Monday Links: Outgoing Met Director’s “Inappropriate Relationship” With Staff Member Causes Museum Drama

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  • The (obviously) strange story of how these terrifying wax Star Trek figures came to the collection of The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum. [The Fresno Bee]
  • A kinda-ugly Normal Rockwell painting has been reunited with a family after a theft 40 years ago. Sometimes the painting is known as “Boy Asleep with Hoe”. LOL. [CNN]
  • Chairman Mao must be rolling in his grave. A Warhol portrait of the Communist dictator just sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong for $12.6 million. [Reuters]
  • Renzo Piano has completed new ceramic-covered galleries for the collection and exhibition programs of the Fundación Botín in Santander, Spain. The center has a lot in common with Piano’s new Whitney museum, but looks much more elegant. [Dezeen]
  • This is fascinating: a map of every borough’s oldest buildings and a little history blurb about each. Staten Island and Brooklyn have so many structures dating from the 1600s! [Curbed]
  • Paul Moorhouse, the curator of Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends at London’s National Portrait Gallery, on the late artist’s work. A good, brief read. [Apollo]
  • Headline of the day: “City police save Light City art installation from a watery grave”. [The Baltimore Sun]
  • Wow. The situation at the Met sounds like a mess. Thomas P. Campbell, the museum’s outgoing director, apparently had an “inappropriate relationship” with a female staff member in the museum’s digital department. And the board of directors seems to have very little control over the massive institution. We’ll be watching this one closesly. [The New York Times]

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