The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore will reopen in October. The museum closed in September 2012 due to lack of funding. The new museum will focus on the story of Poe in Baltimore, as well as on the house itself. Read More
This morning arts journalists and German camera crews mingled amidst chunks of icebergs and Jacob Kassay paintings for a press preview of “Expo 1,” the new museum-wide exhibition at MoMA PS1. Read More
The curator Jens Hoffmann has been named a senior adjunct curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. He will curate “the museum’s major exhibitions,” according to the Detroit Free Press, as well as retain his current post as deputy director at New York’s Jewish Museum. (“He’ll commute to Detroit,” writes the Free Press.) Read More
This morning the Metropolitan Museum of Art offered journalists an early look at its latest Costume Institute show, “PUNK: Chaos to Couture,” which opens tomorrow. The show earned mixed reviews on social media, but nearly everyone took an opportunity to comment on the fact that one room features a recreation of the bathrooms at CBGB. Which is kind of amusing, if unexpected. Read More
The New York Times reports that the Metropolitan Museum of Art will return two 10th-century Khmer statues to Cambodia, following “new documentary research by the museum that corroborated Cambodian claims that the works had been improperly removed from their site at the Koh Ker temple complex.” Read More
The Met has released some highlights of its 2013–14 “Met Museum Presents” program, and there are quite a few gems. Among the concerts and talks are shows in a variety of galleries with new works by downtown avant-garde composer John Zorn (it’s his 60th birthday this year and has a lot going on around down), Read More
After more than 15 years of restoration work, 101 Spring Street, the cast-iron building in Soho where Minimalist artist Donald Judd lived off and on until his death in 1994, will reopen to the public as a museum in June. “We’re a little giddy here,” Rainer Judd, the artist’s daughter, told a group of journalists last Thursday inside the building, where she grew up with her brother Flavin Judd, who was also on hand.
Judd père bought the place in 1968 along with their mother, dancer Julie Finch. It was a big year for him: he had a show at the Whitney, his first child (Flavin, who’s named for the late artist Dan Flavin) and a cactus collection that was becoming a problem. “There was a certain amount of panic about where was the cactus going to go?” Rainer Judd said. They decamped from their cramped Union Square place for the fixer-upper on Spring Street. Read More
The Met’s Been Hacked! Tipsy Museum Meet-Ups Attract ‘Girls’ Star Allison Williams, Vimeo Founder Zach Klein
Nick Gray looked sharp as he buzzed around the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Great Hall on a recent Saturday night, greeting members of his tour group and directing them to the coat check. In an immaculate navy blue sweater, striped tie and brown wing tips, the 31-year-old looked like a freshly pressed Ivy Leaguer and exuded a wholesome, open charm.
Once his group of roughly 20 souls had gathered at the base of an Egyptian statue, Mr. Gray asked them to introduce themselves by making a gesture and naming a passion. There were curtsies, twirls and air punches. Passions included Mickey Mouse and Amazon.com. Mr. Gray executed a kung-fu chop and said he was passionate about the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read More