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Photographs by blogger Bucky Turco capture the chaos of the pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol building on January 6.
Commentators are calling attention to Trump’s hypocritical silence on the defacement of federal monuments during the insurrection at the Capitol. He had previously authorized “up to 10 years in prison” for anyone who vandalizes or destroys federal property.
From an artist’s rendition of Capitol police rolling out the red carpet for pro-Trump insurrectionists, to memes about the Viking hat and white supremacist tattoo-clad QAnon supporter, people have turned to social media to cope with and reflect on the events of January 6.
Last month, a DC arts organization postponed its projection of a bloody artwork by Andrei Molodkin, which floods an acrylic model of the White House using blood donated by US citizens. The decision was made after a violent march in December that led to several stabbings, and in anticipation of the violence that might follow the Georgia runoff election results.
See a rundown of some of the many artworks and creative acts that were censored in 2020.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is seeking first-person accounts for Stories of 2020, a time capsule about the whirlwind year.
Juliana Notari’s “Diva,” a massive, concrete and resin vulva sculpture built on a hillside in Pernambuco, Brazil, has prompted outrage from conservative groups.
The most recent excavation of a 15th-century Aztec shrine revealed the skulls of 119 men, women, and children.
The Valentine Richmond History Center in Virginia wants to display a Jefferson Davis statue created by artist Edward Valentine, the museum’s first president and a major Confederate sculptor.
The Amsterdam District Court rejected claims from the heirs of a Jewish art collector that a 1909 painting by Kandinsky in Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum was sold under Nazi-era duress and should be returned.
As of January 1, the public domain includes classics like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, Alain Locke’s The New Negro, and the silent film “Lovers in Quarantine.”
The Carnegie Museum of Art announced Ronald Lee Newman as deputy director; Dana Bishop-Root as director of education and public programs; and Aryn Beitz as director of design and publishing.
Jim Coddington has joined the Joan Mitchell Foundation‘s board of directors.
Amanda Coulson was announced as the founding director of TERN Gallery.
Douglas Melini is now represented by Miles McEnery Gallery.
VICTORI + MO is changing its name to Dinner Gallery.
Roderice Cardell (1987–2021), South Carolina artist involved in painting a local Black Lives Matter mural | Fox Carolina
Anthony Gauthier (1942–2020), Wisconsin mural artist | Green Bay Press Gazette
Maury Berggren (1938–2021), Kansas stained-glass artist | The Mercury
MF Doom (1971–2020), popular rapper and record producer | Rolling Stone
Kim Tschang-Yeul (1929–2021), abstract artist | ARTnews
Some museums are opting for new language to describe the preserved individuals in their collections who were once living humans.
Presented by Northwestern’s Block Museum and McCormick School of Engineering, this new exhibition seeks empathy at the boundaries of life. On view in Evanston, Illinois.
Located in Des Moines, Iowa, this residency for emerging and established artists includes studio and living space, a $1,000 monthly stipend, and more.
As art history buffs on the app have pointed out, both movements attribute meaning to the meaningless.
Multiple posts about the film have been taken down on Twitter, many of them following the government’s removal requests.
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Fayneese Miller is under fire after the school failed to renew the contract of an adjunct who showed artworks depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
Fully-funded teaching assistantships are standard for MFA students at the top-ranked, flagship research university in the state of New York.
Hundreds of visitors were evacuated from the Incan site over the weekend.
The artist’s works resonate in West Texas, where the story of dehumanized and exploited migrant laborers is tangible and ever-present.
A posthumous show of Price’s work is curated by James Hart of Phil Space, the self-proclaimed “gallerist of death.”
She has raised generations of Bay Area artists and changed the local landscape with her public artworks, colleagues tell Hyperallergic.