Roundup: The art of protest, Dakota Access edition; a Trump tower, with pigs

Detail of a shirt reading "My Voice Is My Weapon" at a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannon Ball, N.D.
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Art and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. A conversation about freedom of expression in Russia. And an imaginative idea for blocking Donald Trump’s building logo in Chicago. Here’s the Roundup:

— The Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Writer and editor Hrag Vartanian has been on the scene to talk to artists involved in the protests, conversations that have been gathered into a pair of podcasts — one that explores why artists are getting involved, and another that examines the role of art in protest. Hyperallergic, Hyperallergic

— A look at how Paul Cheyok’ten Wagner, a member of the Coastal Salish ethnicity, updated the design of the teepee into the “tarpee” so protesters could better weather North Dakota’s winter. Seattle Globalist


Vladimir Putin says he supports artistic freedoms — even as he supports the severe sentence of a theater director who opposed Russia’s invasion of Crimea. New York Times

— Since we’re on the subject of Putin: A member of Pussy Riot offers warnings about freedom of expression under Donald Trump. New York Times

— Sort of related: The Chicago architectural firm New World Design has come up with a proposal for blocking the unseemly views of Trump’s giant name signage in Chicago. It involves pigs that fly (sort of). The Architect’s Newspaper

— Plus: How the architecture of Trump’s buildings is indifferent to truth. Artforum

— Arguments begin before a three-judge panel in Pasadena over a Nazi-looted painting by Camille Pisarro that once belonged to the Cassirer family. Plus, what’s it’s like to discover that you have a Nazi-looted painting hanging in your house. Fox 32, Los Angeles Times


— Early last month, the Los Angeles Police Department announced it would treat an anti-gallery graffiti in Boyle Heights as a hate crime. But the Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement protested that charge in a press conference. “As someone who is white, who has been living in this community for 22 years, I have never experienced any anti-white sentiment,” Elizabeth Blaney, co-executive director of Union de Vecinos tells Matt Stromberg. Hyperallergic

— And a key property near Mariachi Plaza will be sold by the city of Los Angeles for development. But it doesn’t appear that low-income housing will be part of the program.

Santa Ana College is reviving its mural program. OC Weekly

Stephen Mnuchin has resigned from the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles after being appointed Treasury secretary by Trump. Los Angeles Times

Lewis McAdams is stepping down as head of the nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles River, the organization he helped found three decades ago. KCRW

Lewis McAdams, right, with Marissa Christiansen, who will take over as director of Friends of the Los Angeles River.
Lewis McAdams, right, with Marissa Christiansen, who will take over as director of Friends of the Los Angeles River.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times )

— Photos may offer rare glimpse of Paul Gaugin in Tahiti. New York Times

— Places of liberation: Elle Pérez’s intimate images of queer clubs. Aperture

— Honest museum audio tours. New Yorker

— Loving the Persian palaces of Beverly Hills. This is really good. Curbed

— What Western accounts of Kowloon’s infamous Walled City left out. ArchDaily

Priscilla Lovat Fraser, formerly of LACMA, takes over as director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in West Hollywood. The Architect’s Newspaper


— Thing you most definitely need: A profile of Pedro Almodovar. New Yorker

— And last but not least, your moment of humans photobombing a police cam in animal costumes. This is the sort of things that gives me hope for humanity. Gardner, Kan Police Department Facebook (h/t Marnie Weber)

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