Monday, August 04, 2014

What's Happening In Museums Around the World

1.DALLAS, TX.- The art collective known as Slavs and Tatars will for the first time present the complete series of Love Letters carpets—10 in all—together with a new audio piece produced
specifically for their exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art. Concentrations 57: Slavs and Tatars, opening July 18 (Late Night Friday) and on view through December 14, 2014, will also include
three additional works of sculpture from their current thematic series, Long Legged Linguistics. This installation is the latest in the Museum’s Concentrations series of project-based solo
exhibitions by international emerging and under-represented artists. Concentrations began in 1981 as part of the DMA’s commitment to showing the work of living artists, while preserving the
excitement of the work. ... more
Slavs and Tatars, founded in 2006, is an art collective whose installations, lecture-performances, sculptures and publications contemplate otherwise little-known affinities, syncretic ideas,
belief systems and rituals among peoples of the Caucasus, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

2.  Association of Art Museum Directors sanctions Delaware Art Museum for sale of work of art
NEW YORK, NY.- The Association of Art Museum Directors released the following statement: The Association of Art Museum Directors is deeply troubled and saddened that the Delaware Art
Museum has deaccessioned and sold a work of art from its collection to pay outstanding debt and build its operating endowment. Art museums collect works of art for the benefit of present

and future generations. Responsible stewardship of a museum’s collection and the conservation, exhibition, and study of these works are the heart of a museum’s commitment to its
community and to the public. It is therefore a fundamental professional principle that works can only be deaccessioned to provide funds to acquire works of art and enhance a museum’s
collection.... more
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3. NORTHAMPTON, UK - Two museums have lost their accreditation status after the controversial sale of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue to a private collector.
Northampton Borough Council sold the Sekhemka limestone statue for nearly £16m at auction to help fund an extension to the town's museum.
Arts Council England ruled the sale breached the accredited standards for how museums manage their collections.
The council is now ineligible for a range of arts grants and funding.
Scott Furlong, from the Arts Council, said: "It is always hugely regrettable when we have to exclude a museum from the Accreditation Scheme.
"However, it is equally important that we are robust in upholding the standards and principles which underpin the scheme and are shared by the vast majority of museums."
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, which is set to benefit from the sale of the statue, and the council-run Abington Park Museum have been removed from the Accreditation Scheme with immediate effect and excluded from future participation until at least August 2019.
The scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK, demonstrating their commitment to managing collections effectively for the enjoyment and benefit of users. It also has strict criteria for the disposal of cultural objects.Sekhemka was gifted to Northampton's museums by the 4th Marquis of Northampton in 1880...more

4. ABOUT.COM An exciting line-up of of museum exhibits and installations is on tap for 2014. Must-see exhibits will be on display not just in our museum capitals of New York, Chicago, DC, etc., but also in St. Petersburg (FL), Milwaukee, Richmond, and Charlotte. Adding to the variety of destinations is the wide range of subject matter, from post-war art to nature photography to a living exhibit of octopi.
The following list is far from exhaustive--it is but a taste of some of the bigger shows on view this year. To find information on other exhibits, browse this list of top 10 museums in the USA. Further, if you use Twitter, you can follow my extensive list of U.S. Museums on Twitter.

  • Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain is a blockbuster collaboration between the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe and the British Museum in London. Through March 9, 2014.
  • Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality is a show of more than 100 Andy Warhol works at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL. January 18-April 27, 2014.
  • Miró: The Experience of Seeing at the Seattle Museum of Art will include 50 paintings, drawings, and sculptures culled from Madrid's Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. February 13-May 25, 2014.
  • The Essential Robert Indiana, featuring the works of visual artist and LOVE sculptor, "will premiere in the state whose name he adopted as his own." Head to the Indianapolis Museum of Art from February 16-May 4, 2014.
  • Degas/Cassatt will explore the connections between these two well-known Impressionists with 70 works at the National Gallery in Washington, DC. May 11-October 5, 2014.
  • Kandinsky: A Retrospective will showcase the works of Modern Art pioneer Wassily Kandinsky at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. June 5-September 1, 2014.
  • Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection gives the West Coast a chance to see 50 works by the likes of Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella. On view at San Francisco's de Young Museum June 7-October 12, 2014.
  • Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938. This exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago will be the "first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the breakthrough years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary imageswill be the first major survey of the artist's work in an American museum." June 24-October 13, 2014.
  • Jeff Koons: A Retrospective will be the last major show at NYC's Whitney Museum before it moves to a new space in the Meatpacking District. Koons' works, which are among some of the most famous of the late 20th century, will take up almost the entirety of the Whitney. June 27-October 19, 2014.

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