The Reading List: Top Museums Push for Diversity in Leadership Roles, New Details on $160M de Kooning Heist, and More Stories

The Reading List: Top Museums Push for Diversity in Leadership Roles, New Details on $160M de Kooning Heist, and More Stories

Diversity Plans: Museums of high art are creating pipelines to ensure that more people of color are included in exhibition rosters and top leadership positions as curators and administrators. The long-awaited push for inclusivity comes amid growing calls from artists, as well as recent efforts in some cities, like New York, to tie funding to inclusion plans. New York Times

Happy Thanksgiving: Three decades after the 1985 heist of Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” from its home at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the $160 million painting showed up in New Mexico behind the bedroom door of an unassuming elderly couple during an estate sale of their possessions. Now, a newly discovered photo of the couple enjoying a Thanksgiving day meal in Arizona the day before the painting was stolen has people wondering if the “mild-mannered” schoolteachers (who look an awful lot like the police sketch of the robbers) were actually the original thieves. artnet News

Film Superlatives: On Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences released its plans to create a new “outstanding achievement in popular film” category. The statement met criticism from the film industry, which speculated about what metrics the academy would use to determine the most “popular” film. Additionally, the academy’s proposal to cap the telecast at three hours also faced backlash, with industry members concerned that craft categories may be cut for time. Even Rob Lowe weighed in. Guardian

Comedic Timing: Rachel Brosnahan, who snagged her first Emmy win for playing the titular housewife-turned-comedian in the “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” opens up about the long road to her big break in this in-depth Vanity Fair profile. It might surprise some readers to know that Brosnahan is no stranger to prestige television, having played a laundry list of bit parts in some of the most critically acclaimed shows in the early to mid aughts. Vanity Fair

Sour Notes: The most dire ramifications of Britain’s looming exit from the European Union have yet to fully manifest, but classical composers and musicians are among those bracing for the worst. Some orchestras, such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, have already made plans to leave Britain entirely, while others in the industry are anxious about how licensing, visas and other red tape might prevent multicultural groups from performing together. New York Times

Street Life: A photo essay by Vienna-based British photographer Michael Goldrei reminds us of why we love candid street photography so much. The images here — shot in New York, Miami, Havana, Budapest, Austria, London and Uzbekistan — are thoughtful, compelling, funny and generous. Guardian

Dish: This amazing, hilarious, in-depth conversation with the great Kathleen Turner is worth taking the time to read. The actress, who is not one to be shy about sharing her opinions, looks back on her career; talks about her relationships with the likes of Michael Douglas, Jack Nicholson and William Hurt; describes in vivid detail Donald Trump’s “gross” handshake; and slams a very famous Hollywood actress, whom she would not name, for playing “the same role for 20 years.” Much online speculation as to the identity of the unnamed actress ensued. Vulture

In Memoriam: Adam Gopnik looks back on the legacy of the French chef Joël Robuchon, whom cookbook author Patricia Wells called the “artist who most influenced the 20th-century world of cuisine.” Robuchon, who had been battling cancer, died on Monday in Geneva. He was 73. The New Yorker

Top Image: Willem de Kooning in his studio in 1961. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives