The National Blues Museum in St. Louis announced that it has completed financing and that construction on the state-of-the-art museum and educational facility will begin within two weeks. The Museum’s supporters include Blues icons and GRAMMY Award winners Buddy Guy, Jack White, Robert Cray and Derek Trucks.
“Finally the blues, its rich, storied history, its unique cast of characters and its mojo has a home we can all be very proud of. This genre of music which has influenced so many artists throughout the last century is so very deserving of this museum,” said Devon Allman. Allman, a member of the National Blues Museum board, is an international touring and recording artist, a guitarist and singer with the Royal Southern Brotherhood, and son of Gregg Allman of the legendary musical Allman family. Allman’s enthusiasm for the project has been echoed by many others, including leading female artists, Shemekia Copeland and Denise LaSalle, film and television star, John Goodman, and Academy Award Winner, Morgan Freeman. Freeman recently provided the Museum’s most recent video endorsement.
Opening in late 2015 in downtown St. Louis, the 23,000-square-foot National Blues Museum will include more than 16,000 square feet of highly interactive technology and artifact-driven exhibits, a theatre, special event space and classrooms. The Museum will explore and preserve the historic significance of the Blues as the foundation of American music and celebrate the musicians who both created and advance the art form.
The National Blues Museum will explore the various Blues styles and trace its history and American roots music from the Mississippi Delta through St. Louis to Chicago, its expansion across the U.S. and internationally. From the experience, Museum visitors will understand how the Blues deeply influenced Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers including the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and more.
Beyond the galleries and exhibits, the National Blues Museum will host public programs and activities, already underway. Educational programming, a major component of the Museum’s mission, will focus on providing on-site curriculum-based music education as well as virtual educational opportunities accessible to all.
While additional funding is needed to enhance technology, expand exhibits, deepen the impact of community and educational programs, and create accompanying curriculum, initial exhibits will include:
Blues History: tracing the Blues from its late 19th Century origins in the Delta to cities. Experience highlights will articulate differences between major Blues cities of the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s and document the arrival of Blues rock in the 1960s, its arrival in Europe, and the expansion of Blues rock in America. Connections to other historical trends will be interwoven.
The Creation of Blues Lyrics and Chord Structures: demonstrates and teaches the intricacies of the Blues, enabling visitors to create their own songs. Whether an experienced musician or exploring the basics, visitors can create a recording, preserving and carrying forward the legacy of the Blues.
Blues Legends: those who significantly contributed to Blues history and its sounds will have their stories told through sophisticated multimedia.
An additional performance area will serve multiple purposes, providing classroom and private event space, and evening programs (screenings, readings, and intimate music performances). A temporary exhibit gallery will respond to visitors’ curiosity on many levels, showcasing exhibits from collections of other institutions.
The Israel Antiquities Authority has launched its “Dig Quest: Israel” app, featuring archeology games and puzzles for children, available for free download on iPhone and iPad devices from the Apple app store.
“Dig Quest: Israel” introduces children, ages 7-11, to archeology with unique games featuring artifacts from the National Treasures of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The app includes: more than 30 levels in two games; more than 50 images of historical artifacts; historical and archeological facts; translated and spoken excerpts from the Dead Sea Scrolls; a collection box to store artifacts and discoveries; and an archeologist host character named Gabe.
Players select between two dig sites: At Lod, the player has to clear dirt to uncover an ancient Roman mosaic and then identify and classify the animals and objects on the mosaic in a fast-paced quiz game; in the Qumran caves, the player pieces together fragments of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls in a puzzle game. The scrolls can then be scanned to reveal their text more clearly, mirroring the spectral imaging process executed by the Israel Antiquities Authority team.
For more information about travel to Israel, visit www.goisrael.com
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is the place to be this holiday season with classic family traditions and festive new programming to round out any winter itinerary.
Make your list (and check it twice!) before embarking on an all-day adventure throughout the IMA’s 152-acre winter wonderland. Begin your visit with tour of the holiday decorations at Lilly House, recently named by USA Today as one of Indianapolis’ top holiday attractions. Next, explore the world-renowned galleries, featuring more than 54,000 artworks spanning 5,000 years. Complete your day with gift shopping in the Museum Store and a cup of decadent hot chocolate in the Sutphin Fountain Room, where you can enjoy the stunning winter landscape through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The IMA’s seasonal lineup offers a variety of holiday experiences for both the young and young at heart, including:
Christmas at Lilly House
Through Jan. 4, 2015
Step back in time as Lilly House is transported back in time with holiday décor from the 1930s and ‘40s with Christmas at Lilly House, just voted on of Indianapolis’ top holiday attractions by USA Today. Explore the historic mansion, adorned with lavish Christmas décor from the era, including both traditional favorites and unusual period pieces. Don’t miss special evening hours and live music during Holiday Hullabaloo on Dec. 4 and Winter Solstice on Dec. 18.
Nov. 29, 2014, 5-9 p.m.
Skip the crowded shopping malls and experience the joy of silence during one of the busiest weekends of the holiday season. Relax in meditation spaces, unwind with a massage, take a slow-looking tour around the galleries, listen to a personal DJ, watch a silent film and park your cell phone with the phone valet to avoid distraction from this reprieve in your busy holiday schedule.
Dec. 4, 5-9 p.m.
Shop for cozy scarves, one-of-a-kind jewelry, elegant home wares and hand-blown glass ornaments during Holiday Hullabaloo, featuring discounts at the Museum Store, Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse Shop and Lilly House Christmas Shop. Enjoy holiday music and refreshments, evening hours in Lilly House and complimentary gift wrapping during this festive shopping experience—not to be missed!
Monster Drawing Rally
Dec. 11, 6-9 p.m.
Need a gift for the budding art collector in your life, but don’t want to break the bank? At the IMA’s first-ever Monster Drawing Rally, you can watch local artists in action and purchase original artworks for a flat fee of $35. Artists will participate in one-hour rounds at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and produce as many drawings as possible in their allotted time. All works will be available for purchase as soon as they “hit the wall.”
Dec. 18, 5-8:30 p.m.
Bundle up for the annual Winter Solstice celebration, with fun for the entire family! Sing along with Dickens carolers, create winter art, meet arctic creatures and watch as blocks of ice are expertly transformed into sculpture. Warm up with sweet and savory treats by the fire, or visit Lilly House to experience Christmas traditions of the past and live music. Before you go, shop for seasonal plants and holiday décor in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse Shop and Museum Store. Free parking and shuttles are provided for this special event.
New Year’s Eve at the IMA
December 31, 9 p.m. (VIP event begins at 8 p.m.)
$125 for IMA members, $150 for public, $200 for VIP tickets
Ring in the New Year with an evening of glitz, glamour and celebration at the third annual New Year’s Eve at the IMA presented by the Penrod Society. Sip on trendy libations from local mixologists, explore more than 5,000 years of art history in the Museum galleries, cozy up by the fire in the outdoor lounge and dance the night away to music by local DJs and The Impalas. At midnight, gather in Pulliam Family Great Hall for a countdown to midnight and big reveal. Tickets can be purchased by calling 317-923-1331 ext. 494 or online at http://www.imamuseum.org/NYE.
Need more gift ideas?
Help friends and family enjoy the IMA year-round, even after the snow melts! An IMA gift membership gives your loved ones unlimited free admission to featured exhibitions, free parking, discounts on IMA programming and Museum purchases, exclusive invitations to VIP parties and events, and more! Mention the code IMAHOLIDAY through Jan. 1 and receive a one-year gift membership for 10% off. Gift memberships must be purchased in person at the Welcome Desk or over the phone at 317-920-2651. Orders should be received by Dec. 14 to ensure materials reach the recipient in time for the holidays. Learn more at http://www.imamuseum.org/give-join/membership.
About the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Founded in 1883, the Indianapolis Museum of Art serves the creative interests of its communities by fostering exploration of arts, design and the natural environment. Encompassing 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the IMA is among the 10 oldest and 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States and features significant collections of African, American, Asian, European, contemporary art and design arts that spans 5,000 years of history. Additionally, art, design and nature are featured at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, Oldfields–Lilly House & Gardens, a historic Country Place Era estate and National Historic Landmark on the IMA grounds, and the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, one of the country’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences. For more information visit http://www.imamuseum.org
ISRAEL MUSEUM DISPLAYS RARE BYZANTINE-ERA ANTIQUITIES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE A DISCOVERY NEAR TEMPLE MOUNTNovember 27, 2014 on 12:36 pm | In Adventure Travel, Israel, Middle East, Museums | Comments Off
A rare collection of Byzantine-era antiquities discovered in 2013 are on display for the first time in a dedicated exhibit at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The exhibit features the largest gold medallion with Judaic symbols known to exist (measuring four inches in diameter), along with gold coins and silver and gold jewelry. The medallion has a menorah in the center, a shofar on the left and an unidentified object on the right – possibly a bundle of myrtle, willow and palm branches. The coins are decorated on one side with portraits of Byzantine-era emperors and on the other side with crosses or images of gods. The 36 coins on display date back to 602 CE and earlier.
In an effort to make the archeological treasures found in Israel accessible to people around the world, the Israel Antiquities Authority recently created a National Treasures website, which is currently showcasing 5,700 objects. The website will be regularly updated with the most recent discoveries and provide high resolution images and information on all artifacts.
DEADWOOD – Deadwood History will host a Holiday Open House at the Days of ‘76 Museum on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Children of all ages and their families are invited to join museum staff for a fun holiday event. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, please call 605-722-4800.
The Holiday Open House includes great holiday gifts for pampered pets and the entire family, free guided tours of the Days of ‘76 Museum, musical entertainment and old-fashioned family photos. Musician Hank Harris and Santa Claus will be at the museum from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The Days of ‘76 Museum is located at 18 Seventy Six Drive, Deadwood.
The event is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Cody Brotsky and Black Hills Pioneer.
The largest cultural complex west of the Mississippi and the largest urban cultural park in the United States, San Diego’s Balboa Park celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2015. Often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West” for its vast concentration of major cultural institutions, the 1,200-acre Balboa Park offers visitors eight lush gardens, 15 diverse museums, the Tony Award-winning Old Globe theater and the world famous San Diego Zoo.
Originally built for temporary use during the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, Balboa Park has served as the cultural heart of San Diego for a century. Many of the museums along the park’s celebrated El Prado walkway are housed in strikingly-beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival-style buildings that reflect San Diego’s rich history and ethnic diversity.
As part of the centennial celebration, one of Balboa Park’s most historic and iconic landmarks, the majestic California Tower at the Museum of Man, will reopen to the public for the first time in 80 years. Beginning January 2015, visitors can ascend the 150-foot tower to take in 360-degree views of both Balboa Park and the surrounding San Diego cityscape.
Balboa Park and its many institutions have also lined up a year-long celebration of innovative programming and unique events to enjoy during its centennial year. The following are just a few highlights:
Floral fetes, dramatic concerts and lively dance performances are just a few of the festivities visitors will find throughout 2015 around Balboa Park.
On Dec. 31, 2014, from 7–9 p.m., the Spreckels Organ Pavilion will kick off the centennial year with a special anniversary concert featuring organ and choral performances. The celebratory concert opens with a grand procession of banners led by 50 bagpipers from the House of Scotland Pipe Band and the Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band, followed by a brass fanfare from Westwind Brass. Afterwards, Balboa Park founder John. D. Spreckels (as portrayed by actor Walter Ritter) will rededicate the Spreckels organ and inaugurate the organ’s newest addition, the regal Centennial tuba. Civic organist Dr. Carol Williams will then perform a world-premiere organ composition written especially for the occasion and highlighting the new Centennial tuba.
Beginning Jan. 30, 2015, San Diego Civic Dance Arts presents “A Century of Dance” featuring the talents of San Diego’s elite dance troupes performing in various styles ranging from jazz and modern dance to musical theater and hip hop. This variety-style show will offer an imaginative and surprising visual treat for the young and young at heart. Performances run through Feb. 15.
On weekends between April 24 and May 9, 2015, guests can welcome the arrival of spring in Balboa Park with a “Garden Party for the Century.” Presented in partnership with San Diego Floral Association, Botanical Foundation, Friends of Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, and Fern Street Circus, the event highlights the Park’s numerous gardens on the west and east mesas and extensive horticultural history through a floral show, garden tours, expert consultations, demonstrations and entertainment.
From innovative and forward-looking art exhibitions to historical retrospectives on the park, the 15 museums of Balboa Park plan to celebrate the centennial with diverse programming that will appeal to visitors of all ages.
Beginning June 2015, the San Diego Museum of Man is teaming up with the world-renowned La Jolla Playhouse to present “Border Crossing,” an innovative and site-specific theatre program that will immerse audiences in the experience of crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States. Participants will be challenged to walk in others’ shoes as they are led on a journey through the canyons of Balboa Park at night, encountering some of the scenarios and decisions faced by countless border-crossers.
The performances will offer a vivid first-person experience, cutting through polarized political debates and offering complex points of view.
Opening Jan. 9, 2015, at the San Diego History Center, “San Diego Invites the World: The 1915 Expo” will showcase the legacy of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition that created the nation’s largest urban cultural park and first brought awareness to San Diego both domestically and internationally. Guest will also be able to create their own “Make & Take” plaster casts of El Prado’s Spanish colonial architectural façade and electronically record items to be placed in a 2015 time capsule that will be buried at the end of 2015.
Jan. 17, 2015, will mark the unveiling of “Coast to Cactus,” a 9,000-square foot permanent exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum that takes visitors through the amazingly varied habitats of Southern California, from the beach to the mountains and the deserts. Visitors will be able to explore the rich animal and plant life through the region with immersive, life-sized dioramas, interactive elements and live animals. The exhibit will also explore how humans have become key players in these habitats, affecting the natural processes and changing relationships of animals, humans and landscapes.
Opening Feb. 14, 2015, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) presents “7 Billion Others,” a groundbreaking, multimedia exhibition that brings voices and compelling video portraits from more than 6,000 individual interviews filmed in 84 countries by nearly 20 directors. The exhibition marks the world premiere of the 30-week presentation, which allows visitors to identify what separates and unites man by giving direct access to individuals as diverse as a Brazilian fisherman, Chinese shopkeeper, German performer and Afghan farmer. These interviews touch on visceral emotions and pose many thought-provoking questions
Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on San Diego’s offerings, including exciting vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org or call 619-236-1212.
The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey’s first private museum to organize modern and contemporary art exhibitions, was founded in 2004 and occupies an 8,000 square meter site on the shores of the Bosphorus. Istanbul Modern embraces a global vision to collect, preserve, exhibit and document works of modern and contemporary art and make them accessible to art lovers. As part of its commitment to sharing Turkey’s artistic creativity with wide audiences and promoting its cultural identity in the international art world, Istanbul Modern hosts a broad array of interdisciplinary activities.
The Bahamas’ Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation in Nassau’s downtown historic district re-opened this week following a December 2011 fire that gutted Venue House, the historic building that housed the Museum.
Dedicated to chronicling the Bahamas’ history of slavery and emancipation, the Museum re-opened Nov.1 with “Wade in the Water,” an exhibit on the Peter Murrell, a slave ship that wrecked in the Bahamas in 1860 said Kim Outten Stubbs, chief curator of the Bahamas’ Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC), in a Bahamas Weekly interview.
Two years have passed since officials at AMMC and the Downtown Nassau Partnership announced a $1.7 million restoration of the Museum, established in 1992 at Vendue House, a single-story arcaded structure considered Nassau’s oldest building. Vendue House was listed among Nassau’s public buildings in 1784 and is thought to date from the 1760’s.
While 90 percent of the museum’s artifacts were saved from the fire, including rare books on slavery plus slave shackles, cloth dolls, coins and West African trading beads, the 2011 blaze severely damaged the Museum building and sections of Bay Street including the Old Nassau liquor store building, another historic structure.
The fire started at the site of Nassau’s straw market tent, a temporary facility built following another large-scale fire in 2001 that destroyed the original straw market facility, an iconic Bahamas attraction. Straw market vendors finally re-gained a permanent home in late 2011 with the opening of a permanent, $12 million Straw Market building on Bay Street.
Incredibly, the Museum had already been heavily damaged just over one year earlier in a May 29, 2010 blaze that also razed the Ministry of Tourism building.
Alicia Oxley, an architect at the Museum, said AMMC partnered with the Bahamas’ the Ministry of Works to complete the restoration, which replicated the museum’s original design while adding several upgrades.
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The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is pleased to present “Georgia O’Keeffe: Ghost Ranch Views,” an exhibition which brings together brilliant paintings of the stark landscape and spectacular color at Ghost Ranch, one of her New Mexico homes and the site of O’Keeffe’s most famous landscape paintings. The exhibition is the second in a series, following “Georgia O’Keeffe: Abiquiu Views,” which included works inspired by her other New Mexico residence, in Abiquiu.
“This exhibition demonstrates the significance of her homes as a source of artistic inspiration,” says Robert A. Kret, Director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “O’Keeffe valued the remarkable landscapes of New Mexico, and made locations like Cerro Pedernal iconic.”
The exhibition, which continues until March 22, 2015, includes paintings of the landscape, as well as images of bones and flowers often juxtaposed against the land and sky, among her most distinct and original contributions to American modernism. It includes works such as Red Hills and White Flower (1937), Untitled (Red and Yellow Cliffs) (1940), and Pedernal (1945). The featured paintings date from the 1930s and 40s. During this period, she experimented with simplified abstractions and complex compositions in which bones and flowers float above the horizon of the Cerro Pedernal (Flint Hill), the distinctive mountain she could see from her Ghost Ranch home. It was twelve miles away, but it became an intimate view as she painted it repeatedly, referring to it lovingly as “my mountain.”
O’Keeffe first visited the ranch in 1934 and made it her summer home in 1940. The house offered her immediate access to the nearby red hills, great cliffs, and dry arroyos. “At the back door are the red hills and the cliffs and the sands—the badlands. I go out my back door and walk for 15 minutes and I am some place that I’ve never been before, where it seems that no one has ever been before me,” she wrote.
O’Keeffe collected countless bones on her long walks through the rocky terrain. In addition to making them the subject of her paintings, the artist employed bones to explore the spatial relationships of near and far. After a decade of depicting bones as the focus of her work, O’Keeffe began to employ bones as a lens to frame a view, a conceptual move that prompted two of the paintings in the exhibition: Pelvis IV (1944) and Pelvis Series, Red with Yellow (1945).
Long after O’Keeffe had painted her last landscape, the Ghost Ranch house and the vast landscape served as a sanctuary where she continued to enjoy walks until late in her life.
The Museum is currently also exhibiting “Miguel Covarrubias: Drawing a Cosmopolitan Line / Trazando una Línea Cosmopolita,” open until January 18, 2015.
ABOUT GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM:
To inspire all current and future generations, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum preserves, presents and advances the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe and modernism through innovative public engagement, education, and research. Opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1997, the Museum counts O’Keeffe’s two New Mexico homes as part of its extended collection. The Museum’s collections, exhibitions, research center, publications and educational programs contribute to scholarly discourse and serve a diverse audience. For more information, please visit http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/
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Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory, 1938
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 (50.8 x 76.2)
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Gift of The Burnett Foundation (2007.01.024)
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
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