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  • Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum gets $30 million from Boeing

    The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum — one of Washington's most reliable tourist attractions — is receiving a $30-million gift from Boeing and will use the money to renovate its main exhibition space that serves as home to such...
  • William Voss Elder III, White House curator

    William Voss Elder III, White House curator
    William Voss Elder III, a retired Baltimore Museum of Art curator who helped first lady Jacqueline Kennedy during the 1960s bring antique furnishing to the White House, died of heart failure Thursday at Northwest Hospital. The Upperco resident was 82....
  • Frank Martinez dies at 89; noted L.A. artist

    Frank Martinez dies at 89; noted L.A. artist
    Frank Martinez laid his shaking hands on the surface of the blank canvas. As before every painting, he said a prayer. Then the artist began his work. He applied acrylic paint and, with a rag, wiped it away. Shapes began to form and colors blended into...
  • Review: 'Capital Culture' by Neil Harris

    When J. Carter Brown joined the National Gallery of Art in 1961, he was six years older than the museum itself. Just eight years later, at age 34, he would be appointed its director. His accession may strike readers as meteoric, but after reading Neil...
  • MOCA alum Philipp Kaiser resigns as director of German art museum

    MOCA alum Philipp Kaiser resigns as director of German art museum
    Philipp Kaiser, former senior curator of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art, is stepping down after little more than a year as director of Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, the German publication Express reported Wednesday. In submitting his...
  • New MOCA director Philippe Vergne is a museum veteran

    New MOCA director Philippe Vergne is a museum veteran
    In naming Philippe Vergne, a seasoned career museum professional, as its new director, L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art has opted for fundamentals instead of glitz. Vergne, 47, arrives with credentials that include more than 20 years running museums or...
  • Smithsonian jazz orchestra headed to Palos Hills

    Smithsonian jazz orchestra headed to Palos Hills
    For an upcoming concert at Moraine Valley Community College, not just any old orchestra or any old artist will do. Indeed, it is the nation's big band traveling here to perform and pay tribute to the most celebrated jazz singer of a generation, and do...
  • Memo to museums: Don't give away those glass cases

    Memo to museums:  Don't give away those glass cases
    Emily Graslie, the first chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum, has been furiously filing YouTube videos about precisely what goes on behind those grand doors. As Steve Johnson reported in the Tribune this week, the 24-year-old known for her...
  • Cat fossils found in China reveal early days of feline domestication

    Archaeologists in China have unearthed the first clear evidence of cats living among humans as semi-domesticated mousers about 5,300 years ago, a heretofore missing link in the history of the world's most popular pet, experts say. The evidence,...
  • New Britain Museum of American Art Was First Of Its Kind

    Sam Stout's great-grandfather went to Hartford Public High and sat in class behind Frederic Church. He remembered it in his diary. "He wrote 'He was not a very good student. He was always looking out the window and drawing. I guess that worked out well...
  • Bethlehem Museum of Industrial History was a mirage

    For the last 15 years, the National Museum of Industrial History has been a mirage. First, it was scheduled to open by the end of 1999. Then in late 2000. Then a Preview Center in 2001 and the full museum in 2004 or 2005. Then the summer of 2008. Always...