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In a not-so-subtle act of defiance against the contentious Christopher Columbus, someone in Detroit celebrated Columbus Day this year by taping an ax to a bust commemorating the explorer, splashing on some red paint for full dramatic effect, the Detroit Free Press reported. The hatchet was removed shortly after the discovery of the defacement, and city officials cleaned the fake blood this morning, according to HistoricDetroit.org. Cristoforo is now squeaky clean, after receiving a 10-minute scrub courtesy of a power washer, and he continues to preside over a busy intersection in downtown Detroit, near city hall. The culprit has not yet been caught.
The bust, made of bronze with a Travertine marble base, is the work of Italian sculptor Augusto Rivalta and was dedicated exactly 105 years ago on Columbus Day, in honor of the city’s Italian population. It also features a plaque that describes Columbus as a “great son of Italy” who “discovered America.”
This hasn’t been a great year for the 15th-century colonizer. In July, he somehow got caught up in another public art protest far beyond his time, when vandals in Boston tagged another statue of Columbus with red paint. There they left a more anachronistic message: “Black Lives Matter.”
This week, the scourge of immersive exhibitions, the popularity of anti-vax deathbed videos, the pregnant man emoji, Chomsky on Afghanistan, Met Gala commentary, and more.
It seems like we broke the ice to a growing consciousness that the status quo isn’t going to work.
Over 50 years of the artist’s video and media work on how images, sound, and cultural iconography inform representation is on view through December 30.
Nate Chastain, OpenSea’s head of product, was ousted on Twitter by a user who posted questionable transactions from his wallet.
The 40-year relationship that unfolded between Toklas and Stein became the bedrock of Paris’s artistic avant-garde.
Over the course of three months, the resident artists in Going to the Meadow will collaborate and create with a curated set of continually changing materials.
Fifty works, all created by women, are brought together across time and media as the Norton Museum of Art reckons with the art world’s patriarchal past and present.