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  • Autry's 'Route 66' exhibition looks for its funding kicks online

    Autry's 'Route 66' exhibition looks for its funding kicks online
    The Autry National Center of the American West is hoping lots of people will get their kicks by giving money online to help fund its coming exhibition “Route 66: The Road and the Romance.” The Autry, which will open the show June 8, joins...
  • Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum gets $30 million from Boeing

    The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum — one of Washington's most reliable tourist attractions — is receiving a $30-million gift from Boeing and will use the money to renovate its main exhibition space that serves as home to such...
  • James Cahill dies at 87; scholar of Chinese art

    James Cahill dies at 87; scholar of Chinese art
    James Cahill, an art historian and curator who played an influential role in expanding the study and teaching of Chinese painting in the West before and after the opening up of U.S.-China relations in the early 1970s, died Feb. 14 at his home in Berkeley....
  • New MOCA director Philippe Vergne is a museum veteran

    New MOCA director Philippe Vergne is a museum veteran
    In naming Philippe Vergne, a seasoned career museum professional, as its new director, L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art has opted for fundamentals instead of glitz. Vergne, 47, arrives with credentials that include more than 20 years running museums or...
  • George Lucas eyes Chicago for art, 'Star Wars' museum

    George Lucas eyes Chicago for art, 'Star Wars' museum
    Billionaire "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, who wants to establish a major museum to house his significant art and movie memorabilia collection, is considering Chicago as the location after plans for his $300 million Lucas Cultural Arts Museum stalled...
  • Yosemite bears eating like it's 1915

    Yosemite bears eating like it's 1915
    Black bears in Yosemite National Park aren’t snacking as much on human food as they did decades ago, according to new research that traces changes in the diet of Yosemite bears over the last century. Researchers analyzed samples of bear bones from...
  • Michelle Obama's second inauguration ball gown to be displayed

    Michelle Obama's ruby-colored, Jason Wu-designed second inauguration ball gown has gone on loan to the Smithsonian Institution for at least a year. Usually the Smithsonian exhibits gowns worn only at first inaugurations, but this dress has drawn so much...
  • Smithsonian jazz orchestra headed to Palos Hills

    Smithsonian jazz orchestra headed to Palos Hills
    For an upcoming concert at Moraine Valley Community College, not just any old orchestra or any old artist will do. Indeed, it is the nation's big band traveling here to perform and pay tribute to the most celebrated jazz singer of a generation, and do...
  • New Britain Museum of American Art Was First Of Its Kind

    New Britain Museum of American Art Was First Of Its Kind
    Sam Stout's great-grandfather went to Hartford Public High and sat in class behind Frederic Church. He remembered it in his diary. "He wrote 'He was not a very good student. He was always looking out the window and drawing. I guess that worked out well...
  • Bethlehem Museum of Industrial History was a mirage

    Bethlehem Museum of Industrial History was a mirage
    For the last 15 years, the National Museum of Industrial History has been a mirage. First, it was scheduled to open by the end of 1999. Then in late 2000. Then a Preview Center in 2001 and the full museum in 2004 or 2005. Then the summer of 2008. Always...
  • Blame for National Museum of Industrial History bleak outlook is misdirected

    Blame for National Museum of Industrial History bleak outlook is misdirected
    I attended a news meeting years ago in which our editor read a letter from a guy whose arrest we reported in a story about an Allentown prostitution sting. This man said we ruined his life. His wife had left him, his children wouldn't speak to him,...
  • Franklin McCain, who inspired civil rights sit-ins as part of Greensboro Four, dies

    Franklin McCain, who inspired civil rights sit-ins as part of Greensboro Four, dies
    Franklin McCain, who helped touch off the civil rights movement of the 1960s when he and three other college students sat down at a Woolworth's lunch counter where they knew they would not be served, died Thursday at a hospital in Greensboro, N.C. He...