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Virtually Browse (and Support) the 20 Museums Closed by the Government Shutdown

ArtfixDaily / January 15th, 2019

With the 19 federally-funded Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art in DC closed due to the continuing federal government shutdown, people can still view collections and support these vital American institutions--online. The Smithsonian website has an array of thematic exhibitions ...

US Government's National Monument Reduction Puts Historic Sites at Risk

Huffington Post / March 30th, 2018

The recent downsizing of Bears Ears National Monument, one of America's public lands that the Trump administration has drastically shrunk, puts thousands of historic and archaeologically significant sites at risk. This singular Utah destination is now opened up for mining and ...

Trump Drastically Reduces Two National Monuments

New York Times / December 4th, 2017

We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune. — Teddy Roosevelt Teddy Roosevelt's Antiquities Act was meant to give federal protections to historical, natural ...

The Living Museum Within Bears Ears National Monument

ArtfixDaily / May 15th, 2017

Southeast Utah's Bears Ears National Monument has been called the "Sistine Chapel" of the West for its ancient wall etchings, notes the New York Times. Some 100,000 archaeological sites comprise this 1.3-million acre landscape known for its cultural significance as a living museum, its ...

Pueblo Shield Withdrawn From Contested Paris Auction

AP / May 31st, 2016

A French auction house withdrew a Pueblo shield from a contested sale of Native American artifacts Monday after protests from the United States. U.S. Embassy spokesman Phil Frayne called it a "small victory in a larger battle" to repatriate tribal artifacts to their original homes. Frayne told ...

Emergency Meeting at Smithsonian Aims to Halt Paris Auction of Sacred Tribal Artifacts

Hyperallergic / May 25th, 2016

Hyperallergic reports the latest battle to repatriate objects of significance to indigenous people. A new auction of contested artifacts is ahead next week in Paris, where Hopi objects have already been subject to sales eight times at public auctions since 2013. At the ...

Public Re-Opening of Gracie Mansion will Showcase Art Additions

ArtfixDaily / October 14th, 2015

Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the Mayor of New York City, has once again been transformed. Built in 1799, the stately Federal style mansion (East End Ave and 88th St.) underwent a $7-million restoration in 2002, and when first occupied in 2014 by Mayor Bill de ...

Adirondack Museum's Antiques Show and Sale Opens This Weekend

ArtfixDaily / September 13th, 2015

On the heels of its popular Rustic Furniture Fair last weekend, the Adirondack Museum will host the country's top dealers in art, antiques and vintage pieces embodying the mountain "Great Camp" style this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ablaze in ...

$75 Million Museum of Western and Native American Art Planned for St. Petersburg

Tampa Bay Times / August 23rd, 2015

Art collector Tom James, who is executive chairman of Raymond James Financial, says he is under contract to purchase the first two floors of a building at 100 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, Florida, to partly house a new museum. About 60 percent of 133,600 square feet ...

Hopis Protest More French Auctions of Tribe's Sacred Artifacts

AZCentral / May 31st, 2015

Hopi leaders are stepping up efforts to block auctions in France of ceremonial katsina, considered sacred by the tribe. With the backing of Arizona's congressional delegates, tribal leaders called on the Justice Department and other federal agencies last Wednesday to put more pressure on ...

New Location of SF's Mexican Museum Moves Forward

BizJournal / March 11th, 2015

New York developer Millennium Partners says it will go ahead with the groundbreaking of its Mexican Museum Towers in San Francisco. The $500 million luxury condo and office highrise will also be the future home of the Mexican Museum, now located at Fort Mason Center on the waterfront. The ...

Navajos Spend $1 Million to Get Back Tribal Artifacts in Paris

AP / December 16th, 2014

The largest Native American tribe in the American Southwest won its bid Monday to buy back seven sacred masks at a contested auction...

Smithsonian Unveils $2 Billion Renovation Plan

ArtfixDaily / November 19th, 2014

A master plan to renovate and improve the South Mall campus of the Smithsonian Institution was revealed with an estimate of $2 billion.

Alaska Native Artwork from Paris Auction Donated by Annenberg Foundation

AP / September 4th, 2014

Controversial auctions held in Paris in December offered up sacred and historical Hopi, Apache and Alaska Native items that prompted calls for the lots to be withdrawn and repatriated...

Detroit Hit With a $4 Billion Proposal for City's Art

New York Times / August 27th, 2014

New York-based Art Capital has offered Detroit a loan of up to $4 billion in a new proposal that leaves the city's museum intact with its art used as collateral.