Archive for February 20th, 2014

Kiev cultural sites and objects threatened

February 20, 2014
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Kiev Museum in use as a field hospital

The Art Newspaper is regularly reporting on the impact of the Kiev uprising and its impact of Kiev cultural sites and objects.  According to AN reporters, the National Art Museum of Ukraine, which is located in the riot zone on Hrushevskoho Street, and the Ukrainsky Dom are caught in the middle of the month-long street battles. The National Art Museum of Ukraine was lit on fire is currently closed and blocked with its collection hidden within the museum for protection. The Ukrainsky Dome, which houses the Kiev History Museum, was seized by protesters but has since be captured by government forces. The Ukrainsky Dome’s Faceook page has noted that the storage space for the history collection has been completely ransacked.

The Museum’s director appealed to both government officials and opposition leaders, asking them to “remember their responsibility in preserving the cultural heritage of the state [and] refrain from deliberate or accidental actions that may damage the museum and the surrounding territory”.

The National Art Museum of Ukraine has a collection of 40,000 objects from 12th-century icons to masterpieces of the Ukrainian baroque and works by the avant-garde sculptor Alexander Archipenko and the painter Alexandra Exter.

Resource highlight: MAN Podcast

February 20, 2014

MAN podcast

MAN (Modern Art Notes) podcasts is a weekly podcast featuring artists, curators, art historians and authors produced and hosted by Tyler Green and Modern Art Notes Media. Every week they spotlight a new topic presented by an art historian, curator, artist, or author. This week’s podcast tells the story of how the Detroit Institute of Art’s curator Salvador Salort-Pons spotted The Infant St. John the Baptist by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, and how he and a team at the DIA helped bring it back to life. The story will be told with the assistance of Salort-Pons, art historian Jonathan Brown, Meadow Brook curator Madelyn Rzadkowolski, DIA conservator Alfred Ackerman and Oakland sophomore Holly Lustig.

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Corcoran Gallery of Art in financial crisis

February 20, 2014

Corcoran_Gallery_of_Art_-_Washington_DC_-_DSC01051As a result of disappearing endowments, mushrooming debt and expensive building renovations, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC has announced that it may be forced to close its doors and partner with the National Gallery of Art and the George Washington University. The Corcoran Gallery of Art is the oldest private art museum in the nation. The boards of all three institutions must approve the plan before this proposal moves forward.

The proposal requires the Corcoran to relinquish control of its art collection of ca. 17,000 art works to the National Gallery while it’s art college — the Corcoran College of Art + Design — would continue to operate but under the control of George Washington University. The University will also assume ownership of the building, including the $100 million in needed renovations. The National Gallery would exhibit the Corcoran modern and contemporary art collection under the label Corcoran Contemporary, National Gallery of Art; all artworks added to the National Gallery will retain their identification from the Corcoran Collection.  Artwork not consistent with those in collection in the National Gallery will be distributed to other American museums.

The plan is scheduled for a vote by the boards in April.

Corcoran web

Read more about the “Corcoran’s Future Plans,” including community letters and press releases here.

The Corcoran is not alone in its financial crisis. The Board of Trustees for the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York, also recently announced its intention to establish a special task for to develop and implement a plan to get the museum out of the $500,000 deficit projected for 2014. A first step in the process was the discontinuation of special, traveling exhibitions.