This week’s art stories, in short.
- A new survey from the American Alliance of Museums found that nearly a third of museums in the United States are still closed as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. Out of the 850 museum directors who responded, 82% reported they had less than a year of financial operating reserve remaining. [The New York Times]
- In related news: As new cases of the virus continue to climb, museums are beginning to close their doors again, with organizations like the Smithsonian, National Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago recently announcing new shutdowns. [Washington Post]
- The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will broadcast on PBS after a deal was sealed with the show’s current home, Apple TV+.
We’re feeling very thankful to team up with @AppleTV to share #ACharlieBrownThanksgiving with you this year! Tune in to this special one-night event on PBS and @PBSKIDS on Sun, Nov 22 at 7:30/6:30c. pic.twitter.com/ADW1R0FvCv
— PBS (@PBS) November 18, 2020
The Thanksgiving episode will air nationally on broadcast Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern (check local listings). Those in the New York City area can catch it on ALL ARTS at 8 p.m. Eastern.
The Christmas episode will air on broadcast Dec. 13.
Viewers can also stream the programs on Apple TV+ for free for a limited period (Nov. 25–Nov. 27 for “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and Dec. 11–Dec. 13 for “A Charlie Brown Christmas”). [PBS]
- You may have seen an ad for a pig couch floating around on Craigslist and thought to yourself: “Mine.” Unfortunately for potential buyers lusting over the pig’s droopy eyes and smooth velvet cushions, the sofa is not really for sale, but rather a piece of art titled “Hillhock.” [Artnet News]
- Warhol Foundation Writer Grants were awarded to 22 winners for a total of $675,000 in funds. [ARTnews]
- A fire at Jacob’s Pillow devastated the acclaimed dance center’s Doris Duke Theatre. No injuries were reported. [ALL ARTS]
- “Shuggie Bain” by Douglas Stuart has been named the recipient of this year’s Booker Prize. In a statement, judges lauded the debut novel for its language: “The poetry in Douglas Stuart’s descriptions and the precision of his observations stand out: nothing is wasted.” [NPR]
- The 2020 National Book Awards presented a virtual ceremony this Wednesday, with Charles Yu taking home the top fiction prize for this novel “Interior Chinatown.” [ALL ARTS]
- The Public Theater announced a slate of digital works for its Under the Radar Festival. [Playbill]
- The beloved 1990s animated cartoon “Animaniacs” is making a zany return to the screen via Hulu Nov. 20, officially bringing back Yakko, Wakko and Dot (along with Pinky and the Brain). The Ringer reports on how the animated cartoon laid the groundwork for future shows. [The Ringer]
- The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree made its arrival this week, and with it came a small owl tucked into the tree’s branches. The small bird was handed over to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, N.Y., and will be released at a future date. [Patch]
On Tuesday morning, the 2020 Rockefeller Christmas Tree revealed a secret: a tiny owl.
— WNYC 🎙 (@WNYC) November 18, 2020
New on the ALL ARTS Feed: An excerpt from Quan Barry’s “We Ride Upon Sticks” • How Sister’s Uptown demonstrates the importance of Black-owned bookstores • Dael Orlandersmith on “Until the Flood” • Isabella Boylston on Maria Tallchief’s memoir • Dolly Parton, Sara Evans and more team up on song • 5 free events • Actors you may have forgot performed in “Fiddler on the Roof”
Top Image: Charlie Brown Thanksgiving episode teaser. Photo: PBS.