Activists protest Shell’s sponsorship of the exhibition Our Future Planet at the Science Museum, London (photo by UKSCN)

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New York City

Why is a highly contested statue of Theodore Roosevelt still standing at the American Museum of Natural History?

Shtetl Gallery, Williamsburg’s first Hasidic art gallery, opened last week, signaling shifting perceptions around art in the local community.

Launched on Juneteenth, the Brooklyn Public Library’s newest initiative examines six decades of Black-led activism in the borough, from abolition to Black Lives Matter.

Art and Science

Climate scientists and students occupied the London Science Museum to protest Shell’s sponsorship of a climate exhibition, accusing the oil giant of green-washing.

A team of scientists, conservators, and historians used grime-eating bacteria to tackle century-old stains at Michelangelo’s Medici chapel.

Long believed to be discovered by lab researchers in 1908, researchers found evidence of the pigment “titanium white” in centuries-old Inca ceremonial objects.

Unique Collections

Collages by children’s author and illustrator Ashley Bryant, inspired by Langston Hughes’s poems, were acquired by the Morgan Library.

The Strong National Museum of Play will launch the world’s first game show archive.

A Star Wars jet will go on display at the Smithsonian, traveling from a galaxy far, far away.

In Other News

Amazon stakeholder MacKenzie Scott distributed $2.7 billion to 286 organizations, including El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan, Laundromat Project in Brooklyn, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

For just $1, you can stay overnight in an Art Nouveau masterpiece designed by Antoni Gaudí.

A tunnel planned to run underneath Stonehenge is threatening the site’s UNESCO World Heritage Status.

Awards & Accolades

  • Brittain Ashford, Emma Dickson, Flo Art Collective, Manon Gage, Megan Mosholder, Emerie Snyder, and David Williams were selected for Satellite Collective’s 2021 Fellows Cohort.


  • Valeria Cordero Reyes and Carlota Perez-Appelbaum have been named interim co-executive directors of the Cruz-Diez Foundation.
  • Kara Hearn was named chair of the Pratt Institute Film/Video Department.
  • Adam Lerner was appointed executive director of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
  • Christopher Myers is now represented by James Cohan Gallery.

In Memoriam

  • Diego Cortez (1946–2021), Downtown New York City curator | ARTnews
  • Ellen McIlwaine (1945–2021), blues singer and slide guitarist | Georgia Straight
  • Allen Midgette (1939–2021), actor who impersonated Andy Warhol | New York Times
  • Gianna Rolandi (1952–2021), soprano opera star | New York Times
  • Frances Stein (1937–2021), fashion designer and editor | WWD
  • Richard Stolley (1928–2021), founding editor of People magazine | AV Press
  • Karl Wirsum (1939–2021), artist and member of the Hairy Who | New York Times

Jasmine Weber is an artist, writer, and former news editor at Hyperallergic. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.