Latest Art museums News

Baltimore museum to acquire only works by women in 2020

Nov. 18, 2019 4:37 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Museum of Art will add only artwork created by women to its permanent collection in 2020. Museum director Christopher Bedford announced the policy Thursday, saying something radical must be done to rectify centuries of imbalance. The Maryland museum acquired its first work by...

Museum acquires 2nd Usonian Frank Lloyd Wright house

Nov. 15, 2019 6:21 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Currier Museum of Art on Friday acquired a second New Hampshire home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Kalil House in Manchester was built in 1957 and is an example the "Usonian Automatic" houses Wright designed as a more moderately priced option for the postwar middle class....

California’s Huntington Library gets rare slavery documents

Nov. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EST

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California’s Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens has acquired rare documents shedding light on anti-slavery efforts taking place before and during the Civil War The institution announced Wednesday it has acquired the ledgers of Quaker abolitionist...

Suspect in infamous $500M Boston art heist freed from prison

Nov. 14, 2019 8:30 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A man who was considered a suspect in the heist of about $500 million worth of artwork from a Boston museum has been released from prison. The Boston Globe reports that David Turner was freed on Wednesday after serving 21 years for his role in the 1999 planned armed robbery of an armored...

Met Museum of Art gets more than 370 works plus $80 million

Nov. 13, 2019 8:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime benefactor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has proved her generosity even after death — with more than 370 donated works and $80 million for acquisitions. The museum announced Wednesday that Jayne Wrightsman planned those gifts to the museum before she died in April at...

HBO doc peers into Ralph Lauren's rose-tinted American Dream

Nov. 12, 2019 3:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Of all the editors, fashion notables, filmmakers and cultural critics who opine on Ralph Lauren in the new documentary "Very Ralph," it's an unlikely voice who perhaps most succinctly describes the appeal of the Lauren empire. Kanye West says he was seeking a way to stand out early in his...

IU art museum reopens after 3-year $30M renovation project

Nov. 10, 2019 9:33 AM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University has reopened the Bloomington campus' art museum following a 3-year renovation that's opened up some of its workings to public view. The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art reopened Thursday to the public following the extensive updates to the building's...

Google digitizes artworks in Puerto Rico for 1st time

Nov. 7, 2019 8:22 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The 1953 painting by Rafael Tufiño Figueroa features his mother with a red scarf on her head, a determined look on her face and heavy expression lines, a depiction of a working-class woman that broke from conventional portraits of the time that focused largely on wealthy...

Streep, Miranda and Stone are named as Met Gala co-chairs

Nov. 7, 2019 12:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Next year's Met Gala may be the closest we'll ever come to getting a Miranda Priestly moment at the starry event. Meryl Streep has been named as a co-chair of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. The Oscar-winner played Priestly, a thinly veiled fictional version of Vogue...

Weaving and fiber arts get the new MoMA treatment

Nov. 5, 2019 11:10 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Modestly sized but expansive in scope, the exhibit "Taking a Thread for a Walk" in the newly revamped and enlarged Museum of Modern Art explores the often overlooked art of weaving. With a nod to weaving in ancient times and at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, it goes on to tell how a...