Attractions Magazine: Comic-Con Museum will open in San Diego in 2021

Attractions Magazine: Comic-Con Museum will open in San Diego in 2021. “The museum will also rely on fan sourcing and respond to current interests to distinguish it from other pop culture museums and make it more accessible and dynamic for audiences worldwide. Plus, an online museum will engage those who can’t travel to San Diego and provide pre- or post-visit experiences for those who can, including live streams and digital museum programming.”

USA Today: UK museum removes shrunken heads from exhibit in an effort to ‘decolonize’ its collections

USA Today: UK museum removes shrunken heads from exhibit in an effort to ‘decolonize’ its collections . “Oxford University’s Pitt Rivers Museum has removed its famous collection of shrunken heads and other human remains from display as part of a broader effort to ‘decolonize’ its collections. The museum, known as one of the world’s leading institutions for anthropology, ethnography and archaeology, had faced charges of racism and cultural insensitivity because it continued to display the items.”

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!”

Zee News: India all set to get back 15th Century idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana from UK

Zee News: India all set to get back 15th Century idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana from UK . “India is all set to get back fifteenth-century idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana from the UK. The idols were stolen from a temple, built-in Vijayanagara period, in Tamil Nadu in 1978.”

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.”

Supercluster: The Space Age Museum

Supercluster: The Space Age Museum. “Peter Kleeman is the founder and curator of Space Age Museum, a vast archive of pop culture ephemera that showcases ‘how everyday people participated in the adventure of space exploration during the 20th Century.’ Supercluster’s Robin Seemangal and Jamie Carreiro interviewed Peter Kleeman for the Supercluster Podcast. Below, Peter shared more insight on his mission to preserve this unique moment in space history.”

FEATURE: Museums to unite in preserving Japanese sports history (Kyodo News)

Kyodo News: FEATURE: Museums to unite in preserving Japanese sports history. “A sports museum in Tokyo is leading the way in the creation of a network with similar organizations across Japan, aiming to protect and preserve valuable pieces of the nation’s athletic history. That there is no shared system under which the pieces of memorabilia, including medals and reference materials, are organized is a major concern to people working at museums. Additionally, there is no universal list maintained by any public organization that indicates which institution holds any particular object.”

Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust changes its name, putting history first

Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust changes its name, putting history first. “The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is changing its name and logo. The new Holocaust Museum Los Angeles, it announced on Friday, aims to prioritize history and education centered on fighting hatred and intolerance toward all communities…. The museum’s new name is part of a broader rebranding that began in late 2018 and includes a new logo and website, both put into effect on Friday.”

The Verge: Google makes NASA artifacts and prehistoric crustaceans viewable in AR

The Verge: Google makes NASA artifacts and prehistoric crustaceans viewable in AR. “Google has made a number of prehistoric creatures and historical artifacts available to view in augmented reality in its Arts and Culture app, the company announced today. If you want to take a closer look at the ancient crustacean Cambropachycope from your living room without having to visit Moscow’s State Darwin Museum, for example, then now’s your chance. Or how about the Command Module from Apollo 11 or Neil Armstrong’s lunar spacesuit?”

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 Register: The sun is shining, the birds are singing. You can shut the curtains and tour The National Museum of Computing in VR

The Register: The sun is shining, the birds are singing. You can shut the curtains and tour The National Museum of Computing in VR. “The world’s largest collection of working historic computers, kept at England’s wartime code-cracking nerve centre of Bletchley Park, has thrown open its doors – virtually – so anyone anywhere can view it. With but a click, you will be whisked away to a 3D render of the Buckinghamshire hoard, then zoomed down into the museum’s entrance lobby. From there, you can navigate the long white halls of computing history in Google StreetView style.”

Ocula: How to Support Artists and Galleries Impacted by the Beirut Explosion

Ocula: How to Support Artists and Galleries Impacted by the Beirut Explosion. “Relief funds have been established to help artists, galleries, and others impacted by the 4 August blast that killed over 200 people and left more than 300,000 homeless in Beirut, Lebanon. Letitia Gallery director Gaia Foudolian was reportedly killed in the blasts, while Marfa Gallery, Galerie Tanit, Opera Gallery, and Sfeir-Semler Gallery were severely damaged. The blast also hit major institutions including the Sursock Museum, Ashkal Alwan, the Arab Image Foundation, and the Beirut Art Centre.”

Jakarta Post: World’s first fully interactive virtual museum to open on Aug. 14

Jakarta Post: World’s first fully interactive virtual museum to open on Aug. 14. “While art institutions across the world have developed virtual spaces to contend with the restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the Virtual Online Museum of Art (VOMA) is scheduled to open on August 14. The digital museum, curated by London-based art dealer Lee Cavaliere, will feature masterpieces on loan from international institutions such as Musée d’Orsay, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.”

TimeOut: Is this selfie museum in Iowa the peak of social media?

TimeOut: Is this selfie museum in Iowa the peak of social media?. “Selfie sticks, studio-like selfie lights and selfie remote shutters now dominate our holiday gift lists and for good reason: the selfie has become the currency by which we present ourselves to the world, so why not try our best to snap a really great one? A new interactive ‘selfie museum’ in Des Moines, Iowa, seeks to capitalize on that dedication to the self-portrait. Open since June, Selfie Station is home to 27 different ‘Instagram’ rooms adorned in social media-friendly decor, each one equipped with lighting fixtures that will hold your phone while properly taking a picture.”

San Diego Jewish World: Museum of the Hebrew Language planned in Jerusalem

San Diego Jewish World: Museum of the Hebrew Language planned in Jerusalem. “The museum will supplement the [Academy of the Hebrew Language]’s ongoing activities of writing a historical dictionary of Hebrew, covering the language’s development from approximately the 12th Century BCE, and also serving as an Internet resource for people who want to know how a word from a foreign language can be translated into Hebrew. Questions may be asked of the Academy’s volunteer experts via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.”