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Hundreds of activists attended the final week of “Strike MoMA” demonstrations. Activists unfurled a “Strike MoMA” banner at a courtyard in the museum and projected protest messages on the museum’s facade after dark.
Repatriation and Returns
The Metropolitan Museum will repatriate two Benin Bronzes to Nigeria.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian returned a pre-Incan gold ornament from its collection to Peru’s government.
Artists Supporting Communities
Yazmany Arboleda, the NYC Civic Engagement Commission artist in residence, repurposed a corrections vehicle from Rikers to encourage New Yorkers to vote.
Artist and iron worker Bernard Klevickas unveiled a COVID-19 memorial dedicated to his fellow NYC Department of Sanitation workers who have been affected by the virus.
Supporters are raising funds for a Bethlehem arts center that was raised by Israeli soldiers.
The Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy, a nonprofit in Alabama, has received a $250,000 grant from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnership.
Hidden Art History
Barcelona’s city council has pledged to preserve a Keith Haring mural tucked behind the DJ booth at a former nightclub, which is slated to become a home for seniors.
Two scientists uncovered and reconstructed a Modigliani portrait hidden beneath another work by the artist.
In Other News
The Hood Museum acquired over 6,000 photographs of Old Hollywood.
People want Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to buy the Mona Lisa and eat it.
Nintendo is opening a museum in Kyoto, Japan.
Awards & Accolades
- Nobutaka Aozaki, Beverly Acha, Jane Benson, Kim Brandt, Theresa Daddezio, J.A. Feng, Ronald Hall, Heidi Hahn, Athena LaTocha, Jeffrey Meris, Cy Morgan, Ebecho Muslimova, Louis Osmosis, Marianna Peragallo, Amelia Saul, D’Angelo Lovell Williams, and Andrew Paul Woolbright were named 2021-2022 residents at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program.
- Freya Chou, Renée Akitelek Mboya, Robert M. Ochshorn, and Pablo José Ramírez were named curators of the 58th Carnegie International.
- Gregory Harris was appointed curator of photography at the High Museum of Art.
- Ibrahim Said is now represented by Yossi Milo Gallery.
- Lily Snyder was appointed Colnaghi’s managing director of modern and contemporary art in North America.
- Mary Beth Edelson (1933–2021), multidisciplinary artist | Washington Post
- Alain Kirili (1946–2021), sculptor | Brooklyn Rail
- Janet Malcolm (1934–2021), journalist and author | Washington Post
- Milton Moses Ginsberg (1935–2021), filmmaker | Deadline
- Eva Sereny (1935–2021), photographer | Herald
- Donald York (1947–2021), musical director of Paul Taylor Company | New York Times
From Remedios Varo to Francisco de Goya, artists have long turned to witchcraft as subject matter.
The auction house partnered with Highsnobiety to sell “Art Handler” shirts for up to $125, drawing ire from workers in the field who say they’re overworked and underpaid.
Funded fellowships support on-site graduate and postdoctoral research spanning a variety of disciplines on cultural works in the center’s collections.
Black-crowned night herons have not returned after abandoning their nests during a building project at the Chicago History Museum.
What is a feminist picture? A MoMA exhibition is the latest to attempt to answer this question.
Students work in a collaborative studio environment with a faculty of practicing artists and premier facilities in the heart of Boston.
With exhibitions like Sing Our Rivers Red, Danielle SeeWalker, JayCee Beyale, and others make visible the number of missing people for whom they are demanding proper attention and justice.
In this assemblage of multinational artworks, a cohesive postcolonial canvas fails to fully emerge, owing to Dream City’s lack of bold vision.
Students in this two-year graduate program in New York enjoy access to the Hessel Museum of Art, the CCS Bard Library and Archives, and opportunities to curate in practice.
The British monarch and Donald Trump have both tried to impose neoclassical architecture on their countries — and one of them actually succeeded.
Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” was sliced out of its frame at the University of Arizona Museum of Art in a notoriously brazen theft.
The advent of AI generators has led to an avalanche of rip-off artworks that have used Grzegorz Rutkowski’s name as a prompt.