The contested sale of African art went ahead. It is not yet known who acquired the Igbo statues above. Professor Chika Okek-Aggulu of Princeton University wrote a letter of protest to Christie’s prior to the June 29 sale of African, Oceanic, and North American art.
A Benin sculpture is facing the auction block.
General information about the sale of this particular object can be found at Christie’s catalogue for this sale of art from Africa, Oceania, and North America.
This article by Erin Thompson gives you some context for the sale on June 29, 2020.
Follow-up June 30: The link to the catalogue does not work and this bronze does not appear among the objects in the sale.
“As lockdowns gradually come to an end in several regions and countries, museums have to revise and update their health security protocols to reopen properly. While national regulations vary depending on the specific evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some basic measures that can be taken to protect the health of both visitors and staff.”
Issued by the International Council of Museums, May 12, 2020.
Reflections: The Nasher Museum Alzheimer’s Program at Duke University began in 2014. As the museum states in its website, the program “provides engaging and interactive museum tours to visitors with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, their families, and their care partners. Reflections tours include guided discussions through the galleries, as well as live musical performances or hands-on art experiences. These special tours offer people who live with memory loss and their families the opportunity to enjoy art in the moment and to engage with the current exhibitions using multiple senses.”
What happened when the museum had to close because of the health crisis of COVID 19? Read about this in Colony Little’s June 1, 2020 article for Hyperallergic.
How will this develop at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris? Read more in Fayah Nayeri’s New York Times article of June 5, 2020.
On the museum’s website you can link to a variety of tours to explore their collections.
You can also explore collections from places around the globe from the map.
“The resident caretakers of some of New York’s cherished landmarks may have the city’s strangest work-from-home assignment.” Read more in Stefanos Chen’s article from the New York Times, June 5, 2020, “Quarantined in a museum.”
What object(s) would you contribute to a museum to represents your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic? Read Adam Popescu’s article from the New York Times (May 25, 2020) to see what museums are collecting and the questions that arise from the act of collecting and deciding what is collected.