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.

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.”

Fire devastates museum in Brazil

Guardian graphic. Image: Google Earth. Source: Museu Nacional

A fire has completely destroyed the 200-year old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. Once the home of Brazil’s monarch, the palace became the largest history museum in Latin America. Its collections included art and artifacts of indigenous peoples, as well as Egyptian and Greco-Roman works, fossils, and so much more.

Canada: repatriating cultural heritage

“People Across the Globe Want Their Cultural Heritage Back. Canada May Offer a Blueprint for How to Get There”

“A proposed law would mobilize a national strategy to help Indigenous communities reclaim cultural heritage objects at home and abroad.”

A mask of the Kwakiutl, a native American clan on the West coast of Canada on display in the Humboldt Box museum in Berlin. Photo: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images.

An additional article on the Cranmer Potlatch of 1921 from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, June 8, 2018. That article closes with the following important questions:

Ask yourself:

Question 1:

What would you want to pass down to future generations?

Question 2:

What kind of cultural heritage is important to you and your community?

Question 3:

What role can museums play to help preserve and protect heritage?