An Art Show in Fukushima, NYPL Builds Under Bryant Park, and More

NAMIE, FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE - FEBRUARY 27: Police sergeant Yabuki Koshin and Constable Kanno Tomoyasu walk the grounds of Obori Kindergarten whilst on patrol within the 20km exclusion zone around Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, on February 27, 2012 in Namie, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Police patrol the evacuated 20km exclusion zone, which is in force around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and which encompasses six towns and two villages, looking for any signs of burglaries or crime in the now uninhabited zone. The exclusion zone used to be home to approximately 73,000 people but all have been evacuated by the government and are now restricted from returning home due to high levels of radioactive contamination from the explosions at the TEPCO owned Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11 2011. (Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images)
Police patrol within the Fukushima exclusion zone. (Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images)

Japanese artist collection Chim-Pom is bringing art to the “difficult to return” zones of Fukushima. The group has mounted an installation over four venues within the largely abandoned region, featuring artwork by Ai Weiwei, Taryn Simon, Trevor Paglen, and more. But don’t expect to see the work in person anytime soon. Radiation is still a huge concern in the area, and visitors will only be able to visit when the area is deemed “livable” again.

The New York Public Library had abandoned former plans to store its research collection in New Jersey. Instead, the library is building a complex and high-tech storage system 17-feet beneath Bryant Park to house 2.5 million research works.

New York City has made strides in arts eduction following a dismal 2014 report from New York City comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. A new report from New York State controller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office shows 95 percent of city high schools surveyed in 2014 completed mandatory arts classes. A $23 million boost in funds to the education departments 2015 budget has also helped pay for new teachers.

Due to the attacks that occurred in Paris Friday evening, Paris Photo art fair—which was slated to run through Sunday—was closed early.

Interest in art from East Africa is growing steadily at auction, in part thanks to a growing wealthy middle class in Kenya.

The San Francisco Fine Arts Museums’ chief financial officer Michele Gutierrez has lost her job after she alleged to city officials that the museum’s board chair and chief executive Dede Wilsey were involved in improper use of funds. After filing a complaint with the city controller and attorney general in October that detailed Ms. Wilsey use $450,000 of museum money to pay “ailing” former staffer   Bill Buggins without board approval, Ms. Gutierrez was placed on administrative leave. An Art Show in Fukushima, NYPL Builds Under Bryant Park, and More