What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? June 15 – 21

80 at 80

Museum of Science and Industry Celebrates 80th Birthday with 80 Artifacts

On Wednesday, the museum celebrated its 80th birthday by debuting “80 At 80,” a collection of 80 artifacts that represent the “museum’s DNA” from early inventions to modern advancements, according to Kathleen McCarthy, head curator. To read more, click here.

A Little Gay History

British Museum Launches Gay History Guide

A Little Gay History draws on objects ranging from ancient Egyptian papyri and the erotic scenes on the Roman Warren Cup to images by David Hockney.

Written by curator Richard Parkinson, it explores artistic portrayals of what it means to be gay and the difficulties in finding records of same-sex desire. To read more, click here.

Bay Psalm Book on Display

Philly Museum Will Exhibit 1st Book Printed in US

It’s rare enough to have one. Next week, Philadelphia will have two — if for just a few hours.

Side by side, 373 years after rolling off the press as the first book printed in what would become the United States of America, two copies of the Bay Psalm Book will be on display Wednesday at the Rosenbach Museum & Library. To read more, click here.

Digital Grant

Wolfsonian Museum To Use Largest-Ever Donation To Go Digital

Five million dollars will go a long way toward helping The Wolfsonian-FIU museum share its collection with the world.

That amount represents the largest grant ever received by the 18-year-old Miami Beach museum and the single biggest award promised to any organization in 2012 by the prestigious Knight Foundation, a champion of community engagement and the arts in South Florida. It will make a vast amount of the museum’s collection accessible in the next five years, at no charge, to anyone around the globe with an internet connection. To read more, click here.


Announcing the 2013 List of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

With a country as large and diverse as the United States selecting a list of just  11 endangered historic places annually is a daunting task — which is why this year, as our endangered list enters its second quarter-century, we opened up the process to the general public for the first time. The results were overwhelming. We received more than twice the nominations we have in the past, with passionate local preservationists reaching out from sites nationwide. To read more, click here.

Maya Exhibit Opens

Science Museum Re-Creates the Maya’s ‘Hidden Worlds’

Asked what they’d most like to see at the Science Museum of Minnesota, visitors overwhelmingly said a show about the Maya, the ancient Central American civilization whose monumental stone pyramids and temples slumbered for centuries under rain forest jungles.

Four years and $4 million later, “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” opens today at the St. Paul museum. To read more, click here.

Sochi Satire

Museum Head Fired After Olympics Satire

Marat Guelman, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, wrote on Twitter that he had been fired as head of the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Urals city of Perm.

A spokesman for the governor confirmed to ITAR-TASS news agency that “the contract is torn up as of today.”

Last week Perm authorities banned three exhibitions at the White Nights festival curated by Guelman. One show called “Welcome Sochi-2014!” included a picture of Stalin wearing the costume of an Olympic mascot and an image of the Olympic rings as hanging nooses. To read more, click here.

We Sit Starving Amidst Our Gold

Wende Museum Collection Stirs Controversy at 55th Venice Biennale

Now, in the British Pavilion at the 55(th) Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious art festival, UK artist Jeremy Deller has provoked controversy and ignited social debate in England by presenting an installation of the Wende’s original vouchers and certificates in the ‘Russian Room’. Entitled We Sit Starving Amidst Our Gold, the exhibition is anchored by a mural of Victorian designer and socialist politician William Morris as a giant mythological superhero throwing tycoon Roman Abramovich’s yacht into the sea. Abramovich along with the other Oligarchs are major players in the art world and are among the wealthiest residents in the UK. The illicit sources of their wealth are underscored by the larger-than-life presentation of The Wende Museum‘s newest collection. To read more, click here.

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