Art Fix Friday: October 30, 2015

Halloween Headlines 

Los Angeles–based artist and photographer Christine McConnell transformed her parents’ house into a spooky setting inspired by the 2006 animated feature Monster House.

NPR interviews author Stacey Schiff and reviews The Witches: Salem, 1692, as “engagingly thorough, thrillingly told, and bracingly authoritative.”

Next month, Louise Bourgeois’s Spider (1997) goes to auction with a low estimate of $25 million and a high estimate of $35 million. It might surpass the record holder, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, which sold last year for $44.4 million.

NPR asks writer Veronique Tadjo and Harvard professor Maria Tatar why old women are often evil in fairy tales and folklore.

Front-Page Femmes

Nigerian-born artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby wins the $50,000 Wein Prize from the Studio Museum in Harlem.

An 1843 sketch of Charlotte Brontë is revealed to be a self-portrait.

The Huffington Post explores how some prominent women artists, including Helen Frankenthaler, did not like to be labeled as such.

Pioneering Korean painter Chun Kyung-ja—best known for her vivid paintings of women and flowers—died at the age of 91.

Cleaners in an Italian museum threw away an avant-garde art installation by Sara Goldschmied and Eleonara Chiari—believing it was garbage.

The Guerrilla Girls launch a line of towels, hankies, and mugs for sale at MoMA.

Iranian-born journalist Khazar Fatemi’s short video series captures the stories of women in Afghanistan, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.

Musician and actor Carrie Brownstein’s memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girldiscusses her upbringing, the break-up of her band, and her personal “battle waged on the body.”

Pulitzer prize-winning author Alice Walker refused a request to publish an Israeli edition The Color Purple because she believes the country “is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people.”

Vogue releases a clip of the new documentary focused on Dr. Maya Angelou.

One of only two female directors currently at Disney Television Animation, Aliki Theofilopoulos talks about perseverance in the animation industry.

Shows We Want to See

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden showcases chapters one through three of Shana Lutker’s Le “NEW” Monocle. Influenced by surrealists’ fistfights, Lutker’s work is divided into eight parts, each featuring a piece of writing, a group of sculptures, and a performance.

The World Chess Hall hosts Ladies’ Knight: The Female Perspective on Chess, featuring 12 women’s works, which range from a standard chess-board to large video installations.

After a near-fatal car accident, multimedia artist Howardena Pindell focused on recapturing her past—as seen in her abstracted “Autobiography” series on view at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.

—Emily Haight is the digital editorial assistant at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.