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Northumberlandia human landform opened by her Royal Highness The Princess Royal

Northumberlandia world’s largest human landform a unique reclining female figure designed by renowned artist Charles Jencks which is more than seven times the size of a football pitch and taller than an eight-storey building at its highest point has been opened by her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.


The project has been designed in line with Banks “restoration first” approach, where extra land not needed for coal mining has been provided by the Blagdon Estate to deliver a lasting positive legacy for both the local area and the wider region at early stage in the development of the adjacent surface mound, rather than waiting until the end of operations. The aim has been to provide an iconic gateway feature to South East of Northumberland located close to the A1, East Coast Rail Line and Newcastle Airport.

It takes around 20 minutes to walk the three-quarter mile-long outer path around the landform. It contains more than two and a half miles of surfaced paths, as well as over one and a half miles of grass paths.
Northumberlandia will initially be open to the public between noon and 4pm on Wednesday 5 and Saturday 8 September.

Further information is available on the website

Newark Museum presents Buddhism, Taoism, Confucius and the Cult of Mao

Multiple religious arts populate the diverse regions of China. Some traditions, such as Confucianism, Taoism and the Cult of Mao, developed within China. Others traditions like Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, entered with foreign traders, missionaries and shifting populations. The formulations of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism all began sometime between the 6th and 4th century BC. Buddhism arrived in China by land and by sea through traveling merchants and monks shortly after its formulation. All three practices differ drastically from each other, but all have held long-lasting influence in China up to the present day.

Newark Museum
49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102-3176
Phone: 973.596.6550

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art announces The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7)

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art announces The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) being held 8 December 2012 — 14 April 2013.

Bruno Akau and Alfred Sapu | b. unknown | Pilelo Island, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea | Tabuan Kamut Mut 2011 | Commercial polyester cotton, plastic, balsa wood, sago fibre, plastic bag, dried leaves, synthetic polymer paint, permanent-marker pen, split bamboo, commercial string, feathers, rubber-bands, twigs, dried seed | 2 masks | Purchased 2011. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT7) marks the twentieth anniversary of the APT series which is the only recurring exhibition to present the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. APT7 will feature new and recent work by 77 artists and artist groups from 27 countries across the region, including painting, installation, sculpture and photography by Indigenous Australian artists; new works by artists from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Vietnam; and a special focus on West Asia, with works and major commissions by artists from Turkey through the Middle East to Iran and Central Asia.

A central theme in APT7 will be our relationship to place at a time of rapid urbanisation and flux of people, trade and influence. This is explored through the ideas of temporary structures; representations of changing landscapes; and varied engagements with the city.

A major commission of architectural structures by artists from the East Sepik province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) will be a highlight of the project. A diverse selection of masks from nine cultural groups in New Britain and the Sepik River regions of PNG have also been acquired for inclusion in APT7.

Another key element of APT7 will be The Premier of Queensland’s Sculpture Commission, The World Turns by Michael Parekowhai. This major public art commission marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of GOMA in December 2011 and twenty years of APT.

The twentieth anniversary of APT presents an opportunity to reflect upon the unprecedented transformations that have occurred in Australia, Asia and the Pacific over the past two decades. As part of this project the Gallery’s extensive APT archives will be profiled throughout the exhibition, online, and in the public program, reflecting upon the diverse histories that archives have written of the past two decades of art, society, politics and culture.

The groundbreaking Kids’ APT will also be a key feature of APT7, premiering an extensive range of interactive artworks, installations and On Tour program.

APT7 will include a major film program curated by the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque that expands on the exhibition’s exploration of change and includes a program of Chinese animation. -

Neon Museum to open in Las Vegas on October 27

After more than 15 years of planning, the Neon Museum, a Las Vegas historical institution dedicated to the preservation and celebration of some of the city’s most distinctive architectural landmarks, will officially open its doors to the public on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Neon Museum, home to a collection of more than 150 neon signs dating from the 1930s, is the largest collection of neon signage in the world and a unique record of Las Vegas’ colorful history. Inside a two-acre outdoor museum space known as the Neon Boneyard, iconic signs from the city’s most celebrated properties — including the Moulin Rouge, the Desert Inn, the Flamingo and the Stardust — are displayed alongside those from various other bygone restaurants, hotels and businesses.

The museum’s new visitors’ center will be located on-site in the recently rehabilitated La Concha Motel lobby, the seashell-shaped, Mid-Century Modern architectural masterpiece designed and built by architect Paul Revere Williams. Originally constructed in 1961 on Las Vegas Boulevard South, next to the Riviera Hotel’s current location, the La Concha lobby was saved from demolition in 2005 and moved to its current location in downtown Las Vegas in 2006.

According to Bill Marion, chair, Neon Museum’s Board of Trustees, the museum’s official opening will bring both a significant cultural and economic impact to the community. “There is renewed interest in ‘old’ Las Vegas and in the rediscovery of the historical downtown area. The Neon Museum will play a major role in this renaissance by bringing new visitors to downtown Las Vegas, by creating additional opportunities for tourism growth and by adding to the ongoing economic revitalization of the area,” says Marion.

Tours of the Neon Boneyard, which last approximately 45 minutes, will be available to the public every half hour starting at 10 a.m., with the last tour departing at 4 p.m., every Monday through Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults; $12 for students with valid ID, senior citizens, veterans and Nevada residents. Children ages 6 and under are free. Tour capacity is limited. To ensure admission on the date and time desired, visitors are advised to purchase their tickets in advance through the Neon Museum’s Web site, The La Concha Visitors Center will be open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Both facilities are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas, NV, 89101.

“Visitors from around the world have been eagerly anticipating the Neon Museum’s opening for many years, so it gives us tremendous pleasure to be able to unveil this remarkable and historic collection to the public,” says Danielle Kelly, executive director, Neon Museum. “Our goal is to give guests an enhanced appreciation for Las Vegas’ rich visual culture while celebrating the beauty and craftsmanship of a distinctly modern art form.”

In addition to the Neon Boneyard and visitors’ center, the Neon Museum has partnered with the City of Las Vegas to create the Las Vegas Signs Project, in which restored signs from the museum’s collection have been installed on Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara and Washington Avenues — a stretch of roadway that has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Currently, seven restored signs from the 1950s are on display, including the Silver Slipper, the Bow & Arrow Motel, Binion’s Horseshoe, Society Cleaners, the Lucky Cuss Hotel, the Normandy Hotel and the Hacienda Horse and Rider.

The museum’s collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout the downtown area. The Downtown Gallery begins on Fremont Street at Las Vegas Blvd. and extends west toward Third Street. Signs in this gallery include Aladdin’s Lamp, The Flame Restaurant, the Chief Court Motel, Andy Anderson, The Red Barn, Wedding Information, the Nevada Motel and Dots Flowers. Further south, the 5th Street Liquor sign, located on Casino Center St. near Garces Ave., features a classic example of the type of animation that was frequently used in neon signage, and the Landmark Hotel sign, located on Paradise Road near Convention Center Dr., has been placed near the site where the iconic property stood until its demolition in 1995.


Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to a two-acre outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as 16 restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit

National Gallery of Victoria opens The Four Horsemen. Apocalypse, Death and Disaster

National Gallery of Victoria opens The Four Horsemen. Apocalypse, Death and Disaster, an exhibition on view 31 August 2012–28 January 2013.

Joos van Cleve (manner of), St Jerome (1530s -40s). Oil on wood panel, 42.6 x 31.9 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Felton Bequest, 1932 (4590-3).

The exhibition will present 120 artworks from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, when religious and social turmoil inspired dramatic images of death and catastrophe by European artists including Albrecht Dürer, Jacques Callot, Jacques de Gheyn II, Stefano della Bella and Francisco Goya.

Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator, Prints and Drawings, NGV, said, “The exhibition draws its title from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: conquest, famine, war and death. The motif of the Horsemen was a familiar one in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, a period in which natural phenomena and events were seen as manifestations of divine providence and people interpreted disasters and disease as warnings or punishments from God. The exhibition brings to life the dramatic visual imagery from a time of great chaos and upheaval.”

The illustrated books, prints, manuscripts and paintings in the exhibition are predominantly drawn from the works of the NGV, including its internationally renowned Dürer collection. The exhibition also includes key loans from the State Library of Victoria and the Special Collections of the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne.

Dr Petra Kayser, Curator, Prints and Drawings, NGV, said, “This was a period when the plague, famine and war were affecting the majority of the population in Europe and death could strike on a massive scale at any time. These circumstances led to a different awareness of mortality which is reflected in the visual culture of the period. Many images in The Four Horsemen, including book illustrations by Michael Wolgemut and prints by Hans Holbein, show Death personified as a skeleton, seizing individuals from all levels of society in the ‘Dance of Death’.”

The Four Horsemen is a collaborative partnership between the National Gallery of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. The exhibition has been co-curated by Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator, Prints & Drawings, NGV; Dr Petra Kayser, Curator, Prints and Drawing, NGV; Dr Jennifer Spinks, Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne; and Professor Charles Zika, Professorial Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence, History of Emotions, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated 100-page publication, available from the NGV Shop for RRP$49.95. An exhibition forum will be held at the NGV on Friday 31 August with lectures from keynote visiting art historians Professor Jeffrey Chipps Smith (University of Texas) and Professor Dagmar Eichberger (University of Trier and University of Heidelberg). Bookings essential.

The Four Horsemen: Apocalypse, Death and Disaster will be on display at NGV International, St Kilda Road from 31 August 2012 – 28 January 2013. Open Wed–Mon, 10am–5pm. Entry is FREE. For more information on NGV programs, please visit

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art awarded 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has been awarded 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive the award.

The Bechtler’s 4.0 rating is among the very best. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.” -

National Gallery of Victoria presents Living Water. Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert

National Gallery of Victoria presents Living Water. Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert, an exhibition on view through 31 December, 2012.

Living Water National Gallery of Victoria

Living Water showcases 107 contemporary Indigenous paintings by 94 artists from the Felton Bequest Gift, displays works by male and female artists from the Far Western Desert, an area stretching across parts of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Aboriginal people from across the Western Desert use the term ‘living water’ to describe water sources, including rock holes and soakage waters that are fed by underground springs. The path of these springs was created by the ancestral beings of the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) as they themselves journeyed underground, their entry into the earth often marking the site of current day water sources. ‘Living water’ is revered also because it does not seem to be affected by the harsh conditions above the ground that the people themselves have to endure.

This exhibition has been curated by Judith Ryan, Indigenous Art Curator, NGV. The following groups of people are represented in this spectacular exhibition.

For more information on NGV programs, please visit

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum announce stillspotting nyc: bronx

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum announce stillspotting nyc: bronx an Audiogram by Improv Everywhere and audiologist Tina Jupiter on Sat and Sun, Oct 13 and 14, 2012.

Bronx aerial photograph, 2012. © 2012 Iwan Baan.

For the fifth and final edition of stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim Museum’s programming out into the streets of New York City’s boroughs, Charlie Todd and Tyler Walker of Improv Everywhere, along with audiologist Tina Jupiter, present Audiogram, a 65-minute experiential and theatrical group hearing test designed for the South Bronx.

Hearing is often measured with an audiogram, a test in which humans are asked to raise their hand or press a button when detecting a range of tones of specific frequency and intensity. The stillspotting nyc project examines how the effects of urban noise on our hearing can be measured more effectively. For Audiogram, Improv Everywhere—a New York City-based prank collective that creates scenes in public places—along with audiologist Tina Jupiter, will unveil a unique version of the conventional audiogram through an experience that connects science with humor and the element of surprise.

Drawing from Improv Everywhere’s mp3 experiment series, Audiogram combines the format of a live hearing evaluation with ambient sounds from the Joyce Kilmer Park off the Bronx Grand Concourse. Participants will engage with pre-recorded sound that will be downloaded to personal mp3 players or borrowed iPods. Walking though the park, a narrator will guide listeners through changing perspectives on sounds in the city so that among the aural bleeps and blips, participants may encounter surprises along their way. By disorienting its test subjects with layers of fiction and reality, Audiogram intends to heighten awareness of the constant noise surrounding people within New York City.

Visiting Audiogram
Visitors to Audiogram will take part in an interactive, group hearing test guided by a pre-recorded audio track transmitted through personal mp3 players and borrowed iPods. Participants begin at a stillspotting nyc kiosk stationed in the lobby of the Bronx Museum of the Arts at 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street in the Bronx, where they receive their Audiogram guides and wristband and walk to nearby Joyce Kilmer Park to start the hearing test. The nearest subway stops are the B or D train to 167 St/Grand Concourse Station and the 4 train to 161 St/Yankee Stadium Station.

Audiogram will be offered rain or shine on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 at five times each day: 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, and 6pm. Participants are requested to arrive before their ticketed tour time for check in. A limited number of iPods will be available for rental at the ticketing kiosk and must be reserved when purchasing tickets online. The recorded program is approximately one hour long. Advance registration is strongly suggested. Tickets will be available beginning on September 10 by credit card only. To learn more, visit

Visitors wishing to travel by bicycle to Audiogram may take advantage of an additional free self-guided cycling program created in collaboration with NYC’s Department of Transportation. A map with suggested bike routes that highlight issues of silence and noise around the neighborhoods off the Bronx Grand Concourse will be available at the ticketing kiosk and for download at

Stillspotting nyc is organized by David van der Leer, Assistant Curator, Architecture and Urban Studies, with Sarah Malaika, Stillspotting Project Associate, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Support for stillspotting nyc is provided by the Rockefeller Foundation NYC Opportunities Fund and a MetLife Foundation Museum and Community Connections grant. This project is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Leadership Committee for stillspotting nyc, co-chaired by Franklin Campbell and Pamela Samuels, is gratefully acknowledged for its support. -

Hudgens Center for the Arts presents The Hudgens Juried Member’s Exhibition

Hudgens Center for the Arts in Georgia presents The Hudgens Juried Member’s Exhibition, on view through December 22, 2012.

The Hudgens

Open to all Members of The Hudgens 18 and older, the Member’s Exhibit will be featured in the Georgia Gallery. Noted art critic Jerry Cullum will select the works to be included in the exhibit as well as choose First Place and three Honorable Mention prizes.

“It’s been some nine years since the last juried Member’s Exhibit, and we are so happy to be able to reintroduce this program,” stated Angela Nichols, Director of Programming and Education. “It is a wonderful way to celebrate our members who are artists by showing off their talent, as well as support the arts in our own community.” -

Hammer Museum announces A Strange Magic

Hammer Museum presents A Strange Magic, an exhibition on view September 16 to December 9, 2012, devoted to Gustave Moreau’s Salome Dancing before Herod, one of the most remarkable and best-known paintings in the museum’s collection. The exhibition will include approximately 50 works—including related paintings, drawings, and preparatory studies—drawn entirely from the collection of the Gustave Moreau Museum in Paris. Many of the works have never before been seen in the United States, and the Hammer will be the sole American venue.

The art of Gustave Moreau (1826–1898) stands apart from that of his realist and impressionist contemporaries in nineteenth-century France, particularly in the mystical and enigmatic quality of his paintings of biblical and mythological subjects. He is considered an important precursor to the symbolist and surrealist movements, and his students included Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault. Salome created a sensation when it was exhibited for the first time in Paris at the Salon of 1876 and is arguably Moreau’s most important work. Painted between 1874 and 1876, it depicts the biblical story of the Judaean princess Salome dancing before her stepfather, King Herod, and her mother, Herodias. Moreau’s paintings are rare, particularly in the United States, and the Hammer’s is one of a select group of works in major collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

The Gustave Moreau Museum has the largest collection of works by the artist, with more than 14,000 paintings, drawings, and watercolors by Moreau, all housed in his former residence and studio, which today function as a museum devoted to the artist. The Moreau Museum is maintained as he left it upon his death, when it was given to the French state, and provides a unique glimpse into a working artist’s home and studio. The collection includes a significant number of unfinished paintings, sketches, models, and letters, as well as an extensive archive and library. It includes a several dozen preparatory drawings and other works related to Salome, including variant paintings, compositional studies, and individual studies for the various figures, architectural setting, and decorative elements. The exhibition will include five other paintings by Moreau on the theme of Salome, as well as more than 40 drawings specifically related to the Hammer painting.

A Strange Magic: Gustave Moreau’s Salome is organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with the Gustave Moreau Museum in Paris and is curated by Cynthia Burlingham, director of the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and deputy director of Curatorial Affairs at the Hammer Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Cynthia Burlingham; Marie-Cécile Forest, the director of the Gustave Moreau Museum; and the artist Richard Hawkins.