1) MoCA Chicago Will Offer Free Admission to Teens Starting June 1st
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago is raising its admission fees slightly in exchange for widening the age range of free admission. Where currently the museum offers free admission to visitors 12 and under, starting June 1st anyone under the age of 18 will be allowed in for free. Museum CFO Peggy Papaioannou notes that the museum’s goal has always been to make art as accessible as possible, and that the higher prices are as always a suggested donation. Visitors who are able to pay more are asked to do so in order to help the museum pay for routine operations as well as a proposed increase in opening hours.
2) Beloved Chagall Backdrop to Take a Four-Year Hiatus From PMA
A painting by Marc Chagall that has hung in the Philadelphia Museum of Art for more than 30 years has disappeared to make room for museum upgrades. Wheatfield on a Summer’s Afternoon, a massive, wall-spanning work created in 1942 as a backdrop for the ballet Aleko, was taken down on Monday without fanfare. The work will be housed at the Aomori Museum of Art in Japan for the next for years, while the Philadelphia museum undergoes renovations. Aomori also owns three other Chagall backdrops created for the same ballet, which should make for a fascinating display.
3) On Robots as Art Advisors
Madelaine D’Angelo, founder of the art-investment crowdfunding platform Arthena, lets us know why the emergence of automation in the art market is a good thing. Robot and artificial intelligence systems are already responsible for trillions of dollars in stock market trading, according to D’Angelo, and such systems will have marked advantages for art trading, sales, and speculation. One of these advantages is that an automated system can quickly collect and sort through a lot more data than a human can, leading to a better understanding of art prices throughout the world. Robotic art advisors might also help avoid unsubstantiated price inflation due to human ego at play during auctions.
4) Hirst Show Opens to Mixed, but Intense, Reviews
Damien Hirst’s hotly anticipated new exhibition is now open in Venice, and has already seen some mixed reviews. Matthew Collings of the London Evening Standard, for one, believes that the show is triumph. Alastair Sooke of the Telegraph, on the other hand, calls in a “spectacular failure.” Whatever your opinion, there’s no denying that the show looks and sounds downright epic in both concept and realization.