What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? July 27 – August 2

Detroit Art Museum Warns Auction Could Be Death Knell

A top officer at the Detroit Institute of Arts predicts near-certain closure for the museum if Detroit sells major pieces from the 60,000 works in the institute’s art collection as a way to address the city’s dire financial situation. To read more, click here.

Georgia Museum of Art to Host Exhibition of Forgotten Modernist Group

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will present the first major exhibition in the U.S. devoted to the art and activities of the group Cercle et Carré, “Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art,” from Oct. 12 through Jan. 5. To read more, click here.

Kiev Museum Director Paints Over Mural She Calls a ‘Provocation’

A museum director in Kiev, Ukraine, has painted over a mural she commissioned from artist Volodymyr Kuznetsov.

Natalia Zabolotna, general director of the Ukraine’s Mystetskyi Arsenal (“Art Arsenal”), used black paint to cover Kuznetsov’s “Koliivschina: Judgment Day,” which shows priests, judges and other figures burning in a vat of fiery red liquid, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. To read more, click here.

Museum Seeks Photo Submissions For Superstorm Sandy Exhibit

Nine months after Superstorm Sandy struck our area, leaving devastation and destruction in her path, much of the damage done to the Tri-State has been repaired. But the memories of the storm — and the photos taken — will last a lifetime. To read more, click here.

Renovated Benjamin Franklin Museum Reopening Next Month in Philly After $15M Refurbishment

A Philadelphia museum dedicated to the city’s most famous Founding Father is reopening after nearly two years of renovations. The new Benjamin Franklin Museum will welcome its first visitors on Aug. 24. To read more, click here.

War Museum Honors Bob Hope, Who Made Troops Laugh

Bob Hope entertained 11 presidents at the White House, hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and told thousands of jokes to some 10 million U.S. troops over the course of four wars.

Now the long life and legacy of the beloved actor and comedian, who died 10 years ago at age 100, is being celebrated at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, where the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum has brought the “Bob Hope: An American Treasure” traveling exhibition. To read more, click here.

Woman Arrested After Green Paint Found On Organ At National Cathedral

A wave of vandalism continued to mar some of Washington’s more popular landmarks Monday with at least three more attractions spattered with green paint, and authorities announced the arrest of a woman near one of the incidents at Washington National Cathedral. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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