Morning Links: Knocking Over Sculpture With a Selfie Edition

A still from the film of an unfortunate patron of the arts after she knocked down 16 sculptures while taking a selfie.


A Tour Through Europe

A show of work by Modigliani at the Doge’s Palace in Geneva has closed after 21 works turned out to be fakes. [The Telegraph]

Read this very positive review of “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power,” which is up at the Tate Modern. [The Guardian]

The collection of Francesco Federico Cerruti, the Italian entrepreneur who died in 2015, will go to the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art in Turin. The haul is said to be worth $600 million. [The New York Times]

Selfie Mishaps

Here’s a video of a woman clumsily taking a selfie at The 14th Factory, a pop-up space in Los Angeles, and destroying 16 works by Simon Birch. That’s $200,000 worth in damage. But nobody got hurt and now the world has this hall-of-fame selfie fail video. [USA Today]

Museum Happenings

2,405 people gathered at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to break the Guinness world record for the largest human flower. Peace! [NBC Bay Area]

The best place to cool down on a hot night? A museum that stays open later in the summer, like the Field Museum in Chicago. Sometimes there are even adult beverages! Sounds delightful. [The Chicago Tribune]

A writer tells of her harrowing trip to the Museum of Sex, wherein she gets hurt in an exhibition called “Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Playground,” but referred to here at the “boob room.” Click ahead for a truly legendary lede. [The New York Post]

“Twin Peaks”

Every new episode of “Twin Peaks: The Return” is absolutely must-watch television, but the new documentary about its creator, David Lynch, is skippable. [The Guardian]

The new season of “Twin Peaks” has been subtly riffing on a deep well of American film classics, cult favorites, and forgotten curios. [The New York Times]

A sweets company is trying to release “Twin Peaks” chocolate bars, but Toblerone has stopped them because, well, it’s the same thing as Toblerone. [Metro]

New York Institutions

How can we fix the Metropolitan Museum of Art? As the crown jewel of American museums readies itself for a new director and a new vision, here are some suggestions from cultural figures on what the hell the place should do. Nico Muhly wants Robert Wilson to direct Sesame Street performances at the Temple of Dendur. Bill Telepan wants to open an actually good restaurant. And Cheech Marin says, “Show more Chicano art!” [The New York Times]

The student who was accused of rape by Emma Sulkowicz, inspiring her year-long performance work Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight), has settled with Columbia University after suing the school for mishandling the case. The lawsuit was thrown out twice by Federal District Court, but the man, Sam Nungesser, was planning to appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. [The New York Times]

Art Scenes Down South

Delray Beach, a town between Palm Beach and Boca Raton on the east coast of Florida, is hoping a new 15,000-square-foot arts warehouse could lead to the birth of an art scene. [Palm Beach Post]

The New Orleans Museum of Art has received as a gift work by John Waters, timed to coincide with the institution’s film festival devoted to the beloved filmmaker’s work. [The U.S. News & World Report]

And More!

Revisiting Charlotte Salomon, the artist who poisoned her grandfather, painted his portrait as he shuffled off this mortal coil, and then eight months later died in the Holocaust. [The New Yorker]

An artist in San Francisco has devoted an entire solo show to work depicting cans of La Croix, the sparkling water that has inspired near-religious fervor among its millennial devotees. Appropriately enough, the show is sold out. [SF Gate]

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