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Nancy Lane at Studio Museum in Harlem 2015 gala. | Photo by Julie Skarratt, Courtesy The Studio Museum in Harlem


New York art collector and philanthropist Nancy Lee Lane (1933-2022) died March 28. She was 88. A retired human resources executive and trailblazer in the corporate world, Lane was the longest-serving member of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Board of Trustees. A friend and supporter to many artists, she was named co-chairwoman of the Black Arts Council at the Museum of Modern Art in 2019. At the Studio Museum, she was chair from 1987 to 1989, established the board’s acquisitions committee, and led the building committee. Lane joined the board in 1973 and remained a member until her death. “For five decades, she was a pillar within the institution whose fearless dedication to our mission and generous stewardship of art and artists would go on to define who we are today,” Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden told the New York Times. | More


Amanda Hunt and Mark Miller are taking on new learning roles at the Walker Art Center and Tate, respectively. | Photos: From left, By Ruben Diaz; Courtesy Tate


The Walker Art Center announced the appointment of Amanda Hunt as head of public engagement, learning, and impact (PELI) on March 31. She joins the Minneapolis, Minn., museum from the forthcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, where she has been serving as director of public programs and creative practice since June 2020. Previously, Hunt was director of education and public programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is also a former associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem. | More

Mark Miller is the new director of learning at Tate, heading up educational programming online and across the UK institution’s four galleries: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Miller joined Tate in 2006 as curator of young peoples programs and more recently was responsible for learning strategy at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He officially started in his new role on April 4. | More

Sheronda Whitaker was promoted to deputy director for human resources and chief diversity officer at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Bringing two decades of experience in the field, Whitaker joined the Barnes in 2018, first serving as director of human resources, before becoming chief human resources and diversity officer in 2020. | More

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced five new members of its board of trustees, including artist trustees David Huffman and Carrie Mae Weems. (“David Huffman: Terra Incognita” is on view at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco through Sept. 18. “Dawoud Bey & Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue” runs through April 30 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan.) The board appointments are the latest news from SFMOMA, following the February announcement that Christopher Bedford, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, would be joining SFMOMA as director in June. | More


Winner of the 2022 Henrike Grohs Art Award, Zambian artist Gladys Kalichini discusses her practice. The video content stems from a conversation with Ruth Simbao. The video was produced by Sifiso Khanyile. | Video by Goethe-Institut Subsaharan Africa

Awards & Honors

Artist and researcher Gladys Kalichini of Lusaka, Zambia, won the 2022 Henrike Grohs Art Award. Announced March 31, the biennial award for young artists based on the continent of Africa includes a cash prize of 20,000 euros, plus 10,000 euros toward production of a publication. Kalichini says her multimedia artworks are informed by history and memory and “engage with erasures, gaps and invisibilities that pertain to historical stories about women in relation to the telling of national resistance histories.” | More

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, R.I., (which is currently hosting its first Black Biennial, through April 10), announced details about its 2022 commencement ceremony on June 4. Graphic designer and educator Cheryl D. Miller and Chicago artist Nick Cave will receive honorary degrees and Miller will deliver the keynote address. | More


FAITH RINGGOLD (American, born 1930), “Coming to Jones Road #4: Under a Blood Red Sky,” 2000 (acrylic on canvas with fabric borders, 78 ½ x 52 ½ inches / 199.3 x 133.3 cm). | Museum purchase through the Jere Abbott Art Endowment and Jette Art Acquisition Fund. Photo by Luc Demers


Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, acquired “Coming to Jones Road #4: Under A Blood Red Sky” (2000), a story quilt by Faith Ringgold. The painted textile was brought into the collection in January and went on view yesterday (April 5) in the museum’s Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion. | More


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