Smithsonian Closes Four Museums Due to Covid, Endangered Sculpture Finds New Home, and Robert E. Lee Time Capsule Opened

December 29, 2021
Good morning.

  • The National Museum of African Art, three other museums will close temporarily.
  • An Elyn Zimmerman piece will move to American University in Washington, D.C.
  • A time capsule found beneath Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue was opened.

As always, please visit ARTnews.com for the latest news.

The Headlines
COVID CLOSURES CONTINUE. The Smithsonian said that it will shutter four of its museums through January 2—the National Museum of African Art, the National Museum of Asian Art, the National Postal Museum, and the Anacostia Community Museum, all in Washington, D.C.—because staffers are quarantining with the coronavirus, the Washington Post reports. The move is aimed at allowing it to continue to operate its other institutions. The news comes amid shutdowns of some museums in Europe and the Cincinnati Art Museum’s announcement that it will close for more than a week in early January to allow staffers to have a break so that they can pursue “healing and service.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has also reduced its visitor capacity amid the heightened case numbers.

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