Houston, do we have a problem? The verdict on early museum openings in Texas

Plus, Ralph Rugoff on Southbank Centre's possible closure. Produced in association with Christie's

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A James Turrell installation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Photo: garagemonster

As cultural institutions across the world are faced with deciding if and when to re-open, we look at two extremes: we hear from Brandon Zech, the publisher of the Texas-based art publication Glasstire, about a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, one of the first museums in the US to re-open. (You can read Brandon Zech's review of his visit to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston here.)

And we discuss the Southbank Centre in London’s announcement that it’s at risk of closure until April 2021, with Ralph Rugoff, the director of the Hayward Gallery, one of the centre’s venues.

In the latest in our series Lonely Works—about objects in museums that are closed due to the virus—the artist Michael Rakowitz tells us about some ancient Sumerian figurines in the Oriental Institute in Chicago. You can watch the video he made with them here.

A still from Michael Rakowitz's video The Ballad of Special Ops Cody (2017) Courtesy of the artist and Sharjah Art Foundation

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