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Repatriation of Stolen Human Remains
At the urging of activists and students, the Penn Museum vowed to repatriate the stolen skulls of enslaved people in its Morton Collection.
Mississippi returned the stolen remains of Chickasaw people as part of the largest return of stolen Native American antiquities in the state’s history.
Enslaved.org, the first online slavery database which houses millions of records related to more than 600,000 enslaved people and their descendants, emancipation activists, and enslavers, received a $1.4 million grant from the Mellon Foundation.
The Louvre is digitizing the depths of its collection, uploading 482,000 artworks from different curatorial departments, with new uploads every day.
A survey by the American Alliance of Museums found that museum workers, especially BIPOC, have suffered “a grave toll on their mental health and wellbeing” due to the pandemic.
Activists convened near MoMA to stage the first in-person protest of their “10 Weeks of Art, Action, and Conversation.”
A leaked email from MoMA director Glenn Lowry reveals internal conversations about the “Strike MoMA” campaign, accusing the activists of attempting to “‘[disassemble]’ MoMA and all museums so they no longer exist.”
In Other News
A Google Doodle on April 13 celebrated the Metropolitan Museum’s 151st anniversary.
After facing backlash online and from the Cambodian Ministry of Culture, VICE removed edited photos of Cambodian genocide victims who were altered to appear smiling.
The first-ever exhibition of Israeli artists in the United Arab Emirates faces calls for boycott by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
Eunice Bélidor was named curator of contemporary art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Jemma Desai was named Head of Programming of the 17th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.
Erika Dilday was named executive director of American Documentary Inc.
Denise Gardner was elected chair of the Art Institute of Chicago’s board of trustees.
Jaynie Miller Studenmund joined the Getty’s board of trustees.
Awards & Accolades
Binta Ayofemi, Alex J. Bledsoe, Leticia Hernández, My-Linh Le, Nikiko Masumoto, Ayodele Nzinga, Hasain Rasheed, Darryl Ratcliff, Dorothy Santos, and Deanna Van Buren were selected as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellows. | Hyperallergic
The winners of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards have been announced. | Hyperallergic
Edwin E. Aguilar (1974–2021), animator for The Simpsons and Edge of Seventeen | Deadline
Martina Batan (1958–2021), New York art dealer | New York Times
Giancarlo DiTrapano (1974–2021), independent publisher and founder of Tyrant Books | New York Times
Donald P. Ryder (1926–2021), architect and co-founder of Bond Ryder & Associates, which designed the Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Studio Museum in Harlem | The Grio
Benita Raphan (1962–2021), experimental filmmaker | Antelope Valley Press
Earl Simmons, aka DMX (1962–2021), rapper and actor | Rolling Stone
Did You Know These Museums Were Free for New Yorkers?
The “Free Admission” campaign is advocating to make ticket pricing information more transparent to visitors, who may be confused or misled by institutions’ language.
AI Images Visualizing Trump’s Arrest Send Internet Into a Frenzy
The pictures, created using Midjourney, depict the former president’s greatest fantasy: being dragged away by police in front of the cameras.
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.
Some AI Artworks Now Eligible for Copyright
New guidance from the US Copyright Office sets some policies around AI-generated images.
NYC Hispanic Society Workers to Strike Indefinitely
One worker said the museum’s “skeletal” workforce bars the institution from functioning to its potential.
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.
In Search of Inclusive South Asian Futurisms
We have been dangerously siloed for far too long by colonial constructs of race, nation, and time that separate, divide, and deny us our very being.
What Do Shtreimels and Cowboy Hats Have in Common?
A chance meeting on the subway introduced photographer Francesca Magnani to the multicultural world of Brooklyn milliner Richard Faison.
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.
Richard Hull Completes the Picture
Once known for his abstracted portraits, the Chicago artist is now exploring new directions.
You Too Can Have Your Art on a Postage Stamp
The process isn’t complicated, and thousands of people submit themselves for the talent pool every year.
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.
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.