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Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet to ever perform at a US presidential inauguration, moved audiences across the nation with her perspective as “a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.”
See the first photograph of a US presidential inauguration from James Buchanan’s swearing-in in 1857. The shot was captured when the recent discovery of the wet-plate collodion process allowed for crisp captures of landmark moments to be faithfully documented and easily disseminated.
Artist Adrian Wilson bade farewell to Trump by remixing New York City street signs with cheeky messages.
See the best inauguration memes, from Bernie Sanders’s mittens to Lady Gaga’s Hunger Games-esque brooch.
A stuffed bird, a framed photograph of Trump with the Chinese president, and a bust of Abraham Lincoln were some of the items that were seen carried out of the White House after Donald Trump’s second impeachment, leading correspondents to wonder if the works belonged to the federal government.
The director of the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage said the Taq Kasra, a 1,500-year-old Persian archway, is in “dangerous and critical” condition and needs immediate support to prevent further collapse.
The city of Chicago, Illinois promised $2.5 million in grants to local cultural organizations. It will allocate $500,000 to commission up to 10 public artworks; $250,000 for small local projects; and $1.7 million for nonprofit arts organizations throughout Chicago.
A pristine copy of Batman No. 1 (1940) recently became the most expensive Batman title ever sold, and a rejected 1936 Tintin cover illustration became the most expensive work of comic book art to go to auction.
Awards & Accolades
Shani Peters was named the 2021 national artist-in-residence of the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Center for Art and Public Exchange.
The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize will be awarded to Porfirio Gutiérrez, and the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize will be awarded to Jovan C. Speller.
Rele Gallery from Nigeria will open an outpost in Los Angeles, California on February 1.
Flora Yukhnovich is now represented by Victoria Miro gallery.
Mary Catherine Bateson (1939–2021), writer and anthropologist | Washington Post
Roger Mandle (1941–2021), museum director who helped establish the Massachusetts Design Art & Technology Institute and helmed the Qatar Museums Authority and Rhode Island School of Design | New York Times
Elijah Moshinsky (1946–2021), opera director | Opera Wire
Randy Parton (1953–2021), country singer and brother and collaborator of Dolly Parton | CNN
Margo St. James (1937–2021), artist and sex worker advocate | SFist
Helga Weyhe (1922–2021), bookseller at one of Germany’s oldest bookstores | New York Times
Bobby Wilson Combats Indigenous Stereotypes Through Humor
The artist-performer’s career undulates, ever so gracefully, across multiple mediums and registers of generational pain, healing laughter, and Indigenous joy.
Rare 19th-Century Silhouette Album’s Secrets Unlocked
Traveling portrait artist William Bache’s album depicts famous figures like Thomas Jefferson as well as people whose identity was previously unknown.
Haggerty Museum of Art Presents Tomás Saraceno in Dialogue With Dr. Somesh Roy
The artist and researcher will explore soot’s effects on climate change and public health in this online conversation.
McKnight Visual Artist Fellows Discussion Series at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
The series features 2021 Fellows David Bowen, Mara Duvra, Rotem Tamir, Ben Moren, and Dyani White Hawk in conversation with renowned curators and critics.
Artists Show What They Can Do With a Google Phone’s Camera
Works by 21 photographers are now on view in Manhattan for the seventh season and 100th project coming out of the Google Pixel Creator Labs.
Nevada Museum of Art Presents Adaline Kent: The Click of Authenticity
For the first time in nearly 60 years, the innovative yet under-recognized artist is the subject of a retrospective exhibition. On view in Reno, Nevada.
Met Museum Kicked Me Out for Praying to My Ancestral Gods
My danced prayer to looted Cambodian antiquities was too much for the New York museum.
A Museum Guard’s Ode to the Healing Power of Art
In All the Beauty in the World, Patrick Bringley revisits the many ways that art meets life, and life art, and how death is often the bridge between them.
The Public Theater in NYC Presents Plays for the Plague Year
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’s theatrical concert chronicles the 2020 lockdown and the hope and perseverance that emerged from it.
UK Extends Export Ban on Coveted “Portrait of Omai”
London’s National Portrait Gallery was given a few months to acquire the work, which depicts the first Polynesian visitor to the UK.
The Sculptor Making Art With Loved Ones’ Ashes
Inspired by the three-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, Julian Stair’s exhibition honors the lives of eight people with cinerary jars.
Mondays at Pratt Institute: Weekly Openings of Work by Graduating Artists
Free and open to the public, Pratt Shows celebrate the school’s graduating students. MFA and BFA work on view this spring in Brooklyn, New York.
Art Institute of Chicago Under Scrutiny Over Sacred Nepali Necklace
The 17th-century object remains on display at the Chicago museum despite Nepal’s calls for repatriation.
Art Problems: How Do I Get a Public Art Commission?
Want to leave a mark on your city or town, but don’t know where to start? Paddy Johnson has some tips.