Tag: Museums

Head Over To The Lamborghini Museum This Weekend To See The New Sian Roadster

Renamed MUDETEC (Museo Delle Tecnologie) last April, the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy will now be hosting the ultra aggressive-looking all-new Sian Roadster. The supercar, which was presented earlier this week and is already sold out, will breathe the same air as other exotic bulls from past and present – at least until this […]

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It’s Christo’s Final Show. But Is It the Last We’ll See of Him?

ImageA photograph by Harry Shunk and Janos Kender of Christo wrapping Paul Niclausse’s statue “Le Printemps” on the Trocadéro in Paris in 1964.Credit…Christo; Julien Mignot for The New York Times A wrapped portrait of Christo’s wife and collaborator, Jeanne-Claude, from 1963.Credit…Christo; Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Julien Mignot for The New York Times […]

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Erdogan Talks of Making Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again, to International Dismay

ISTANBUL — Since it was built in the sixth century, changing hands from empire to empire, Hagia Sophia has been a Byzantine cathedral, a mosque under the Ottomans and finally a museum, making it one of the world’s most potent symbols of Christian-Muslim rivalry and of Turkey’s more recent devotion to secularism. Now President Recep […]

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How a Brooklyn Artist Is Making Black Women Her Focus

The faces of the women in her portraits are often partly covered by a mask tied behind their heads, tugging at braids, low buns or tufts of curls. They are dressed in uniforms that show their essential jobs, but their style and charisma shine through their everyday armor. They are Black women who work in […]

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Cultural Life Is Back in Europe. In the U.K., They Talk of Collapse.

LONDON — Last Monday, Adrian Vinken, the chief executive of the Theater Royal in Plymouth, England, steeled himself, then loaded up Zoom. Around 240 of the theater’s staff members were waiting online, he recalled in a telephone interview. Those included “people who’d worked for us 30 years and given us everything,” he said, as well […]

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The Gallery Where Stevie Wonder Was a Regular

This summer, Linda Goode Bryant, the pioneering art dealer, received the 2020 Berresford Prize from the nonprofit United States Artists, which is awarded annually to “a cultural practitioner who has contributed significantly to the advancement, well-being and care of artists in society.” In 1974 Bryant founded the gallery Just Above Midtown on 57th Street, which […]

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Smithsonian’s Leader Says ‘Museums Have a Social Justice Role to Play’

In 2005, Lonnie G. Bunch III became the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. There was just one problem. The museum did not yet exist. There was no collection, no funding, no site and just one employee. Just over a decade later, the museum opened on the National Mall […]

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Defenders of Roosevelt Statue Converge on Natural History Museum

For more than a dozen years, Marion Reid, 77, had walked past the statue of Theodore Roosevelt on his way to work in information technology at the American Museum of Natural History, an employer that he said often failed to treat African-Americans with dignity. He drove into Manhattan around noon on Sunday to photograph the […]

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Museum of the City of New York: Reduced but Reopening

Near the top of New York’s Museum Mile, north of the Cooper Hewitt, a gem from the Gilded Age, and the Guggenheim, itself a Frank-Lloyd-Wright-work-of-art, and the classical majesty of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sits the Museum of the City of New York. It, too, occupies a building of architectural distinction, a five-story, red […]

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Teenager Who Threw Boy From Tate Modern Is Sentenced to at Least 15 Years

LONDON — A teenager who admitted he attempted to kill a 6-year-old boy by pushing him from a 10th-floor viewing platform in a shocking attack at the Tate Modern museum in London last year was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison by a British court on Friday. Jonty Bravery, 18, from Ealing in […]

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Upheaval Over Race Reaches Met Museum After Curator’s Instagram Post

The turmoil coursing through cultural institutions around the country on the subject of race has made its way to the biggest museum of them all: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A top curator’s Instagram post that seemed critical of protests over monuments and the Black Lives Matters movement — shared on Juneteenth — has ignited […]

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We Don’t Have to Like Them. We Just Need to Understand Them.

Some sights are so searing that you can’t unsee them. And, like it or not, you end up seeing the world through them. Reality hasn’t changed; you have, which makes you want to change reality. Right now. That pretty much describes the cause-and-effect physics surrounding the release, on May 25, of the cellphone video of […]

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George Floyd’s Killing Forces Wider Debate on France’s Slave-Trading Past

BORDEAUX, France — At a bend in the river, a succession of stately stone buildings, each more imposing than the last, stretches along the left bank. Their elegant 18th-century facade had helped Bordeaux, already famous for its wineries, become a UNESCO World Heritage site. “This facade, it’s a monumental and extraordinary heritage — and a […]

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As Museums Get on TikTok, the Uffizi Is an Unlikely Class Clown

LONDON — Last month, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence — long a bastion of tradition — posted a video to its TikTok account featuring Botticelli’s “Spring.” The painting depicts Venus and other mythological figures, and has been gawked at by tourists and studied by academics for centuries. On TikTok, users were treated to a new […]

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Curators Urge Guggenheim to Fix Culture That ‘Enables Racism’

A letter signed “The Curatorial Department” of the Guggenheim Museum was sent Monday to the institution’s leadership, demanding immediate, wholesale changes to what it described as “an inequitable work environment that enables racism, white supremacy, and other discriminatory practices.” “We write to express collective concern regarding our institution, which is in urgent need of reform,” […]

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Digital Field Trips: Museum Adventures Abound for Kids

Museums have become extraordinarily creative in throwing open their virtual doors to young people still on lockdown. Educators are providing at-home opportunities to emulate renowned artists, go on odysseys to the stars, collaboratively create a picture book on women’s history and even chill out with a skink. Here’s a selection of offerings, many of them […]

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Paolo Giorgio Ferri, Hunter of Looted Antiquities, Dies at 72

When the Italian prosecutor Paolo Giorgio Ferri visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004, he posed for a picture beside an ancient terra cotta mixing bowl so rare and celebrated that it had held pride of place in the Met’s Greek and Roman galleries for 32 years. Four years later, as a result of […]

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Museums Embrace Art Therapy Techniques for Unsettled Times

When the instructor asked him to describe his life in two words, Walter Enriquez chose carefully: fear and violence. He had spent decades as a policeman in Peru during the bloodiest days of armed conflict between government forces and guerrilla fighters that killed nearly 70,000 people. But he said that nothing could have prepared him […]

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Lynika Strozier, Who Researched Early Plant DNA, Dies at 35

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. For the last 15 years of her short life, Lynika Strozier dedicated herself with increasing fervor to a career in science, much of it as a researcher at the Field Museum in Chicago, where she […]

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Cities Want to Remove Toxic Monuments. But Who Will Take Them?

The furor over the death of George Floyd has reignited demands to remove dozens of statues and monuments around the country that glorify Confederate generals, advocates for slavery, defenders of segregation and others whose racial views or conduct are now widely reviled. That has left a lingering question: What to do with them once they […]

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Tesla Cybertruck Prototype Making Public Debut At Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum reopens to the public on Friday, June 19, after a long time of inactivity caused by the coronavirus pandemic. To give people an extra incentive to come visit, the museum has announced that the Tesla Cybertruck prototype will be on display in the lobby from June 20 through 27. This marks […]

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Images of a Stolen Van Gogh Give Experts Hope It Can Be Recovered

AMSTERDAM — The photographs look like the sort of images that kidnappers distribute with a ransom demand to establish that their victim is alive. A newspaper’s front page is included and used as a time stamp to indicate that the images are recent. In this case, the subject isn’t a kidnapping victim, but rather a […]

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Extending a Lifeline to Museums

LONDON — The global pandemic has struck hard at countless institutions, among them most of the world’s museums. Forced to close their doors to visitors, a major source of revenue, and to cancel or postpone exhibitions, they have struggled to stay alive. But some help is coming soon, from a perhaps unlikely source. This year, […]

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Asian Art Museum to Remove Bust of Patron. That’s Just a Start.

SAN FRANCISCO — For 48 years, visitors to this city’s Asian Art Museum have had to pass the bust of Avery Brundage, its towering patron, an industrialist and former president of the International Olympic Committee. The museum, a jeweled attraction at Civic Center Plaza, was established in 1966 to house his nearly 8,000 art pieces. […]

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Museums Collect Protest Signs to Preserve History in Real Time

History — painful, at times angry, history — unfolded outside the White House in the past week and curators from the Smithsonian Institution toured the area on Wednesday to begin collecting the art, signs, photographs and other artifacts that multiplied there during the recent protests over George Floyd’s death. The nine curators from three Smithsonian […]

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Museums Are Finally Taking a Stand. But Can They Find Their Footing?

The protests sparked by the public killing of George Floyd in police custody have added up, day by day, to a history-altering human rights movement, potentially the most consequential of the past 50 years. But they’ve left some of our history-writing and history-preserving institutions scrambling to find ways to join. Our big art museums, still […]

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Faith Ringgold Will Keep Fighting Back

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Faith Ringgold has seen plenty of shake-ups and strange moments in her 89 well-traveled years. But the provocative Harlem-born artist — who has confronted race relations in this country from every angle, led protests to diversify museums decades ago, and even went to jail for an exhibition she organized — has had […]

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As Italy Reopens, Tour Guides Plead for More Aid, and Tourists

ROME — A few dozen black-clothed tour guides and tour organizers twirled white umbrellas to the tune of “Singing in the Rain” outside the Pantheon, one of Rome’s greatest tourist attractions recently. The problem was, there were very few tourists. The Pantheon, an ancient Roman temple, was among a wave of attractions across Italy that […]

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