Hyperallergic: Argentina’s Military Government May Have Stolen from Its Own Museum to Fund Falklands War

Hyperallergic: Argentina’s Military Government May Have Stolen from Its Own Museum to Fund Falklands War. “At 1am on December 25, 1980, four burglars entered the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Argentina, through a gap in the roof, and took 16 Impressionist works and seven early Chinese sculptures. The heist was peculiar for its seamlessness: ladders presumably left by construction workers made it easier for the thieves to break in. Two night guards keeping watch that night were tortured and arrested by state police, but no one has ever been charged with the crime to this day. And according to anecdotal accounts by witnesses, an army truck was seen parked outside the museum.”

Snapchat’s Five Los Angeles AR Monuments: What Are They & How To View Them (ScreenRant)

ScreenRant: Snapchat’s Five Los Angeles AR Monuments: What Are They & How To View Them. “Snapchat has partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to create five augmented reality monuments around LA. The LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives artworks were built using Snapchat’s technology and can be viewed through the Snapchat Camera. They are intended for exploring the histories of LA communities and to highlight their perspectives.”

Saint Louis Art Museum: National summit on diversity at museums will focus on the Romare Bearden fellowship

Saint Louis Art Museum: National summit on diversity at museums will focus on the Romare Bearden fellowship. “The Saint Louis Art Museum will host arts professionals from around the country for a summit on increasing diversity among professional staff within museums and cultural institutions. The virtual event will focus on the Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellowship, a nearly 30-year program at the museum that has been hailed as a national model.” The event is May 6. It’s free but requires registration.

France24: Louvre museum makes its entire collection available online

France24: Louvre museum makes its entire collection available online. “The Louvre museum in Paris said Friday it has put nearly half a million items from its collection online for the public to visit free of charge. As part of a major revamp of its online presence, the world’s most-visited museum has created a new database of 482,000 items… with more than three-quarters already labelled with information and pictures.”

Gisborne Herald: Opening up the collection

Gisborne Herald: Opening up the collection. “Only about 1 percent of Tairawhiti Museum’s collection can be exhibited in the museum at any one time but digital technology means the entire collection can be curated online….Due to be launched tomorrow, the museum’s collection website is a work in progress. The museum has more than 40,000 items catalogued in its internal collection database and these will gradually be added to the online database.”

WTHR: Newfields releases action plan following racially insensitive job posting

WTHR: Newfields releases action plan following racially insensitive job posting. ” Newfields has released the action plan it promised after the community criticized the organization for a racially insensitive job listing. In the job posting, it listed that a role of the director position would be to find ‘[…] innovative ways that attract a broader and more diverse audience while maintaining the Museum’s traditional, core, white art audience.’”

Mapping the pandemic’s digital deluge: one academic is trying to collate the online projects of every single museum (The Art Newspaper)

The Art Newspaper: Mapping the pandemic’s digital deluge: one academic is trying to collate the online projects of every single museum. “Forget the Year of the Rat, 2020 should go down in history as the Year of the Digital. As lockdowns spread across the world, online events began stacking up….A few websites popped up in an attempt to gather these events into one place, including the English sites Culture Fix, from the digital agency Substrakt, and Cultural Digital: Streams, by Chris Unitt, the founder of the digital agency One Further, with several more in other languages. One of the most comprehensive and international of these aggregation sites is a map of museums’ digital initiatives during the pandemic.”

IndyStar: Newfields director job post calling to maintain ‘core, white art audience’ sees criticism

IndyStar: Newfields director job post calling to maintain ‘core, white art audience’ sees criticism. “Newfields, the home of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, was under fire Saturday over its job description for a new director that stated applicants would need to maintain the museum’s ‘traditional, core, white art audience.’ That phrase, ironically, was included in a larger bullet point — under ‘other responsibilities’ — that actually sought to note the need for the museum to reach a more diverse audience.”

New York Times: Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Museum Is to Open This Fall

New York Times: Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Museum Is to Open This Fall. “In the mid-1980s, Marin, buoyed by a burgeoning film career, made the leap from merely admiring Rembrandts and Vermeers in museums to acquiring work. A third-generation Mexican-American, he focuses on Chicano artists, and has amassed one of the largest such collections in the world. Now, his more than 700 paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures will have a permanent home in the former Riverside, Calif., public library.”

New York Times: Mona Lisa Is Alone, but Still Smiling

New York Times: Mona Lisa Is Alone, but Still Smiling. “From her bulletproof case in the Louvre Museum, Mona Lisa’s smile met an unfamiliar sight the other morning: Emptiness. The gallery where throngs of visitors swarmed to ogle her day after day was a void, deserted under France’s latest coronavirus confinement. Around the corner, the Winged Victory of Samothrace floated quietly above a marble staircase, majestic in the absence of selfie-sticks and tour groups. In the Louvre’s medieval basement, the Great Sphinx of Tanis loomed in the dark like a granite ghost from behind bars. Yet out of the rare and monumental stillness, sounds of life were stirring in the Louvre’s great halls.”

Vanity Fair: The Best Online Art Exhibitions to Explore During Lockdown

Vanity Fair: The Best Online Art Exhibitions to Explore During Lockdown. “Relentless rain, January blues and a mysterious lack of novelty bakes on our Instagram feeds—the U.K.’s third lockdown is proving undeniably dreary. But as we reach for our favourite sweatshirt-and-leggings ensemble and prepare for more laptop-fuelled weekends, we can thank museums and galleries around the world for keeping our cultural appetites satiated. We’ve delved into the art scene to find more online offerings, so settle in for another round of well-deserved virtual escapism.”

Daily Star: Fenimore museum places collections online

Daily Star: Fenimore museum places collections online. “Fenimore Art Museum has announced the launch of a digital database showcasing the museum’s collections of fine art, folk art and The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The site ‘dramatically improves online access and representation of the Museum’s holdings consisting of more than 2,000 objects and works of art,’ presenters said in a media release.”