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.
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.”
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.
AP – “As Hillary Rodham Clinton was leaving the White House, she asked Laura Bush first lady to first lady to continue one program if nothing else – the historic preservation program Save America’s Treasures. Mrs. Bush said she knew about the project and pledged to see it through. Now, the grant program Clinton created that helped restore the original star-spangled banner, Rosa Parks’ bus, President Lincoln’s summer cottage in Washington and hundreds of sites across the country is on the current administration’s chopping block.
Springwise – “Long gone are the days of boring mugs and faded postcards, as museums and other cultural institutions have become increasingly savvy retailers. Aiming to build on that strength, CultureLabel showcases products from over 60 galleries, museums and other cultural entities, ‘exploring the space where culture and consumer culture meets’.
Nina Simon – “Today, Museum 2.0 is celebrating its second birthday.”
Nina Simon – “I’ve been thinking recently about the “why” behind encouraging social interactions among strangers in museums.”
Joel Garreau – “Print technology made bookstores and libraries ubiquitous. Now that the Internet’s Amazon delivers, however, half of all U.S. independent bookstores have disappeared and the booksellers that thrive have morphed. They are now centered on their cafes, couches and cappuccino machines. They strive to become not simply warehouses but experience places.” (via)