What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? October 26 – November 1

A Children’s Museum Comes to Bulgaria

Traditionally an American invention, children’s museums are now also becoming an American export. The America for Bulgaria Foundation, a charity in Sofia backed by the U.S. government, is financing one of the first children’s museums in Eastern Europe. A New York firm, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, has been commissioned to design the $15 million project, which will be called Muzeiko and is set to be completed in 2015 in the Bulgarian capital. To read more, click here.

Deborah Gribbon Heading Back to Cleveland Art Museum

Deborah Gribbon, the former director of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, is heading back to the Cleveland Museum of Art in the wake of a scandal that saw the recent departure of the Cleveland museum’s director, David Franklin. To read more, click here.

Jobs House Added as ‘Historic Resource’

The humble home where Silicon Valley tech titan Steve Jobs built some of his first computers and co-founded Apple was added to a list of historic Los Altos properties Monday night.

The Los Altos Historical Commission voted unanimously to designate the home at 2066 Crist Drive a “historic resource” due to its association with Jobs, as well as to place it on the city’s historic resources inventory. To read more, click here.

Picasso Museum Makeover Drags On

The project was originally to have lasted two years, but reopening dates have been missed repeatedly, and the remodeling budget has doubled to $70 million. The reconstituted museum’s debut, previously set for December, has now been postponed until June — a delay that has thrown into relief the dogged and sometimes contentious role of the museum’s president, Anne Baldassari, in the makeover. To read more, click here.

Queens Museum Undergoes $69M Renovation — and Rebranding

The Queens Museum of Art has officially truncated its name to the Queens Museum, the symbolic portion of a $69 million transformation to hopefully remake itself into a must-see cultural destination.

The cash, much of it from the city, will allow the museum to double its exhibition space, adding artists’ studios and a public library to its site in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It reopens on Nov. 9 with its new facilities and new name. To read more, click here.

Scientists Dig for Fossils in LA a Century Later

“Earlier excavations really missed a great part of the story,” said John Harris, chief curator at the George C. Page Museum, which oversees the fossil collection. People “were only taking out bones they could see, but it’s the hidden bones that provide clues to the environment.”

The museum on Monday celebrates 100 years of digging, which has recovered some 5.5 million bones representing more than 600 species of animals and plants, the richest cache of Ice Age fossils. To read more, click here.

Vienna Museum Director Quits in Nazi Looted Art Row

The director of Vienna’s Leopold Museum, home to extensive collections of work by Austrian artists such as Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, has quit in a row over Nazi-looted art.

Tobias Natter said he could no longer stay at the museum after some of its most senior staff joined a controversial new foundation associated with Klimt’s illegitimate son, film director Gustav Ucicky, whose works included Nazi propaganda. To read more, click here.

Yankee Air Museum Has May 1 Deadline to Buy Bomber Plant

Standing around and under the wings of the pride of the Yankee Air Museum, its B-17 bomber, the Yankee Lady, and its B-25 Yankee Warrior, the crowd listened as museum officials announced that the organization now has until May 1, 2014, to raise the $8 million it needs to buy 175,000 square feet of the former bomber plant. To read more, click here.

You Can Now Take Photos at MoMA PS1

Remember when you couldn’t take pictures at MoMA PS1? You’d try to surreptitiously snag a shot of a great artwork, but the guards would catch you, and they’d chide, “no photos.”

Well those days are over! The museum has quietly gone and changed its photo policy. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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