What Should Museums Do With the Bones of the Enslaved?

As one museum has pledged to return skulls held in an infamous collection, others, including the Smithsonian, are reckoning with their own holdings of African-American remains.

#black-people, #bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #morton-samuel-george, #museums, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #skull-body-part, #slavery-historical, #smithsonian-institution, #university-of-pennsylvania-museum-of-archaeology-and-anthropology

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Dia Chelsea, Keeper of the Avant-Garde Flame

A home of Minimalism has reopened after a transformative renovation and expansion, its purifying vision intact.

#art, #beacon-ny, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #dia-art-foundation, #dia-beacon, #dia-chelsea, #museums, #raven-lucy-1977, #restoration-and-renovation

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On the Met’s Roof, a Wistful Fantasy We’ve Been Waiting For

“As Long as the Sun Lasts” is a winsome crowd-pleaser that turns gentle circles without ever getting anywhere.

#art, #big-bird, #calvino-italo, #da-corte-alex, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #sesame-street-tv-program

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National Endowment for the Humanities Announces New Grants

The first round of funding for the year totals $24 million and will support 225 projects across the country.

#archives-and-records, #childrens-museum-of-indianapolis, #columbia-university, #culture-arts, #endowments, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #judd-foundation, #los-angeles-county-museum-of-art, #michigan-state-university, #museums, #national-endowment-for-the-humanities, #new-york-botanical-garden, #new-york-university, #united-states

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Cambodians Demand Apology for Khmer Rouge Images With Smiling Faces

An Irish artist colorized portraits of Cambodian prisoners who were tortured, starved, beaten and killed. In some cases, he doctored the images to put smiles on their faces.

#archives-and-records, #cambodia, #khmer-rouge, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #museums, #phnom-penh-cambodia, #pol-pot, #political-prisoners, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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With a New Museum, African Workers Take Control of Their Destiny

A Dutch artist worked with former plantation employees to create a “white cube” that they hope will one day display works returned from European museums.

#art, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #congolese-plantation-workers-art-league, #income-inequality, #martens-renzo-1973, #museums, #unilever-nv

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Why Closing a Nuclear Plant Could Hurt N.Y.’s Environment

The nuclear power plant at Indian Point will close at the end of the month, but the shutdown could cause a spike in greenhouse gases.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #indian-point-nuclear-power-plant-ny, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional

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When Is the Met Gala in 2021?

This year’s Met Gala will be in September. The Costume Institute has announced its next big show. The subject: American style. Politics are involved.

#bolton-andrew, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costume-institute, #fashion-and-apparel, #met-gala, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #new-york-fashion-week, #parties-social, #your-feed-fashion

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A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden

The Louvre inspected the “Salvator Mundi” and certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting’s owners.

#salvator-mundi, #art, #da-vinci-leonardo, #france, #louvre-museum, #martinez-jean-luc, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #mona-lisa, #museums, #saudi-arabia

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Breonna Taylor Show Points Art Museums to a Faster Track

Assembled in a mere four months, pivoting off an important national event, the Speed Museum offers a new, relevant model for aging institutions.

#adkins-terry-1953-2014, #african-methodist-episcopal-church, #art, #black-people, #capshaw-kate, #gilliam-sam, #glenn-allison-1982, #louisville-ky, #museums, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #speed-art-museum, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020

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Possible Caravaggio Is Withdrawn From Auction; Spain Announces Export Ban

The suggested starting bid for the painting was set at around $1,800, but if it is really the work of the Baroque master, it could be worth millions.

#ansorena-sa, #art, #auctions, #caravaggio, #museums, #prado-museum, #spain

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Restoring Islamic Coins to Reveal the Past

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is working on what it has named the Hoard of Jazira, more than 2,800 pieces of the region’s history.

#collectors-and-collections, #currency, #louvre-abu-dhabi, #museums, #muslims-and-islam, #restoration-and-renovation

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22 Mummies Are Moved in a Glittering Display in Cairo

But the made-for-TV spectacle also underlined the jarring divide between Egypt’s celebrated past and its uncertain present.

#cairo-egypt, #egypt, #egyptian-civilization, #mummies-and-mummification, #museums, #parades, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el

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Two Brothers Posed for a Portrait. One Lived to See It in the Met.

Alice Neel painted two neighborhood boys in her studio in the 1960s. Fifty years later, the mystery of what happened to the picture has been solved.

#art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #neel-alice

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Experiencing Museums as They Should Be: Gloriously Empty

A critic discovers the joy of visiting Covid-restricted art collections, which lets him commune with van Gogh and the gang.

#art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #picasso-pablo, #van-gogh-vincent

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Hired by the Empress of Art at Tehran’s Hidden Museum

Donna Stein, in her score-settling memoir, reveals how she helped Farah Diba Pahlavi create a museum whose collection is valued at $3 billion today.

#art, #books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #islamic-revolution, #museums, #pahlavi-farah, #pahlavi-mohammed-reza, #stein-donna-1942, #tehran-iran, #tehran-museum-of-contemporary-art, #the-empress-and-i-how-an-ancient-empire-collected-rejected-and-rediscovered-modern-art-book

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Jack Bradley, Louis Armstrong Photographer and Devotee, Dies at 87

His trove of pictures formed the foundation of a vast personal collection that is now part of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens.

#armstrong-louis, #armstrong-louis-house-museum, #bradley-jack-1934, #deaths-obituaries, #jazz, #museums, #photography, #queens-college-city-university-of-new-york

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An Online Museum Shows Life During Wartime

The new Museum of American War Letters is making a range of communications from battle zones available.

#andrew-carroll, #chapman-university, #content-type-personal-profile, #letters, #museums, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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Edward Jenner Pioneered Vaccination. Will His Museum Survive a Pandemic?

The site where Dr. Jenner first inoculated people against smallpox has struggled in the coronavirus lockdowns, one of hundreds of museums in Britain teetering amid the closures.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #great-britain, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #jenner-edward, #museums, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #smallpox, #vaccination-and-immunization

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‘Insult to the Country’: Hong Kong Targets Art Deemed Critical of China

Pro-Beijing lawmakers have called for work by the dissident artist Ai Weiwei to be removed from a new museum, and accused local arts groups of undermining national security.

#art, #china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #museums, #politics-and-government

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Winnipeg’s New Showcase and Meeting Place for Inuit Art and Artists

A new museum for the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s leading collection of Inuit art opens on Saturday in a project shaped by Inuit.

#art, #canada, #indigenous-people, #museums, #winnipeg-manitoba

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Leon Black to Step Down as MoMA Chairman

In the wake of protests from artists and activists over his ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, the investor agreed not to stand for re-election in June.

#ai-weiwei, #apollo-global-management, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #art, #black-leon-d, #dechert-llp, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #finances, #human-trafficking, #lowry-glenn-d, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #sex-crimes

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Julie Mehretu’s Long Journey Home

Wildfires, refugee camps and the Arab Spring might be her primary sources. But a retrospective at the Whitney affirms she is an abstract painter, first and always.

#art, #los-angeles-county-museum-of-art, #mehretu-julie, #museums, #whitney-museum-of-american-art

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7 Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained During Spring Break

Circus classes, kite-flying workshops, escape rooms and other games to occupy your children (as if you haven’t already been doing this for a year) while school’s out.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #children-and-childhood, #culture-arts, #escape-room-game, #king-arthur-baking-co, #kites, #museums, #prospect-park-zoo, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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As People Reflect on Their Bodies, Museums Turn to Artists for Answers

The pandemic has led to new contemplations of fragility, and sick or disabled artists are using new attention to imagine a more accessible art world.

#alex-salerno, #amanda-cachia, #art, #bethany-montagano, #california-state-university-san-marcos, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disabilities, #kim-christine-sun, #list-visual-arts-center, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #mellon-foundation, #museums, #pacific-asia-museum, #panteha-abareshi, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sharona-franklin, #shed-manhattan-ny, #solana-chehtman, #u-s-c-pacific-asia-museum, #university-of-southern-california

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Hayden Planetarium to Reopen at Limited Capacity

With the return of the space theater at the American Museum of Natural History, New Yorkers can again add “space exploration” to their travel agenda.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #coronavirus-reopenings, #hayden-planetarium, #manhattan-nyc, #museums, #tyson-neil-degrasse, #worlds-beyond-earth-movie

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Decolonizing the Hunt for Dinosaurs and Other Fossils

Younger paleontologists are working to overcome some historical legacies of their discipline and change how people learn about natural history.

#colonization, #dinosaurs, #discrimination, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #museums, #paleontology, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #science-and-technology, #tunisia, #your-feed-science

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Uprooting Colonialism From the Fossil-Finding Field

Younger paleontologists are working to overcome some historical legacies of their discipline and change how people learn about natural history.

#colonization, #dinosaurs, #discrimination, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #museums, #paleontology, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #science-and-technology, #tunisia, #your-feed-science

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After Being Scratched and Punched, Trump Wax Figure Is Removed

The figure at Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax in San Antonio was so badly battered that it required repairs.

#celebrities, #louis-tussauds-palace-of-wax, #madame-tussauds, #museums, #ripleys-believe-it-or-not, #san-antonio-tex, #trump-donald-j, #vandalism, #wax-figures

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Selling Art to Pay the Bills Divides the Nation’s Museum Directors

Bitter debate has ensued as museum leaders around the country discuss whether to permanently embrace a pandemic-spurred policy that allows the sale of art to cover some operating costs.

#baltimore-museum-of-art, #brooklyn-museum, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums

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In a Palace of Colonialism, a ‘Quiet Revolutionary’ Takes Charge

The academic and historian Pap Ndiaye wants to turn around an institution with a problematic legacy so it tells the story of France’s immigrants.

#africa, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #black-people, #colonization, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #museums, #ndiaye-pap, #palais-de-la-porte-doree-paris-france, #race-and-ethnicity

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We Don’t Know How Much Art Has Gone Missing From Museums

Museums are doing a better job of accounting for missing inventory than years ago, when they would sometimes not report thefts out of embarrassment and fear of exposing security weaknesses.

#art, #louvre-museum, #museums, #robberies-and-thefts

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Long-Lost Mosaic From a ‘Floating Palace’ of Caligula Returns Home

A 2,000-year-old artifact that had ended up in the home of a Manhattan antiquities dealer is now in an Italian museum.

#antiques, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #caligula-12-41-ad, #fioratti-helen-costantino, #italy, #museums

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On a Storied Stretch of Fifth Avenue, a Symbol of Irish America Reels

The American Irish Historical Society’s mansion on Central Park has long symbolized the ascent of immigrants in the United States. It’s now on sale for $52 million, but many are citing mismanagement and asking the attorney general to intervene.

#american-irish-historical-society, #books-and-literature, #cahill-kevin-m, #carey-hugh-l, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #fifth-avenue-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #irish-repertory-theater, #irish-americans, #john-paul-ii, #joyce-james, #korelitz-jean-hanff, #moynihan-daniel-patrick, #muldoon-paul, #museums, #new-york-city, #oreilly-ciaran, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #st-patricks-day, #theater, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny

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How a Museum Show Honoring Breonna Taylor Is Trying to ‘Get It Right’

An upcoming exhibition brings Black contemporary artists to Louisville’s Speed Art Museum to honor Taylor and her legacy. For the curator Allison Glenn, it’s been an intense journey.

#art, #black-lives-matter-movement, #glenn-allison-1982, #louisville-ky, #museums, #palmer-tamika, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #promise-witness-remembrance-exhibit, #sherald-amy, #speed-art-museum, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020

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How Can Blackness Construct America?

A new collective of Black architects and artists, formed out of a show now at MoMA, aims to “reclaim the larger civic promise of architecture.”

#admassu-emanuel, #architecture, #black-history-continued-2021, #black-people, #black-reconstruction-collective-art-collective, #daniels-j-yolande, #hood-walter-1958, #jeyifous-olalekan, #mcewen-v-mitch, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states, #williams-amanda-1974, #wilson-mabel-o

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The Secret Stunt Doubles of the Art World

To prepare an exhibition of Alexander Calder’s large-scale sculptures, MoMA created a set of elaborate stand-ins.

#art, #calder-foundation, #calder-alexander, #carpentry-and-carpenters, #hum-lana, #manes-cara, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #sculpture

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Garrett Bradley Reminds Us That Black Joy Always Existed

Her elaborate video installation, which restages quiet and remarkable moments in early 20th-century Black life, is at the Museum of Modern Art.

#black-people, #bradley-garrett, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #time-movie

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Bliss and Anger in Balance: The Art of Lorraine O’Grady

A survey at the Brooklyn Museum radiates high outrage even as it finds beauty and strength in a range of identities.

#art, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-museum, #content-type-personal-profile, #museums, #ogrady-lorraine-1934, #race-and-ethnicity

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Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, Whose Art Museum Promoted Women, Dies at 98

She used her networking skills and social connections to establish the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, the first of its kind.

#art, #deaths-obituaries, #holladay-wilhelmina, #museums, #national-museum-of-women-in-the-arts, #washington-dc, #women-and-girls

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Immersive van Gogh Experiences Bloom Like Sunflowers

Touring shows that transform the walls and floors of a space into a kind of van Gogh dream world are popping up in cities across the United States.

#the-starry-night, #art, #dali-salvador-museum-st-petersburg-fla, #immersive-experiences, #museums, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #the-lume, #van-gogh-vincent

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Amy Sherald Directs Her Breonna Taylor Painting Toward Justice

After painting a portrait of Taylor, whose killing by police helped galvanize national protests, the artist decided she wanted the work to live on in public.

#art, #black-people, #bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #capshaw-kate, #coates-ta-nehisi, #louisville-ky, #museums, #philanthropy, #sherald-amy, #smithsonian-institution, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #washington-dc

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The Louvre Recovers Armor Pieces Stolen Nearly 40 Years Ago

At the end of May 1983, two pieces of Italian Renaissance armor went missing. The circumstances around their disappearance still remain a mystery.

#armor, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bordeaux-france, #da-vinci-leonardo, #france, #le-figaro-newspaper, #louvre-museum, #martinez-jean-luc, #museums, #robberies-and-thefts

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Carol Bove’s Light-Touch Heavy Metal Faces Down the Met

The American sculptor is the second artist invited to occupy the sculptural niches on Fifth Avenue.

#art, #bove-carol, #content-type-personal-profile, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #sculpture

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The Great Art Behind Hunter S. Thompson’s Run for Sheriff

A new show in Manhattan displays the visceral posters for the gonzo journalist’s “Freak Power” campaign in 1970.

#art, #aspen-colo, #benton-thomas-w-1930-2007, #freak-power-exhibit, #lippert-angelina, #museums, #poster-house, #posters, #steadman-ralph, #thompson-hunter-s, #watkins-daniel-joseph-1983

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How One Looted Artifact Tells the Story of Modern Afghanistan

Many of the country’s finest antiquities were stolen under cover of war, ending up in elite museums all over the globe. Should they be returned?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #brooklyn-museum, #destruction-of-cultural-antiquities-and-heritage, #looting-crime, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #national-museum-of-afghanistan, #restoration-and-renovation

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Fauci Is Giving His Coronavirus Model to the Smithsonian

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s donation of his 3-D virus model to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History comes as museums are working to document the Covid-19 era.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #fauci-anthony-s, #medicine-and-health, #museums, #national-museum-of-american-history, #smithsonian-institution

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The Louvre Turns to Merch

The famous French museum has embraced all retail opportunities in an effort to offset the economic effects of the pandemic.

#auctions, #culture-arts, #fashion-and-apparel, #louis-vuitton, #louvre-museum, #museums, #paris-france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #uniqlo, #your-feed-fashion

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Boy Scouts Will Sell Nearly 60 Norman Rockwell Works to Pay Sex-Abuse Claims

The Boy Scouts of America, which is facing more than 82,000 sex-abuse claims, said in a court filing that it would establish a settlement fund of at least $300 million.

#art, #auctions, #boy-scouts, #collectors-and-collections, #finances, #museums, #rockwell-norman, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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A Year After New York’s First Covid-19 Case, Cuomo Lies Low

After drawing praise for his leadership early in the pandemic, the governor is embroiled in several scandals.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #lawrence-jacob, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #sexual-harassment

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