What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? March 8 – 14

Animatronic Abe Lincoln Up for Auction at Gettysburg Museum

Life-size Civil War figures dressed in period garb, antique furniture and an animatronic U.S. President Abraham Lincoln will go on the auction block this weekend as a museum focused on the Battle of Gettysburg prepares to revamp itself.

The American Civil War Wax Museum, which opened in 1962, one year before the 100th anniversary of the bloodiest battle of the U.S. Civil War, is retooling itself to focus on the history of the Pennsylvania town that became the site of so much carnage. To read more, click here.

Chinatown Museum’s Statues Vandalized, Suspect Caught on Video

Museum director Anita Luk has lost count of the times she’s watched the surveillance footage, but the incident still shocks her.

The video, captured early in the morning on March 2, shows a man trudging through the snow and hammering away at the hand-carved decorative lions perched outside the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, 238 W. 23rd St. To read more, click here.

College Art Museum Hit With Sanction After Sale of Bellows Work

The Association of Art Museum Directors, which represents more than 200 museums in North America, has issued a rare sanction against the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., after the museum’s sale of a George Bellows painting to raise money to shore up the college’s operating budget. To read more, click here.

Denver Museum Pays Off Super Bowl Art Wager

The Denver Art Museum has made good on its Super Bowl bet and delivered the Frederic Remington “Broncho Buster” sculpture to the Seattle Art Museum for a three-month exhibit.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8. If the Broncos had won the Super Bowl, the Seattle Art Museum would have sent Denver a 1901 Japanese painted screen showing an eagle on a seashore. To read more, click here.

German Archaeologist Suggests British Museum’s Warren Cup Could Be Forgery

A Roman silver drinking vessel that depicts two sets of male lovers is one of the most prized jewels in the British Museum, singled out by director Neil MacGregor for his critically acclaimed History of the World in 100 Objects.

But on Wednesday, 15 years after the British Museum bought the Warren Cup for £1.8m, a highly respected German archaeologist suggested it could be a forgery. To read more, click here.

ICP to Move Its Midtown Museum

News broke yesterday that the International Center of Photography (ICP) would be closing the midtown location of its museum in January 2015, after the current lease with the Durst organization expires. Despite the sudden news, the ICP intends to find a new location for its museum. An ICP representative told ARTINFO that they planned on announcing new sites for the museum sometime this Spring. To read more, click here.

Marshals museum opening pushed back to 2017

The opening of the planned $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith has been pushed back a year until 2017.

The U.S. Marshals Museum Board initially planned to open the museum in 2016, but museum president and CEO Jim Dunn said Tuesday that it will take longer to build the facility along the Arkansas River. To read more, click here.

Met Museum launches MetCollect

Thomas P Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today the launch of MetCollects, a new web series on the Museum’s website that offers first looks at works of art acquired recently by the Museum.

MetCollects will feature one work each month, selected from the hundreds that the Metropolitan Museum acquires through gifts and purchases annually. MetCollects pairs spectacular photography with curatorial commentary, often including video for further contextualization of the works. To read more, click here.

Perot Museum Scientists Discover Pygmy Version of T. rex

Two paleontologists at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science have discovered a dinosaur previously unknown to science — a pygmy version of the ferocious T. rex.

The tyrannosaur, Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, lived 70 million years ago in what is now northern Alaska. He was slightly more than half the length of his more famous cousin, but only about one-fifteenth as heavy. To read more, click here.

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