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Claudia Einecke

The High Museum of Art has announced the appointment of Claudia Einecke as its new curator of European art. Einecke will oversee the European art department, including related exhibitions and programs, as well as its collection of more than 1,000 paintings, sculptures and works on paper spanning the 14th through the mid-20th century. Einecke also will contribute to the completion of the museum’s collection reinstallation, which will debut in October. The position was previously occupied by David Brenneman from 1995 to 2015. Einecke will join the High on August 15.

“I am thrilled to come to the museum at this particularly exciting moment — with the thorough rethinking and reinterpretation of collections underway that a comprehensive reinstallation requires and allows,” Einecke said in a press release. “The High has long been on my radar for its ambitious and engaging exhibition program and for its exceptional and diverse collections.”

Einecke held curatorial positions in the European and American art departments at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She earned a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a Master of Arts in art history from the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany.

Most recently, Einecke managed a database project for the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and collaborated with institutions in Heidelberg and Berlin, Germany, to digitize German and Austrian auction catalogues from the early 20th century and make them accessible online. Prior to her work with the Getty, Einecke served from 2004 to 2013 as a curator in the European painting and sculpture department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and from 1994 to 2003, she served as associate curator of European art at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

Fox Theatre’s Marquee Club earns design awards

The Fox Theatre has received two awards from The Association of Luxury Suite Directors for its newly minted Marquee Club. The theater received awards for Overall Building Architecture and for Club Spaces.

“It is a true celebration for the Marquee Club to be given these two presitigious awards,” Allan C. Vella, president and CEO of Fox Theatre, Inc., said in a press release. We were meticulous with every aspect of the club during the five-year journey from initial concept to the grand opening.”

The Marquee Club opened in May at a cost of $10 million. The club is in the northwest corner of the building and offers public access to the theater’s roof for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Blank receives the 2018 Nexus Award

Kenny Blank

Kenny Blank, executive director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, is the recipient of the 2018 Nexus Award from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. The Nexus Award is “a public acknowledgment of individuals, groups, or organizations that have made significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape and celebrates local leaders who are instrumental in making Atlanta an exceptionally vibrant arts community.”

The public recognition of the 2018 Nexus Award will be held on Saturday, August 25, in conjunction with Atlanta Contemporary’s Art Party. Past recipients include MailChimp in 2017, artist Larry Walker in 2016, High curator Michael Rooks in 2015 and Whitespace gallerist Susan Bridges in 2014.

AirAir Residency offers a residency on a plane

AirAir Residency is accepting applications from visual artists, composers and writers. The program will select three artists for the residency, which takes place in-flight on commercial airlines. The artists will fly to a destination and return with 24 hours. The residency culminates in a one-night pop-up exhibition the day after the flight.

Applications will be accepted through August 5, and the recipients will be announced August 9.

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