Met’s Going Broke Despite Record Attendance, South Bronx Gets an Art Fair…And More

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Hundreds of people walk through the Great Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) on July 30, 2015 in New York City. The Met recently announced that it drew 6.3 million visitors in the last year, the most since the New York museum began taking crowd statistics more than 40 years ago. Tourism in New York has continued to grow, hitting record numbers in the last few years as people flock to Manhattan and Brooklyn for the cultural institutions, nightlife and shopping.

Hundreds of people walk through the Great Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on July 30, 2015. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

More people than ever are visiting the Met. But while the institution is facing a $10 million deficit and just offered buyouts to 56 employees, it still boasts record-breaking attendance. Last year, 6.7 million people visited the museum. Perhaps you should donate more than $1 when you go. (New York Times)

South Bronx art fair might be a nightmare for gentrification-phobes, but it sounds pretty chill for artists. Commission NY: Art Performs is “designed to directly benefit artists, giving them free exhibition space for their work and 100 percent of the proceeds of their art sales.” (Art Net News)

An X-ray scan reveals that the face of a Degas portrait was likely one of the painter’s favored models, Emma Dobigny. (Guardian)

In the latest episode of The Gleeful Elderly Art Destroyer, the 90-year-old woman who “solved” a crossword artwork in Germany in July is now claiming copyright on the “augmented” work. (Art Net News)

There’s gonna be a Captain America sculpture in Prospect Park. No jokes. (The Art Newspaper)

Met’s Going Broke Despite Record Attendance, South Bronx Gets an Art Fair…And More