News Recap: July 7, 2017

A weekly recap of art world news.

National Archives photo allegedly showing the lost pilot Amelia Earhart and her navigator.

National Archives photo allegedly showing the lost pilot Amelia Earhart and her navigator.

Photo Emerges As Evidence In Amelia Earhart Theory
A photo discovered in the National Archives is believed to depict Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, on a dock in the Marshall Islands amongst a larger group of people. The photograph in question is the centerpiece of the new documentary, Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, hoping to uncover the truth about the mystery of Earhart’s disappearance. If Earhart and Noonan’s identities were confirmed it would support the common theory that Earhart didn’t disappear at sea, but was captured by the Japanese and later died on the island of Saipan. Dorothy Cochrane, a curator at the Air and Space Museum is skeptical of the photograph, but said, “We all would like to know, ultimately, what happened to her.”
Read the full story (Smithsonian Magazine)

Hepworth Wakefield Awarded UK Museum of the Year
Hepforth Wakefield, a museum in Yorkshire, England, has won the 2017 Museum of the Year as well as a £100,000 prize. Winning against the Tate Modern, Lapworth, Sir John Soanes’s Museum, and Newmarket’s National Museum of Horseracing and Sporting Art, the Hepforth Wakefield has brought international art to the Yorkshire region through collaborations, the museum, and the Hepworth Sculpture Prize and exhibition.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic Begins Filming July 11
Mapplethorpe, a biopic presenting Robert Mapplethorpe’s life, including his rise to fame in the 70’s and his AIDS related death, is in the works. With the full support of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, this project is set to illuminate the photographer’s inspirations, struggles, life and death. Portraying the actor is Matt Smith and the film is set to begin filming July 11 in New York City.
Read the full story (Indie Wire)