This past weekend in Mexico City, 46-year-old Eugenio López Alonso, sole heir to the Jumex juice empire, inaugurated Museo Jumex, a 43,000-square-foot David Chipperfield-designed private museum for his foundation’s collection of 2,000-plus contemporary artworks. An elegant three-story layer cake made of light-brown travertine, it’s located in the tony Polanco district, near a Saks Fifth Avenue, a Crate & Barrel and rising skyscrapers. Next door is another private museum, the Museo Soumaya, a garish, windowless building that the world’s richest man, telecommunications titan Carlos Slim, built in 2011 to house his own art holdings, which are astoundingly mediocre. Read More
Back in June, longtime Museum of Modern Art curator Barbara London, who has unruly blond hair and a penchant for chunky necklaces, sat down for a meeting with the museum’s security team. The topic at hand was how to safely install 16 speakers and two subwoofers so that the museum would be able to properly play underwater insect noises and ultrasonic echolocation calls of bats recorded by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen. Such sounds are, technically speaking, beyond the range of human hearing, but Ms. Winderen has slowed them down to about a tenth of their speed so that they become audible as fierce, sharp chirps. With the speakers arrayed around the floor and ceiling of the dark gallery, the effect on the listener is of being inside an otherworldly cave. Read More
Beginning Thursday, visitors to the Bronx Museum of the Arts will not be asked to pay for a ticket. The institution announced today that it will get rid of its $5 suggested donation to mark its 40th anniversary. Read More
The American Folk Art Museum will stay at its new home near Lincoln Center, The New York Times reports, after much-needed financial infusions from its trustees and the Ford Foundation.
The museum recently became the focus of public drama surprising for an organization with such a provincial Read More
In one of many recent museum shakeups, Bruce Katsiff, Director and CEO of James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Penn., announced his plans to step down today. Mr. Katsiff, also a fine art photographer, has worked at the museum for over twenty years and intends to use his free time to focus on his Read More
The South Street Seaport Museum will receive $2 million in grants from the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the city announced this morning, part of $17 million in post 9/11 grants for the recovery of downtown nonprofits.
The Seaport Museum received the largest grant of any institution included in the package and the cash Read More
The fashion label Alexander McQueen is currently in talks to bring the “Savage Beauty” exhibit of the designer’s work to London. The wildly popular show debuted at the Met this spring to record attendence numbers.
“We have been in discussion with a number of major venues in London for some time now however nothing has Read More
The Museum of Modern Art, which just announced that it will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, has partially cleared its sculpture garden in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Irene, which is expected to pelt the city with 100 mile-per-hour winds this weekend. Read More