What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? July 21 – 26

Academy Museum Gets $5-Million Gifts from Gale Anne Hurd, 2 Others

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is quickly filling its coffers for its museum project. Today, the organization announced three naming gifts, of $5-million each. To read more, click here.

Christie’s Under Fire for Visit to Detroit Art Museum

Art critics and online commentators are blasting Christie’s, the New York-based auction house, for possibly angling for a piece of the action should the Detroit Institute of Arts have to sell part of its collection to satisfy creditors in the city’s bankruptcy. To read more, click here.

Greensboro City Council Member Questions Civil Rights Museum Finances

Several meetings were held with Greensboro City Council members Thursday to discuss what’s next for The International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

Museum officials are asking for $1.5 million over the next three years. The money would go towards a bank loan, a marketing position and operational costs. To read more, click here.

It’s off: Negotiations Fail Over An Exhibition of Sicilian Antiquities Scheduled at the Cleveland Museum of Art

The exhibition of Sicilian antiquities scheduled by the Cleveland Museum of Art this fall is off.

Negotiations over what the museum called “significant fees” the Sicilians wanted to impose above and beyond an earlier agreement have failed, according to a statement released by the museum. To read more, click here.

Met to Host Conference of Museum Directors

Unlike the Louvre or the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has no plans to build an outpost in the Middle East. Yet its global reach can be glimpsed not only through its vast collections and traveling exhibitions but also in the many projects it finances around the world, including excavations in the Middle East and conservation initiatives with countries like India. To read more, click here.

Moscow Museum Chief to Stay On After Culture Minister Vowed to Build Permanent Home for Movie Collection

The founder and director of Moscow’s famous Cinema Museum has been told his job is safe for another year after culture minister Vladimir Medinsky pledged to build a permanent home for a “world class” collection of vintage films and cinema artifacts. To read more, click here.

Museum Director Jeffrey Deitch Will Be Leaving MOCA

After a very tumultuous three years at his position, MOCA’s Museum Director Jeffrey Deitch will be leaving the institution. MOCA is expected to release a formal announcement tomorrow; however, Deitch allegedly broke the news to the museum’s board last Friday. Deitch plans to depart from MOCA by the end of this month and return to New York City. To read more, click here.

Osama Bin Laden AK-47 Being Displayed At ‘Secret’ CIA Museum: Report

An AK-47 found next to the body of Osama bin Laden is on display in a “secret” museum at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, NBC’s Richard Engel and Robert Windrem report. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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