KOPEIKIN OPENS A NEW, EXPANDED
GALLERY SPACE IN WEST HOLLYWOOD
On Tuesday January 6th the Kopeikin Gallery (formerly Paul Kopeikin Gallery) will officially reopen in an expanded exhibition space located at 8810 Melrose Ave. (at Robertson) in the West Hollywood Art and Design district. Designed by Los Angeles Architect Tim Campbell, it is three times larger than any of Kopeikin's previous galleries. The new gallery will continue to bridge the gap between various art genres but with a continuing emphasis on photo-based art. With two large spaces within the gallery, Kopeikin will continue to expand his vision to include exhibitions of works on paper and video in the smaller of the gallery's spaces.
The larger space will soon feature an exhibition of new photographs entitled "Industrial Landscape[ing]" by J. Bennett Fitts. The second gallery will feature charcoal and ink drawings by Dutch artist Bas Louter. These inaugural exhibitions will open on Tuesday, January 20th with a reception with both artists on Saturday, January 31st, from five to eight o'clock. The reception is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm. For details call 1-310-385-5894.
DELEHANTY BECOMES DIRECTOR OF
JANE VOORHEES ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM
Suzanne Delehanty, founding director of the Miami Art Museum and currently head of an independent arts consultant service, has been named director of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Delehanty became director-elect on January 1 and will assume the full directorship of the museum on April 1. Her ten-year appointment, 1995-2005, at the Miami Art Museum (MAM) led to the transformation of what was the Center for the Fine Arts, a non-collecting space, into Miami's flagship art museum.
PORTLAND ART MUSEUM'S TERRY
TOEDTEMEIER PASSES AWAY
Terry Toedtemeier, first curator of photography of the Portland Art Museum and its only curator over the past 20 years, passed away in December. Toedtemeier had a passion for photography. He not only assembled an important collection of over 5,000 photographs, a selection of which is permanently on view in the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, the largest dedicated exhibition space for photography in the region, but was himself a talented photographer. His enthusiasm for the medium was evident to all who had the pleasure of meeting him.
Toedtemeier also curated the current show "Wild Beauty" at the museum. As the Museum's publicity release on this tragedy notes, "Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867–1957 (on view through January 11) and the publication 'Wild Beauty' will be lasting legacies of Terry's spirit and his unique vision as an artist and scholar."
We will all miss you, Terry. There is a Facebook memorial to Terry at: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=32489601523&topic=5613 .
AUTHOR OF MODOTTI BOOK DIES
Mildred Constantine Bettelheim, who authored "Tina Modotti: A Fragile Life", the first monograph about Modotti, passed away in mid-December at her home in Nyack, NY. She was 95 when she died of heart failure.
Her 1974 ground-breaking study of Modotti put the spotlight on Modotti for her photography, her love affair with fellow photographer Edward Weston and her leftist-feminist politics.
Constantine was best known as a curator for the graphic design and poster collections of the Museum of Modern Art in the 1950-60s. She was associate curator and later curatorial consultant in MoMA's architecture and design department from 1943 through 1970. After leaving MoMA in 1971, Constantine continued to produce exhibitions and wrote more than a dozen books on caricature and cartoons, photography and decorative arts.
TATE SEEKS PHOTO CURATOR
London's Tate Modern is currently looking for a curator of photography and international art. This is a new position at the Tate and will oversee its collection of modern and contemporary photography. The new curator will shape acquisitions and the exhibition programs at the Tate Modern and also at the Tate Britain. The salary is £40,000 (currently less then $60,000 at today's rate of exchange). The application deadline is January 9th. For more details, go to: http://www.tate.org.uk/about/workingattate/ , or send your application to: Human Resources Department, Tate Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, UK or fax it to:+44 (0)871 5941785.