Sotheby’s launches a new prize for cutting-edge curators


SMALL museums that struggle to find the funding their curators need to research and develop innovative, ideas-based exhibitions are to get a boost from Sotheby’s, a commercial auction house, which on September 28th announced the inaugural winners of its $250,000 annual Sotheby’s Prize.

The 2018 Sotheby’s Prize will be shared by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (MCA) and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, two American institutions that are planning shows of under-represented areas of art history. “Many Tongues: Art, Language and Revolution in the Middle East and South Asia” curated by Omer Kholeif , a Cairo-born scholar who is now at the MCA, will open in October 2019. “Pop América: 1965-1975” will open in October 2018 at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, before moving to the Nasher Museum and then on to the Block Museum at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois almost a year later. Curated by Esther Gabara of the Nasher Museum, who has written extensively about modernist photography…Continue reading

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