– The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg is to house the 2014 Manifesta Biennial. The curator, to be named this month, will face the city’s notoriously conservative climate, including its ban on ‘homosexual propaganda.
An educational programme in the city has recently felt the brunt of this climate.

ARTnews‘ Ann Landi offers a survey of flip-flopping amongst art critics: Split Decisions: When Critics Change Their Minds.

– Marian Godfrey has penned a personal and heartfelt manifesto for arts administrators in the latest GIA Reader: Only Connect the Prose and the Passion:
“Our institutional syntax, our claims for accountability and results, and our bland generalizations about “the arts” and their benefits to society leach pleasure from our work.”

– Tucson Pima Arts Council director Roberto Bedoya responds to recent discourse concerning audience diversity and Whiteness in American cultural policy. ArtsJournal.

– Check out the Met’s 82nd & Fifth web-series, featuring 100 objects profiled by the museum’s curatorial staff throughout the next year. The project recalls BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, and the Met’s own Connections series.
Also, Google has launched its Art Talks video series, which promises discourse from curators of major international museums.

W.A.G.E. (Working Arts and the Greater Economy) has created an “infomercial-dramedy” in response to remarks made by dOCUMENTA (13) curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev about her decision to not pay the artists represented in the mega-exhibition.

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