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Collection of Works by Famous Poet Langston Hughes Now on Display After Being Discovered in Storage Unit

by John Stevens April 25, 2011 9:51 AM
Sometimes items of tremendous significance and worth can go undiscovered or missing for many years, locked away in a self storage unit. It is satisfying news when those items wind up in the right hands. Opening this week is a 90-day exhibit of a massive collection of original poems, first-edition books, signed pages and other unique pieces by the famous African American poet, Langston Hughes. All of the works were discovered in a Millville, NJ, storage unit. [More]

97-Year-Old Dalí Collector Had Converted Storage Warehouse into Museum

by Winnie Hsiu July 7, 2010 5:11 PM
Eleanor Morse, an art collector who made a museum out of a storage warehouse in 1982, died last week in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was 97 years old. Like many collectors whose collections have outgrown their own homes and living spaces, Morse, along with her late husband, A. Reynolds Morse, made their art collection, which included hundreds of modern paintings and drawings by Salvador Dalí, into a museum. They founded the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. At first they stored the collection in a wing of A. Reynolds Morse’s business, but it outgrew the space. So they moved the entire Salvador Dalí Museum to a space in St. Petersburg that had previously been used as a marine storage warehouse. The museum is still located on St. Petersburg’s waterfront, but has moved to a new location and is now operated by the state of Florida. [More]

Paiute to Store Cultural Artifacts at Pipe Spring National Monument in Utah

by Tony Gonzalez April 30, 2010 10:56 AM
Pipe Spring National Monument Superintendant John Hiscock and Tribal Chairman Timothy Rogers of the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians have announced that a new storage facility, to be used for museum collections and to hold Paiute cultural artifacts, will be opened on the grounds of Pipe Spring National Monument. A grand opening for the facility will be held on Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. (Arizona time). The opening celebration will include speakers, tours, and refreshments.

The new storage facility has 4,400 square feet of space, meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification requirements, and includes separate storage rooms for collections owned by the National Park Service and by the Paiute. The building also has office space for National Park Service and tribal curators. Although the Kaibab's collection of artifacts is fairly small, the Tribe hopes to expand the collection now that a dedicated, state of the art facility is available in which to store items. [More]

Researchers Put Stored Paintings and Sculptures in a "3D Wikipedia of Art"

by Holly Robinson January 4, 2010 3:01 PM
When you visit most art museums, the art that you see on display represents only a fraction of the museum's actual holdings. The percentage of art holdings that are actually on display in museums around the world is dropping, as the recession forces some museums to move to smaller facilities or to close their doors altogether. Researchers at the University of Brighton, in Sussex, England, want to make art that is being held in storage available for people to see in 3D form, over the Internet. If they succeed, stored art could be viewable 24 hours a day, seven days a week, indefinitely. The project is called 3D-COFORM, Tools and Enterprise for 3D Collection Formation.

"What you see at any given time in a museum is only the tip of the iceberg," said Professor David Arnold, the project leader. "There are many more things in storage than on display and all these could be recorded and made available for 3D viewing....Everything a museum holds could be available and accessible at almost any time. Virtual handling of the objects is a different challenge but with this technology you'll be able to see details invisible on a visit to the museum." [More]