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Over 800 people signed a letter denouncing white supremacy in the face of escalating violence and prejudice against Asians and Asian-Americans.
The BIPOC nonfiction filmmaker collective Beyond Inclusion has drafted an open letter that raises concerns about PBS’s overreliance on Ken Burns to direct its high-profile documentary content and condemns the broadcaster’s lack of diversity.
Philadelphia activists have amplified their calls for the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania to repatriate the skulls of enslaved people from the collection of Samuel George Morton, a white supremacist.
Last August, the North Bronx Collective started cleaning up a community park in the Bronx until the NYC Parks Department locked them out without warning.
Is carbon offsetting enough to address the NFT ecological dilemma? Some critics liken the practice to greenwashing.
After an astronomic market boom, NFT prices have plummeted.
In Other News…
“Lucretia” (ca. 1627), an oil on canvas by Artemisia Gentileschi, was recently acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles after going unrecognized for decades.
Researchers have reconstructed the 2,000-year-old Antikythera Mechanism, often called the “world’s first computer.”
An anti-racist group pledged to turn a stolen monument to Jefferson Davis “into a toilet” unless the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets its demands.
Awards & Accolades
Germane Barnes, Luis Berríos-Negrón, Iulia Statica, and Catty Dan Zhang were named the four finalists for the 2021 Wheelwright Prize by the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Roberto Torres Mata was named the winner of the Chazen Museum of Art’s 2021 Panczenko MFA Prize.
Recipients of the 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship have been announced, including A.K. Burns, Crystal Z Campbell, Eve Fowler, Jesse Krimes, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed for Fine Arts. | Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Farah Al Qasimi, William Floyd, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Allison Russo, Karen Seymour, and Michael Sternberg joined Public Art Fund’s board of directors.
Newark Arts announced five new members of the board of directors: Manny Antunes, Ryan Arnez Monroe, Kitab Rollins, Natasha Dyer, and Nicole Whalen.
Eunice Bélidor was appointed the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art (1945 to Today) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Raymond Codrington was appointed CEO of the Weeksville Heritage Center.
Rhea L. Combs was named director of curatorial affairs at the National Portrait Gallery.
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced a major expansion designed by Safdie Architects.
Adrienne Edwards was promoted to director of curatorial affairs at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Malcolm Cecil (1937–2021), music producer and pioneer of the synthesizer | New York Times
Constance Demby (1939–2021), New Age ambient musician | San Francisco Chronicle
Michael Friedlander (1957–2021), architect who worked with the NYC Department of Sanitation | Architect’s Newspaper
Kornelios Grammenos (1959–2021), contemporary artist | The Art Newspaper
Cleve Hall (1959–2021), makeup effects artist | The Hollywood Reporter
Gloria Henry (1923–2021), actress known for her role on Dennis the Menace | New York Times
Arthur Kopit (1937–2021), Tony-nominated playwright | Playbill
“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants—11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according to the most recent government data—a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were…
he ownership of images has a long and nuanced legal history, which has evolved dramatically in recent years as cultural standards and photographic technologies have rapidly advanced
The show, which honors the 50th anniversary of an exhibition history once ignored, continues a series of projects documenting Wilmington’s contemporary art scene.
Renty and his daughter Delia. Renty was an enslaved African, kidnapped from the Congo, sold and forced into slave labor on the South Carolina plantation of B.F. Taylor
What is the relation between possessing a person, possessing their image, and dispossessing their progeny
As a scholar of African American history and photography whose work has focused on the status of violent images in museums and archives, I fully support the validity of Ms. Tamara Lanier’s claim and the amicus brief.
Two K-12 art teachers will each receive a $1,000 cash gift and an additional $500 to put toward classroom art supplies. Nominations are due October 31.
The daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor, Delia, Drana, Alfred, Jack, George Fassena, and Jem remained in an unused storage cabinet until 1975, when it was discovered by an employee of the Peabody Museum.
I am writing in support of the amicus curiae brief submitted by Professor Ariella Aïsha Azoulay of Brown University for the full restitution of the daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor and his daughter Delia, currently held by Harvard University, to their familial descendant, Tamara Lanier.
We cannot be indifferent to the long-lasting effects of photography. The photographs at the center of Lanier v. Harvard are relentless in making Renty and Delia Taylor work and perform as slaves. The pain inflicted on them has not ceased. Photography has the capacity to propagate harm, and we have the moral obligation to interrupt…