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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve (Day)?

Manchester, New Hampshire, Currier Museum of Art,

Many museums schedule plenty of holiday events in December, but probably not for New Year's Eve. So the message from the Currier Museum (pictures) in Manchester, NH, caught my eye. It was for something called "Noon Year's Eve" on Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. I think that's a grand idea--the association between museums and holidays is a good one, in my mind. Here is the description of the Currier event: Northern New England’s biggest family-friendly New Year’s Eve event gets better every year. Ring in 2015 a few hours early at the Currier … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Don Bacigalupi Leaving Crystal Bridges


Don Bacigalupi has been president of Crystal Bridges only since February, 2013, but now he is leaving to become the Founding President of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which George Lucas intend to erect in Chicago. It is not without controversy. The recently released design concept, put forward by MAD Architects, has been criticized. People don't approve of its "space-mountain-like design." Still it has a proposed opening date of 2018. Previously, Bacigalupi was director of Crystal Bridges, and I'm not sure anyone ever understood … [Read more...]

Mass MoCA Closes In On Its Original Promise


"It's really exciting to see a lot of the promise of that project being realized," Michael Govan told me the other day. I was telling him that, tomorrow, the Massachusetts Museum of Contempory Art plans to announce six new partnerships with artists and artists' foundations that will fill 90,000 square feet. That's a huge chunk of the new space being renovated in the expansion that I wrote about in August for The New York Times. Mass MoCA's new partners are big names: James Turrell, Laurie Anderson, Jenny Holzer, plus the Robert Rauschenberg … [Read more...]

Detroit: Someone There Is Listening


Remember the political ruckus over the pay packages in the last years for Graham Beal, director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Annmarie Erickson, his deputy? Local politicians threatened to repeal the millage tax, which is supporting operations at the DIA for the next ten years, because of it. Even though I thought that the pair probably deserved the raises and bonuses as disclosed, I agreed that the optics of them--at the particular time, with the Grand Bargain hanging in the balance--had to be fixed. And I recommended a way … [Read more...]

“National Gallery” — The Film


Oddly, so soon after I wrote here about "Mr. Turner," the British film about J.W.M. Turner, I just learned about a British documentary called "National Gallery" about that august London institution. It, too, was shown at last spring's Cannes Film Festival and it's on view in New York City from today through Nov. 18. It's at the Film Forum, which describes it like this" London’s National itself portrayed as a brilliant work of art in this, Frederick Wiseman’s 39th documentary and counting. Wiseman listens raptly as a panoply of … [Read more...]

Burgeoning Florida Arts Corridor Gets Another Museum


The Tampa-St. Petersburg area is getting another art museum, courtesy of Tom James, chairman of the brokerage firm Raymond James, son of its founder and chairman of the nearby Dali Museum. The other day, James, who is 72 and still active at the firm, said he would commit up to $75 million to build a museum that will house his collection--a number he calculated based on the new, $40 million Dali, which opened in 2011--plus $30 million to endow it. James reportedly owns about 2,500 works of art; he has been buying since he was a student at … [Read more...]

Hirshhorn: Ageism At It Worst

Hirshhorn Museum

Some things in the museum world are truly shocking, and what happened this summer at the Hirshhorn Museum--which is now just coming to light--is truly a shame. The museum, it seems, decided it no longer needed its docents. Why? Because they're generally older women, and they "are for the most part being replaced with younger volunteers who are interested in museum careers," according to an article in the Oct. 30 Washington Post. The article continued: Hirshhorn officials say the change was needed to keep up with the times. Visitors don’t … [Read more...]

Coming On Sunday: Frank Gehry’s Colorful Museum


In this week's Sunday New York Times, you'll find annual fall Fine Arts and Exhibitions section. It's full of stories about galleries, art and history museums, technology and the auction business. I didn't write any of them. I was more fascinated by the new Biomuseo in Panama, designed by Frank Gehry, which I mentioned here once before. It's Gehry's only building in Latin America and--seems to me--the only one in which he deploys bright colors as part of his design. They are crayon colors, and signal--to me at least--that this museum wants … [Read more...]

Neuberger Museum Changes Directors–Fast

Paola Morsiani

When Paola Morsiani  became director of the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College in summer 2012, she told The New York Times, referencing the 2010 death of Roy Neuberger: “The principal visionary originator of this institution has passed the baton on to us. On one side, we will continue his legacy, but it is my role to find the courage to initiate new ideas based on new needs.” It looks as if she could not find the right way to change, at least in the eyes of the Neuberger's trustees. Today, after I inquired about rumors that she had … [Read more...]

A Very Ambitious, Private, New Museum For Miami


Get ready for another real estate deal museum, this one in Miami. Somewhere on Biscayne Boulevard, art collector Gary Nader plans to build a museum for Latin American art. It doesn't yet have a site, but it has a design by Mexican architect Fernando Romero, a collection (600 modern and contemporary pieces Nader owns), and an exhibition program: The first year of programming will feature a retrospective of works by Fernando Botero and a Brazilian art exhibit, along with individual shows of works by Latin American masters Roberto Matta, Wifredo … [Read more...]

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