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Sole Patron's Monumental Plan to Bring American Art to Middle America

Posted By Administration, Saturday, June 18, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Alice L. Walton and the Crystal Bridges Museum


Alice L. Walton, daughter of Wallmart giant, Sam Walton, is giving back in the form of high culture. Walton has been working quietly for half a decade to plan her vision, build her museum and collect works by American artists to fill it. The vision is both monumental and symbolic. Walton is bringing back a tradition of American wealth- building privately funded cultural centers. Isabella Stewart Gardner, John Pierpont Morgan Jr. and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney are long remembered and celebrated for generous contributions to art and culture, but it has been some time since we have seen philanthropy of this magnitude. Walton is going a step further in some ways, by choosing the site of her home town Bentonville, Arkansas. She is looking to put Bentonville on the map as an international cultural center.

Her decision to collect American Art is thoughtful, as if the works were home to stay. The collection compared to other museums may be small, but thats just for now- acquisitions have been steady and choices wide reaching. Colonial-era masters to contemporary heavyweights.

As opening day draws near, November 2011, excitement and anticipation mount.

Full story at New York Times.

Crystal Bridges Museum

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Into the Wild: New York Times Interview with Sebastiano Salgado

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 16, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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John Bowe sits down with Salgado.


Inherent to the work of Sebastiano Salgado is the sense of adventure. If the work can be outshown by anything it is the story of how his images were made, and not just in the lens. Recent interview with John Bowe brings us the stories behind the images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Remote landingstrips, native guides, and nights alone in the wilderness Salga reveals the drama behind the iconic work.

We can appreciate these pieces anew after hearing how they came to be.

Read the full Interview at the New York Times.

For more images by Sebastiano Salga visit Yancey Richardson Gallery.


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A Sad State: Kansas Arts Funding is Eliminated

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 9, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Governor Pulls the Plug


At the cost of jobs, commerce, and culture Republican Governor moved to eliminate state funding and privatize Kansas State Arts. With the stroke of Sam Brownback's pen the Kansas Arts Commission has literally been stripped clean of monetary support, manpower, and operational space.

Public services have long been a target of Republicans, and in Kansas, art was the first to go. Others on the block are harder pills to swallow, and include social programs for seniors, public broadcasting, and the EPA.

Supporting his decision, Brownback pointed his finger towards Vermont as a prime example of a state running with privatized arts funding, but was proved false in an anser from Vermont's Arts Council Executive Director. Funding goes into the arts but comes out too; in Kansas alone over 4,500 arts and culture positions and account for just over $95 million in income to state residents and provides $15.6 million in state revenue.

Full story at LA Times.

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Will Cultural Loans Between the US and Russia Grind to a Halt?

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 16, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dispute over ownership of religious texts between Orthodox Jewish group and Russia has US Department of Justice involved


Chabad, an international Orthodox Hasidic Jewish movement, and the Russian government have disputed ownership of a series of religious text for decades. Chabad claims the Soviet Union siezed texts, manuscripts, and documents known as the Schneerson Collection which was accumulated and cared for by high-ranking rabbis for centuries.

Plundered in parts first in 1917 with a segment of the Schneerson collection called the "Library" by the Bolshevik government in the October Revolution then the "Archive" in 1939 by the Nazis and again in 1945 by the Red Army. The fight to return the collection has been more active since the 1990's when the Chabad won in a Soviet court but Russian officials tossed out the judgement when the USSR fell. Lines were further entrenched on the international scene when the US State Department's involvement and support of Chabad claim to the texts also in the 1990's but things continue to heat up now as Russia attempts to end the dispute by threatening to deny cultural loans to US museums.

For more on this story visitArtForum and the Associated Press

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Miami Art Museum Receives $1 Million Donation

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 16, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bank of America Supports MAM and Culture in South Florida


Continuing to generously support the arts and broader cultural community in South Florida Bank of America's gift to MAM will fund a five-year endowment for new acquisitions. Bank of America's Charitable Foundation will also have the opportunity to name a gallery in the Herzog & de Meuron design building scheduled to open in 2013.

This and other pledges were received with much appreciation at this the largest Corporate Luncheon for MAM to date. The 300 attendees contributions exceeded museum goals for the event.

More on this story at Miami Herald.

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