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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
The last few years at the museum have not been without controversy, and Decatur will inherit a record of workforce struggles.
Refugees of the Moria camp in Lesvos, Greece are behind the camera in the film Nothing About Us Without Us.
This adventurous theater festival returns in person with 36 artists and companies from nine countries performing at different venues across the city.
Helen Molesworth’s true-crime sensation marginalizes the artist’s life and legacy.
Members of NatSoc Florida performed the Nazi salute and chanted “Heil Hitler” at a local LGBTQ+ charity’s fundraiser in Lakeland.
Learn more about the New York-based, globally linked program and its upcoming discussions on art and society in the time of AI and data governance.
Nothing on the canvas wholly captures what it means to belong on land or at sea.
Dyson is part of a growing number of contemporary artists to imbue geometric abstraction with a sociopolitical dimension.
The program, along with recently announced visiting critics, will provide long term funding, promote access, and safeguard experimentation for future students of color.
In an exhibition that consists of mostly small-scale black and white works on paper, viewer engagement almost magically awakens the sleepy room.
Maria Maea’s All in Time continues an intergenerational conversation and exemplifies the artist’s process, not simply the finished pieces.
Koestler Arts works with incarcerated people and patients in secure mental health units, aiming to improve their lives through creativity.
Local artists and culture workers are wondering how the arena will impact the arts landscape, including museums and alternative spaces.