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Across the US, 2020 ballot measures included important questions on Confederate monuments, arts funding, and more. See how voters weighed in on the cultural sector in different states across the country.
Hyperallergic asked artists and other art workers to share their reflections on the voting process and the months leading up to a critical election.
Americans for the Arts sent a proposal to both presidential candidates for post-pandemic recovery measures, suggesting the deployment of cultural workers in fields such as community development, public health, and infrastructure.
Artists across the country phone banked ahead of the election on Tuesday, November 3. Learn more about the initiative, led by “Artists for Biden/Harris.”
Chae Kihn, an independent New York photographer, was arrested by New York Police Department (NYPD) while covering an anti-Trump demonstration on November 1. Video footage shows police tackling her to the ground. In a tweet, the NYPD denied that any journalists were apprehended, saying that those arrested were “verified to not be NYPD credentialed members of the press.”
The Biden-Harris campaign commissioned eight Black artists to create murals in their communities to urge participation in the election.
Four political artworks uplifting Indigenous narratives were distributed around the US as posters and stickers, and as large-scale murals and projections in cities across the US.
On October 30, Berlin’s Madame Tussauds dumped Trump by wheeling his wax figure out of the museum in a dumpster.
The research team Forensic Architecture and independent journalism collective Bellingcat organized a sprawling archive documenting police brutality at Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the US this year. They have now published it online in the form of an interactive cartographic platform.
Artist Ahmet Öğüt accused the Yarat Contemporary Art Center of using his work as a “propaganda tool” and demanded that the institution remove his work after it featured the exhibition banner for his show in a post using the hashtag #KarabakhIsAzerbaijan.
The National Endowment for the Humanities allocated $120,000 to restore and build monuments in the US. One grant will fund the restoration of a Christopher Columbus statue rolled into the harbor by protesters in Baltimore; another will fund the creation of a Frederick Douglass monument in New York.
Souls Grown Deep launched an unprecedented resale royalty program for artists, which offers living artists 5% — the highest royalty threshold worldwide — of the proceeds from secondary market sales, at up to $85,000 annually per artist.
Awards & Accolades
Zdenka Badovinac was awarded the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory.
Nayland Blake was appointed chair of the Bard Studio Arts Program, beginning with the academic year 2021-2022.
Christopher Y. Lew, Kristina Newman-Scott, Eileen Jeng Lynch, Hitomi Iwasaki, Matthew López, David Rios, Solana Chehtman, and Victoria Munro have joined the Virtual NYC Curator Collections initiative, organized by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and NYC & Company.
Brittany Webb was appointed curator of 20th-century Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Marylin Bender (1925–2020), journalist and author who was the first woman business editor of the New York Times | NYT
Joan Bingham (1935–2020), co-founder of the independent publishing house Grove Atlantic | Publishers Weekly
Sean Connery (1930–2020), the first actor to portray James Bond | NPR
Nikki McKibbin (1978–2020), singer-songwriter and American Idol finalist | CNN
Elsa Raven (1929–2020), actress known for her role in Back to the Future | Entertainment Weekly
How does a selective competition fit with the contemporary art world’s aspirations toward greater inclusivity?
Critical race theory, which has been attacked by conservative lawmakers, is conspicuously absent, as are many contemporary and living Black artists.
“Dignity of Earth and Sky,” unveiled in 2016, raises questions about who should depict Native people and how they should be portrayed.
In this online exhibition, Indigenous artists reclaim realities long denied them by US and Canadian federal governments — including moments of collective reverie.
At this year’s Sundance International Film Festival, more than half the feature-length movies were made by directors who identify as women.
In her novel Tell Me I’m an Artist, Chelsea Martin questions whether art offers a refuge from the world.
Ten artists will receive studio space and access to faculty, staff, students, workshops, and programming at an arts institution in the heart of Philadelphia.
The US government has lifted a Trump-era ban that kept formerly imprisoned people from accessing their works.
A work of art will be on the line when the Philadelphia Eagles play the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.
With two exhibitions at SoFi Stadium, the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection seeks to engage a different art audience.
The works that best exemplify a uniquely German grotesque in Reexamining the Grotesque are those that reflect the war and Weimar years.