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Object Lesson: How Madame Manet and Whistler's Mother triggered a rupture in art

In one of the central galleries at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, two women from two continents face each other from across a pair of gallery walls: the very composed, somewhat severe-looking mother of the 19th century American painter James Abbott McNeil Whistler and the dreamy, lost-in-thought...

On The Edge Of A New Frontier

Co-authored by Nicolas Miailhe and Simon Müller Photo Credit: Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston Since the turn of the 21st century, nanotechnology, biotechnology, information...Show More Summary

Nuclear Waste Is Art in the Work of Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon's Black Square XVII void in the wall at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Courtesy of Garage. In an active nuclear plant somewhere on the outskirts of Moscow, Taryn Simon’s latest piece of art is processing out radioactive properties—and will be doing so for the next 1,000 years. Show More Summary

centuriespast: Simon Vouet, 1590-1649Toilet of Venus,...

last monthArts / Art History : Old Paint

centuriespast: Simon Vouet, 1590-1649 Toilet of Venus, ca.1628-39, oil on canvas, 183,8x153 cm Art Museum, Cincinnati

44. St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, St. Simons Island

There’s all kinds of trivia here: A lighthouse has operated at this port for more than 200 years; keepers were often nicknamed “Wickie”

Simon & Schuster to Bring Books to Mobile Devices at Museums & Airports

2 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Simon & Schuster has partnered with mobile content distribution platform Foli to help deliver books to readers on mobile devices. The tool allows the publisher to deliver specific books or chapters from books in specific locations. So...Show More Summary

Video Hatch: “2015 Heritage Award Tribute Video Honoring Tom Brokaw”

2 months agoHobbies / Fishing : MidCurrent

The American Museum of Fly Fishing honored Tom Brokaw with its 2015 Heritage Award. This short film, narrated by Brokaw’s daughter Andie Brokaw Simon, follows his journey in fly fishing.

hadrian6: Archimedes.  1788.Simon Louis Boquet. French...

2 months agoArts / Art History : Old Paint

hadrian6: Archimedes.  1788. Simon Louis Boquet. French 1743-1833. marble. Louvre Museum. http://hadrian6.tumblr.com

Home of the Day: Thornton Ladd's Bridge House in Pasadena

Designed by Thornton Ladd, architect of such local landmarks as the Norton Simon Museum, the eye-catching Bridge House receives its name from its location adjacent to the Colorado Street Bridge and 134 Freeway. Blending glass, wood and concrete materials, the modernist home is distinguished by...

Guest Post: Jessica Shoemaker reviews Nina Simon's "The Participatory Museum"

3 months agoArts / Museums : MuseoBlogger

Jessica Shoemaker contributes the second essay in a series of four guest blog posts written by the students in my Exhibition Development and Design class at Walsh University. This semester my students are learning about the elements and principles museums employ in creating successful exhibits and valuable visitor experiences. Show More Summary

No, Norton Simon, You Can’t Avoid Dealing With The Issue Of Looted Art

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The California Supreme Court “chastened the museum in its ruling, stating ‘that there is nothing unfair about affording plaintiff an opportunity to pursue the merits of her claims against Norton Simon… Museums are sophisticated entities that are well-equipped to trace the provenance of the fine art that they purchase.'”

Norton Simon fails to stop lawsuit over Nazi-looted 'Adam' and 'Eve'

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The Norton Simon Museum was dealt another legal setback Thursday in its bid to hold onto prized 16th century paintings of Adam and Eve that were looted by the Nazis during World War II and have hung in its galleries in Pasadena since the 1970s.

At Norton Simon, a delicate 'Tete-a-Tete' with Whistler, other masters

Hanging a masterpiece on the wall of a museum is a lot like hanging a flea market painting up in your living room. Eyeballing makes all the difference.

At Norton Simon, a delicate 'Tete-a-Tete' with Whistler, other masters

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Hanging a masterpiece on the wall of a museum is a lot like hanging a flea market painting up in your living room. Eyeballing makes all the difference.

BG 276: The Artistic Path is the Crooked Path

Episode Description: John F. Simon is a visual artist and software programmer whose work can be found in prominent museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Show More Summary

Blog: Video: Bob Simon recounts 1991 capture in Iraq

When I heard the news last week that Bob Simon had died, I immediately thought back to an interview I had done with him in 2010. It was at an event called the "Courage Forum.," an ideas festival which took place the Museum of Modern Art hosted in New...

Norton Simon dealt setback in Nazi-looted art case

5 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Norton Simon Museum on Tuesday by refusing to review a legal ruling that has jeopardized its hold on paintings of Adam and Eve from the 1500s that have been among its most prized masterpiec...

Norton Simon Museum presents an installation of Édouard Manet's 'The Railway'

7 months agoArts : Artdaily

The Norton Simon Museum announces a special installation of Édouard Manet?s poetic 'The Railway,' 1873, a highlight from the National Gallery of Art?s esteemed 19th-century collection. Evident in this dramatic work are Manet?s characteristic...Show More Summary

Norton Simon Museum and Musée d'Orsay announce an exchange of masterpieces

7 months agoArts : Artdaily

The Norton Simon Museum and the Musée d?Orsay announced an exchange of six paintings (three from each museum) in the spring of 2015 (March 27 ? June 22, 2015), with simultaneous exhibitions in Pasadena and Paris. The exhibition heldShow More Summary

Pasadena to get 'Whistler's Mother' in Norton Simon-Musée d'Orsay swap

James Abbott McNeill Whistler's iconic 1871 painting "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1," better known as "Portrait of the Artist's Mother," is coming to Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum in March as part of an exchange with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the museum announced...

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