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Post image for Surprise, Women’s History Museum Actually Devoted to Jack the Ripper!

The founder of the controversial, soon-to-open Jack the Ripper Museum — initially presented as a museum that celebrates women in London’s East End — is defending his vision of it as a site to explore local women’s history and stories.

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Hans Haacke,

Early last March, London’s Conservative mayor Boris Johnson unveiled Hans Haacke’s “Gift Horse,” the tenth commission installed on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth.

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Post image for Masked Men Storm London’s National Portrait Gallery in Bizarre BP Protest

On Sunday, masked men entered the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London, causing panic and a “stampede,” as the London Evening Standard reported.

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Post image for Dispelling the Victorian Myth of the Fallen Woman

At the same time that they cast her to the margins of society, Victorian England was obsessed with the “fallen woman,” who had lost her virtue to sex, alcohol, or some other vice.

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Post image for Liberate Tate Annotates Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 25-Hour Guerrilla Protest

Activist art collective Liberate Tate completed a 25-hour unsanctioned performance inside Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall on Sunday, urging the institution to drop its sponsorship deal with BP, one of the world’s largest oil companies.

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Post image for An Addictive Experiment in Annotating Footage from a London Street

In 1974, French writer Georges Perec’s “An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris” is part of the inspiration behind Kyle McDonald’s new online interactive Exhausting a Crowd.

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Post image for Painting a Kangaroo When You’ve Never Seen One

To show animals of distant locales to the public in centuries before photography, artists were sometimes enlisted to recreate exotic fauna through secondhand descriptions or some scrap of skin or skeleton.

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Post image for Coffin Beds and Penny Sleeps: An Exhibition on Victorian Homelessness

Over a century later, the voices of those taking refuge in the tomb-like beds of a Victorian homeless shelter are difficult to resuscitate, their experiences only echoed in the recordings of outsiders.

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Post image for Using Fiction to Map the Emotional Geography of Victorian London

The Stanford Literary Lab has plotted quotes from over 700 19th-century authors who mentioned locations in London in order to compose concentrations of dread or happiness.

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Post image for Once More, Britain Refuses to Return the Elgin Marbles

In 2013, UNESCO asked the British Museum to let it mediate a deal between it and the government of Greece, which has been calling for the return of the Elgin Marbles with ever-growing fervor for the past 30 years.

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