Art Movements

MoMA expansion rendering (courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro)
MoMA expansion rendering (courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro revealed their renderings for the MoMA expansion, which involves 100,500 square feet, additional galleries, and a new entrance that will make the whole first floor and sculpture garden open to the public. The expansion is planned for completion in 2018 or 2019. However, it does entail the razing of the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, as Hyperallergic reported earlier this week.

Fidel Castro made his first public appearance in nine months at the opening of the Estudio Romerillo, a nonprofit cultural center aimed at supporting the arts in Cuba.

Over six tons of illegal ivory were ground to dust in China. The destruction ceremony in the country, which remains the biggest market for ivory, was China’s first and follows the United States’ similar action two months ago.

Lady Gaga is planning to open a Michael Jackson museum. In recent years she’s covertly acquired over $2 million in memorabilia from the late King of Pop that will make up its collection, although the exact location of the museum has yet to be decided.

Keith L. and Katherine Sachs donated a collection of contemporary art to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s valued at around $70 million and includes work by artists like Donald Judd, Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter, and Jasper Johns. In their honor, the museum is rechristening their galleries for modern and contemporary art the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Galleries.

An installation at the 2013 Carnegie International (photograph by Cam Miller, via Flickr)
An installation at the 2013 Carnegie International (photograph by Cam Miller, via Flickr)

The Carnegie Museum of Art acquired 50 of the pieces in the Carnegie International — 80% of the artist’s who are showing work in the exhibition.

A Renoir reportedly bought for $7 in 2009 at a flea market was claimed as stolen by the Baltimore Museum of Art. Today the judge ruled in the museum’s favor.

The short list was announced for the new home of the Vancouver Art Gallery, with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Herzog & de Meuron, KPMB Architects, SANAA, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects all in the running to design the museum.

Two sets of progressive proofs by Picasso were acquired by the British Museum, and go on display today.

The endowment of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles reached $100 million, a quadrupling over the past nine months after a long financial struggle.

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis named Jeffrey Uslip — formerly curator-at-large at the Santa Monica Museum of Art — its new chief curator.

Anna Marley — curator of historical American art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts — was elected co-chair of the Association of Historians of American Art.

Pedro Moura Carvalho was named deputy director for art and programs at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

A second area of cave paintings near Lascaux is being investigated after long being a secret.

A cannon from the USS Monitor in a conservation tank at the Mariners' Museum (photography by Sarah Stierch, via Flickr)
A cannon from the USS Monitor in a conservation tank at the Mariners’ Museum (photography by Sarah Stierch, via Flickr)

Due to a lack of federal funding, the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, is shutting down its laboratory that cares for artifacts from the Civil War–era USS Monitor.

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is returning 30 memorial totems to Kenya, where they will be in the care of by the National Museums of Kenya.

This month the new Wanamaker Playhouse opens in London with a production of The Duchess of Malfi. The small wooden theatre is only lit by candles for performances, as it would have been four centuries ago when the play was first produced.

A Holocaust documentary that Alfred Hitchcock worked on and has long been in storage was restored and is being screened by the Imperial War Museum.

A man who was accused of vandalizing a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by artist Ralph Heimans in Westminster Abbey, by scrawling the word “help” in purple paint, was found guilty on Wednesday. He claimed the action was a form of protest and civil disobedience.

The green roof of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, is being plagued by groundhogs.

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