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Nancy Kenney

Nancy Kenney is Senior Editor at The Art Newspaper

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Museums

Citing pandemic, V&A and Smithsonian drop plan to co-curate a gallery in London

After cancellation of project for V&A East, the institutions say they still plan to cooperate on an internship programme

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Deaccessioning

Cranach, Courbet and Corot: a closer look at what the Brooklyn Museum is selling off

The institution is deaccessioning its only Cranach and 11 other works to finance care of its collection

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Conservation & Preservation

As the world contends with Covid, World Monuments Fund makes a bet on sustainable tourism

Taking a lesson from how the pandemic dispersed crowds, the organisation selects seven sites for preservation and promotion

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Museum trustees

Groups call for removal of Lacma trustee tied to ‘exploitative’ telecommunications company

Organisations target Tom Gores, whose firm invests in a corporation accused of charging prison inmates “egregious” rates for calls

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Museums & Heritage

Activist employee group demands resignations of three Guggenheim leaders

But support for the statement, alleging “oppressive behaviours” by director, chief operating officer and chief curator, is unclear

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Contemporary art

Artist transforms Gilded Age pool house into an atmospheric soundscape

To evoke a watershed moment in society, Jorge Otero-Pailos has filled an abandoned natatorium with sounds recorded from bodies of water in New York State

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Betye Saar's travel sketchbooks at the Morgan Library and Museum to Rivane Neuenschwander's tapestries at Tanya Bonakdar gallery

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Museums & Heritage

Director of Yale Center for British Art embraces a global framework

Courtney J. Martin explains why it is time to reposition the Paul Mellon collection

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diversity

After 2019 racial incident, MFA Boston hires a senior director of belonging and inclusion

Appointment follows an agreement with the Massachusetts attorney general to embrace diversity and adopt an anti-harassment policy

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Smithsonian Institution

‘Estamos unidos’: proposal for a new Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino awaits Senate consideration

After passage in the House, planners try to line up support for an institution that would fill in an incomplete US narrative

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Donors

Smithsonian confirms that its donor data was potentially breached in ransomware attack

Hacking of Blackbaud software systems exposed hundreds of clients, including other US and UK nonprofits

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diversity

Getty announces internship programme to counter lack of diversity among art conservators

Noting barriers to students of colour, it establishes yearlong training stints with $30,000 grants

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Museums & Heritage

Four weeks after blast, rehabilitation work begins at National Museum of Beirut

Louvre collaborates with Lebanon’s antiquities authority on repairs to doors, windows and security system

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Exhibitions

Brisbane lands mammoth European loan exhibition from the Met

Gallery of Modern Art is sole venue for a show resulting partly from a skylight renovation project at the New York museum

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Public art

Central Park gets its first monument honouring women’s rights advocates on 100th anniversary of suffrage

Hillary Clinton attended the unveiling of the statue depicting Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth

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Exhibitions

After controversial cancellation in Cleveland, Mass MoCA will exhibit Shaun Leonardo’s images of Black victims

Drawings exploring systemic violence and injustice will also travel to Bronx Museum of the Arts

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Museums & Heritage

Joseph Thompson to step down after 32 years as director of Mass MoCA

Having led the contemporary art institution since its founding, he will serve as a special counsel to the board of trustees

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Museums & Heritage

Four years after closing museum, National Academy of Design envisages a New York exhibition space

Newly appointed executive director sees potential for a wealth of new initiatives

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diversity

Guggenheim adopts a plan to become more inclusive and racially diverse

Initiative follows accusations by employees of entrenched racism at the New York museum

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reopenings

New York clears the way for the city's museums to reopen

MoMA, the Whitney, the Morgan, the American Folk Art Museum, the New Museum, the Guggenheim and the Brooklyn Museum announce plans to welcome the public, joining the Met and the New-York Historical Society

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Acquisitions

Hirshhorn to unveil two acquisitions as it reopens its sculpture garden

Museum welcomes monumental 2018 works by Huma Bhabha and Sterling Ruby

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Museum directors

Employees at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts argue that director’s ouster was justified

In a letter, over 100 current and former staff members say she presided over chaos, harassment and intimidation

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Acquisitions

Oregon foundation acquires Judy Chicago print archive

Over 300 works chart the career of a feminist pioneer in revelatory detail

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Unions

Union accuses New Museum of ‘discriminatory’ layoffs and furloughs

Complaint to the National Labor Relations Board accuses institution of retaliating against bargaining unit members

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layoffs

Met lays off 79 more employees and furloughs 181, as it faces a ‘very different’ financial picture

Museum hoped to reopen on 29 August but the prospect remains uncertain amid coronavirus restrictions

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Philanthropy

Metropolitan Museum of Art commits to paying all interns after $5m gift

Adrienne Arsht's donation will fund the museum’s internship programme and the MetLiveArts performance series

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layoffs

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston lays off 57 employees and says 56 more will take early retirement

The museum notes that the coronavirus outbreak will continue to affect it “in the long term”

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Ready to see some art? The top exhibitions of the summer

Plus, the artist Hassan Hajjaj on a Dr Alimantado album cover

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Restitution

‘I had lost hope’: The story behind a Nazi-looted Madonna and long-delayed compensation to Jewish heirs

The 93-year-old heir Grete Unger Heinz recalls contemplating a Jacopo del Sellaio painting as a child in Vienna

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Antiquities

California man is charged with illegally importing an ancient mosaic, possibly from Syria

Indictment says the paperwork misrepresented the work’s quality and value

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Museums & Heritage

US House votes to establish a National Museum of the American Latino

Bill calls for an institution honouring the contributions of a population that numbers nearly 60 million

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Artists

With public programming derailed, Governors Island buildings will be opened to New York artists

Groups invite cultural practitioners to apply for residencies stretching over the next three months

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Art education

San Francisco Art Institute says it is reinstating degree programmes

Decision follows the resolution of contract disputes with tenured faculty and an infusion of funds

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Museums & Heritage

One out of three US museums may shut down forever, a survey confirms

Institutions report decline in operating reserves and planned reductions in museum services like education

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Exhibitions

‘I want people to know how it feels’: quilt exhibitions will explore police brutality and racism

Shows in Twin Cities to offer a historical snapshot of tumult in the US

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Museums & Heritage

Coalition calls for removal of director of Detroit Institute of Arts

Anonymous current and former staff members describe “hostile and chaotic work culture” under Salvador Salort-Pons

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Museums & Heritage

New York's Frick Collection will open at Madison Avenue location in early 2021

After the Met vacates the Breuer building, the Frick will take over with a chronological presentation of masterworks

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Unions

In a virtual rally, Carnegie Museums employees launch union organising drive

Goals include a greater role in decision-making at the four Pittsburgh institutions, which reopened Monday

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Job losses

Art Institute of Chicago lays off 51 employees

Cuts come as US museums slash costs in response to loss of revenue

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Keith Haring

Once hidden, Keith Haring’s Amsterdam mural is ready for restoration

Conservators will repair paint losses and weatherproof a work that the artist executed “in a sort of frenzy” in 1986

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Job losses

Philadelphia Museum of Art to eliminate more than 20% of its staff

Loss of jobs comes amid plunge in revenue from coronavirus shutdown

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reopenings

Met plans to reopen flagship building on 29 August after five-month shutdown

Other New York museums are expected to follow its lead, but it all depends on the city entering Phase 4 of reopening

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Museums & Heritage

Seattle Art Museum responds gamely to fake news release saying it is dissolving

Institution says announcement that it will be run by organisations led by black and indigenous Americans was “a well-done piece of satire”

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diversity

Curators at Guggenheim demand ‘urgent’ reforms of racial inequities at museum

In a letter to management, they call for minority hiring efforts and an inquiry into the treatment of guest curator

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Conservation & Preservation

Menokin preservation project offers a literal window onto layers of Virginia history

Structural glass replaces missing walls and floors of a 1769 house, exposing indelible links to slavery

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Protests

Protest letter urges New York art institutions to rectify ‘egregious acts’ rooted in white supremacy

Signatories cite “unfair practices”, unequal pay and lack of diversity

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Protests

National Trust for Historic Preservation supports removal of Confederate statues that glorify white power

Trust says such monuments “do not reflect, and are in fact abhorrent to, our values”

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Acquisitions

Giuseppe Penone presents two big gifts of drawings to Philadelphia Museum of Art and Centre Pompidou

Arte Povera sculptor hopes that his donations of hundreds of works on paper will start a dialogue

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Philanthropy

Citing devastating coronavirus impact, five US foundations plan to increase payouts to strapped nonprofits by $1.7bn

In a novel strategy, at least three of the foundations will borrow money to finance giving

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Unions

Labour organising committee assails Philadelphia museum’s use of a ‘union avoidance’ law firm

Employees call on the museum to take a position of neutrality in any union vote

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Protests

MCA Chicago renounces future contracts with police until changes are made

Museums calls for policies that “respect black communities”

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Protests

Former Whitney vice chairman divests businesses marketing aggressive crowd-control technology

Corporation owned by Warren B. Kanders, whose links to tear gas led to his museum ouster, is selling off divisions associated with aggressive tactics

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Racial injustice

MOCA Cleveland apologises to black artist whose show it cancelled

Shaun Leonardo, who depicted victims of police violence, has accused the museum of censorship

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Three to see

Three initiatives that explore racial inequality and the long fight for justice in the US

From Google Arts & Culture's digital platform exploring the culture of black experience to the Smithsonian's new Talking About Race portal

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Walker Art Center

Citing killing, Walker Art Center says it will suspend use of police services for special events

Museum calls for holding Minneapolis officers accountable for excessive force and treating people of colour with respect

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Protests

Nelson-Atkins Museum director pledges to re-establish trust after police use campus to stage response to protests

After asking that squad cars leave the grounds, he says police presence caused deep “hurt”

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Museums & Heritage

Amid turbulent US protests, Smithsonian's African American museum opens a conversation about race

Goal of online portal is to spur dialogue about racism and its “corrosive impact”

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coronavirus

Putting our heads together: the three Guggenheim directors size up post-Covid challenges

With museums in Bilbao and Venice poised to reopen, while New York remains in lockdown, Richard Armstrong, Juan Ignacio Vidarte and Karole Vail talk about weathering the financial crisis

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Landscape architecture

Board will revisit vote that would allow demolition of site-specific work at National Geographic Society’s home in Washington, DC

Board members say they were unaware that renovation plan would sacrifice Elyn Zimmerman’s installation

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Acquisitions

A valentine to New York City, in a gift of 130 urban scenes by Chagall, O'Keeffe, Hockney and other artists

Philanthropic couple’s promised donation to New-York Historical Society boosts collection’s 20th-century holdings

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Unions

Workers at Philadelphia Museum of Art seek to unionise

Entreating management to recognise the union voluntarily, employees emphasise goals of equity, diversity and inclusion

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Landscape architecture

National Geographic Society defends disputed plan to remove sculptural installation

Organisation argues that Elyn Zimmerman’s site-specific 1984 work does not deserve protection

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Conservation & Preservation

‘A resting time for the art’: with museums shut, US conservators seize on strategies to safeguard their collections

Experts embrace a blend of remote monitoring and on-site tours, while marvelling at diminished levels of dust

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Museums

Here are the US and European museums that have announced when they are reopening

As governments loosen lockdown restrictions, institutions map out ways of seeking to limit the spread of coronavirus

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Conservation & Preservation

Flooding threatens Mies van der Rohe’s minimalist Farnsworth House in Illinois

Site braces for another onslaught of heavy rain starting this weekend

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Museums & Heritage

Director of Akron Art Museum resigns after negative reports on management

Staff members had leveled allegations of racism, sexism and bullying by managers

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coronavirus

The Met will not reopen until mid-August at the earliest

The museum also cancels tours, talks, concerts and events through the end of the year

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coronavirus

After two-month shutdown, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is reopening this weekend

Institution adopts new policies to foster “the safest possible conditions”

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Art & Technology

With a haunting sculpture, the Met expands its push into augmented reality

Curator provides audio narration for 3D experience of a Taíno religious figure

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Conservation & Preservation

The master's hand: a treasured Vermeer gives up its secrets

Extensive testing of the Frick’s Mistress and Maid proves that it was not finished by someone else

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Antiquities trafficking

International crackdown on art trafficking leads to 101 arrested and 19,000 artefacts recovered

Interpol says the operation spanned 103 countries and that objects ranged from coins to paintings to fossils

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diversity

After racial incident involving a student field trip, MFA Boston reaches accord on diversity

Agreement with state attorney general calls for museum to set up a $500,000 fund promoting inclusion

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Met Gala

With its May gala derailed, the Met offers entertainment for online visitors

Museum provides a preview of its delayed Costume Institute exhibition, posts video of gala highlights and invites audiences to photograph themselves in red-carpet attire

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Art schools

San Francisco Art Institute plans to stay open but suspend degree programmes

School seeks a new business model as well as a partner that can shore up its finances

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Museums & Heritage

Competition spawns alternative designs for controversial Lacma building project

A protest group champions six ideas that remedy what it views as shortcomings in Peter Zumthor's design

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Museums & Heritage

'There is no fast track back to normal': museums confront economic fallout of the pandemic

Closed museums are losing millions in income, ushering in job cuts, appeals for emergency relief and lasting changes in strategy

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Coronavirus resources

US Congress renews payroll loan programme for small businesses and non-profits reeling from coronavirus, extending hopes for museums

Money ran out in the first round, although some museums scored loans

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coronavirus

Met lays off 81 staff members in response to projected budget shortfall

Cuts affect employees in visitor services and retail departments, and more job losses are expected

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Public art

Art world figures protest plan to dismantle sculptural installation in Washington, DC

Arrangement of boulders around reflecting pool on National Geographic Society campus is cited as a landscape art masterpiece

Podcast

Donald Judd 101: the great artist in depth

Plus, Dia Art Foundation's curator Donna De Salvo on Duchamp’s Étant Donnés. Produced in association with Christie's

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coronavirus

AAMD loosens rules for museums seeking to divert income amid coronavirus crisis

While legal hurdles remain, the museum directors’ association will not penalise members who redirect restricted funds to cover operating expenses

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coronavirus

Portland Art Museum joins wave of institutions to cut back on staff costs

Nearly 75% of staff will be placed on unpaid leave and senior leadership at the Oregon museum will take salary cuts

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coronavirus

Guggenheim furloughs 92 employees in New York

Museum will also reduce salaries for those making over $80,000

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coronavirus

Whitney and New Museum lay off staff members as coronavirus economic fallout continues

Employee cuts come three weeks after institutions shut down

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Appointments

Laura Raicovich is named interim director of Leslie-Lohman Museum

Politically minded figure left helm of Queens Museum amid tensions with its board

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coronavirus

Getty sets up $10m fund for small and mid-size Los Angeles-area arts organisations reeling from virus

The trust anticipates that grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000

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coronavirus

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation plans $5m coronavirus relief effort

Multi-year effort will start with $1.25m in grants to a contemporary art foundation, an Artist Relief Fund and New York arts groups

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Exhibitions

‘On the Edge’: de Young plans juried show for artists this summer in San Francisco

No firm date is set amid quarantine, but museum is inviting Bay Area artists to take part and sell their work

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Art schools

San Francisco Art Institute considers suspending classes after May graduation

Citing coronavirus tumult, the 149-year-old school says it has failed to find a partner to ensure its financial survival

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coronavirus

Here's how to apply for financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic if you're self-employed or a small business in the arts

We have gathered information about grants and loans around the world to help you get through the Covid-19 crisis

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coronavirus

Donors set up $75m fund to help cultural groups and other non-profits in New York City

Fund will disburse grants and loans to small and midsize organisations impacted by coronavirus

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coronavirus

‘It’s almost like science fiction’: artists share their experiences with the coronavirus

We spoke with artists in the US and Europe about how Covid-19 has so far affected them and their work, from cancelled exhibitions to concerns about the future

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Museums & Heritage

Seeking answers from Lacma, Ahmanson Foundation threatens to take its largesse elsewhere

Long-time patron wants ‘a clear understanding’ of how a new building can accommodate the permanent collection highlights it has funded

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coronavirus

Met anticipates a $100m shortfall and remaining closed until July—and smaller museums in the US could be hurt even more by pandemic

“Everyone is really whipsawed,” says the New York institution’s president Daniel Weiss, who expects staff reductions

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Closures

Here are the museums that have closed (so far) due to coronavirus

Updates on which cultural institutions are temporarily closing to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Conservation & Preservation

Crowdfunding campaign launched to revive travel-worn Rockwells

Two works—the artist's famous Thanksgiving dinner scene, and a depiction of an African American girl being escorted by US Marshalls to school—have been on a national tour

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coronavirus

Led by Metropolitan Museum of Art, a flurry of US museums say they are shutting down because of coronavirus

Institutions in New York, Boston and Washington underline the need to control the spread of Covid-19

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Museums & Heritage

New arts space finds its muse in the atmospheric Oklahoma sky

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center is reopening with an inaugural exhibition on illumination

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Acquisitions

Cleveland Museum of Art receives art gifts valued at more than $100m

Works donated by a collecting couple include paintings by Bonnard, Vuilliard, Matisse, Braque, Caillebotte and many others