Here’s a switch: Las Vegas, whose art museum closed in 2009, is talking about building a new art museum — this one to focus on contemporary art. Whether this one is any more viable than the first is a matter of conjecture. Interestingly, in the information I’ve been able to find online, there’s not a mention of a collection or much about art. It’s all about a new building with 35,000 square feet of gallery space on a two-acre site downtown.
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It seems like only yesterday that MASS MoCA opened, but it was 1999. And today, MASS MoCA announced that was moving into its “Phase III renovation.”
When do people want to “consume” the arts, for lack of a better word? Art museums, I’ve long said, are curbing their attendance, their much desired “accessibility,” by continuing to offer 20th century hours — mostly in the daytime, sometimes closing as early as 4 p.m. — in a 21st century world, where most people are busy working during museums’ opening hours.
I don’t have the Budget Book, but the National Endowment for the Arts has just put out a statement saying that President Obama has requested $146.021 million for FY 2105 for it, “the same amount as the current year’s budget.”
There’s a big job opening in the museum world: today Malcolm Rogers, director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, said he would retire as soon as the museum’s board identifies and appoints a successor. My guess on the timing — late this year.
While I was gone, the Corcoran Gallery of Art issued its own obituary and — once again — managed to screw it up. It was only last April that the Corcoran formed an alliance with the University of Maryland to explore a partnership to preserve the school and gallery as one entity, but in the new release — made public last Wednesday — it doesn’t even mention that attempted “solution.”
I’m giving you really good news from the Speed Art Museum, because the news from my orthopedist today was really bad. I have to take it easy with my arm, which is getting a new cast on Tuesday, for six weeks. And typing with one hand isn’t easy.
On Feb. 3, Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta visited Qatar on a trade mission, meeting with its the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani. They had lunch (at right), discussed political concerns and Letta visited the Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha. Letta admired the works on view, and before long, he “revealed that the two governments were in talks to construct a building in Venice that would later be turned into a museum,” according to Gulf Times. In Venice. On the Grand Canal.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Crystal Bridges has gone soggy on a sculpture by Jeff Koons — a Hanging Heart in gold!
I’ve had occasion recently to review the forward exhibition schedules of museums across the country, and I’ve been noticing something: Many museums seem more open to partnering on exhibitions with a wider variety of “venues,” as we sometimes term the locations of special exhibitions.