Latest Art museums News

Biggest ever Kentridge show explores Africa's history

Aug. 23, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Evocative videos, graphic tapestries, charcoal drawings, woodcut prints, sculptures and immersive sound installations combine in the largest single show by South African artist William Kentridge to explore compelling themes including South Africa's apartheid history and the...

Businessman-art collector Leonard A. Lauder writing memoir

Aug. 22, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus of the Estee Lauder Companies, is working on a memoir about the cosmetics company that his mother founded and he helped build into an international empire. HarperCollins Publishers announced Thursday that Lauder's book will come out next year. It's...

Recording studio opens at Mississippi entertainment museum

Aug. 17, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A recording studio is now open at a museum called The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience. The Meridian Star reports the Governor's Recording Studio is equipped with technology for recording and for musical rehearsals and tracking and session work. It can also handle...

Will populist politics undo a renaissance at Italy's Uffizi?

Aug. 13, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — To protect the masterpieces at the Uffizi Galleries, the Florence museum's director climbed a ladder and hurled an employee's bicycle down at a sheet of glass specially made to keep prized pieces such as Botticelli's "Spring" and "Birth of Venus" safe from vandals. The nearly...

Detroit museum, Oakland Community College partner for arts

Aug. 10, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts and Oakland Community College are partnering to help expand education, events and arts offerings. The museum's Board Chairman Gene Gargaro and Oakland Community College Chancellor Peter Provenzano recently signed a memorandum of understanding....

Connecticut art museums work to break down barriers

Aug. 7, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut museums are trying to break free of seeming aloof and engage with their local communities, starting with free admission for those who receive food stamps. Museums nationwide are trying to knock down barriers to cultural institutions, particularly art museums. Oft-cited...

Prosecutor: Boy lifted, thrown from UK museum in single move

Aug. 6, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A youth court in London ordered a teenager held on an attempted murder charge Tuesday for allegedly throwing a 6-year-old boy from a viewing area at the top of the British capital's Tate Modern museum. The French boy was only a short distance from his parents Sunday when he was picked up and...

Las Cruces to digitize permanent museum collection

Aug. 6, 2019 1:10 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico city will be able to digitize its permanent museum collection with the help of a $50,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation American Art Program. The city of Las Cruces announced the funding Monday. The city's museum collection includes paintings, drawings,...

Wildfire burns near art museum in Jackson Hole

Aug. 5, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A timely rain helped knock down a wildfire that threatened an art museum and some rural homes in northwest Wyoming's Jackson Hole region. The fire Sunday burned about 80 acres (32.3 hectares) of grass and sagebrush along U.S. 89 north of Jackson. The fire was ignited by a lightning...

Maine art museum receives gift of nearly $2 million

Aug. 3, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — A Maine art museum is receiving a large donation from one of its board members that the museum's board president says will enable a "bold step into the future." The Portland Press Herald reports Ann Ramsay-Jenkins is giving the nearly $2 million gift to the Ogunquit Museum of...