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Warhol Foundation Announces Fall 2023 Grant Recipients

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The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts on January 10 announced the fifty recipients of its fall 2023 grants. The foundation will award more than $4 million to arts organizations and institutions scattered across twenty US states as well as one in Mexico City. Thirty of the recipients are small and midsize organizations; sixteen are museums or university galleries; and four are curatorial research fellowships.

“As socio-political tensions, cultural inequities, and environmental crises persist, it is imperative that arts organizations continue to cultivate the expressive capacities of artists,” said foundation president Joel Wachs in a statement. “By providing artists with financial, material and intellectual resources, as well as public platforms and engaged audiences, these organizations support the development of works that can offer new entry points to stalemated conversations.”

Among the small and midsize organizations receiving program support spread out over two years are two first-time grantees whose programs support historical lenses through which contemporary work may be viewed. These are Baltimore’s Afro Charities, which each year allows four artists access to the AFRO American Newspaper archive, documenting more than a century of history, and Pittsburgh’s ALMA | LEWIS, whose Black Archive, containing printed matter related to the Black experience, is available to the public. Also receiving awards were arts organizations addressing climate change, such as Green River, Utah’s Epicenter, which hosts residencies and gatherings aimed at sparking new projects in and about its rural context; those supporting sustainable practices, such as the Minneapolis–based Public Functionary, which offers early-career support for artists identifying as Black, Indigenous, queer, trans and/or gender fluid; and those that elevate Native communities, including Honolulu’s Pu’uhonua Society, which assists native Hawaiian artists with developing and showing their work. Still other recipients, such as Blank Forms, the Kitchen, and Light Industry, all in New York, support and promote experimental art practices, while a handful, including Indianapolis’s Big Car Collaborative and Miami’s Locust Projects received grants in support of the creation, expansion, or renovation of their facilities.

 

Of the museums and university galleries receiving funding, a number focused on elevating underrepresented artists. Among these were the Birmingham Museum of Art, which is planning an exhibition on artist and educator Hayward Oubre, whose mentorship of younger artists helped fortify Black art communities across the southern United States, and the UCLA Hammer Museum, which is mounting the first comprehensive retrospective of David Medalla. Other grantees—such as New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, which is preparing an exhibition of work by Christine Sun Kim—are presenting artists with their first solo institutional shows; while still others—among them the Block Museum at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, which is assembling a show by Indigenous artists forcibly displaced from the Chicago area and those remaining there—are hosting group exhibitions centering marginalized experiences.

The four curatorial fellowships, among whom a total of $200,000 is divided, focus variously on cultural initiatives arising in the wake of the Arab Spring; the effort to revitalize and preserve New Orleans’ Black Square cemetery; the resurrection of relationships with water in areas blighted by colonization or modernization; and the cultural influence of an independent press.

Some of the local Southern California recipients include: JOAN, Los Angeles ($60,000); LAXART, Los Angeles ($80,000); UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles  ($100,000); and book publisher Semiotext(e), Los Angeles ($50,000).

 

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