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Libraries across the state now allow their patrons to check out a museum

“Libraries have always been mostly about books, though in recent years they have added music and movies for cardholders to borrow and enjoy. Lately, many New Jersey libraries are trying a more active kind of cultural mission by buying memberships to area museums to provide their patrons with free or discounted admission to nearby cultural hot spots. Dozens of public libraries across the state are loaning out passes to the Montclair Art Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, the Museum of Modern Art, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and a host of others.”

via NJ.com

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Opens Library and Archives

WSJ – “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation is best known for its raucous induction ceremonies—on April 15, acts including the Beastie Boys, Guns N’ Roses and the Miracles will be welcomed into the fold. But today, the 29-year-old institution is emphasizing a quieter aspect of its mission with the grand opening of a new library and archives facility near its Cleveland, Ohio, headquarters.”

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Google’s Art Project grows with 151 museums across 40 countries

The Next Web – “Google has announced that Google Art Project, where art lovers, students and armchair travellers can explore the visually creative world, has seen a major expansion. Now culture fans will be able to explore sculpture, street art and photographs from 151 museums in 40 countries. The service was launched last year as a successful “20% project”, where Google employees can spend 20% of their time working on personal projects. It allows users to browse thousands of works of art in exceptional detail and uses technology like Picasa and App Engine along with technology that enables Street View to enter museums and collections.”

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World’s Oldest Holocaust Museum, in London, Gets New Life

NYT – ” In a sun-drenched room overlooking Russell Square, a visitor’s eye is immediately drawn to a display of cheerful coloring books, a brightly colored board game and photographs of laughing children. On closer inspection, the children in one photo can be seen crowding around a cake decorated with a swastika.”

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Museums offer a revealing look at underwear through the ages

USA Today – “It’s not every day that a museum explores the distinction between bloomers and pantaloons. Or sheds light on the true meaning of “pantywaist.” Or reveals what was behind all that swooning the Victorians used to do. But suddenly, it seems, a rash of institutions are finding that spotlighting so-called “unmentionables” is a way to attract fresh audiences.”

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Glimpses of Salinger Tucked Inside ‘Catcher in the Rye’

NYT – “To the list of things that J.D. Salinger found hard to bear, we can now add these: pompous graduation ceremonies and shlepping overseas to see tulips. “I’ve been going to graduations, and there isn’t much that I find more pretentious or irksome than the sight of ‘faculty’ and graduates in their academic get-ups,’’ he wrote a friend in June 1982, mentioning that it took self-control at one point “not to gag.”

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Historic collection of Jewish artifacts to move to UC Berkeley

LA Times – “A beloved but sometimes forgotten center of Jewish history in the Bay Area will soon have a new home at UC Berkeley and, supporters hope, a new audience of researchers and admirers. The collection of about 10,000 objects and documents, housed until recently at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, tells a broad and varied history of Jewish faith and life, both on the West Coast and far afield.”

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Guggenheim to pick 20 YouTube videos for museum display

Washington Post – “In the newest installment of Prestigious Institutions Slumming It (remember when the Library of Congress acquired Twitter’s archives?), the Guggenheim Museum has announced that a new exhibition will come from . . . YouTube. YouTube Play, which launched Monday, is a partnership between the video site and the renowned art museum. It invites users to submit their short creative videos at http://youtube.com/play. The top 20, chosen by a jury of professional artists, will be on view this fall at Guggenheim museums around the world.

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Berlin museum offers new view of Hitler’s ‘center of evil’

LA Times – “A new exhibition center on Prinz Albrecht Strasse is on the site where the Gestapo, SS and other Nazi agencies ran Adolf Hitler’s police state.”

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London Jewish Museum reopens after major facelift

AP – “A museum tracing the history of Britain’s 300,000-strong Jewish community is reopening after a 10 million pound ($15 million) expansion. The Jewish Museum calls itself the only such gallery in London dedicated to a minority group. It includes a large collection of Jewish ceremonial art as well as interactive displays tracing the history of Jews in Britain from the 11th century until the present day.

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