Bi-coastal curating and why we love London

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Carol Vogel in the NY Times reports this morning that Whitney Museum Curator Lawrence Rinder is leaving to become: “dean of graduate studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he was a founding director of what is now called the Wattis Institute, the college-run space for exhibitions and programs.”

Rinder apparently missed his old haunting grounds. But he’s still going to hang out at the Whitney — he’ll be an adjunct curator. He’s got a big retrospective of art mechanic and techno wizard Timothy Hawkinson coming up in February for example. (Read about Hawkinson at PBS’s Art 21 site) (image is Hawkinson’s “Emoter” featured, I believe, in the 2002 Whitney Biennial)

Whitney boss, Adam Weinberg is apparently looking at several curators in his search for a replacement, including : “Elizabeth Sussman, a former Whitney curator who left in 1998. …[who was] curator of the 1993 Whitney Biennial.”

Why Philadelphia is not London in spite of double decker buses

Hey Philadelphians, read about London, a town that values the arts so much it just established a new financial initiative to support arts organizations even more. Read today’s Guardian story.

Here’s what London’s mayor, Ken Livingstone, had to say about it: “London is a magnet for the creative industries, which are worth around £21bn. We want to ensure that they are able to thrive in the capital”.

And Philadelphia Mayor John Street said what about the arts? He’d like to cut $2.5 million from the Art Museum’s budget just for starters. Read this if you want to write the Mayor and tell him not to cut the arts budgets. (Read Liz Spikol‘s amusing story about riding this bus around Philadelphia.)

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