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Institutional News is published every two months: in February, April, June, August, October, and December. To learn more about submitting a listing, please follow the instructions on the main Member News page.

February 2017

The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California, has acquired the archive of the artist, writer, curator, and scholar Harmony Hammond. The donation includes correspondence, photographs, original source material for her art, professional papers, publication drafts, editioned prints, original artwork, files, and a slide registry devoted to lesbian artists.

The Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have been awarded a $506,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a new Summer Institute for Technical Studies in Art. The program, designed for graduate students from art-history programs across North America who are interested in broadening their experience with object-focused technical inquiry, methodologies, and instruction, will begin in June 2017. 

The Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have received a $1 million gift from a Harvard Business School alumnus, Ken Hakuta, to establish the Hakuta Family Endowment Fund, enabling the creation of the Nam June Paik Fellowship at the Harvard Art Museums. Hakuta is the nephew of the pioneering artist Nam June Paik.

John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, has inaugurated a new MA program in art history to begin in fall 2017. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the degree is the first US-accredited master’s degree in the history of art based entirely in Rome. The program can be completed in approximately fifteen months of full-time study. 

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia has received a generous $500,000 gift from Julie Jensen Bryan and Robert Bryan to name the PAFA Printmaking Shop. This transformative commitment ensures that printmaking will remain one of the school’s core artistic disciplines.

The Princeton University Art Museum in Princeton, New Jersey, has posted to its website more than five thousand images and related photographic material by the seminal American modernist Minor White. The two-year digitization and cataloging project, funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, provides online access for the first time to the most significant photographic content of the Minor White Archive, which includes finished prints, artist’s proof cards, and bibliographic history.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, has surpassed its campaign goals for both financial gifts and significant art gifts, amassing a combined total of $105 million with more than one year remaining in the campaign. The $65 million cash goal was exceeded by $3 million, funds supporting the Renwick Gallery renovation, an education center for the museum’s National Historic Landmark building, and the museum’s endowments. The campaign will continue through 2017 with a focus on additional artworks and endowments to support curatorial, technology, and education initiatives.


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