Hoping to take a selfie with the Hope Diamond or a recreation of a NASA space module on a visit to a Smithsonian museum? Go right ahead. However, you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced its largest-ever single donation: 47 pieces of art valued at $500 million. The generous benefactor is Jerry Perenchio, the former CEO of the Spanish language television network “Univision.” The artwork includes 19th and 20th century masterworks by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Rene Magritte. Many of the paintings, works on paper, and sculpture have rarely been seen in public.
The National September 11 Memorial Museum announced this week the opening of a new exhibit which features artifacts from the capture of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Continue reading
Amid declining museum attendance by young people as reported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a New York City group called “Museum Hack” aims to attract millennials by offering unconventional tours. These “sassy” outings tap into the outlook of digital age museum-goers, and encourage learning and participation. NewsHour Weekend’s Hannah Yi reports. Continue reading
A new National September 11 Memorial Museum commemorates both the 2001 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. At each turn, exhibits recount chilling and heartbreaking moments from that September day and honors the victims with portraits of each individual killed in New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. Judy Woodruff reports on the dedication ceremony. Continue reading
From simple retouching like removing red-eye to complex manipulation like removing people, Photoshop has dramatically changed the way we use the medium of photography. Or has it? An exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York explores the question. Continue reading
Eleven years after the Twin Towers fell, the final portion of the $700 million New York project to build an underground 9/11 museum remains incomplete, as city, state and federal governments disagree over who pays for what and for how long. Gwen Ifill talks to the New York Times’ Charles Bagli about the current challenges. Continue reading
Ground was broken Wednesday on the National Mall for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open in 2015. Jeffrey Brown discusses the pivotal moment in the long, $500 million effort to showcase the stories and experiences of black Americans with journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson. Continue reading