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What a year! While Hyperallergic has covered a wide range of topics, some posts proved more popular than others. Here are our most popular stories from the last 12 months.
In compiling this list, we’ve edited out a few reblogs and shorter viral posts with the goal of giving you a fuller picture of the scope of what we produce here.” I’m particularly proud of the fact that 2 of our top 10 posts for the year are satirical posts that appears on April 1 — perhaps it’s because in 2019 we all needed a laugh, no?
Let us know in the comments if you have any personal favorites that were highlights for you.
Most Popular of 2019
- “Designer Releases 3D-Printed Stamp to Put Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill” by Jasmine Weber — People were peeved that the Trump administration pulled plans for putting Tubman on the $20 bill and artist Dano Wall came up with a way to resist. Understandably this was the most popular post of the year. Let’s hope Tubman will really be on the bill soon enough.
- “The Cop-Attacking Chilean Dog Who Became a Worldwide Symbol of Protest“ by Billy Anania — This dog captured our hearts so naturally an article about the beloved Negro Matapacos captured the second spot on our list.
- “Archaeologists Discover World’s Oldest Break-Up Letter at Neo-Babylonian Site“ by Hrag Vartanian — I can’t believe how popular this satirical post was. It went so viral in Turkey that one Turkish fact-checking website had to issue an opinion. They verified it was fake. LOL
- “Museum Workers Share Their Salaries and Urge Industry-Wide Reform” by Zachary Small — This list originally circulated on Twitter initially but we were happy to help people to learn more about the need for reform in the museum industry.
- “Artist Drops Massive Opioid Spoon at Entrance of Another Sackler-Owned Drug Manufacturer” by Jasmine Weber — There were various efforts to shame the Sacklers for their active role in the opioid crisis, but this giant spoon had a viral impact like no other. Artist Domenic Esposito, whose brother struggles with drug addiction, created a visual reminder of the crisis opioids is creating across the US.
- “Death of Artist Devra Freelander Sparks New York City Conversations About Bike Lane Protection” by Hakim Bishara — A beloved art world figure whose life was cut too short.
- “Jeff Koons Announces Retirement from Art” Hakim Bishara — Another satirical post that broke the top 10, and one we wish were true. BTW, the news circulated widely, so much so the artist even denied it in an article published in Women’s Wear Daily.
- “Why Pimple Popping Videos Are So Strangely Satisfying” by Nathan Smith — No words, but you know you want to look. Fact is many people love this stuff.
- “Forensic Architecture Says It Has Found Bullet Linking Whitney Vice Chair to Violence in Gaza, Withdraws from Biennial” by Zachary Small — We got this tip, and it proved to be one of the tipping points for those who were not happy with someone associated with tear gas and bullets on the board of the prestigious New York museum. Forensic Architecture is proving that contemporary art doesn’t have to be what you think it is.
- “Male Nudes, Exposed and Examined” by Edward M. Gómez — This artist created nudes that appear to have captured people’s imagination. Though Gómez’s lede was also particularly enticing: “Pity the poor penis in modern art.” Hilarious.
To showcase this work exactly 500 years after Magellan’s conquest of the Philippines in a space that, 134 years ago, was a “human zoo” of Indigenous people from the Philippines, is certainly poignant.
Since 2014, Alison has been visually dissecting Monique Wittig’s novel The Lesbian Body, which theorizes the split subjectivity women experience in language, an inherently patriarchal structure.
This exhibition in Great Falls, Montana addresses the concept of intention in contemporary fiber art and its complex relationship with the history of women’s art as craft.
N.I.H., short for No Humans Involved, was an acronym used by the LAPD to refer to “young Black males who belong to the jobless category of the inner-city ghettos.”
Cha, who was murdered at 31 years old, explored the nuances of forced migration and language.
Explore new avenues in artistic practice and scholarship amongst a diverse cohort of peers while gaining leadership skills both academically and professionally.
Taping a banana wasn’t enough, so the art world had to do something even more stupid with food.
Stoner jokes, unexpected pop culture references, and an unlikely love story jangle against each other like charms on a bracelet.
In this exhibition, curated by Patrick Flores and presented by Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Paiwan artist Sakuliu reflects on interspecies co-sharing and coexistence.
The plans for Munger Hall may just be the most ruthlessly efficient way to house 4500 students.
The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation says tribal leaders were not consulted regarding the relocation of the statue.
The autumn holiday of Sukkot continues to offer solace and community for new generations.