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Investigators Remove Artifacts From Met With Search Warrants

Repatriations to Italy and Egypt are planned for next week

(Newser) - More artifacts are on their way back to other countries after investigators bearing search warrants took them from the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced that 27 ancient objects, valued at more than $13 million, were seized after a determination that they had...

Kim Kardashian Wears Marilyn Monroe's Iconic Dress to Met Gala
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Kim Kardashian Loses 16 Pounds, Dyes Hair for Met Gala

She turned herself into Marilyn Monroe, including the actual 'Happy Birthday' dress

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian underwent a major transformation for Monday night's Met Gala look—she lost 16 pounds in three weeks in order to fit into an iconic dress once worn by Marilyn Monroe, and then, on the day before the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute benefit gala,...

Another Jacob Lawrence Painting Found

3 panels from 'Struggle' remain missing

(Newser) - "Listen, nobody calls me back. I have this painting. Who do I need to talk to?" Those were the words spoken by a New York City nurse who recently discovered she was in possession of one of the long-missing panels from Jacob Lawrence's 30-panel series "Struggle: From...

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Museum Visitor Realizes Where Long-Lost Painting Is

Jacob Lawrence panel been hanging in her neighbor's living room for 60 years

(Newser) - Jacob Lawrence's renowned 1950s series of paintings " Struggle: From the History of the American People " arrived at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art in August missing five of its 30 panels. It will leave next month missing only four. A visitor to the museum realized...

Crazy Outfits Abound at 'Camp' Met Gala

Katy Perry turned up dressed as a chandelier

(Newser) - The theme was "camp" at this year's Met Gala and co-chair Lady Gaga once again had one of the most eye-catching outfits at one of the fashion world's biggest events of the year. Make that four outfits—the singer started out in a billowing pink outfit, then...

Met Forced to Defend Painting of Girl in Provocative Pose

Petition asks that 'Thérèse Dreaming' by Balthus be taken down

(Newser) - As one New York City institution wrestles with high-profile molestation accusations , another finds itself the target of outcry over the "sexualization" of a young girl—in a painting. The Metropolitan Museum of Art says it will not take down the 1938 painting "Thérèse Dreaming" by the...

Somebody Stole $105K Photos at MoMa, Mailed Them Back

NYPD releases surveillance video of woman mailing photos back to museum annex in NYC

(Newser) - The Museum of Modern Art has an odd mystery on its hands. First, somebody stole two photos of performance artist Carolee Schneemann worth $105,000 from a museum annex in Queens. Then somebody mailed them back, good as new. Now the NYPD has released surveillance video of the young woman...

Why Met Museum's Vase Is Sitting in an Evidence Room

The Met bought it at Sotheby's, but it may have been looted from a grave

(Newser) - For 2,300 years, the painted vase has shown a scene involving the god Dionysus. For just under 30 of those years, it's been in the possession of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—and for the last week or so, it's been stored in the evidence room of...

Met's Director Out Amid Financial Woes

Board members demanded he leave his post: 'NYT'

(Newser) - Thomas Campbell, the director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, resigned after eight years Tuesday "to pursue the next phase of my career," according to a statement. In reality, he appears to have been "forced out," reports the New York Times . With the museum...

Met Museum Sued for 'Tainted' $100M Picasso

It was sold by Jewish couple fleeing Nazis

(Newser) - A woman who says her relatives had no choice but to sell a Picasso when fleeing the Nazis in 1938 wants New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art to hand over the painting—or pay more than $100 million in damages. Laurel Zuckerman is the great-grandniece of German Jewish businessman...

9 Buzziest Looks at the Met Gala

Including a rare fashion misstep from Lupita Nyong'o

(Newser) - Last night's annual Costume Institute gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art featured, as it usually does, quite a few dramatic dress choices. The theme this year honored Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Charles James, a British-born designer "who revolutionized American fashion in the mid-20th century,...

Gwyneth Deems Met Gala 'So Un-Fun'

Apparently Costume Institute event did not live up to Paltrow's expectations

(Newser) - Apparently not even her bright pink gown could cheer up Gwyneth Paltrow at the Met costume gala . According to USA Today , the World's Most Beautiful Woman panned the swanky party as "so un-fun." In a quote that is attributed to her but thin in terms of details...

Madonna's Met Gala Look: No Pants

Plus: Tiger and Lindsey make romantic debut

(Newser) - Last night was the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute gala, and you know what that means: Madonna showed up wearing no pants, Anne Hathaway showed up with bleached blonde hair, Kristen Stewart showed up with sad raccoon eyes and a matador pantsuit, and Kim Kardashian showed up...

NYC's Metropolitan Accused of Duping Museumgoers

Suit alleges Met is scheming to defraud public via admission fee

(Newser) - Before visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art can stroll past the Picassos, they must first deal with the ticket line and the posted $25 adult admission. That amount is merely the suggested donation—the word "recommended" is posted in smaller type just beneath it—but people, especially foreign...

Mystery Scream Buyer Revealed

Financier Leon Black paid $120M for Munch masterwork

(Newser) - The mystery buyer who paid a record-breaking $120 million for Edvard Munch's The Scream is New York City financier Leon Black, according to the Wall Street Journal , which says "several people close to the collector" have confirmed the buy. The billionaire chief of investment firm Apollo Global Management...

Weirdest Part of Met Gala: Tom Brady's Hair

And other fashion travesties...

(Newser) - TMZ has a theory on the ridiculous hairstyle Tom Brady was sporting last night at the Met Costume Institute Gala: It must have been Gisele Bundchen's idea. Or perhaps what People describes as "a freshly slicked semi faux hawk that slanted to the right" is just the...

Kid, 13, Catches Error at the Met

Museum working to fix Byzantine map

(Newser) - There was a mistake in a map at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—but nobody noticed until 13-year-old Benjamin Lerman Coady visited with his mom. The Connecticut seventh-grader and history buff was checking out a permanent exhibit on the Byzantine Empire when he spotted the problem: A map that purported...

White House, Met Hop Aboard Google Art Project

Online gallery now has works from 151 museums in 40 countries

(Newser) - The White House's art collection, all 139 pieces, is being added to the Google Art Project, as part of a major expansion of Google's online art initiative, reports CBS News . Other collections being added include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in London,...

Turkey to US Museums: We Want Our Stuff Back

Nation seeks return of looted antiquities

(Newser) - Turkey has taken note of how neighbors Italy and Greece have cajoled US museums into returning their long-lost antiquities, and it wants in. The government has asked four American facilities—the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Met, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Harvard's Dumbarton Oaks collection—to return...

Celebs Walk Costume Gala Red Carpet

Sadly, no bunny ears in sight this year

(Newser) - Last year, there was a light-up dress ; in 2009, Madonna wore a kooky hat . From the looks of it, this year's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala was not quite as crazy, but there were definitely some interesting looks. PopEater calls last night's fete "the year'...

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