Violins of a normal size.

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Big Money

The Akron Art Museum in Ohio has received a $1.1 million donation from J.M. Smucker Co., the company renowned for its jams, peanut-butters, and other products. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the funds will go toward the museum’s endowment and its Free Thursdays program. [Akron Beacon Journal]

The Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina is getting $10 million from the Gambrell Foundation to help renovate its arts building, according to the Charlotte Observer. The total renovation is slated to cost $20 million. [The Charlotte Observer]

Monuments

The New York Times reports that David Adjaye, the architect behind the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s forthcoming building, has been selected to design a Holocaust memorial that will be located near the House of Parliament in London. [The New York Times]

Storied Artists

The great Tehching Hsieh, who is representing Taiwan at the Venice Biennale this year, talked with Brigid Delaney for the Guardian about his heroic yearlong performances. Of the work that involved him punching a time clock every hour for 365 days, he said, “I’m not doing object-style art but I like thinking. I’m working hard but I’m doing almost nothing. That’s the way I like it.” [The Guardian]

Barbara Chase-Riboud, whose “Malcolm X” sculptures are the subject of a survey at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in Chelsea, told Artforum about how they developed: “I decided to dedicate these stelae to Malcolm X because he was dead. It was a matter of memory, of doing a monument—not to his philosophy, but in the Latin sense of memoria. The work is pure abstraction, pure beauty—that’s the only thing I’m really interested in. Most activism sacrifices the aesthetic part of making art for the message. I never do that. For me, the message is the message. [Artforum]

Speaking of activism, Pitchfork has the story of members of the Russian group Pussy Riot staging a protest at Trump Tower in New York on Monday, calling for the release from Russian prison of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and anarchist Olexandr Kolchenko. They had been sentenced for what some observers say are political reasons. [Pitchfork]

Trouble

An artist who has been banned from the Aspen Art Museum for allegedly placing “For Sale” signed around the site of the museum’s current home before it was built was charged with littering in front of the institution after depositing “multiple springs, a large plastic planter, a washer/dryer silver tube” and other things there. In an interview with the Aspen Times, he claimed that it was an artwork he was attempting to donate to the museum. [The Aspen Times]

A deal has apparently been struck ending the standoff between Mana Contemporary and the Mugrabi family, which claimed that works in their collection were being held hostage over their refusal to pay fees they say should not have been charged. According to the Art Newspaper, the Mugrabis will tender $1 million today in exchange for the release of five works. If Mana fails to have the works available by noon, it will need to turn over the more than 1,300 pieces stored there by the family. [The Art Newspaper]

A new report covered by the journal Science estimates that, beginning in 2030, once-every-500-years floods may start striking New York City every 5 years, causing tens of billions of dollars worth of damage each time. Not ideal! [Science]

Wild Sounds

The composer Thomas Adès has adapted the 1962 Luis Buñuel film The Exterminating Angel into an opera that calls for some unusual instruments, including tiny violins, an ondes Martenot, and a slamming door. “We’ve left regular reality very far behind,” the composer told the New York Times of his opera (not, to be clear, real life). “We’re now living in a world of Surrealism. So I thought one way to show this was to have the violin suddenly shrink.” [The New York Times]

The Web

In the pages of i-D, Antwaun Sargent shares the story of eBoy, a German net-art collective founded in the 1990s that has inspired Comme des Garçons. Explaining the name, one member said, “At the time we were listening to a lot of Beastie Boys and were really into electronics so we thought of the name ‘eBoy’ and the domain was available so we bought it.” [i-D]