This past weekend in Mexico City, 46-year-old Eugenio López Alonso, sole heir to the Jumex juice empire, inaugurated Museo Jumex, a 43,000-square-foot David Chipperfield-designed private museum for his foundation’s collection of 2,000-plus contemporary artworks. An elegant three-story layer cake made of light-brown travertine, it’s located in the tony Polanco district, near a Saks Fifth Avenue, a Crate & Barrel and rising skyscrapers. Next door is another private museum, the Museo Soumaya, a garish, windowless building that the world’s richest man, telecommunications titan Carlos Slim, built in 2011 to house his own art holdings, which are astoundingly mediocre. Read More
Tom Finkelpearl hates the word “outreach.” The executive director of the Queens Museum was sitting in his office, a small, nearly windowless room sparely decorated with a few photographs and some fairly uncomfortable furniture, fielding questions from staff that tend to walk in unannounced through the open door. He was outfitted in his usual uniform of nondescript black pants, blue button-down, Skechers sneakers masquerading as dress shoes and rectangular glasses. A hardhat, a bottle of hand sanitizer and an antiquated printer were among the items atop his desk. “I think there’s a difference between outreach and community engagement,” he said. “Outreach is ‘they’re out there and we’re in here.’”
That’s why, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg cuts the ribbon on the brand new, $69 million expansion of the Queens Museum this week, the ceremony will mark more than a facelift for an institution long overshadowed by the rusty relics of World’s Fairs. The glass-dominated addition, with its airy sky-lit atrium and sleek new suite of galleries, is stunning, yes, but the cathedral-like space is only an outward sign of inward grace, an indication of the radical work that has been quietly happening there for years. Read More
The leaders of the Jewish Museum, its becoming clear, are an indefatigable bunch. Its deputy director, Jens Hoffmann, has taken to organizing an HUO-style salon at 7 a.m. once a month at venues around town, and today the museum announced it’s at work on no fewer than three new exhibition series that is says “demonstrate [its] commitment to exploring art and culture, historical and contemporary, while infusing it with an up-to-date sensibility and a global perspective.” Read More
Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art said today that the GM Foundation has donated $50,000 to fund its art education programs for students in middle school and high school. Read More
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will convert the volunteer positions at its three membership desks into paid part-time jobs starting Nov. 1.
“The fact is that because of new technologies and also the expansion of auditing and compliance requirements, the demands on membership have really been changing over the last year and they’ve increased dramatically at this point,” said Harold Holzer, senior vice president for public affairs at the museum. “All of those [reasons] prompted reexamination of the way the desks are staffed, and we really think that we need paid employees working at the desks.” Read More
This will come as no surprise to you if you’ve visited the New Museum recently, but this afternoon it announced that it has dumped City Bakery’s Birdbath cafe for a new food establishment run by the Lower East Side Hester Street Fair, a sort of farmers’ market near the eponymous street.
It’s already been open, Read More
Collector Ingvild Goetz, the daughter of German entrepreneur Werner Otto, has given her Munich museum to Bavaria, along with 375 additional contemporary artworks. Four thousand more works from her collection will be placed on permanent loan.
Ms. Goetz’s museum, which was designed by the architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, has works by Isa Genzken, Read More
Collectors Charles and Irene Hamm have given 165 works from their collection of coastal art to the New Britain Museum of American Art, in New Britain, Conn., along with $1 million, the museum recently announced. The collection includes oil paintings by Robert Henri, Thomas Hart Benton and Rockwell Kent, and watercolors by Fairfield Porter, John Whorf and Sears Gallagher. ArtDaily has the story. Read More