Allison Meier

Post image for A Cartography of Incarceration in the United States

Data artist Josh Begley has created an online Prison Map that catalogues aerial photographs of prisons, jails, and other American detention centers to give the architecture of the growing prison population a tangibility and scale.

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Museums

Urban Solutions for the World in 2030

by Allison Meier on January 9, 2015

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Around the world people are rapidly moving to cities in an incredible manifestation of consolidated growth. The Museum of Modern Art’s Uneven Growth is the culmination of a 14-month initiative to address developing problems in six of those cities by involving the communities most impacted.

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Post image for Clouds Like Blood: How a 19th-Century Volcano Changed the Color of Sunsets

The eruption of Krakatoa on August 26–27, 1883, completely collapsed its Indonesian island, blasting the stratosphere with volcanic dust and sulphur dioxide. It also influenced art.

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Post image for Finding a Voice in Fiber, Judith Scott Was an Artist, Not an Outsider

In the first major retrospective of her sculptural bundles of yarn and found objects, the late Judith Scott is celebrated not just for having found a way to creatively express herself late in life, after being institutionalized with Down syndrome and undiagnosed deafness; instead, the Brooklyn Museum’s Judith Scott: Bound and Unbound honors her powerful, tactile acts of making.

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Post image for Hood Museum Digitizing 4,000 Indigenous Artifacts

By this summer, Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art plans to have over 4,000 Native American art objects digitized.

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Post image for Unwrapping the Ancient Egyptian Practice of Animal Mummification

Millions of animal mummies — some elaborately dressed, others plainly wrapped — were buried by ancient Egyptians and the exact reason for the death ritual is an ongoing archaeological mystery.

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Post image for A Digital Museum for New York’s Unclaimed Dead

The over one million people buried on New York City’s Hart Island are unified by their invisibility. With no tombstones or regular public access, the bodies resting in layers in the ongoing mass grave are mostly forgotten, even though the cemetery is the largest tax-funded burial ground in the world.

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Post image for Telling the History of Photographic Processes, from Daguerreotypes to Digital

The George Eastman House released a 12-part video series last month that starts with the silhouette and traces photography’s development through daguerreotypes, cyanotypes, Kodachrome, and right up to digital.

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Post image for Two Bibles on View in NYC Showcase the Art and Violence of Medieval Books

Two incredible examples of medieval book art are on rare view in New York: the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting the hefty Winchester Bible, and the Morgan Library and Museum is celebrating the Crusader Bible and its vivid battle scenes.

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Post image for Free at Last! Munch, Mondrian, and Kandinsky Enter the Public Domain

A new year means new entrants into the public domain for the January 1, 2015, Public Domain Day.

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