Caltrans covers Judy Baca’s mural “Hitting the Wall”

Baca_HittingTheWall2019SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center) in LA announces “….Judy Baca’s iconic freeway mural, ‘Hitting the Wall’ has been completely whitewashed by Caltrans. This mural was painted in 1984 to commemorate the strength of women who prevailed over Olympic restrictions and were able to participate in their first Olympics marathon that year. The mural was recently defaced, but rather than repair it (SPARC murals are protected by MuralShield™, which allows the safe removal of unwanted graffiti), Caltrans chose to cover up the graffiti by completely destroying the mural during Women’s History Month, dishonoring the image of strong women who overcome barriers.”

More at LATimes

Renaissance Polychrome Sculpture in Tuscany

Renaissance Polychrome Sculpture in Tuscany is an online open-access database of photographs of and information about over 350 objects, produced by Una D’Elia, Heather Merla, and Rachel Boyd. High-resolution photographs are freely available for research, teaching, and publication. Clicking on “show full item record” reveals further information and bibliography. The database also includes an integrated map, color-coded by material (by Claire Litt), that shows current locations for each sculpture. For an example of how this resource can be used in teaching, see Reconstructing the Social Lives of Italian Renaissance Sculptures, a virtual exhibition created by Queen’s University undergraduate students, which includes digital visual reconstructions.

President Erdogan vows Hagia Sophia will become a mosque again

The Turkish president wants the monument to serve as a place of worship flouting international pressure to retain the site’s current neutral status.

Among other issues related to the museum’s potential reversal, it could “endanger its World Heritage status: Hagia Sophia is inscribed on Unesco’s list with other sites on Istanbul’s historic peninsula, and any changes that impact the ‘outstanding universal value’ of the site require notifying the committee, according to its operating guidelines.”

via The Art Newspaper

The stuff in museum basements

The New York Times had a fascinating report on all the ‘stuff’ in museum storage that never gets put on display, and is often of very low value or interest. Much of this is due to gifts from donors that come with restrictive agreements, causing a tenfold collection expansion at some institutions in the last 50 years  The cost of storing and caring for their holdings, and expanding this storage, is unsustainable for most institutions, so many are looking for ways to de-accession selected items. The Indianapolis Museum of Art has developed a grading system, A-D, with all D-grade items being considered for sale or donation to other institutions.

Read the whole article, and test your assessment skills on the rating quizzes!

All the UK’s 150,000 public sculptures to go online

Sculptures at Perth Museum and Art Gallery being photographed for Art UK's sculpture project © Sophia Sheppard/Art UK

© Sophia Sheppard/Art UK

The first 1,000 of Britain’s 150,000 publicly-owned sculptures have been published this week thanks to a project organized by Art UK. These works are global in nature and range in date from c. 1000 CE to modern times. The project includes photographing works that have yet to be been properly documented and the remaining works should be catalogued and online by the end of next year. This joins a similar Art UK project completed in 2012 that recorded the country’s 200,000 oil paintings.

via The Art Newspaper

The Best Bauhaus Documentaries Available to Watch Online

The Best Bauhaus Documentaries Available to Watch Onlinevia ArchDaily

This year marks a century of Bauhaus. Despite dramatic shifts in technology, taste, and style in architecture in the years since, Bauhaus remains one of the most significant subjects of architectural/design education and has even captured the interest of the wider public.

As part of their celebrations of the Bauhaus movement, the folks at ArchDaily have selected some of the best Bauhaus documentaries available online now. that feature largely-unseen footage, exclusive interviews, and/or unique perspectives on the Bauhaus.

CA State Archives Digitizes The Alfred Eichler Collection

CA State Archives Digitizes The Alfred Eichler Collection

From the CA Sectretary of State press release:

“For the first time, the California States Archives has digitized its entire collection of esteemed architect Alfred Eichler’s drawings, sketches, and watercolors. This collection of 431 images of his public project designs spans from 1925 to 1962. The complete collection is searchable and can be browsed on the Secretary of State’s website.” Click here to view the State Archives Complete Collection of Alfred Eichler’s Project Designs.

Eichler both sketched and designed many of the buildings at the University of California, Santa Barbara during and after its construction. These specifically include classroom units and other buildings from when the university was known as “Santa Barbara State College” such as the Horticultural Unit, the Science, Art and Library Buildings and the Industrial Education Building.

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