Art Movements

Armenian Orphan Rug (via Public Radio of Armenia)
A rug woven by orphans of the Armenian genocide is leaving White House storage. (image via Public Radio of Armenia)

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

The Landmarks Conservancy is suing the Four Seasons over the proposed removal of Picasso’s “Le Tricorne” (1919) from the global hospitality giant’s Manhattan restaurant, a plan which the nonprofit asserts could wreck the art.

The Whitney Museum of Art presented its plan for the first exhibitions in its new Meatpacking District home, which will open in the spring of 2015. The shows include Archibald Motley, Frank Stella, Laura Poitras, and David Wojnarowicz. The museum also announced that its next biennial will be delayed by one year, to 2017.

The American Folk Art Museum signed a lease to open an annex in Long Island City for its library and collection.

Colosseum, pre-cleaning (photograph by the author)
Colosseum, pre-cleaning (photograph by the author)

Rome’s Colosseum is undergoing its first-ever complete cleaning, with the $35 million project intended to mediate damage from time and pollution with the least invasive means possible.

A Hong Kong museum devoted to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests is opening in June.

After spending years in storage at the White House, a rug that was woven by Armenian genocide orphans may be exhibited. It was meant to be part of a canceled Smithsonian display last year.

This Monday the Fossil Halls of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History with their popular dinosaurs closed for a $48 million renovation, which is planned to be complete in 2019.

Jo Ellen Parker was named the 10th president of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the first woman to fill the position.

A $3 million donation to the Maine College of Art will be applied to a synchronicity program looking at the intersections of music and art.

This June, the Louvre will begin a project to address the crowding issues of the I.M. Pei pyramid, The Art Newspaper reported.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute galleries — newly named the Anna Wintour Costume Center — are opening on May 8 following their $40 million renovation with an exhibition on Charles James.

Herzog & de Meuron will be designing the new home of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The developer of a Lower Manhattan Muslim community center, which hit controversy over its nearness to the World Trade Center site, is turning the project into a museum on Islam.

Satellite photos from Cold War-era spying that were recently released at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology are revealing lost sites in the Middle East.

The Satanic Temple is continuing its efforts for a monument of Baphomet at the Oklahoma State Capitol with an artist at work on the seven-foot horned statue, Vice reported. Here’s Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of the Satanic initiative.

The ~$16.8 million necessary to keep the last self-portrait by Van Dyck in the UK was raised by the National Portrait Gallery.

Farnsworth House (photograph by andrewzahn, via Flickr)
Farnsworth House (photograph by andrewzahn, via Flickr)

Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Illinois may be relocated with hydraulics to save it from more flooding.

In February of 2015 the Museum of Biblical Art will open an exhibition of art by Donatello, work which rarely departs Europe.

An “exceptional pair of natural pearls” linked on a diamond and platinum pendant were auctioned for $3.3 million at Doyle, a new record for a pair of natural pearls.

The hunt is on for the bones of Miguel de Cervantes in Spain, where Madrid’s Convent of Trinitarians is being scanned with geo-radar. The Don Quixote author died in 1616 and his exact burial location is unknown.

Supporters of preserving the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Michigan, which is where Rosie the Riveter and many other women worked during World War II, successfully raised enough money to transform it into a museum.

Mark Chatterley’s “Blue Human Condition” installed in a small Michigan town was relocated after a public outcry that mistook the sculpture’s figures leaning on each other for a depiction of an orgy.

Copies of the financially disastrous and critically loathed E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Atari game, long rumored disposed of by the thousands in a New Mexico landfill, were uncovered.

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day, in which comic book stores around the world will be giving away publications for free to promote readership.

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