The Week in Short: Head of Indianapolis Museum of Art resigns, MCC’s ‘Miscast21’ to stream and more

The Week in Short: Head of Indianapolis Museum of Art resigns, MCC’s ‘Miscast21’ to stream and more
Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2009. Photo: Intiaz Rahim.

This week’s art stories, in short

  • Following public calls for resignation, Charles L. Venable stepped down as president of Newfields, an art campus that houses the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The move comes after a job posting for a director position at the museum called for a candidate who would both draw in a “more diverse audience while maintaining the Museum’s traditional, core, white art audience.” The listing drew sharp criticism from community members and staff, and it has since been edited.

“We are sorry. We have made mistakes. We have let you down,” the Newfields board of trustees and board of governors said in a statement Wednesday. “We are ashamed of Newfields’ leadership and of ourselves. We have ignored, excluded, and disappointed members of our community and staff. We pledge to do better.” [Indianapolis Star]

  • Attention “Miscast” fans: the MCC Theater is going virtual once more for its 2021 iteration of the annual gala. “Miscast21” will be broadcast for free May 16 on MCC’s YouTube Channel. [Playbill]
  • The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation awarded more than $1.6 million in funding to help digitize Native American oral histories. [Associated Press]
  • The Guggenheim Museum reached a contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30, the union that represents employees at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1 and the Whitney Museum of America Art, among other cultural institutions. [Artnet News]
  • Banksy’s depiction of a girl hula-hooping with a bicycle tire, painted on the side of a building in Nottingham, was sold to an Essex art gallery for a “six-figure sum.” After sealing the deal, the workers drilled the work from the brick facade, prompting disappointment from locals who had hoped it would stay in the community. [The Guardian]
  • The Massachusetts State Police Fire Investigation ruled the fire that destroyed the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow in November as undetermined. [The Berkshire Eagle]
  • You’ll be able to stroll through the Coney Island Amuseument Park come this spring, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday. Beginning April 9, outdoor amusement parks can get back to doling out fun at 33% capacity. [Gothamist]
  • “The Silence of the Lambs” turned 30 on Valentine’s Day. [The New York Times]
  • Writer Molly Fischer profiles the rise and fall of the Wing, which first took perch in 2016 as a women’s working space in New York City. [The Cut]

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Top Image: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2009. Photo: Intiaz Rahim.