More on the Benin Bronzes

A Benin sculpture is facing the auction block.

An Edo Bronze from the Kingdom of Benin, not dated, L. 16″

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.

Museums and the end of lockdown

“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.

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Visitors with Alzheimer’s

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.

Case Study: Returning works of cultural heritage to their homelands

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.

Where did you spend the COVID-19 quarantine?

The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, a 28,000-square-foot Greek-Revival estate in a forested area of Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. Antonio Cruz, the resident caretaker, has lived in an upstairs apartment in the mansion with his wife and family since 1999, rent free. Mr. Cruz, with their French bulldog Dexter, gets some air with his wife, Mary Janet Cruz, and their sons Scott, 21, and Joseph, 17. The couple raised both of their sons on the property.

“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.”

Collecting COVID-19

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.

Ruben Natal-San Miguel’s “Toilet Paper Hoarder, Manhattan NYC” was submitted to the Museum of the City of New York‘s #CovidStoriesNYC project.
Credit: Ruben Natal-San Migue, via Museum of the City of New York
How Will We Remember the Pandemic? Museums Are Already Deciding

Leonardo at the Louvre

An exhibition in three reviews…

• Philip Kennicott, “Not every Leonardo…” Washington Post, Oct. 18, 2019.

“Beyond the Glass” at the Louvre’s Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, 2019. (XP captures, Courtesy Emissive and HTC Vive Arts)

• Michael Glover, “Leonardo da Vinci, Lost at the Louvre.” Hyperallergic, Nov. 2, 2019.

• Sebastian Smee, “Quiet please…” Washington Post, Oct. 29, 2019.

The Louvre’s 2019 Leonardo exhibition includes Andrea del Verrocchio’s “Christ and Saint Thomas” (1467-83), a work that inspired da Vinci. (Musee du Louvre/Antoine Mongodin)

OK, four reviews…but this one in London:

Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece, commissioned & produced by the National Gallery and created by 59 Productions. Photo by Justin Sutcliffe.

National Gallery, London: Virgin of the Rocks, through January 12, 2020.