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Centre Pompidou to establish ‘art factory’ in Paris suburb

Plus: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive receive bequest of African American art | Protestors target MoMA trustee with ties to Puerto Rican debt crisis | and recommended reading

18 October 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world 

Centre Pompidou to build ‘art factory’ in Paris suburb of Massy | The Centre Pompidou in Paris will open a centre for conservation, research, storage and community programming in Massy, in the suburbs to the south of Paris In addition to conservation and research facilities, the 22,000-square-metre space will include an exhibition venue and host screenings, workshops, and conferences. Construction is projected to cost around £51 million, and the Centre Pompidou plans to open the facility in 2025. 

Major bequest of African American art for Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive | Late art collector and scholar Eli Leon has bequeathed 3,000 quilts by African American artists to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The collection includes more than 500 works by quiltmaker Rosie Lee Tompkins, a Californian artist who became a figurehead of the medium. ‘It’s not often that a museum receives a gift that, in a single stroke, creates a new, defining institutional strength – which is precisely what Eli Leon has done by entrusting us with his unparalleled collection of African American quilts,’ said Lawrence Rinder, the institution’s director and chief curator.

Protestors target MoMA trustee with ties to Puerto Rican debt crisis | Activist groups representing New York’s Puerto Rican community are calling for the removal of Steven Tananbaum, a MoMA trustee with financial ties to Puerto Rico’s ongoing debt crisis, ahead of the renovated museum’s reopening on October 21. Tananbaum founded GoldenTree Asset Management, a hedge fund that owns $2.5 billion of the island territory’s debt. ‘As long as he is on [MoMA’s] board, we will be at their door,’ said Gina De Jesus, an organiser at New York Communities for Change.

 Recommended reading | Joni Mitchell talks to the New Yorker about her book of early songs and drawings and in ArtReview, Juliet Jacques writes about Nam June Paik and his vision for television