MIA hires new director: Olga Viso, the Walker’s new director, will have good company when she arrives in town. The Minneapolis Institute of Art has hired its new director as well: Kaywin Feldman, eight-year director of the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis. She told the Pioneer Press, “I’m a huge fan of Olga. It’s an auspicious moment that we would both start at the same time. We can work together to get to know the community and to do some joint programming.” Both directors are 41 years old and start January 1. Viso is the Walker’s second female director; Feldman is the MIA’s first.
MacArthur Geniuses: The MacArthur Foundation named its 2007 “genius grant” honorees. Among the recipients — which includes an environmental geographer, a water quality engineer, and a nanotechnologist — are several artists, including blues musician Corey Harris, choreographer Shen Wei, and playwright Lynn Nottage.
Hanru on Istanbul: Hou Hanru, curator of the 10th Istanbul Biennial (on view through Nov. 4), tells the Wall Street Journal about the political themes of the exhibition and how the specifics of the city affected his curating. The biennial’s theme: Not Only Possible But Necessary: Optimism In The Age Of Global Wars.
Shrigley Ink: A compendium of David Shrigley works that have been reproduced as tattoos.