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Partner at Mnuchin Gallery in New York, Sukanya Rajaratnam steps down after 15 years

Sukanya Rajaratnam
Courtesy- Art Daily

Sukanya Rajaratnam, a partner at Mnuchin Gallery in New York, is stepping down after 15 years at the blue-chip dealership to pursue initiatives focused on equity and philanthropy in art and education. Born in Sri Lanka and educated at Cambridge University in the U.K., Rajaratnam brought an outsider’s perspective to the program focused on the white, male titans of postwar art. She organized the first New York surveys in decades of Black artists and female artists including Sam Gilliam, Ed Clark, Alma Thomas, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, and, most recently, Lynne Drexler. “It felt like it was time,” Rajaratnam, 48, said in a telephone interview. “Fifteen years is a big, round number.” Her departure at the end of January arrives at the start of a year when the gallery’s founder, Robert Mnuchin, turns 90, and its long-term viability has been a subject of art market speculation, including rumors that it may be closing. Details on Art Daily.

Brazilian rioters damage priceless artworks at government buildings in nation’s capital

Protesters, supporters of Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil
Courtesy- The new Indian Express

Slashed canvas on a modern masterpiece, graffiti spray-painted on statues, a smashed Louis XIV clock: the horde of supporters of far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro who invaded Brasilia’s hubs of power at the weekend ransacked everything in their path, including priceless works of art. The three vandalized buildings — the presidential palace known as the Planalto, the Supreme Court and Congress — are themselves treasures of modern architecture designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The futuristic constructions, featuring the emblematic curves of the iconic Brazilian architect, are for many what earned the capital — a landmark in the history of urban planning — its classification as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987. And each building, whose windows were mostly smashed in by the invading mob, was also full of rare furnishings or works by great Brazilian modern artists, or international works donated by other countries. Read more on The New Indian Express.

A teenager set off the fire alarm system at the Orange County Museum of Art

The Orange County Museum of Art in Costa Mesa, California
Courtesy- Art News

This past Sunday, a teenager set off the fire alarm system at the Orange County Museum of Art when they vaped in the bathroom, an OCMA spokesperson confirmed to ARTnews Monday morning. Attendees at the museum were quickly evacuated. The fire department came and found the source of the alarm’s trigger, and attendees were allowed to re-enter soon after. Heidi Zuckerman, OCMA’s CEO and director, posted on an Instagram story Monday, “PSA: Please do not vape in the bathrooms (or anywhere) @ocmamuseum. If you do: 1. You will set off the smoke alarm 2. We will have to empty the museum of our guests 3. The fire department will come.” The Orange County Museum of Art re-opened its doors to the public last October a major expansion and relocation to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus in Costa Mesa, California, that had been ten years in the making.