Associated Press: Activist fined for dislodging African art from Paris museum

Associated Press: Activist fined for dislodging African art from Paris museum. “A Congolese activist was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) on Wednesday for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum in a protest against colonial-era injustice that he streamed online.”

New York Times: A Museum Puts Its Fakes on Show

New York Times: A Museum Puts Its Fakes on Show. “The paintings on show in ‘Russian Avant-Garde at the Museum Ludwig: Original and Fake’ are all ostensibly by artists from that radical movement of the early 20th century. Yet displayed alongside bona fide works by renowned artists like Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko and Natalia Goncharova are paintings whose previous attributions museum researchers now reject.”

NPR: If You Have To Wear A Mask, It Might As Well Be A Masterpiece

NPR: If You Have To Wear A Mask, It Might As Well Be A Masterpiece. “Many museums are still closed, but their shops are doing a lively business with face masks that are funny, or gorgeous, or daring, and can be ordered online. Usually the masks are based on art in their collections. They’re nonmedical (but at least one of them — The Detroit Institute of Arts — is selling liners you can tuck inside the mask, for extra protection.) DIA is selling some stunning masks, too. One, based on a Monet painting, gives you an Impressionist beard!”

Hyperallergic: Five Latinx Art Spaces Band Together to Amplify Their Reach

Hyperallergic: Five Latinx Art Spaces Band Together to Amplify Their Reach. “Angelenos now have a one-stop website consolidating exhibitions and events for Latinx art and culture. It’s a brilliant and sensible idea for a city where roughly half of the population is Latinx. The website… is one of the first initiatives created by the newly formed Latinx Arts Alliance (known as LAA), which is comprised of five notable art spaces in the greater Los Angeles area: the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown, Self Help Graphics & Art in Boyle Heights, the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park, and the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice Beach.”

ARTNews: Met Hires Patricia Marroquin Norby as Its First Full-Time Native American Art Curator, Signaling ‘Significant Evolution’

ARTNews: Met Hires Patricia Marroquin Norby as Its First Full-Time Native American Art Curator, Signaling ‘Significant Evolution’. “For the first time in its 150-year history, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has hired a full-time Native American art curator. Staring on September 14, Patricia Marroquin Norby (Purépecha) will be the Met’s inaugural associate curator of Native American art. She will work in the museum’s famed American Wing and report to Sylvia Yount, who oversees the presentations put on in that department of the Met.”

Inspecting Treasures in the Dark: What the Met Museum Looks Like with the Lights Off (NY1)

NY1: Inspecting Treasures in the Dark: What the Met Museum Looks Like with the Lights Off. “With museums closed around the city because of the coronavirus pandemic, some simply shut their doors, but bigger museums have to keep up with security and other safety measures. For the biggest museum in country, the lights may be out, but eyes are still monitoring every single object in the museum. With flashlight in hand, Carolyn Riccardelli inspects the many treasures inside The Metropolitan Museum of Art, making sure the vast collection is safe during the museum’s months-long pandemic-induced shutdown.”

The National: Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection will be available online by end of this year

The National: Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection will be available online by end of this year. “The museum is building a digital archive of its entire collection, which will be available on its website for visitors to peruse. From this week, 120 artworks can be viewed online. Along with images of artefacts, paintings or objects, the website will include historical information about the pieces, as well as details on their geography, date and medium.”

Coronavirus: Louvre reopens with masks and one-way system (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Louvre reopens with masks and one-way system. “The Louvre museum has reopened in Paris after its closure nearly four months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic. Masks are compulsory, a one-way system is in place and numbers of visitors will be controlled. There will also be a spaced queue to view Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting.”

Apartment Therapy: Lucy Liu is Also an Artist—and Her First U.S. Museum Exhibition Can be Toured Online

Apartment Therapy: Lucy Liu is Also an Artist—and Her First U.S. Museum Exhibition Can be Toured Online. “While known for her movie and TV roles, actor Lucy Liu’s resume goes well beyond Hollywood. She’s also a painter and sculptor—and Liu’s first U.S. museum exhibition is now available to tour online. Entitled ‘Lucy Liu: One of These Things is Not Like the Other,’ Liu’s exhibition of wood sculptures and paintings is available to tour on the Napa Valley Museum’s website from now until August 2. To access the tour, museum attendees are asked to make a donation of any amount to provide support for the museum amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The National: NYUAD Art Gallery traces history in newly launched digital archive

The National: NYUAD Art Gallery traces history in newly launched digital archive. “In its five years of existence, the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery has put on a number of notable shows. It has featured towering sound sculptures by Zimoun, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti’s contemplative The Concrete Tent and most recently, Amar Kanwar’s poignant installation The Sovereign Forest. The public will soon be able to revisit these exhibitions online as the gallery prepares to open its first digital archive on Monday, May 18. It will be launched alongside a series of virtual events, primarily discussions, as part of the gallery’s digital programme Trace: Archives and Reunions.”

Sightlines: As Austin museums react to the Black Lives Matter movement, bigger issues emerge

Sightlines: As Austin museums react to the Black Lives Matter movement, bigger issues emerge. “After the #BlackoutTuesday campaign kicked off a social media frenzy, many cultural institutions and museums reacted to pressure from protestors on social media to release public statements of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. It prompted national museum leaders to react. ‘As a community, I do not think art museums have done enough,’ wrote Chris Anagnos executive director of Association of Art Museum Directors, in a statement issued June 1. ‘We have dabbled around the edges of the work, but in our place of privilege we will never live up to the statement that “museums are for everyone” unless we begin to confront, examine and dismantle the various structures that brought us to this point.'”

TSA Art Magazine: German Museum Organises a Digital Initiative for Looted Benin Bronzes and Artifacts

TSA Art Magazine: German Museum Organises a Digital Initiative for Looted Benin Bronzes and Artifacts. “>German art institution, Museum am Rothenbaum (MARKK) in Hamburg with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, is setting up an international project that will digitally unite the globally dispersed works of art from the former Kingdom of Benin. Tagged Digital Benin, and involving German, Nigerian, European and American experts, the project aims to bring together object data and related documentation material from collections worldwide and provide the long-requested overview of the royal artworks looted in the 19th century.”

Inside Higher Ed: Protecting Art in College Collections

Inside Higher Ed: Protecting Art in College Collections. “University-owned museums are feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in different ways. Like most other units of their universities, they’re closed to the public, having moved their programming online. And like most everyone else in academe, museum staff are planning for lots of different reopening scenarios and waiting to see what comes next.”

Artnet: 7 Practical Tips for Engaging Art Lovers Through Social Media That We Learned From an Internet Cowboy and the Meme King of London

Artnet: 7 Practical Tips for Engaging Art Lovers Through Social Media That We Learned From an Internet Cowboy and the Meme King of London. “One lesson that the lockdown era has laid bare is that, when it comes to museums, not all social media presences are created equal. While many of them offer outstanding IRL experiences, cracking the code of what will gain traction online is a different skill altogether.”

The Statehouse File: Eiteljorg welcomes visitors for a virtual look at museum exhibits

The Statehouse File: Eiteljorg welcomes visitors for a virtual look at museum exhibits. “Even though the doors of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art are closed because of COVID-19, its online access allows visitors to enjoy the experience while remaining safe at home. The Eiteljorg Museum’s artworks from collections such as the Native American, Western and Contemporary are now accessible… The digital and interactive experiences allow families to stay at home and still see and learn about the museum’s exhibitions.