Post image for Why a White Poet Should Not Be Attempting to Reclaim the “N-Word”

Both literature and visual art share a common concern: they continue to grapple with questions of inclusion and diversity, and in many ways have done a poor job of righting the long-standing wrongs of white men who have dominated the landscape since forever.

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Sum of the Arts

by Allison Meier on May 22, 2015

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Number of figures Edward Hopper posed for in his 1942 painting “Nighthawks” = 2

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Post image for Members of the Illuminator Sue NYPD for False Arrest, First Amendment Retaliation

This week members of the Illuminator Art Collective filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York alleging false arrest and improper seizure of their property by the NYPD’s Central Park Precinct.

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El Anatsui Goes to School

by Melissa Stern on May 21, 2015

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KINDERHOOK, NY — “The School,” Jack Shainman’s splendid gallery in Kinderhook, NY, is about to blow its own roof off.

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Post image for Iceland’s Mosque Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Will Be Shut Down

Venetian officials plan to close the Icelandic Pavilion of the 2015 Venice Biennale, which features a working mosque that is part of an artwork by Swiss-Icelandic artist Christoph Büchel.

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Post image for Four Years Later, Man Still Fighting Facebook for Censoring Courbet’s “Origin of the World”

It’s been more than four years since French teacher Frédéric Durand-Baïssas, after posting a link to a documentary about Gustave Courbet’s “L’Origine du Monde” (1866) on Facebook, returned to the social network to find the post removed and his profile suspended.

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A New York benefit show for the National Coalition Against Censorship cancelled last week over allegedly offensive material will go on at a new venue — though without the Mohammed-themed play that first started the controversy.

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In the mobile black box of Theatre for One, there is only one audience member for each of the seven rotating plays.

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Post image for Aussie Artist Wants to Put the “High” in High School with Educational Marijuana

Australian artist Leon Ewing has come under fire for suggesting that drugs should be given to high school students to help unlock their creative potential.

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Post image for In Two Istanbul Galleries, Artists Piece Together Memories of Gezi

ISTANBUL — Central Istanbul looks markedly different today than it did around this time two years ago.

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