What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? February 23 – March 1

“A lack of vigilance”

Red Cross Museum Tries to Return Tobacco Money

Admitting “a lack of vigilance,” the Geneva-based International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum has refused a controversial donation offered to it by Japan Tobacco International (JTI). However, JTI says it won’t take the money back. To read more, click here.

Applied Design

MoMA Curator Paola Antonelli Appears on Colbert Report to Talk Design

How well designed is your coffee mug? Our personal design heroine and all-time curator crush Paola Antonelli appeared on the Colbert Report last night to critique all those everyday objects we take for granted in advance of her next big show at the Museum of Modern Art. To read more, click here.

Augmented Reality

The Asian Art Museum in SF Unveils New Augmented Reality App for its Terracotta Warriors Exhibit

In San Francisco, there are several great places to visit, including the Asian Art Museum. Yesterday, I was invited to check out its latest exhibition, China’s Terracotta Warriors, and test out its new iOS application that it hopes visitors will find enhances their experience.

The app uses augmented reality to help display more educational material about specific parts of the exhibit. To read more, click here.

David Bowie breaks ticket records…at a museum!

David Bowie Exhibition at the V&A Breaks Ticket Records

His first single after a decade of silence sparked a frenzy last month.

Now, David Bowie’s influence is once again making waves, with a retrospective of the singer’s career at the V&A set to be the most successful exhibition in the museum’s history. To read more, click here.

“Do you recognize these people?”

Tenement Museum Asks Visitors to ID Subjects of Historic LES Photos

That is what the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is asking local residents looking at historic photos donated to its library depicting street scenes of the neighborhood in the 1960s and 1970s. The photos, taken by the uncle of the woman who donated them, represent a push by the museum to collect the images and oral histories of mostly immigrant Hispanic and Chinese tenants who moved to the area after World War II. To read more, click here.

Mingering Mike

Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires the Life’s Work of an Imaginary Soul Singer

Between 1968 and 1977, Mingering Mike released around 50 albums, each with its own hand-drawn album art, and played sold-out shows around the world. Yet if you haven’t heard of the prolific soul and funk singer, it’s because he was entirely fictional, but the art was real and has just been acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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