Morning Links: Sundance Edition

The Met opened the new American wing with a performance by Baritone Thomas Hampson. [NYT]

Klaus Biesenbach tweets from Sundance. [@klausbiesenbach]

Peter Plagens visits the galleries of Culver City, Calif., and finds a lot to like, writing that “judging from my brief recent sampling, there’s proportionately more variety, and less self-congratulatory exhibitionism, than in New York’s Chelsea.” [WSJ]

A needlework sampler from 1807 by a young New Jersey girl named Mary Antrim went for $1.07 million at Sotheby’s. It’d only been expected to make $120,000. [Gothamist]

Meet the hot new art investment fund: “Investors are being invited to join a European-based group that plans to buy about $80 million worth of art and forecasts annual returns of 12 percent.” [BloombergBusinessWeek]

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History director will now run the Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, the Prospect Park Zoo and the Queens Zoo. [NYT]

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds cast in art-related movie. [NYMag]

Morning Links: Sundance Edition