Latest Art museums News

New Bentonville exhibit connects environment to art

Jun. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The connection between art and nature guides the latest temporary exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. "Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment" runs through Sept. 9. Entering the exhibition space, viewers are greeted by myriad textures as wood panels display...

Baltimore art museum adds over 70 works to its collection

Jun. 14, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Museum of Art has so far this year added more than 70 contemporary and historic artworks to its broad collection. BMA director Christopher Bedford said in a Thursday statement that the new acquisitions highlight the curatorial team's vision in forging connections "across...

Investigation begins into supposed voice of Frida Kahlo

Jun. 13, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Frida Kahlo's voice may have finally been unearthed, say researchers at Mexico's National Sound Library. Library officials say it would be the first record of the Mexican artist's voice if confirmed. The director of the Frida Kahlo Museum, Hilda Trujillo, told The Associated Press on...

Boston museum hires firm to investigate racism reports

Jun. 12, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has hired an outside law firm to investigate reports that a group of minority middle school students was subjected to racism by staff and patrons during a field trip last month. Museum leadership in a statement Wednesday said former Massachusetts Attorney General...

$1 million given to Peoria Riverfront Museum by ex-resident

Jun. 11, 2019 10:10 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A graduate of a Peoria, Illinois high school and his wife have donated $1 million to the city's arts and science museum. The donation to the Peoria Riverfront Museum was made by T. Bondurant and Hollis S. French to honor work his parents performed for the museum's predecessor, Lakeview...

New plan for Arkansas Arts Center calls for $128M expansion

Jun. 10, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Laine Harber can say he is no artist, but he paints an expansive picture of the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. "I love this place," Harber says, "and it's a labor of love." Harber is the center's interim executive director, doubling as chief financial officer. He is the...

The Latest: 'The Ferryman' wins best play at Tony Awards

Jun. 9, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Tony Awards (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Playwright Jez Butterworth's "The Ferryman" has been crowned best play at the Tony Awards. The play is a vigorous family epic set in Northern Ireland in 1981 during the Troubles. It requires a 21-person cast, plus a baby and...

Art museum displays newly acquired Aretha Franklin portrait

Jun. 9, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is displaying nine recent acquisitions including a portrait of Aretha Franklin by photographer Anthony Barboza. The works including the photo of the late "Queen of Soul" are on display until Sept. 15 during the fourth rotation of "Out of the Crate: New Gifts and...

Amsterdam's Stedelijk modern art museum names new director

Jun. 7, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam says it has appointed Rein Wolfs as its new director, replacing Jan Willem Sieburgh, who filled the prestigious role on an interim basis after the previous director quit. The modern and contemporary art museum in the Dutch capital announced...

Different ways to show paintings, photos to blind people

Jun. 4, 2019 3:57 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As people at the American Alliance of Museums' trade show passed their hands along the raised figures in touchable versions of a Vietnam War photograph, small metal sensors touched off recordings to explain whose picture they were touching and what had happened to him. At a nearby booth...