Online galleries are adding color during a period when most physical art spaces in New York, LA, and elsewhere are closed. (graphic by the author for hyperallergic)

This week, we give you a two-part conversation about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the arts community. First, we start with our news team, editor Jasmine Weber, and reporters Valentina Di Liscia and Hakim Bishara, to get updates on the flurry of news this week. Then we talk to editors Seph Rodney, Jasmine Weber, and Dessane Lopez Cassell about the new boom in online offerings by museums, galleries, and art institutions, as we try to separate the wheat from the chaff.

During our news roundup, we discuss various articles by the team, including the Museum of Modern Art’s decision to terminate educator contracts, the Whitney Museum’s decision to lay off 76 staff members, pandemic relief efforts by various foundations, the eerie visual parallels between today and the 1918 influence pandemic, and even a few lighter posts, including the Gerbil Museum that’s captured the hearts of art lovers.

In the final segment, Seph Rodney elaborates on what he found as an art critic visiting the new wave of online galleries, while Jasmine Weber and Dessane Lopez Cassell discuss their thoughts on online spaces and which ones appear to be doing it better than others.

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Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.

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