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After floods that kept Venice underwater in November, recovery efforts are underway to restore the city and help residents return to normalcy. The floods in November were the second worst recorded in history, which revitalized calls for better protection for the city and its artistic and cultural treasures. St. Mark’s Basilica, which sits in one of the lowest points in the city, suffered “grave damage” according to the BBC.
The devastating floods that ravaged the city last month brought back memories of the last great flood back in 1966 when the waters rose to over 6 feet above their normal levels. In the wake of that catastrophe 53 years ago, an American organization, Save Venice, coalesced around the efforts to aid the city’s 120 islands. Melissa Conn, who runs Save Venice’s local office, told Bloomberg that there were concerns over the latest flood’s potential long term effects on the structural supports of the city and the damage done to delicate stone and marble works. Meanwhile, local volunteer organization Venice Calls has mobilized to clean up the lagoon city’s streets and organized conservation efforts.
Bloomberg has a breakdown of what donations to Save Venice will pay for, from $500 to pay a professional conservator for a day to $1.1 million to restore and preserve one of the oldest basilicas in Venice, Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello. The items range from portable flood gates to badly needed restoration projects for buildings damaged like the Ca’ d’Oro whose red marble floors have changed color after spending 16 days underwater.
Between now and February 2020, Save Venice has pledged to match every donation to the Immediate Response Fund up to $100,000.
Poussin and the Dance is a valiant attempt to break into Poussin’s staunchly academic oeuvre and provide a relatable point of entry, highlighting the exciting elements of revelry and movement despite impenetrable and unemotional rendering.
Anarchist illustrator N.O. Bonzo produces decentralized media in a highly bureaucratic cultural landscape. Their illustrations, murals, and literature emerge in unexpected places, from the streets of Portland, Oregon, to the far ends of Reddit and Twitter, addressing relations of labor and identity in the workplace and on the streets. Growth and care are central themes…
This exhibition explores how images of the human body were used to provoke profound physical and emotional responses in viewers from the 15th through 18th centuries.
With scavenged materials, Amanda Maciel Antunes constructs a motherland.
Where are the directors taking the stage to acknowledge workers’ demands today?
The collaborative handmade paper- and printmaking center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts publishes new works by Liz Collins and Sarah McEneaney.
There is a debate whether the memory of Little Syria should be seized upon to tell truthful and positive stories about Arabs in the US, or whether any conflation between its history and contemporary politics is inappropriate.
The profile includes works by Egon Schiele, Amedeo Modigliani, Peter Paul Rubens, and a prehistoric Venus of Willendorf figurine.
These horrifying dolls definitely won’t murder you in your sleep.