Employee Buyouts Begin at the Met, Astor Place Cube Returns

The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

The Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Photo: Stephanie Berger)

Employee buyouts begin at the Met, and first to go is social media guru Sree Sreenivasan. To help offset its $10 million deficit, the museum is looking to cut costs, and that includes voluntary buyouts, a hiring freeze and halting construction on a new modern and contemporary art wing. The first employees to accept buyouts are Sreenivasan, the Met’s first chief digital officer, Cynthia Round, senior vice president for marketing and external relations and Susan Sellers, head of design.

The Astor Place Cube is back! Bernard “Tony” Rosenthal’s public sculpture Alamo has been an icon of Astor Place and St. Mark’s Place since it was first installed in 1967. The interactive work could be rotated if you pushed one of its corners hard enough, and its been a favorite hang out spot for teenagers and smokers alike for decades. In 2014 the work was removed as construction began to redesign the intersection, and on June 22 it’ll make its triumphant return.

Artist flies graphic banner over Orlando, New York and Chicago to protest gun violence. Australian artist CJ Hendry created a 3,000-square-foot banner featuring an image of a balled-up, bloodied t-shirt shaped like a gun, and the phrase #ENDGUNVIOLENCE.

Giant sculpture taller than the Statue of Liberty unveiled in Puerto Rico. A 350-foot-tall statue of Christopher Columbus by Zurab Tsereteli, titled Birth of New World, was inaugurated in Arecibo, Puerto Rico last week. The statue is 45-feet-taller than the Statue of Liberty, and has only come to the small island because New York, Boston, Miami and Columbus, Ohio turned down the artwork.

More people than you think are really into making Mark Zuckerberg fan art. The Facebook founder and CEO help changed the world, so why shouldn’t people love him enough to pepper the internet with their loving fan art. Here, for your Monday enjoyment, a selection of choice images of Zuckerberg, including a sketch that imagines the internet mogul as an Avenger.

Employee Buyouts Begin at the Met, Astor Place Cube Returns