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Barry and Gail Lord talk to WAN about the importance of cultural planning and staying ahead of the competition

World Architecture News, 14 July 2014


TORONTO, ONTARIO — "Thus far in our interview series we have concentrated on architecture and design studios. Taking a different tack, this week we spoke to Lord Cultural Resources, a practice specialising in creating cultural capital. Headed by Gail and Barry Lord, the firm has more than 60 cultural planning professionals across offices in Toronto, New York, Paris, Mumbai and Beijing. The firm has recently completed a cultural plan for Chicago and was instrumental in initiating the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Lord Cultural Resources was founded in Canada in 1981, branching out into Europe after three years and Asia three years after that. In 1996 the team found a footing in Saudi Arabia and is currently working on cultural projects in Dubai and Doha, as well as the King Abdulaziz Center for World Cultures in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia."


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Seattle Museum Partners with Sennheiser for Audio Exhibits

AV Network, 31 July 2014


SEATTLE, WASHINGTON— "Seattle's EMP [Experience Museum Project] Museum, housed in a spectacular 140,000 square foot building designed by preeminent architect Frank O. Gehry, is home to popular culture exhibits in the world, featuring everything from fantasy, horror, science fiction, video games and of course rock 'n' roll. Since opening in 2000, EMP has delivered a leading edge experience to visitors from all over the globe. Now, through a new partnership with audio specialist Sennheiser, the museum is also set to deliver a world-class audio experience.

As the first stage of the partnership, several hundred Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones will be deployed throughout the museum's exhibits beginning in September of this year.
Lord Cultural Resources developed the Business Plan and Exhibition Plan for the Museum.


Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center wins Design of the Year 2014

de zeen magazine, 30 June 2014


BAKU, AZERBAIJAN — "News: architect Zaha Hadid's undulating Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku has been named Design of the Year by London's Design Museum this evening. Zaha Hadid has become the first woman to receive the Design Museum's annual award in its seven-year history, announced during a ceremony at St Martins Lane Hotel in London.

The cultural centre, which rises from the landscape in the Azerbaijani capital, is also the first architecture project to be lauded.”
Lordculture conducted the master planning for this project.


Erleen Hatfield on engineering the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion 

World Architecture News, 28 July 2014


NEW YORK, NEW YORK — "The National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion, acts as an open and transparent entry for visitors to the below-grade museum from the memorial site. BuroHappold Engineering, selected by the Pavilion’s architect, Snøhetta, provided integrated mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural engineering services that contributed to the realization of this 47,000 sq ft cultural facility that orients the visitor within the memorial grounds and belies the complexity of the site.

Overcoming the many constraints of a site that is situated in dense urban infrastructure and that has been continually transforming since September 11, 2001, required rigorous coordination and interplay among architect, engineer and other project teams working on site. Integrated structural systems, both above and below grade impacted the building’s design as well. The team had to take into consideration support for the museum below and other underground infrastructure when calculating structural loads."
Lord Cultural Resources has been an integral part of the team planning the cultural elements of the project. Our firm provided Institutional Planning for the Memorial Museum, developed the Collections Policies and Plan, Facility Plan and Business Plan.


 Zoom – 20 Years Young


VIENNA, AUSTRIA —  “It feels like just yesterday that Barry Lord and I were invited to Vienna to advise on the then very controversial project to create the Museums Quartier in the old Messepalast and Imperial Stables. This was a strategic initiative intended to transform Vienna from a city that was mainly nostalgia - focused to a Vienna that would welcome new ideas in art and architecture not just on the periphery but in its vital cultural centre. The transformation of Vienna is itself a `very interesting subject because today Vienna is rated on international measures in the top 10 cities in innovation in the world. How Zoom, Austria’s first children’s museum, sparked new ways of thinking about children and the development of a distinct European philosophy of children’s museum is the subject of my contribution to this anniversary publication. Lord Cultural Resources was assigned the challenge of assessing the feasibility of a children’s museum in Vienna."


Canadian Concert for Human Rights, full weekend of free family events to mark CMHR official opening

Canadian Museum of Human Rights Website, 24 July 2014


WINNIPEG, MANITOBA — "Canadians are invited to join in a full weekend of free events and performances on September 20 and 21 in celebration of the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). Museum representatives and event partners said the two-day festival – titled RightsFest – would offer something for people of all ages and backgrounds, from an open-air Canadian Concert for Human Rights starring nationally renowned musicians, to daytime activities and programs that explore and celebrate the rights and responsibilities Canadians share."
Lord Cultural Resources has been the museum planning consultant on this project from its inception.


Sculptural Treats Grace a Reopening

The New York Times, 6 July 2014


WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS — "The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, which recently completed a 12-year, $145 million expansion project including new buildings by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando and renovations by the German-born architect Annabelle Selldorf, has reopened its doors in Williamstown, Mass., just in time for the great summer exodus of urban art pilgrims. In addition to Clark’s celebrated permanent collection, part of which has been on tour for three years, visitors can take in two new shows celebrating sculpture by artists separated by millenniums."
Lord Cultural Resources provided Financial Forecasting, Plan, and Projection Update as well as facility planning services to the Clark’s archive facility expansion plan.


John Lewis Celebrates Design

Curated by Design Museum; July - September 2014

johnlewis.com, July 2014


UNITED KINGDOM — "As part of our 150th anniversary, we’re celebrating the essential role design has played in our past and will continue to play in our future. We’re delighted to be collaborating with London’s Design Museum in a number of events that focus on the importance of consumer design, and the part it plays in shaping and enriching our lives."
[John Lewis, a UK department store group, has planned a range of activities to celebrate a major anniversary. For next year’s 150th anniversary John Lewis is teaming up with London’s Design Museum to run events and activities in August and September that focus on the retailer’s design heritage and history.]
Lord Cultural Resources worked on feasibility study on the Museum's move to a new site.


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Discovery Science Center changes name to Discovery Cube

Change was due to lessen confusion with California Science Center. L.A. museum expected to open Nov. 13; O.C. expansion to finish in April.

ocregister.com, 29 July 2014


CALIFORNIA — "The Discovery Science Center is changing its name to Discovery Cube Orange County and creating a new foundation to oversee museums in both Santa Ana and Los Angeles. The Discovery Science Foundation – currently seeking nonprofit status – is also moving swiftly toward launching its new site, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, with plans to open a two-story, 71,000-square-foot museum in Sylmar on Nov. 13, in the San Fernando Valley’s Hansen Dam Recreation Center."


Sturgis Motorcycle Museum officials maintain grand vision for expansion

Black Hills Pioneer, 28 July 2014


BLACK HILLS, SOUTH DAKOTA — "The vision for a planned expansion at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame would more than triple the size of the building, and create an iconic destination point for visitors to the Black Hills, museum officials say. Christine Page-Diers, director of the museum, said the organization is still in the very beginning stages of raising the funds to make that happen. The museum board is in the process of hiring a development director to help with the capital campaign that seeks to raise $7 million — $5 million to build a new, 25,000 square foot facility, $1 million to be spent on exhibits, and $1 million for a museum endowment that will take the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame well into the future. Page-Diers said the board would like to reach its fundraising goal within two years, 'but we’re still ramping up.'"


Mercury opinion: Richard III centre lives up to hype

Leicester Mercury, 25 July 2014


LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM — "Like everything to do with King Richard III, the new visitor centre, which opens tomorrow in Leicester, is bound to divide opinion and it will have its detractors. Indeed, the criticism has already started on some web message boards and there will doubtlessly be more to come.

However, we are sure that most visitors will thoroughly enjoy the new centre and that it will prove a tremendous success.

For a start it is housed in a fine old building – the former Alderman Newton School – making the venue an attractive place to visit in itself. The main attraction, of course, is the exhibition inside. And it is an impressive achievement."
[see also Leicester's Richard III visitor centre: Crowds at opening, BBC News, 26 July 2014]


Komitas Museum-Institute to open in Yerevan this year

Public Radio of America, 24 July 2014


YEREVAN, ARMENIA — "The Armenian Government has decided to establish a Komitas Museum-Institute to create favorable conditions for collecting information about the life and work of the great Armenian composer, for studying, preserving and popularizing his legacy. It will also serve to protect the traditions of the Armenian religious and folk music, promote the development of creative abilities of young people in the field of national, folk, classical and modern music.

Despite the invaluable role of Komitas, his legacy and personal belongings are kept in different organizations today – the Literature and Art Museum after Yeghishe Charents, the archives of the Art Institute of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences."


Biggin Hill Heritage Centre design gets permission to land

Sevenoaks Chronicle, 23 July 2014


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — "PLANS for a museum in Biggin Hill to celebrate the world famous RAF base moved a step closer after the design was approved by Bromley Council.

The Biggin Hill Battle of Britain Supporters’ Club’s application for the heritage centre due to be built next to St Georges Chapel in Main Road was heard on Thursday.

The museum will house a replica aircraft alongside models and artefacts as well as a memorabilia shop and publicly accessible cafeteria.”


£13.3m vision for museum unveiled

Dorset Echo, 23 July 2014


DORSET, UNITED KINGDOM — "THE DORSET County Museum has been sharing its exciting vision for the future with the Dorchester community.

A series of consultation events have seen the museum outline its development plans and give residents, businesses, societies and groups a chance to have their input on the way forward.

The Dorset County Museum is currently working up plans for a major £13.3million development that will see the building expanded and give the public greater access to its vast collection of artefacts."


In the Pipeline: Big plans for surfing museum

Huntington Post Independent, 23 July 2014


HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA — "A couple of surfing stories today, given that the U.S. Open of Surfing will be getting underway in Huntington Beach in just days.

The other morning I was sitting with Cindy Cross, director of the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. She shared some of the remarkable new plans for the $2.5 million expansion, expected to be completed within the next two years. In addition to its current site on Olive Avenue, the museum is also taking over an area just across the street, which will add 5,000 square feet to the existing 2,000.

As Cross explained, the idea is to let the current location tell the A-Z history of surfing in the area, while the new location would house revolving exhibits, a state-of-the-art movie theater and more."


Ashmolean exhibition reveals the real curse of Tutankhamun

The Art Newspaper, 22 July 2014


OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM — "The tomb of Tutankhamun, in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, is one of the top attractions in Egypt—so much so that a replica made by the Madrid-based company Factum Arte opened nearby in May to limit the damage caused to the original by visitors. But despite the fame and importance of the tomb, specialists say that its contents have still not been properly studied and catalogued, nearly a century after its discovery.

“The real curse is that too few scholars have devoted attention to the contents of the tomb,” says Paul Collins, the co-curator of “Discovering Tutankhamun”, an exhibition that opens on Thursday, 24 July (until 2 November) at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford."


A Rare Peak Inside the Secret CIA Museum

Parade, 17 July 2014


LANGLEY, VIRGINIA — "Deep inside the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia, is the most amazing museum you will probably never see. The CIA Museum, which was founded in the early 1990s, houses a collection of artifacts acquired from World War II to the war on terror. James Bond-style hidden cameras and concealed compasses from the Cold War sit beside Osama Bin Laden’s AK-47. The galleries and storage space is home to around 18,000 artifacts, and the museum’s curator, Toni Hiley, likens it to the last scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, according to Yahoo News. "


Beijing opens first museum of literary classics

China Daily, 16 July 2014


BEIJING, CHINA — "After detailed restoration in a heavily guarded warehouse, the cream of China's literary works have finally found a home open to the general public with the official opening of the National Museum of Classic Books in Beijing on Tuesday.

The museum, established by the National Library of China after two years of preparation, is the country's first public institution to focus on exhibitions of ancient classic books.

"Ancient classic books are a historical witness of China's consistent civilization throughout thousands of years," said Han Yongjin, director of the library. "A combination of museum and library is an inevitable trend. The Chinese characters written on these ancient books have to be seen. Our readers will also thus get new experiences.""


War dead from 13,000 years ago go on display at British Museum

The Guardian in London, 14 July 2014


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — "Lying on their left sides, curled together, the two skeletons on display for the first time at the British Museum look peacefully laid to rest. But the razor-sharp stone flakes among the bones are the remains of ancient weapons. The two are among the oldest known war dead in the world, men who died 13,000 years ago.

The cemetery they came from, on the banks of the Nile in what is now northern Sudan, is famous among archaeologists: dating from about 11,000 BC, it is among the oldest organised burial grounds in the world. However, the finds have never been exhibited before."


A History of the Now, Found in Politically Charged Objects

The New York Times, 6 July 2014


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — “A pair of Primark cargo shorts made at a Bangladeshi sweatshop that collapsed last year, killing more than 1,100 people. The first 3-D printed handgun. An “Occupy Sandy” sign made by grass-roots organizers in New York after Hurricane Sandy.

These are among the objects going on view this month at the Victoria and Albert Museum here in separate exhibitions that push the boundaries of museum collecting and design. “Rapid Response Collecting,” which opened this past weekend, offers a new approach to how museums codify contemporary items as historical, while “Disobedient Objects,” which is to open on July 26, showcases material made by social movements worldwide.”


New York spider exhibition dispels 'Holly-wood-based' fears

CTV News, 4 July 2014


NEW YORK, NEW YORK — "Terrified of spiders? Then get down and personal with the venomous beasts at one of New York's top museums as it debunks the Hollywood myth that they're dangerous.

Arachnophobia, the excessive fear of spiders, is one of the most common animal phobias -- felt by millions of people worldwide.

And yet scientists say eight-legged creatures, tarantulas and scorpions included, pose no threat to humans, keep insects at bay and may even help cure disease."


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Pair of existing forms reimagined

World Architecture News, 30 July 2014


LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON, FRANCE — "French design practice C+D Architecture has recently completed two cultural facilities in the Languedoc Roussillon region. The two restoration projects were made possible with funding from the region and offer very different cultural opportunities for the public.

The Maritime Museum in Sète is located in the former premises of IFREMER, the oceanographic organisation L'Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer. The original building lay derelict for ten years on a listed site, set between a marine theatre and a cemetery." 


Architect Team Selected for Lucas Museum

Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2014


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — ""Star Wars" creator George Lucas on Monday announced an architectural team for his controversial planned museum on Chicago's lakefront: an avant-garde Chinese designer whose credits include Toronto-area skyscrapers dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe Towers" and Chicago's Jeanne Gang, shaper of the undulating Aqua Tower here.

Ma Yansong, founder of the Beijing firm MAD Architects, will design the building for Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art. Gang, who heads Studio Gang Architects, will conceive the landscape around the building and design a pedestrian bridge linking the museum to Northerly Island, a peninsula east of the museum site."

[see also: George Lucas' museum set for Chicago, World Architecture News, 29 July 2014]


Council seeking firms for major revamp of historic Aberdeen building

STV News, 21 July 2014


ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND — "Aberdeen City Council has begun looking for firms to carry out part of the £30m revamp of the city's Art Gallery.

The local authority approved plans for the major redevelopment in December 2013.

They include the construction of a new rooftop gallery and the extension of the gallery’s iconic war memorial.

Aberdeen City Centre Community Council chairman, Dustin Macdonald, said: “It's great to see the next step towards expanding the Art Gallery has been taken.”

The local authority has committed £10m towards the project and has underwritten a £10m public fundraising campaign. A further application for £10m has been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund."


Bofill and Gerber Architekten tie in Nobel Qur’an Oasis competition in Saudi Arabia

World Architecture News, 15 July 2014


SAUDI ARABIA — "Top to bottom: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura; Gerber Architekten

Bofill and Gerber Architekten tie in Nobel Qur’an Oasis competition in Saudi Arabia

An invited competition to create a landmark Islamic cultural center in the Saudi Arabian desert has resulted in a tie for first place between Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura and Gerber Architekten.

Located outside of Medina, the project unites a combination of program spaces to create a global center for Islamic education and religious knowledge, including a museum, research center, educational component, library and cafes.

The project is intended to restore the historic holy city of Medina to its former prominence as a globally recognized Islamic culture center. Bofill and Gerber Architekten bested entries by gmp architecten and Zaha Hadid."


The BIG Maze opens in Washington

World Architecture News, 9 July 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C — "On 4 July, the National Building Museum in Washington unveiled an interactive new exhibit designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The BIG Maze is located in the Museum’s Great Hall, hidden behind 20ft-high walls. Constructed using Baltic birch plywood, the walls of the maze gradually descend towards the centre of the form, meaning that those standing in the centre can understand their path and easily find a way out.

Chase W. Rynd, Executive Director of the National Building Museum explains that the 57x57ft BIG Maze gives visitors ‘a chance to physically interact with the work of a cutting-edge international design firm’, prior to the full BIG Exhibition planned for January 2015."


Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry's exhibit shows redesign of Philly museum

CTV News, 6 July 2014


PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANNIA — “The Philadelphia Art Museum's newest exhibit showcases ... the Philadelphia Art Museum.

The show called "Making a Classic Modern" features architect Frank Gehry's master plan for the venerable institution.

Gehry's challenge was to expand the building without radically altering its elegant exterior. The neoclassical landmark has grand columns and a wide staircase made famous by the movie "Rocky.""


Mauritshuis museum reopens to public

World Architecture News, 2 July 2014


HAGUE, NETHERLANDS — "I.M. Pei’s Louvre in Paris and the Apple Store in New York by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Eckersley O’Callaghan Structural Design provided initial points of inspiration for the design team at Hans van Heeswijk Architects in Amsterdam when presented with the opportunity to work on a challenging project at the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague. The institution displays a collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings.

The first visitors have now been welcomed into the Mauritshuis museum as part of the official opening weekend on 28 June. Hans van Heeswijk Architects’ design, which stitches together the existing 17th-century building and an Art Deco form across the road with a subterranean daylit volume, was realised in the space of two years. The original Mauritshuis museum has also undergone a renovation of its own."


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WATCH: North Wales museum becomes first in the world to trial Apple iBeacon app

Daily Post, 31 July 2014


WALES — "A North Wales museum will launch a world first with its “game changing” phone app.

The National Slate Museum Llanberis will be the first national museum in the world to trial a Culture and Heritage Apple iBeacon app, enabling visitors to the site to discover more about the collections on their mobile devices as they visit over the summer via the 25 iBeacons around the site."


Museum of Science Opens 4-D Theater

Business Wire, 30 July 2014


BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — “The Museum of Science, Boston today announced a new 4-D Theater will open on Friday, August 1, 2014. The 4-D Theater combines the visually captivating high definition capabilities of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment to create a fully immersive experience.

The 4-D Theater features industry-leading technology to provide museumgoers with a full sensory experience that will bring on-screen images to life. The action spills out of the screen over the audience with thrill-enhancing sensory special effects including wind, water misting, blowing snow, bubbles, scents, and even a tremor beneath the feet, making the audience feel like they are part of the action on-screen.”


Rare First World War film footage on display at Royal B.C. Museum

Victoria News, 30 July 2014


VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA - "The Royal B.C. Museum will launch its commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War with a new installation in Clifford Carl Hall on Monday (Aug. 4), the first part of a continuing project to mark the historic milestone.

The centrepiece of the First World War –also known as the Great War – installation is a series of four videos painstakingly put together by Royal B.C. Museum archivist Dennis J. Duffy.

Answering the Call features rare footage of Canadian troops training in Victoria, Vancouver and Comox and of their departure for Eastern Canada and, ultimately, the battlefields of Europe."


Cibo Named Digital Brand Partner for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Business Wire, 28 July 2014


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA —“Cibo, an integrated brand experience agency, today announced they have been selected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) as their experience design partner to help shape the museum’s digital future as part of its major expansion to open in 2016.

“We feel strongly about supporting the arts in our community. This collaboration provides an opportunity to not only do just that, but also to help SFMOMA continue its role as a global leader in contemporary art.”

'We’re delighted to have Cibo as a partner,' said Keir Winesmith, Head of Web and Digital Platforms at SFMOMA. 'Their team stood out from our first meeting for their thoughtful approach, incisive questions and crucially, their commitment to a long term relationship with the museum.'"


Hong Kong's first 3D museum opens

C&IT Magazine, 23 July 2014


HONG KONG, CHINA — "Hong Kong's first 3D museum offers visitors a chance to see the story of Hong Kong through a unique medium while inviting them to add their own elements to its history.

The 10,000 sqft museum, which opened earlier this month, houses more than 70 original exhibitions categorised in different zones.

These include paintings based on Hong Kong’s iconic scenery, from Victoria Harbour and the Bank of China Tower, to nostalgic landscapes depicting street hawkers, Queen’s Pier in Central that was demolished in 1998 and the former Kai Tak Airport."


Berlin’s Museums Integrate 3D Printing & Scanning in Several Unique Ways

3D Print.com, 17 July 2014


BERLIN, GERMANY — "Museum work often conjures up the image of a lonely art historian working in a dusty library identifying artifacts and blowing the dust off of leather bound tomes. However, just as with everything else, technology has not left the museum world behind. Museums are embracing 3D technology wholeheartedly as ways of overcoming what have been some of the most difficult curatorial and didactic problems that they face. In fact, the only reason that every museum does not yet have 3D scanners, printers, and all of the accouterments generally is the result of funding questions rather than Luddite curators." 


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Art and Culture


Artist's newsagent shop made entirely from felt looks sew real – in pictures

The Guardian, 31 July 2014


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - "Digestive biscuits, Bisto, Red Stripe, KY Jelly and Men’s Health magazine ... Lucy Sparrow has stuffed and stitched them all for her installation The Cornershop. Funded by Kickstarter, the shop contains nearly 2,000 classic groceries; and they’re all for sale

The Cornershop will be open at 19 Wellington Row, Bethnal Green, every day in August from 10am till 7pm."


The story of the original and greatest art fund

Getty archives reveal how in 1914 André Level organised sale of works by artists including Picasso and Matisse

The Art Newspaper , 31 July 2014


UNITED STATES - "The history of art funds is littered with dashed hopes and discarded business models. The past decade particularly has witnessed numerous attempts at pooling investors’ money to buy and sell art instead of, say, stocks. These are often announced with great fanfare, but it sometimes turns out that the fund has not raised enough money to operate and that the fund manager is no longer responding to phone calls. "


Waste not ... the Science Museum exhibits its rubbish – in pictures

The Guardian, 30 July 2014


UNITED KINGDOM - "How much rubbish does a national museum produce in a month? A whole heap, as artist Joshua Sofaer found out for the Science Museum’s Rubbish Collection exhibition. From decaying food to discarded bras, Sofaer collected and documented the museum trash before recycling it into a series of visual displays, showcasing both the value and volume of what we throw away.


Artist will light up the billboards of Times Square

The Art Newspaper, 29 July 2014


NEW YORK, NEW YORK — "An electronic billboard installation with the words “This is Not America” overlaid on a map of the Americas will light up New York’s Times Square starting on Friday, 1 August. For three minutes each night, just before midnight, This Is Not America (A Logo for America), 1987, by the Chilean-born, New York-based artist Alfredo Jaar will be displayed on 15 signs and 45 screens. The work was first shown in the square in 1987. “Language is not innocent. [It] reflects a geopolitical reality,” he says. “The use of the word America in the USA, erroneously referring only to the USA and not to the entire continent, is a clear manifestation of the political, financial and cultural domination of the USA over the rest of the continent.”
The work is part of the exhibition “Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today” (until 1 October) at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and is made possible by the Times Square Advertising Coalition and Times Square Arts."


Tim Hortons museum plans unveiled – for Hamilton, of course

Yahoo News, 25 July 2014


HAMILTON, ONTARIO — "Love it or hate it, Tim Hortons has become a cornerstone of Canadiana, a brand so connected to the country's identity that people request tattoos of its logo, a human rights trial garnered interest because it threatened to expose the restaurant's recipes and a man gifted temporary custody of a baby deer chose its one and only outing to be to the local Timmies.

The only thing fanatics of the 50-year-old coffee chain are missing is a clubhouse, a Mecca. A Graceland.

But that's a problem no longer, with the announcement that Tim Hortons will be converting its original location into a showpiece museum. And to the certain delight of Hamiltonians, it won't be in Toronto."


Survey to record Queen’s colossal art collection

The Art Newspaper, 25 June 2014


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — "Britain’s Royal Collection is to undergo the most ambitious condition survey ever carried out on a major group of paintings. On the eve of the conservation project, The Art Newspaper can give the precise number of paintings for which the collection is responsible: 7,564 works in oil. This is the first time that the number has been confirmed in the past 500 years. The works will all be condition-checked and properly photographed, and images of most of the paintings will be published online, revealing for the first time the extent of the world’s greatest private collection."


UK’s first black cultural heritage centre opens in Brixton

The Stage, 23 July 2014


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — "The UK’s first national black heritage centre has opened in a new £7 million development in south London, which includes an outdoor courtyard space that will be used for performances and events.

A refurbished grade II-listed building in Brixton, the site is home to the Black Cultural Archives, which includes the Black Plays Archives. This consists of scripts and costumes from historical black plays."


Rome's most profane Medieval frescoes unveiled

The Art Newspaper, 23 July 2014


ROME, ITALY — "Italy’s most important cycle of “profane” Medieval frescoes has opened to the public in the Gothic Hall of the Santi Quattro Coronati convent in Rome. A €150,000 grant from Arcus, a private company backed by the Italian culture ministry, paid for the creation of an access route that will not disturb the Augustinian nuns who have lived in the complex since the 16th century. Visits, by appointment, will take place twice a month.
Ludovico Ortona, Arcus’s administrator, says that the company wanted to share “an extraordinary cycle of frescoes” that pre-date Giotto and show the origins of Italian painting."


African Burial Ground in East Harlem to be memorialized

New York Amsterdam News, 17 July 2014


HARLEM, NEW YORK — "Originally scheduled for renovation throughout 2015 to 2019, the MTA’s bus depot at 2460 Second Ave. (between 126th and 127th streets) will instead shut down permanently Jan. 5, 2015 to make way for an African Burial Ground memorial.

A major ancestral awakening of New York City’s sordid slave history occurred in 2008, when Department of Transportation employees unearthed a 17th century African gravesite while refurbishing the Willis Avenue Bridge. The MTA offered to renovate the area in 2010."


The World’s Biggest Contemporary African Art Museum

Art News, 15 July 2015


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — "The world’s largest museum devoted to contemporary art from Africa is under construction in Cape Town. The $50 million Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) will be housed in a disused, colonial-era industrial structure consisting of 42 towering, nine-story-tall grain silos on the waterfront in Cape Town."


Photography then and now

The Guardian, July 2014


UNITED KINGDOM — "About this series: Two photographs taken from exactly the same viewpoint at different times in history.
- The ruins of Verdun, 1916 ... and now – interactive
In the latest from our weekly series of interactive photographs to mark the centenary of the first world war, a French soldier walks in the ruins of Verdun after a German bombardment in 1916."
- The western front in the first world war and now – interactive
Soldiers stand at the ramparts in Ypres, Belgium, in November 1917 25 Jul 2014: Archive photographs of significant events of the first world war in Belgium, France and England are matched with the locations today


Le Laboratoire is coming to Cambridge!

artscienzeprize.com, July 2014


BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — Events: "Le Laboratoire is coming to Cambridge! Check back soon for more information on the opening of Le Lab Cambridge in fall 2014."
News: New! Notice of Transition
The ArtScience Prize has many exciting transitions to announce for the upcoming year. Most immediately, we are bidding farewell to Cloud Place, our beloved building at 647 Boylston Street in Copley Square, home to 15 years of youth programming and the first 5 years of The ArtScience Prize. In September 2014, operations will move to the newly-constructed Le Laboratoire Cambridge, an innovation space in Kendall Square that will house exhibitions, lecture series, public workshops, and even a Café ArtScience restaurant."


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Creative Economies, Creative Cities, Innovation and Urban Planning, Cultural Tourism


Hirst's seaside housing scheme gets green light

The Art Newspaper, 31 July 2014


DEVON, UNITED KINGDOM - "Damien Hirst's ambitious plans to build an entire town—with 750 homes, a school, playgrounds, shops, offices and a health centre—just outside the town of Ilfracombe in north Devon have been approved by North Devon council, according to local press reports. The district council’s planning committee project gave the go ahead yesterday (30 July) for the project, known as the Southern Extension. But not everyone is keen on Hirst's proposals."


Brooklyn Museum Will Be Free for Visitors Under 20

Art News, 30 July 2014


BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - "Beginning September 3, the Brooklyn Museum will offer free admission to visitors under 20. The institution was previously free only to visitors under 12. In addition to this new policy for teens, the museum is increasing its suggested admission for adults from $12 to $16, the New York Times reports.

“This younger audience segment represents the future of all museums, and we must do everything possible to make it easier for them to visit,” museum director Arnold L. Lehman told the Times. “At the same time, economic realities make necessary this modest increase in our suggested admission fees for other audience segments.”"


Four Montreal schools make $35,000 donation to Canadian War Museum

The Montreal Gazette, 29 July 2014


MONTREAL, QUEBEC—- "Four high schools on the island of Montreal have donated a combined $35,000 to the Canadian War Museum.

The money, raised through a walkathon in May, will go toward the museum’s Operation Veteran program, which provides meals to veterans at the Museum and helps send students to Ottawa for Remembrance Day. Loyola High School, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, Queen of Angels Academy and Villa Maria teamed up to raise the money, according to a statement from the War Museum. The walkathon was in honour of the 100-year anniversary of the First World War"


Learn from how Chicago does culture

The Boston Globe, 27 July 2014


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — "When Chicago’s Millennium Park turned 10 this month, the Chicago Tribune hailed it as “the best thing former Mayor Richard M. Daley ever did” and “the latest demonstration of Chicago’s audacious ability to invent the urban future.”

The park began as a way to reclaim a 24.5-acre civic dead zone of parking lots and railway tracks between the city’s iconic skyline and lakefront. It’s become a place nearly 5 million people flock to a year — attracted by “Cloud Gate,” a mirrored arch by London artist Anish Kapoor that reflects the skyline and has been affectionately nicknamed “the Bean” because of its rounded shape; the “Crown Fountain,” a reflecting pool between waterfalls cascading from two 50-foot-tall blocks by Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa; and a bandshell designed by Los Angeles starchitect Frank Gehry."


Roger Daltrey backs Ashford model railway museum plans

BBC News, 22 July 2014


KENT, UNITED KINGDOM — "Rock star Roger Daltrey has backed plans for the creation of an international model railway museum.

The Who front man joined council leaders to discuss proposals for a two-and-a-half acre site to be based by Ashford station, in Kent.

Daltrey, who lives in Sussex, has previously spoken about his fondness for model railways.

Ashford Borough Council said it was "delighted" to have his support and called Friday's meeting "productive".

In a BBC Radio 2 interview with Chris Evans in March, Daltrey said model trains were his "number one passion.""


Town of Cobourg Seeking Public Ideas on Future Use of the Cobourg Harbour

Northhumberland View, 21 July 2014


COBOURG, ONTARIO — "Municipality extending public consultation due date to accommodate high level of interest.

Please be advised that the Town of Cobourg is seeking ideas from the public regarding the future use of the Cobourg harbour. The Municipality has extended the deadline for public suggestion to encourage all interested citizens to provide strategic advice and counsel on specific user needs and requests at the Cobourg harbour.

The Town of Cobourg has seen a large amount of interest from user groups and residents regarding the Marina Expansion plan. The Town of Cobourg is therefore extending the due date for public comment in order to allow appropriate time for all interested citizens to submit their ideas and suggestions. Please note, to provide input on the harbour, you do not need to be a member of a club or user group. The Town is looking for strategic and creative ideas from all citizens."


Barcelona Olympic facilities to host a 66.000 m2 sports theme park in 2015

VilaWeb, 20 July 2014


BARCELONA, SPAIN — "In 2015, Barcelona Olympic Ring will become the home of Open Camp Sportainment, the first theme park in the world entirely dedicated to sports. According to Open Camp S.L., the company responsible for the project, the 66.000 m2 theme park will offer a "unique" show involving technology, family and sports. The new attraction will occupy the current

Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi sports hall, the Olympic and Sports Museum Juan Antonio Samaranch, the Bernat Picornell swimming pool, the telecommunications tower designed by Santiago Calatrava and the INEFC sports faculty, which will only be accessed during the summer break when there are no classes. All these facilities will combine their regular activities with those of the theme park, which will be open from April to October, some 250 days per year. The regular entry will cost €28; one of the "cheapest" prices for a theme park in Europe said Barcelona Deputy Mayor for Economy, Enterprise and Employment, Sònia Recasens. The project expects 7,000 visitors per day and an annual economic impact for Barcelona of 52.8 million euros. It will also generate approximately 240 jobs, contributing for the local employment rates."


US museums provide emergency support for Syria

The Art Newspaper, 18 July 2014


SYRIA — "US museums are teaming up with the Syrian Interim Government’s Heritage Task Force to help protect Syrian museum collections and stem the loss of cultural heritage amid the country’s ongoing civil war.

Late last month, experts from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Pennsylvania Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center quietly organised a three-day training session for curators, heritage experts and civilians in an undisclosed location outside of Syria. Around 20 people from several Syrian provinces attended the event, which focused on securing high-risk collections."


Detroit museum announces $26.8 million in gifts

USA Today, 16 July 2014


DETROIT, MICHIGAN — "The Detroit Institute of Arts on Wednesday announced $26.8 million in additional gifts toward its $100 million contribution to the grand bargain, the plan on which much of the city's exit from bankruptcy is based.

The nine contributors include Roger S. Penske and Penske Corp. ($10 million), Quicken Loans and the Rock Ventures Family of Companies ($5 million), DTE Energy ($5 million), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan ($2.5 million), Meijer, Comerica Bank, JPMorgan Chase Foundation ($1 million each), Consumers Energy ($800,000) and Delta Air Lines Foundation ($500,000)."


A picture is worth: Toilet training in japan

Treehugger, 11 July 2014


TOKYO, JAPAN — "The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo has a special exhibition, Toilet!? — Human Waste & Earth’s Future that " invites visitors to get to know their poop, describing the types of excrement humans produce, creative ways to use toilets, how toilets work in space, ideas for recycling our waste and details of sewage systems."

It has this grand entrance, where kids wearing little poopy hats climb into a toilet. "There’s a toilet that complains, toilets that sing, and if your kids are being really crappy, you can flush them down a toilet slide that leads to a virtual sewer world."

There is a serious side to this; according to the museum website, 2.5 billion people do not have access to a toilet, and sewage disposal is a serious problem worldwide."


New York museum to host first sleepover for adults

Canoe.ca, 10 July 2014


NEW YORK, NEW YORK — "The American Museum of Natural History in New York is aiming to recreate the Ben Stiller film "Night at the Museum" by hosting its first-ever sleepover -- for adults.

Only instead of hot chocolate, guests will sip on champagne. And instead of Disney animated films, guests will be challenged to contemplate their place in the universe in a midnight showing of "Dark Universe," narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

It's the grown-up version of a sleepover that indulges the childhood dream of every bookish adult who has ever fantasized about being locked up in museum or library."


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