What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums this Week? October 5 – 11

A Boston Collector Launches an Online Sneaker Museum

The Sneaker Museum exists just online, with occasional pop-up events around the city. But entrepreneur Kosow and his team of sneaker aficionados dream of a brick and mortar space where the sneakers can be on permanent display.

“I feel like sneakers belong on a pedestal,” said Kosow, who has been collecting sneakers since the 1980s. “Things that are collected wind up in museums. It led me to this idea. I saw a footwear exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts that made me think that there should be something similar for sneakers.” To read more, click here.

French Painting, Stolen from Museum During WWI, is Returned

Nearly a century after it was stolen from a French museum during World War I, a painting recovered by U.S. authorities was returned to the French on Thursday.

“Une Fille de Pecheur,” or “A Fisherman’s Daughter,” by Jules Breton was taken from a museum in the northern French city of Douai by German troops in 1918. It was commissioned by the city in 1875. To read more, click here.

Man Arrested Digging Up Civil War Artifacts at Kennesaw Mountain

Apparently a Cherokee County man thought, if there was ever a good time to look for Civil War artifacts at Kennesaw Mountain, a partial government shutdown would be perfect.

He was wrong.

Rangers are still on the job at national battlefield on Cheatham Hill Road. They caught the man taking his metal detector to the park and digging up artifacts. To read more, click here.

Museum on Belgian Shipping Line Stirs Debate on Holocaust History

“For Belgians, the Red Star Line is reminiscent of the belle epoque, but it means something very different to Jews,” said Michael Boyden, a Belgian literary historian at Sweden’s University of Upsala, who published a critical Op-Ed about the museum in the Flemish-language De Morgen daily. “The museum seems to me like a missed opportunity to research these different narratives more deeply.” To read more, click here.

Oct. 31 Auction Scheduled for Slavery Museum Land

The 38-acre parcel in Fredericksburg where the U.S. National Slavery Museum was once planned is scheduled to be sold at public auction Oct. 31.

The slavery museum organization, which is spearheaded by former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder, has not paid the real estate taxes it owes to the city of Fredericksburg for many years. The organization now owes the city about $445,000 including delinquent real estate taxes and attorney fees. To read more, click here.

Painting Stolen from Missoula Art Museum

A lone painting from a series that displayed 365 paintings of Cougar Peak was stolen nearly two weeks ago from the Missoula Art Museum

The 365 paintings represent a year of work for artist Jared Shear, who spent every day in 2007 painting the mountain, including Oct. 18 – the date of the missing painting. To read more, click here.

SMU’s Meadows Museum Acquires Significant Portrait by Goya

The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University has acquired an important late portrait by Francisco Goya in honor of the 50th anniversary of the museum. The simply but powerfully conceived oil-on-canvas depicting the painter’s grandson ranks as the most important old-master addition at the Meadows in many years. To read more, click here.

Strong Museum Now Houses World’s Largest Collection of Japanese Video Games

The International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong Museum in Rochester is now home to the most comprehensive museum collection of Japanese video games in the world.

What is being described as a “massive collection” was recently acquired by the museum pushing the number of video games and related materials to nearly 50,000 items. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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