Phillips, Christopher Nolan, Steve McQueen, Martin Scorsese, Judd Apatow and Wes Anderson were among the filmmakers who signed on.

“Absent a solution designed for their circumstances, theaters may not survive the impact of the pandemic,” the letter states. “Theaters are great unifiers where our nation’s most talented storytellers showcase their cinematic accomplishments. Every aspiring filmmaker, actor, and producer dreams of bringing their art to the silver screen, an irreplaceable experience that represents the pinnacle of filmmaking achievement.” [Los Angeles Times]

  • The Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB) is calling on the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) to reject $35 million in “community give-back” funds proposed by New York City in its jail expansion plan, which would build a borough-based pretrial detention center on White Street in Chinatown. The letter from the collective also urges MOCA to remove luxury real estate developer Jonathan Chu from its board. [Hyperallergic]
  • The Whitney Biennial, slated for spring 2021, has been pushed back to April 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. [ARTnews]
  • The Keith Haring Foundation’s auction of Haring’s personal art collection at Sotheby’s netted $4.6 million. The sale benefits the New York LGBTQ+ organization the Center. [ALL ARTS]
  • Recommended reading: Doreen St. Félix interviews playwright Jeremy O. Harris, who penned “Slave Play” and “Daddy.” [SSENSE]
  • The Laundromat Project has found a permanent home in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The space, which began construction Oct. 1, will host community gatherings, workshops, exhibitions and commissions.

“We are eager to hold space for creativity and community building, especially in a post-pandemic future,” Executive Director Kemi Ilesanmi told Hyperallergic. “We look forward to reconnecting and connecting with neighbors, finding our stride in the neighborhood, and amplifying the legacy of Bed-Stuy as a historically Black and culturally rich neighborhood.” [Hyperallergic]

  • Poet Kevin Young (who is currently the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) was named the next director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. [NPR]
  • The Pantone Institute named its color of the year: “Period.” The “active” and “adventurous” red, the color choice is meant to “[embolden] those who menstruate to feel proud of who they are,” according to a press release. [Artnet News]

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