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August 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A homeless man pleaded guilty Friday to attacking a Joshua Reynolds painting with a hammer in London's National Portrait Gallery. Mark Paton, 44, was arrested Wednesday after repeatedly hitting the $3.4-million portrait of the 18th century diarist and lexicographer Samuel Johnson. He admitted criminal damage and possession of a hammer with intent to cause criminal damage during a hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates Court.
July 7, 2006 | From City News Service
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday the selection of a national design firm to assist in the planning and development of its proposed museum of the moving picture. "Before we move too far along on the physical design of our museum, we first must have a firm grip on our concept of the museum, and the kind of exhibitions and activities we need to ensure that visitors will want to visit not just once, but many times," said Sid Ganis, academy president.
August 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The oldest Civil War museum in the country will be moving from a row house in downtown Philadelphia to a classic colonial building close to Independence Hall. The Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia is slated to reopen at its new location in 2010, museum officials announced Tuesday. The museum was founded in 1888 and has been tucked away in a four-story house since 1922.
March 3, 2004 | From Associated Press
Debbie Reynolds will open a Hollywood motion-picture museum in the Great Smoky Mountains resort community of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to display her extensive collection of movie memorabilia, the film star announced Tuesday.
December 13, 2005 | From Bloomberg
A memorial fund honoring curator and art collector David Whitney will help rebuild an art museum in Biloxi, Miss., that was under construction when it was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August. Whitney, who died of cancer in June at the age of 66, was a consulting curator for the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum, designed by Frank Gehry. The museum is named for Biloxi native and art potter George E. Ohr and former Biloxi Mayor Jerry O'Keefe.
May 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
A foundation started by the family that owns the world's largest retailer, Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., is planning an art museum there that will include works by Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and other American greats. The museum, called Crystal Bridges, is to open in May 2009.
September 27, 2003 | From staff and wire reports
The Bellevue Art Museum, a Washington venue since 1975 that moved into an architecturally daring Stephen Holl-designed building in 2001, will close. The museum fell victim to a rough economy and a sense that it was more successful as an architectural object than a place to see art. "We were not successful in getting broad-based community support," board president Rick Collette told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
September 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
France's president opened a new museum of French architecture in Paris on Monday, with exhibits spanning from the cathedrals of the 11th century to the ultramodern constructions of today. The vast Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine (City of Architecture and Heritage) is housed in a wing of the Chaillot Palace, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower. The site was once home to a little-known museum of French monuments that has been modernized and diversified in a project that began in 1994.
November 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
In a joint raid, U.S. soldiers and Iraqi policemen recovered two of the most important artifacts looted from the Iraqi National Museum after the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, a coalition spokesman in Baghdad said Thursday. Both artifacts have been identified by museum authorities in Baghdad and will be returned in the next few days, Charles Heatly said. One of the two pieces, the so-called Bassetki copper statue, dating back to 2,300 BC, depicts a man seated on the ground.
August 26, 2004 | Mike Boehm
The city of Denver aims to create a museum that will house 2,100 pieces by the American Abstract Expressionist painter Clyfford Still, but no provision has been made to acquire the personal papers and sketches that would make it a one-stop shop for scholars. Patricia Still, the artist's widow, agreed to give his art collection, in storage since his death in 1980, to Denver, provided it can raise $7 million to build the museum and $10 million for an endowment over the next 10 years.
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