Commissioned by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the songs in Adel Abidin’s “Three Love Songs” (2010) are transformed into sinister pop music videos that use attractive blonde women as conduits for the fallen dictator’s propaganda. Told to perform the songs, in a language they do not understand, as traditional love ballads, the women are sultry and saccharine. Staged like a cabaret performance, the video puts the artifice of nationalism in the spotlight along with each singer. It is a world of manipulated desire that’s more familiar than we’d like to admit — it is culture as a tool of the powerful.
Activists in Española had peacefully gathered to protest a monument of Juan de Oñate when Jacob Johns was allegedly shot by a man wearing a Trump hat.
The Whitney, the Rubin, and many others shuttered or delayed their openings and heavy rains flooded the Noguchi Museum basement.
by Maya Pontone
Curated by Berta Sichel with Patricia Capa, this group exhibition centered on the Amazonian rainforest, its native societies, and ecologies is on view in NYC.
The international community has decried his sentencing as a violation of human rights.
View work by UArts students and iLAB artists-in-residence at POST, the largest, self-guided, free tour of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region.
The Bronze Age artifact is of an “extremely rare” kind, researchers say.
by Maya Pontone
The museum says the $38 million pavilion required costly repairs that delayed its opening.
The first prize winner will receive $25,000 and a commission to portray a remarkable living American for the Smithsonian museum’s collection.
When White-dominated arts institutions would not offer them opportunities, Robert L. Douglas and other Louisville Black artists organized together to create their own art communities.
by Natalie Weis