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Covid-19 Memorial Goes On View in D.C., $3 M. Urs Fischer Bread House Heads to Basel, and More: Morning Links for September 17, 2021

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WO KEY UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUMS HAVE NEW LEADERS.  In New Orleans,  Tulane University  has tapped  Maurita Poole   to be the director  of its  Newcomb Art Museum . Poole comes from  Clark Atlanta University , where she was director and curator of its art museum. She said in a statement that the Newcomb “is an ideal place to explore how the visual arts can help to alleviate suffering and promote social change.” Meanwhile, in Minneapolis,  Alejandra Peña-Gutiérrez   has been hired  to direct the  University of Minnesota ‘s  Weisman Art Museum . Peña has been led the  Museo de Arte de Ponce  in Puerto Rico since 2013. She will take up the new job in November, succeeding  Lyndel King , who retired in 2020 after nearly 40 years at the helm.
A FRIDAY ARCHAEOLOGY DIGEST:  Researchers believe that animal bones found in a cave in Morocco were used more than 90,000 years ago  to make clothing , according to the  Courthouse News Service . In a new study, they write that the material represents “highly suggestive proxy evidence for the earliest clothing in the archaeological record.” In North Carolina,  NPR  reports, archaeologists are undertaking a series of new digs to try  to locate the Lost Colony  founded by  Sir Walter Raleigh  in 1587. Its more than 100 inhabitants soon vanished, leaving almost no trace. And life-size stone carvings of camels that were discovered three years ago in Saudi Arabia may be  older than previously thought ,  Smithsonian Magazine  reports. Initial estimates pegged them as 2,000 years old. Chemical analysis and other research methods now suggest they are at least 7,000 years old, making them older than the  Pyramids of Giza  in Egypt.
The Digest
More than 660,000 white flags—one for every person in the United States who has died from Covid-19—have been installed on the  National Mall  in Washington, D.C., as an installation by  Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg . It will be on view for 17 days, and flags will be added as people die. Recently, some 1,900 coronavirus deaths have been reported daily in the U.S.  [Roll Call]
A newly identified  Vincent van Gogh  drawing is going on view in public for the first time, at the  Van Gogh Museum  in Amsterdam. The piece is on loan from an unidentified collector who had asked the museum to inspect it. “It’s quite rare for a new work to be attributed to Van Gogh,” the museum’s director,  Emilie Gordenker , said in a statement.  [ARTnews]
The New York alternative space  The   Kitchen  is embarking on a $28 million capital campaign over the next five years that will include a renovation of its Chelsea home. The architecture firm  Rice+Lipka  will handle the work; $19 million has already been raised.  [Artforum]
Damien Hirst  recently gave  Drake  a pair of  Nike Air Force 1s  painted in a style that recalls his “Spin” paintings. Judging from the photos that Hirst  posted on Instagram , the musician appreciated the gift. The cover of Drake’s latest album was made by the formaldehyde-loving artist.  [Hypebeast]
At  Chrystals Auctions  on the Isle of Man, auctioneer  Murray Keefe  sold the same  L.S. Lowry  streetscape that his fathered hammered down some 40 years ago. Alas, the piece went on a single bid of £350,000 (about $483,000), well below the £500,000 that the house had hoped it would draw.  [BBC News]
Toronto is the latest city to get a gallery weekend. A total of 22 spaces are participating in the inaugural edition later this month, which has been started by the  Contemporary Art Galleries Association . Montreal got its own back in June.  [Ocula]
The Kicker
EAT YOUR HEART OUT.  Next week,  Art Basel  will open in Switzerland for the first time in more than two years, with  some 270 dealers .  Jeffrey Deitch , of New York and Los Angeles, is presenting  a doozy of a sculpture  in its section for large-scale works,  Bloomberg  reports:  Urs Fischer ’s classic 2004  Untitled (Bread House)  . True to its name, the work is a house made of bread (around 2,500 loaves). In an interview, Fischer said, when he was creating it in Vienna, not everyone was smitten with it. “Austria’s a very Catholic country, and everyone there thought the bread was somehow about the body of Christ,” he said. The work is priced “in the range” of $3 million, per Deitch.  [Bloomberg]

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