When you un-FUBAR a terminally FUBARed Collections Database.

When you encounter a collection that is so riddled with cataloging and recording errors it seems impossible to mix: 

And how you feel after crawling through the collection and scouring the registration office files for two solid weeks (and it only took you three years to schedule this block of time too…kudos!):

But this is how you feel when you find the White Whale/Rosetta Stone/Holy Grail that makes all the craziness make some sense:

Which results in your co-workers seeing you in a whole new light after you’ve fixed the mess and made their lives immeasurably easier:

…for a day or two, until your miracles are forgotten and you revert back to minion status. 

Surprise! We gave away our first Random Act of Art last night to Melanie and Joshua. Thank you to the kind stranger who sponsored this family’s membership. Want to give a year of treasures to a lucky local family? Raffles will be held during Art Splash all summer long. Random Act of Art memberships are 10% off—click here and use promo code MGIFTRAA at checkout.

Chen Mul Censer with Skulls
This chen mul style censer ( a container in which incense is burnt during a religious ceremony ) probably represents a young wind god or a priest dressed with the wind god’s symbols , and dates between 1250 - 1550 AD .

Liverpool’s World Museum is uncovering the world of the ancient Mayas this week in a major free exhibition of treasures direct from Mexico,

Mayas: revelation of an endless time, which opened on Friday, is the flagship exhibition in the nationwide cultural programme for the Year of Mexico in the UK, with Liverpool the only place to host the show in the country.

And with almost 400 stunning objects, it’s also the biggest temporary exhibition ever staged by National Museums Liverpool.

The artworks, brought together from various historic sites and institutions in Mexico, were previously shown in Mexico City, Sao Paolo in Brazil and Paris.

The ancient Maya kingdoms stretched from eastern Mexico to modern day Guatemala, Belize and into western Honduras and El Salvador, from 1000BC to 1542.

Colin Gould

Today is the last day at Museum for Teresa A. Carbone, our esteemed Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art. While we will very much miss Terry and the extremely important role she has played here since joining the Museum in 1985, we are proud and delighted that she will be assuming the position of Program Director for American Art at The Henry Luce Foundation later this summer.

Since 2005, Terry has overseen the American art holdings as the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art. She was co-curator of Eastman Johnson: Painting America (1999), and was awarded the Henry Allen Moe Prize for the accompanying catalogue. She served as project director for American Identities: A New Look (2001), an innovative reinstallation of the Museum’s American art galleries. As principal author of the two-volume American Paintings in the Brooklyn Museum: Artists Born by 1876, she was awarded the College Art Association’s 2006 Alfred H. Barr Prize, and a publication prize from the Association of Art Museum Curators. Dr. Carbone curated the major exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties (2011), and won The Alice, the inaugural publication prize awarded by Furthermore for the accompanying catalogue. She co-curated John Singer Sargent Watercolors (2013), and was the co-curator of Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties. In 2014, Terry was the recipient of the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art, presented by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Art. Beyond these great achievements, over these many years Terry has been totally committed to our exceptional collections of American Art, has overseen its careful growth with major acquisitions and has been the catalyst in the development and success of our Fund for African American Art.

We honor Terry with her favorite work in the collection, one of the most striking portraits by the leading New York painted William Merritt Chase, of his talented student and later the successful portrait painter Lydia Field Emmet.


Two major works from the Hammer’s Armand Hammer Collection by Vincent van Gogh are currently on loan to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, for their exhibition Van Gogh and Nature, on view until September 13, 2015: the landmark Hospital at Saint-Rémy (1889) and the more subdued but equally mesmerizing Garden of the Rectory at Neunen (1885).

Read more about these works: http://bit.ly/1T8FaZS

Armet by A.D. Isaac
Via Flickr:
This armet tapers to a point at the top of the skull! Helmets of a very similar form can be seen in the foot-combat section of the &quot;Fechtbuch,&quot; a German combat manual which is richly illustrated in full colour. Go to this link to see what I’m talking about: <a href=“http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/~db/bsb00007894/images/index.html?id=00007894&amp;fip=;no=51&amp;seite=489” rel=“nofollow”>daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/~db/bsb00007894/images/index…</a>