In Brief: Just Say NO, KAWS on Parade, Wang Shu at RISD, Michael Graves to Renovate at Rutgers

• We first encountered Santiago Sierra‘s truck-mounted NO sculpture (pictured) in Miami a few Art Basels ago. Since then, the sans-serif mobile monument to negativity has traversed the Eastern United States and Western Europe. It even touched down briefly in Japan. The global tour is chronicled in Sierra’s new feature-length film, screening through July 27 at Team gallery in Soho.

• It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a massive figure by KAWS! “Companion,” a bashful character whose eyes are concealed behind white gloves marked with the artist’s signature “X,” will join the likes of Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty as a balloon in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Why the shy guy? “I kept imagining myself in front of that many people,” KAWS (a.k.a. Brian Donnelly) told Carol Vogel of The New York Times recently. “He’s shy, a bit out of place, not proudly posing like a Superman character.”

• Graduates of Rhode Island School of Design got a send-off from 2012 Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu, who delivered the keynote address at the school’s commencement earlier this month. Also picking up honorary degrees this year in Providence were writer-activist Rebecca Solnit, along with the directors and producer of the Japanese film animation house Studio Ghibli—Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki, respectively. In other RISD news, interim provost Rosanne Somerson will get to drop the “interim” from her title. She’ll begin her new position as provost on July 1.

• Chef and international flavor chaser Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster Harlem) has written a memoir. Out later this month from Random House, Yes, Chef features a spicy cover. Grab your copy on June 27, when our friends at powerHouse in Brooklyn host a chat between Samuelsson and designer Isaac Mizrahi, no slouch in the kitchen. Tickets are being gobbled up fast, so get yours here.

• Architect Michael Graves has scored the commission to design a multiphase renovation and expansion of the Rutgers Athletic Center on the campus of Rutgers University. Graves’ firm will partner with the sports facility design pros at Heery International on the project.