The Week In Short: Golden Globes delivers nominations and snubs, gymnast Nia Dennis goes viral, and more

The Week In Short: Golden Globes delivers nominations and snubs, gymnast Nia Dennis goes viral, and more

This week’s art stories, in short.

  • Hooray! The Golden Globes nominees were announced Wednesday. The list included “Promising Young Woman,” “Mank,” “Schitt’s Creek”and “The Crown,” with Chadwick Boseman, who died in August at the age of 43, receiving a nod for his performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” A full list can be found here. [Variety]
  • The Golden Globes also doled out major snubs, including the baffling omission of Michaela Coel’s drama “I May Destroy You,” which aired on HBO this year to widespread critical acclaim. The snubs have renewed conversations around the lack of recognition for non-white actors, particularly on the TV side of the Globes.

“In the past, when people of color came up short in high-profile industry nominations and awards — the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag feels like it happened a century ago, doesn’t it? — the argument was that the performances weren’t there,” writes NPR’s Eric Deggans. “But this year, months after a summer where the public reckoning over civil rights and police brutality got two TV shows canceled — Cops and Live PD — that excuse doesn’t pass muster any longer.” [NPR]

  • Have you seen UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis’ recent viral floor routine? Showcasing stepping and moves like the “woah,” the choreography is set to music by Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Soulja Boy, Tupac Shakur and Megan Thee Stallion, and has been applauded for bringing Black culture to the gymnastics mat.

“There’s not a lot of Black gymnasts so representation is very important and I wanted to bring the Black culture to the sport of gymnastics, especially given the reach that UCLA gymnastics gets in our platform,” she told PEOPLE. “I definitely wanted to capitalize and use it and really get the message that Black Lives Matter across.” [PEOPLE]

  • The Kinderhook, New York, zoning board voted unanimously that Nick Cave’s 160-foot-long “Truth Be Told” installation was protected under the First Amendment as an artwork. The decision marks a victory for the artist and his gallerist Jack Shainman after Kinderhook residents and city officials demanded the public art work, which was created to spark conversations about policing and racism after the killing of George Floyd, be taken down. Critics argued that the piece was sign rather than an artwork and therefore violated local codes.

In their decision, the board stated that the “Truth Be Told” lettering was “displayed as a political message and art for a temporary period of time and therefore Kinderhook Village Code does not apply to regulate the exhibit as a sign.”

The artwork was installed on an outpost operated by Jack Shainman Gallery. The piece will be shown at the Brooklyn Museum’s outdoor plaza in May. [artNews]

  • Nominees for the NAACP Image Awards were revealed this week, with multiple PBS programs claiming spots as finalists. American Masters’ “Unladlylike2020,” POV’s “And She Could Be Next” and “Loira Limbal,” and Independent Lens’ “Mr. Soul!” and “Coded Bias” were among the PBS productions garerning accolades, joining a list that also included “Lovecraft Country,” “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey,” “Black-ish” and the filmed version of “Hamilton.” [PBS]
  • Photographer and activist Corky Lee, who died Jan. 27 at the age of 73 from complications related to COVID-19, created a vast archive that captured Asian American life. Writers Ming Lin and Alexandra Tatarsky remember Lee in a tribute. [Vulture]
  • Relief is on the way for arts venues in the form of a $15 billion grant. But how will the Small Busines Administration ensure that it will go where it’s needed most? [The New York Times]
  • The exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” opens at the New Museum Feb. 17. The show includes 37 artists and was imagined by Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor, who died in 2019 at the age of 55. [The Guardian]

Top Image: Michaela Coel in "I May Destroy You." Photo: Natalie Seery/HBO