Round-Up: Cuban heavy metal, Chicago tailgaters, the science of Koons

Round-Up: Cuban heavy metal, Chicago tailgaters, the science of Koons
The estate of Vivian Maier (seen here in a self-portrait), the Chicago nanny whose pictures have become a posthumous sensation, are at the heart of a dispute between the various men who acquired her archive after her death. (Vivian Maier / Maloof Collection)

The Orange County Museum of Art is trying to use its Newport Beach property to finance a move to Costa Mesa, the Detroit Institute of Arts may get to keep its collection and George Lucas' Chicago museum has awoken some unlikely detractors (fans of da Bears). Plus, the fight over Vivian Maier's legacy and Cuban heavy metal. It's all in today's Round-Up:

— Gonna start with a story I will follow with diabolical glee: Apparently Chicago Bears fans are none too happy with the location of George Lucas' impending art museum since it will interfere with their tailgating. (Artnet)


— The Orange County Museum of Art hopes to sell its Newport Beach property to a development company as a way of financing a move to Costa Mesa.

— Detroit pensioners approve a plan that will help preserve the Detroit Institute of Art's collection. (Hyperallergic)

— And opponents to the Corcoran Gallery's dissolution are going to get a hearing.

— James Turrell is slated to receive a National Medal of Arts at the White House on Monday, along with other cultural figures such as Julia Alvarez, Maxine Hong Kingston and Bill T. Jones. (Art F City)

— Vivian Maier, the mysterious nanny/photographer whose posthumous rise to fame has been well chronicled ever since her archive was uncovered at auction in 2007, is now at the center of a spat between the men who purchased pieces of her archive. (Hyperallergic)

— "Boxy and frontal, like upright sarcophagi." Sebastian Smee of the Boston Globe has a terrific story about the work (and life) of pop artist Marisol, who was revered in the 1960s, but slipped into obscurity over the following decades. A show in Memphis seeks to revive her legacy.

How physicist Richard Feynman helped Jeff Koons make the basketball tank sculpture and other bits about the science of Koons. Pairs well with the new Koons cocktail. (Artnet)

— Because I'm in a Cuba state of mind: Cuban drag racing and Cuban heavy metal (the latter in Spanish). So good.

— The Getty Research Institute has acquired a pretty splendid archive of performance-art happenings.

— Sort of related: Cal Arts in the 1970s was bananas, and here are the NSFW photos to prove it — complete with David Bowie, drum circles, obligatory nudity and David Hasselhoff getting jiggy with it. (Hyperallergic)

—  Kenneth Goldsmith, the founder of UbuWeb, pens an interesting opinion piece in Billboard on the issue of copyright and remix culture. Up for dicussion is, among other things, Christian Marclay's "The Clock," which uses thousands of film clips for which he didn't get clearance. (Weisslink)

— Anyone who visits the Hammer Museum 12 times in a single year will be eligible for a free yearlong membership. That means priority ticketing at events.

— Putting the words "Kardashian" and "Modigliani" into a single sentence = sublime.

— Long Read: Design writer Joseph Giovanni dismantles LACMA's Zumthor plan and suggests letting Frank Gehry do his deconstructivist thing on the LACMA site.


The hype about "disruption" — Jill Lepore investigates the history of and deflates the tech industry's favorite term.

— Plus, there's an interesting piece in the Guardian about the grim utopia imagined by certain members of our tech elite. "The backlash against [Google] Glass is the implied rejection of the kind of casual sociopathy which leads a person to become a surveillance camera, to put a computer between themselves and their every interaction with other people."

— And, of course, there's venture capitalist Timothy Draper's ridiculous plan to split California into six different states. Naturally, there are already multiple Twitter accounts spoofing the proposal.

— Last, but not least: What would it be like to skateboard an L.A. that is entirely free of traffic? A video by filmmaker Russell Houghten imagines just that. (@radiochio)


Find me on the Twitters @cmonstah.