Charleston Estate Auctions gathers notable art, antiques for July 31 sale

Qajar Dynasty Iran 19th century watercolor/gouache painting (est. $1,200-$1,700). Charleston Estate Auctions image
Qajar Dynasty Iran 19th century watercolor/gouache painting (est. $1,200-$1,700). Charleston Estate Auctions image

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Estate Auctions will present The Summer Auction – a live online auction to be held on July 31 in Mount Pleasant, S.C. The auction offers notable items from the Charlotte Street residence; a lifetime Beaufort, S.C. collector; as well as, the estate of a Litchfield, Conn. antique dealer.

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IMA awarded reaccreditation from American Alliance of Museums

View of the main building at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. IMA photo.
View of the main building at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. IMA photo.

 

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Museum of Art has achieved reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums – the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums.

Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, governments, funders, outside agencies and the museum-going public. Museums belonging to AAM must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status. The IMA was first accredited in 1972.

Of the nation’s estimated 35,000 museums, only about 1,000 are currently accredited.

“Accreditation is a very rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations, said Charles L. Venable, director and CEO at the IMA. “To earn accreditation, a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. The IMA staff and board worked very hard to make the process go smoothly, and we were honored to have Robert Goldsmith from The Frick Collection in New York and Patricia Grazzini from the Minneapolis Institute of Art on-site earlier this year to see all the IMA’s accomplishments for themselves. Their comments following their visit were most gratifying.”

In the site visit report and letter notifying the IMA of its reaccreditation, AAM representatives noted the progress that the IMA has made over the past decade, stating:

“Since its last accreditation review (2006) the Indianapolis Museum of Art has transformed into a world-class institution that enjoys a well-earned reputation as a leader among America’s large art institutions. We applaud the museum for the strategic and thoughtful move of reducing its reliance on its endowment draw, bringing it into better alignment with industry-wide standards. … The IMA is a remarkable institution. The museum, historic houses and structures, formal gardens and extensive nature park provide a breadth of offerings and experiences for visitors that is quite unique among encyclopedic fine arts museums.”

The IMA is located on a 152-acre campus of lush gardens, historic homes, outdoor sculptures, inspiring performance and gallery spaces. Founded in 1883, 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. Along with the Indianapolis campus, the IMA also owns the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind., one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences.

For more information visit www.imamuseum.org.

New Tate Modern attracts 1M visitors in first month ​

The new Tate Modern © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron
The new Tate Modern © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron

 

LONDON – The new Tate Modern has welcomed 1 million visitors to the new spaces in its first month. The millionth visitor came to the gallery on Tuesday, July 19, and an average of 39,000 visitors have come through the doors on each Saturday since the new galleries were opened to the public in June.

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PBA Galleries immersed in Americana for July 28 auction

Edward Curtis's 'The North American Indian The Southwest.' PBA Galleries image
Edward Curtis’s ‘The North American Indian The Southwest.’ PBA Galleries image

 

SAN FRANCISCO – A superb reprinting from the original copper plates of The North American Indian highlights PBA Galleries’ Rare Americana & Travel with Books & Maps from the Warrant Heckrotte Collection Sale on July 28. The sale will include nearly 550 lots of rare, interesting and important material relating to the history, culture and development of the Americas and the world at large.

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Trio of instruments added to Colonial Williamsburg music exhibit

Harpsichord on loan from George Washington's Mount Vernon, inscribed by Longman & Broderip, England, 1782-1793. Bequest of Esther M. Lewis, 1859, W-16. Photo: Gavin Ashworth, Courtesy: George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Harpsichord on loan from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, inscribed by Longman & Broderip, England, 1782-1793. Bequest of Esther M. Lewis, 1859, W-16. Photo: Gavin Ashworth, Courtesy: George Washington’s Mount Vernon

 

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Since its opening in November 2012, nearly three-quarters of a million visitors have enjoyed “Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America, 1700-1830” at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum at Colonial Williamsburg. The exhibition features 28 organs, harpsichords and pianos. On Sept. 3 three important keyboard instruments will be added to the exhibit.

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Marquette Maritime Museum celebrates Great Lakes’ legacy

Marquette Lighthouse on Lake Superior at Marquette, Michigan. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Marquette Lighthouse on Lake Superior at Marquette, Michigan. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

ISHPEMING, Mich. (AP) – While waterways such as the Great Lakes are viewed by modern society as a source of recreation and transportation, it is easy to forget that local history was forged, in large part, by the water that surrounds us.

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