What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? August 24 – 30

$100 Million Art Collection Donated To Colby College Museum Of Art

Until recently, the art in the new Lunder-Alfond Family Pavilion was the private collection of Maine couple Peter and Paula Lunder. And now they have gifted all of it—more than 500 objects valued at more than $100 million—to Colby.

“The dream was always that it would be shown,” said Peter Lunder, “and students and the tourists, the state could enjoy it as much as we did.” To read more, click here.

Alabama Announces Museum to Honor the Negro League Baseball League

In the city where baseball legends Satchel Paige and Willie Mays played on a segregated team, plans for a new Negro League Baseball Museum were unveiled Friday.

Several former players for the famous “Birmingham Black Barons” turned out for the occasion anxious to honor their old teams and teammates. To read more, click here.

Beastie Boys Mom Donates Major Renaissance Painting to Massachusetts Museum

This month, the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts announced it has acquired Paolo Veronese’s “Venus Disarming Cupid” (circa 1560), which is believed to be one of the few works by the famed Italian Renaissance master still in private hands. The painting is a gift from collector Hester Diamond of New York, who is best known as the mother of Mike D of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys. The gift was in honor of her stepdaughter, Rachel Kaminsky, a board member of the museum. To read more, click here.

Denver Museum Closes Indian Massacre Display

Colorado’s new state history museum closed an exhibit on the Sand Creek Indian massacre, one of the state’s darkest chapters, after descendants of the slaughter’s survivors demanded changes in how it is portrayed and complained that they weren’t consulted about the display. To read more, click here.

Museum Call to Preserve Fossils; Prevent a Second Extinction

Around 200 scientists are pressing for a national museum of natural history in India on the lines of the Smithsonian National History Museum in Washington DC to preserve ‘orphan collections’. These are fossils and other geological objects excavated by researchers of various institutes who have since retired that risk becoming extinct again. To read more, click here.

Museum of the City of New York Extends Popular Micro-Unit Exhibition, Launches Contest to Win $1,000 Transformable Furniture Piece

The Museum of the City of New York is extending its popular exhibition, Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers – complete with a fully built “micro-unit” – to September 15th due to popular demand.

Organized in conjunction with Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC), Making Room was due to close its doors Labor Day weekend. But in August, the exhibition continued to draw throngs of visitors from the region, country and around the globe. To read more, click here.

Museum Steps In to Save Iconic Neon Cow

In vibrant orange, green and white, the large neon-lit sign of an Angus cow has pointed to Sammy’s Kitchen steakhouse in Sai Ying Pun for more than three decades. Even so, the neon cow seemed set to disappear from its spot on Queen’s Road West within weeks – a casualty of the government crackdown on illegal structures over the past couple of years.

But now greener pastures await. The neon cow will likely find new life in the permanent collection of M+, the museum of visual art in the West Kowloon Cultural District. To read more, click here.

Proposed Indian museum in Okla. Faces Opposition

The idea was ambitious and smart: Design a sprawling multimillion-dollar museum in Oklahoma’s capital city to pay homage to the state’s 39 federally recognized tribes, build it at the intersection of two cross-country interstates, then take in millions of dollars as tourists from around the world flocked to Smithsonian-quality exhibits.

But the reality is far different at the $170 million American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. It’s half-built and short of the money needed for completion two decades after the idea was proposed and seven years after the land was blessed by tribes and construction started. To read more, click here.

Robbers Steal Shishkin, Korovin Paintings From Russian Museum

Masked robbers have stolen several paintings by renowned 19th and 20th century Russian artists from a local museum in central Russia, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. To read more, click here.

This Munich Museum Moved Into a Building Made Entirely of Scaffolding

Renovations are tricky for museums: You have to protect your permanent collection while keeping ticket sales up, which explains why so many museums close completely or move to new locations rather than repair an existing building. Not so at Munich’s largest art museum, where workers simply built a gigantic scaffolding reconstruction next door. To read more, click here.

Van Gogh in 3D? A Replica Could Be Yours For £22,000

The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam has developed high-quality 3D reproductions of some of its finest paintings, with what it describes as the most advanced copying technique ever seen. Axel Rüger, the museum’s director, said: “It really is the next generation of reproductions because they go into the third dimension. If you’re a layman, they are pretty indistinguishable [from the originals]. Of course, if you’re a connoisseur and you look more closely, you can see the difference.” To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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