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A space suit used by Buzz Aldrin at the National Air and Space Museum (photograph by the author)
A space suit used by Buzz Aldrin at the National Air and Space Museum (photograph by the author)

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

If Congress is unable to avoid Tuesday’s government shutdown, the Smithsonian has prepared a plan to delay acquisitions, and federally funded museums including the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Air and Space Museum may be closed to visitors, the New York Times reports.

The Holocaust Memorial Museum has already closed off part of its permanent exhibition areas, however, to remove barracks from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and return them to Poland. They have been on long-term loan to the museum since it opened in 1993.

Artist Carrie Mae Weems was honored with a MacArthur “Genius Grant” for her examination of “the complex and contradictory legacy of African American identity, class, and culture in the United States.” The prestigious unrestricted fellowship is granted by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to individuals based on their dedication and originality in creative work.

The annual conference of the Association of Art Museums Curators is taking place in Detroit in 2014, a move in support of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

View of the crowd for the New York City Opera's 2008 production of "Candide" (photograph by Andre Stoeriko/Flickr user)
View of the crowd for the New York City Opera’s 2008 production of “Candide” (photograph by Andre Stoeriko/Flickr user)

The board of the New York City Opera has decided that it will file for bankruptcy and the company will be dissolved if it’s unable to get $7 million by this coming Monday.

As part of the massive legal dispute around heiress recluse Huguette Clark’s $300 million estate, the Corcoran Gallery of Art is getting $10 million and a space on the board for new arts foundation that has Clark’s $85 million Santa Barbara mansion as its main asset.

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery designed with undulating curves by Zaha Hadid in London is opening this Saturday, with its first exhibition focused on Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas.

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University has named Trevor Schoonmaker, who has served as the museum’s contemporary curator since 2006, as Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art, Art in America reports.

Cecil Ferguson, a LACMA curator who started at the museum as a janitor and worked his way up to become a curator focused on the representation of minority artists, has passed away.

Author Harper Lee is in a dispute with her Alabama hometown museum over their use of words from To Kill a Mockingbird on merchandise without giving her royalties.

The New Museum appears to be leasing its 231 Bowery annex, Bowery Boogie reports.

The children of Jim Henson have donated over 20 puppets along with Muppets props to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Canterbury Cathedral (photograph by the author)
Canterbury Cathedral (photograph by the author)

The Museum of London is cutting 17 positions, Museums Journal reports, including all of its oral history and digital collecting posts, in an effort to cut its budget by one million pounds.

12th century windows from Canterbury Cathedral have been removed for the first time and are on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

The International Spy Museum is planning a move into the renovated Carnegie Library in Washington, DC, with plans to open in 2017.

Dutch filmmaker Leon Giesen believes that the secret to the location of Nazi gold is embedded in a piece of sheet music, and he’s currently staging digs in Bavaria, the Guardian reports.

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