A Peek at the World Trade Center Museum, Christina Aguilera Hops Atop the Art Bandwagon, and More Must-Read Art News

A Peek at the World Trade Center Museum, Christina Aguilera Hops Atop the Art Bandwagon, and More Must-Read Art News

World Trade Center Museum Previewed: Officials opened the doors of the still-under-construction building, which stretches 70 feet below ground and is expected to welcome an estimated 5 million visitors a year to see the surviving foundations of the two towers. Scheduled to open in 2012, it will include the quote from Virgil, "No day shall erase you from the memory of time." [NYP]

Blond Diva L.A. Art Showdown: Less than a year after Lady Gaga played a MOCA gala with Francesco Vezzoli, Christina Aguilera has signed on to play at the September 25 opening of LACMA's Lynda and Stewart Resnick Pavilion. [AP

Congratulations João Ribas!: The ARTINFO alum has been awarded a $150,000 prize from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation for hisplanned show "Man in the Holocene" at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, where he serves as curator. Jens Hoffman, Deborah T. Cullen-Morales, andAndrea Spaulding Norris got awards too. [Artforum]  

"Get Art Out of the Basements": That was Eli Broad's advice in his talk to the American Association of Museums, urging them to lend art rather than hold it in storage, unseen. But the most salient thing about this story is the terrifying photo. [TAN]

We Broke This Story Tuesday: ARTINFO already told you about the plans for the new Aspen Art Museum building, but add to that the fact they've raised $33.5 million for the Shigeru Ban-designed project so far. [NYT]

Why Does David Cameron Hate Stonehenge?: Slashing funding for upgrades to the monument's rickety visitor center and other amenities was one of the first things the new British prime minister did in office. [NYT]

Let the Banksy Bidding Begin: A work allegedly by the famedBritish street artist that was found on the side of the Packard Plant in Detroithas been placed for sale on eBay. Opening bid? $75,000. [Detroit Free Press]

From Nazis to Theses: Ottmar Hoerl, the artist who has previously crafted hundreds of Nazi lawn ornaments, has filled Wittenberg, Germany, with sculptures of religious reformer Martin Luther. [ArtDaily

Who Built the Brit Art Bubble?: Jonathan Jones, our favorite Limey curmudgeon, asks whether collector Charles Saatchi or Tate director Nicholas Serota should be thanked for the thriving British art scene. [Guardian]

Rolling on (More Than a Dozen) Dubs: Auto aficionados may want to explore an upcoming sale at RM Auctions in California, where more than twelve cars are estimated to eclipse the $1 million mark. [ArtDaily]