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Thursday, 06 February 2014 16:58

Cooper-Hewitt Museum Receives $10 Million Gift

The Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York has received a $10 million gift from the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation. It is the largest donation in the institution’s history. The generous bequest follows a $5 million donation from the city of New York to help fund the museum’s $79 million renovation. When the Cooper-Hewitt reopens in the fall of 2014, it will have a new third-floor gallery, which will bear the Mandel family name, and 60% more exhibition space, enabling it to present a more significant portion of its collection as well as major design exhibitions.   

The Cooper-Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted to historical and contemporary design. Located in the former home of steel tycoon, Andrew Carnegie, the museum has been closed since 2011 while the building and its surrounding gardens are expanded and restored.

Barbara Mandel joined Cooper-Hewitt’s board in 1997 and she has been a member of the museum’s executive committee since 1998.

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The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA is leaving the curation an upcoming exhibition up to the public. The museum is asking community members to vote for the works they would like to see on view in its new Waitzer Community Gallery upon the institution’s reopening on May 10. It is currently closed for a major expansion.

‘Popular by Demand’ will featured works pulled from the Chrysler Museum’s archives a a complement to the other collections exhibited through the institution. Voters can select up to 10 works through the museum’s website. Voting ends on February 26.

The Chrysler Museum of Art was founded in 1933 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. In 1971, the automotive heir, Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., donated most of his art collection to the museum, greatly expanding its holdings. The Chrysler Museum’s collection is comprised of over 30,000 works and spans over 5,000 years. Its holdings include works by Tintoretto, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velazquez, Edouard Manet, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol. 

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Thursday, 09 January 2014 17:55

MoMA Trustees Okay Expansion

The Museum of Modern Art’s Board of Trustees has approved the initial plans for an expansion project that will add 40,000 square feet of public space and galleries to the museum. The addition will allow the institution to reconceive how its collection and exhibitions are presented. New York-based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro will spearhead the project.

In order to make way for the new galleries and spaces, MoMA will raze the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, which it acquired in 2011 after the Folk Art Museum defaulted on more than $30 million in bond debt. Designed by New York architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the American Folk Art Museum’s former building sits adjacent to MoMA and earned praise from architecture critics when it opened in 2001.

Glen D. Lowry, MoMA’s director, released a statement saying, “The plans approved today are the result of a recommendation from [DS+R] after a diligent and thoughtful six-month study and design process that explored all options for the site. The analysis that we undertook was lengthy and rigorous, and ultimately led us to the determination that creating a new building on the site of the former American Folk Art Museum is the only way to achieve a fully integrated campus.”

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After eight years, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s  $350-million expansion and renovation project has come to a close. The museum’s west wing opened to the public last week, revealing new galleries adorned with statues, sculptures, and other works from China, India and southeast Asia.

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s expansion project began in 2005 and new galleries for Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and African art opened in 2010. Last year, the museum opened a glass-enclosed atrium, which connects the old museum buildings to the new structures. The project has created significantly more exhibition space and room for educational programs and events at the museum. 

The Cleveland Museum of Art was established in 1913 and is celebrated for its substantial collections of Asian and Egyptian art. 

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The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA will unveil its updated, 140-acre campus on July 4, 2014. The museum’s decade-long expansion plan is the most significant transformation the institution has undergone since opening in 1955.

The renovations were spearheaded by three different architects -- Japan’s Tadao Ando Architects designed the new, 44,000-square-foot Visitor Center; New York’s Selldorf Architects transformed the original Museum Building as well as the Manton Research Center; and Massachusetts-based firm, Reed Hilderband, updated the Clark’s landscape and added a dramatic, one-acre reflecting pool. The renovation added over 16,000-square-feet of gallery space to the museum, allowing the Clark to exhibit more of its remarkable collection, which includes Old Master paintings, Impressionist masterpieces, and fine British and American silver.

When the Clark reopens this summer, the museum will present four inaugural exhibitions and the reinstallation of its collections. The exhibitions include ‘Make It New: Abstract Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975,’ ‘Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum,’ ‘Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith,’ and ‘Photography and Discovery.’

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When the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opens its new building to the public in 2016, its free admission policy will expand from visitors 12-years-old and under to 18 and under. The initiative was spurred by the museum’s commitment to inspire more young people by promoting intimate art experiences and is intended to encourage repeat visits by Bay Area youths. The expansion is expected to result in as many as 30,000 additional visitors annually between the ages of 13 and 18.


The updated free admission policy was made possible in part by a $5 million donation from Arthur Rock and Toni Rembe Rock. Following the Rocks’ major gift, SFMOMA succeeded in raising the total $10 million endowment required to ensure free admission to the museum’s young visitors. The additional $5 million was donated by Maryellie and Rupert Johnson, Harriet Heyman and Sir Michael Moritz, Lisa and John Pritzker, Irwin and Concepcion Federman, and Patricia W. Fitzpatrick.

 Grant donor Arthur Rock, said, “It’s an honor to be able to further the Bay Area community’s ability to experience all that SFMOMA has to offer. The museum is an indispensable educational resource and an aid to personal development that must be provided to our children barrier-free.”



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Thursday, 31 October 2013 18:53

Queens Museum Completes Major Renovation

The Queens Museum of Art has completed its $69-million renovation and will reopen to the public on November 9, 2013. The newly expanded, 105,000-square-foot building includes new galleries, a 48-foot-tall atrium, public event spaces, an artist studio wing, a café and a museum shop. The museum has also announced a future addition to be completed by 2015, which will house a branch of the Queens Library; the partnership will be the first of its kind in the United States.

The Queens Museum’s expansion project was funded through a public-private partnership including $54 million in government support from New York City as well as bequests from private supporters and trustees of the museum. The institution expected patronage to double from 100,000 to 200,000 in the next year.

Founded in 1972, the Queens Museum of Art houses the well-known Panorama of the City of New York, a scale model of the five boroughs built for the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

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The Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York received $5 million from the city to be put toward its $79 million renovation project. The city has already contributed $9.3 million to the endeavor.

The Cooper-Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted to historical and contemporary design. Located in the former home of steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie, the museum has been closed since 2011 while the building and its surrounding gardens are being restored and expanded. The Cooper-Hewitt is slated to reopen by fall 2014.

The museum began campaigning in 2006, hoping to raise $79 million for the renovation and $10 million for its endowment. Officials say that over 90% of the funds have been raised. When the project reaches completion, the Cooper-Hewitt will have a new third-floor gallery and 60% more exhibition space, enabling it to present a more significant portion of its collection as well as major design exhibitions.

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Washington’s Tacoma Art Museum broke ground Thursday, September 5, 2013 on a $15.5 million expansion that will include new galleries. The 16,000-square-foot wing will house 280 works of Western art donated to the museum by German billionaires Erivan and Helga Haub. The collection, which ranks as one of the finest groupings of Western American art in the world, was accompanied by a $20 million gift from the Haubs.

The Tacoma Art Museum’s expansion, which is helmed by the Seattle-based architect Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, is slated to reach completion by fall 2014. The institution will boast the most significant public holding of Western artworks in the Pacific Northwest. The Haubs’ bequest includes landscapes by Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran, sculptures by Frederic Remington and works by modernist painters including Georgia O’Keeffe. The pieces range from the 1820s to the present and span various Western art genres.

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On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, Ann Goldstein announced that she will resign as director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Goldstein has helmed the museum since 2010 and oversaw its recent expansion, which reached completion in September 2012. Goldstein will leave her post on December 1, 2013.

After announcing her sudden departure, Goldstein released the following statement:

 It has been a privilege to serve this great institution, to oversee its re-opening after nearly nine years of closure, and to live and work in a community that deeply values the vital presence of the Stedelijk Museum in people’s lives. While assuming responsibility for a closed museum presented tremendous challenges, it also offered unexpected opportunities. With The Temporary Stedelijk (2010–12) we were able to reconsider what a museum could be for its publics—open or closed—offering exhibitions, public programs and education initiatives in our unfinished historic museum building and throughout Amsterdam prior to our reopening. Now, nearly a year since our reopening, we have achieved our long-anticipated goal of a fully functioning, international museum with an exhibition schedule that prepared for the next two years. I announced my resignation to the Supervisory Board on June 26, 2013, confident that my work is done and the museum is firmly poised for a new artistic director to lead it into the future. I feel a strong affection for this remarkable institution’s exceptionally devoted staff, board, and community, and have often said that the esteemed and inspiring history of the Stedelijk is part of my DNA as a museum professional. It will surely always remain close to my heart.

During her time at the Stedelijk, Goldstein helped acquire over 1,500 works for the museum’s permanent collection; over 600 of those pieces were donated. There has been some speculation that Goldstein will return to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art where she served as the senior curator from 1983 to 2009.

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