The conventions are here; election season is officially upon us. I figure, since everyone’s already busy having strong opinions and heated discussions about all sorts of political issues, why not throw another one into the mix, something all of us can tweet and roll our eyes and get annoyed about?
Well, the New York Times has just the thing! My doppelgänger Jennifer Steinhauer (no relation) reports that the US Capitol dome, the beloved (in that staid, neoclassical kind of way) symbol of our nation’s political grandeur, is falling apart. The dome currently has 1,300 cracks and breaks caused by years of harsh weather, and water leaked through them has rusted the ornamentation and stained the interior of the Capitol Rotunda. Luckily the fresco at the top of the Rotunda, a work by Constantino Brumidi titled “The Apotheosis of Washington,” hasn’t yet been damaged.
But the best part of the story is that Congress, like a feuding pair of spouses, can’t find a way to agree to allocate money for repairs. As Steinhauer explains:
While Senate appropriators have voted to repair the dome, which has not undergone major renovations for 50 years, their House counterparts say there is not money right now.
So there are two competing appropriations bills from the two houses, one that funds the dome repair (Senate) and one that doesn’t (House). And they will most likely not be reconciled until after the election. In the meantime, little pieces of the dome — and some not so little, like a “40-pound cast-iron decorative acorn” (!) — continue to break and fall off.
Oh, politics! Maybe now is a good time to revisit Carolina Miranda’s (aka C-Monster) ingenious proposal to outsource Congress. Even if we don’t adopt her suggestion to chuck the whole “pricey neoclassical physical plant” altogether, the money we’d save in outsourcing could help our new, vastly more efficient, replacement Congress repair the damn dome.
From Remedios Varo to Francisco de Goya, artists have long turned to witchcraft as subject matter.
The auction house partnered with Highsnobiety to sell “Art Handler” shirts for up to $125, drawing ire from workers in the field who say they’re overworked and underpaid.
Funded fellowships support on-site graduate and postdoctoral research spanning a variety of disciplines on cultural works in the center’s collections.
Black-crowned night herons have not returned after abandoning their nests during a building project at the Chicago History Museum.
What is a feminist picture? A MoMA exhibition is the latest to attempt to answer this question.
Students work in a collaborative studio environment with a faculty of practicing artists and premier facilities in the heart of Boston.
With exhibitions like Sing Our Rivers Red, Danielle SeeWalker, JayCee Beyale, and others make visible the number of missing people for whom they are demanding proper attention and justice.
In this assemblage of multinational artworks, a cohesive postcolonial canvas fails to fully emerge, owing to Dream City’s lack of bold vision.
Students in this two-year graduate program in New York enjoy access to the Hessel Museum of Art, the CCS Bard Library and Archives, and opportunities to curate in practice.
The British monarch and Donald Trump have both tried to impose neoclassical architecture on their countries — and one of them actually succeeded.
Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” was sliced out of its frame at the University of Arizona Museum of Art in a notoriously brazen theft.
The advent of AI generators has led to an avalanche of rip-off artworks that have used Grzegorz Rutkowski’s name as a prompt.