PHILADELPHIA – Following the recent temporary closures mandated by state and city officials to limit the spread of COVID-19, in effect since Nov. 20, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have jointly announced plans to reopen in January with continued health and safety measures in place for staff and visitors. Eastern State Penitentiary plans to reopen in March and the Rodin Museum will reopen later in the spring.
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) – A building fire destroyed old photos, magazine articles, and other memorabilia from the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association that were collected from the 97-year-old bike rally in New Hampshire.
WASHINGTON – Congress has repealed a mandate that would have required the government to sell a mysterious piece of land in Long Island Sound that for years has housed a government animal disease research facility.
AMSTERDAM – The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Kunstmuseum Bern have joined forces to acquire a work by El Anatsui from the Sigg Collection, a Swiss private art collection.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The Currier Museum of Art is planning to close for a month during the coronavirus pandemic, but it will hold its traditional “Noon Year’s Eve” event for children online this year.
LONDON – Sir Winston Churchill’s Scene at Marrakech (est. £300,000-£500,000) will highlight the Modern British Art Evening Sale, which takes place on March 1, 2021.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) – Just after Christmas Day, a Lynchburg resident and former Tuskegee Airman will turn a century old.
DALLAS (AP) – A West Texas oilman’s mural-sized print of an Ansel Adams photo has sold for nearly $1 million at an auction.
LOS ANGELES – With a list price large enough to make a billionaire’s eyes water (currently listed at $160 million), America’s most expensive home, Villa Firenze, will be going to auction on Jan. 26 with no reserve and no minimum bid.