The New York Public Library Unveils a $200 Million Renovation, and Other News

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The New York Public Library’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library. Photography by John Bartelstone

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The New York Public Library unveils a pristine renovation of an overlooked branch.

Though the New York Public Library is perhaps best known for its Stephen A Schwarzman location on Bryant Park, the striking renovation of the neighboring Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library is giving the Beaux-Arts building a run for its money. The $200 million transformation, overseen by Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle, includes 180,000 square feet of space with additional public seating areas, a whole floor dedicated to children, a business center, and a rooftop terrace. Andreas Dracopoulos, co-president of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, describes the renovation as “a truly public space, accessible to all, on the front line of further empowering the NYPL to deliver its mission of providing lifelong learning to all and strengthening our sense of community.”

Louis Vuitton has been caught in controversy over a monogram keffiyeh-style scarf.

Social media is not happy with the heritage fashion house’s new $705 “Monogram Keffieh Stole.” Drawing inspiration from the traditional Palestinian keffiyeh, the criticism levied against the French luxury brand by fashion watchdog Diet Prada and other influencers has ranged from its exorbitant price to the blue and white colors that break from the customary black and white to the timing of the release given the recent outbreak of violence in the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  

The Nevada Museum of Art is launching a year-long focus on the legacy of Land Art.

Land Art will soon be the subject of focus at the Nevada Museum of Art, which is preparing to open a two-month series of programming called Land Art: Past, Present, Futures in late September. The original event was expanded from a weekend conference into a two-month season of conversations this fall and a year-long exhibition program. “We used the pandemic postponement as an opportunity to think more broadly about the conference; virtual presentations in the season format can engage people who might not be able to travel to Reno,” says David Walker, chief executive of the NMA. “The museum has gained a loyal following by fostering a community among artists, scholars, and art enthusiasts who take a passionate interest in Land Art, and this format allows our community to grow more globally.”

The Munch Museum in Oslo

One of the world’s largest museums dedicated to a single artist prepares to open in Oslo. 

Designed by Spanish architecture firm Estudio Herreros, the Munch Museum will be home to 26,700 works by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Best known for his iconic painting, The Scream, Munch’s body of work also includes large-scale murals like The Sun, a 26-foot-long masterpiece that will be displayed in one of the 11 galleries. Close to the Snøhetta-designed opera house in the city’s up-and-coming Bjørvika district, the angular structure is lined in perforated, translucent aluminum that reflects the colors and weather changes of the Oslo skies, while its geometric silhouette reflects off the fjord passing next to it. The museum will make its debut on October 22 with an opening show, “Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul,” exploring Munch’s influence on Emin. 

The Mellon Foundation announces a $125 million grant to revitalize New York’s arts sector.

A group of philanthropic foundations will donate $125 million over three years to help revitalize New York’s arts economy as part of a program called Creatives Rebuild New York, which is connected to governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to remedy the financial impact of the pandemic. The program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with the support of the Ford and Stavros Niarchos Foundations, will provide 2,400 artists with guaranteed monthly income and endow 300 full-time positions in arts organizations statewide. “It’s critical for the vibrancy of our cities that we recognize that making art is work, and artists are among our nation’s most dedicated and necessary drivers of our economy,” said Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Mellon Foundation. 

Tekla’s new sleepwear and bathrobes for children. Photography by Philip Messmann

Today’s attractive distractions:

Tekla is bringing its popular cotton sleepwear and bathrobes line to children.

Elon Musk may open a Tesla-themed restaurant at a Supercharger station.

The sculptor of the widely criticized Mary Wollstonecraft statue speaks out.

An Italian artist is selling invisible sculptures that cost upwards of $18,000.

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