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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.
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.
- 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
Curator La Tanya S. Autry shares a set of crucial questions she considers when curating images of anti-Black violence.
Crys Yin’s subject is grief, which, for all that takes place in public, is largely a private matter.
The first lecture is on the relationship between early portrait photography and diverse notions of US identity during the Gilded Age. Register to attend on January 25.
With her clay relief sculptures, Brie Ruais probes the exit wound and its deep psychological implications.
In Doomscrolling, Rob Swainston and Zorawar Sidhu assume the task Walter Benjamin set for the articulation of history — to “seize hold of the past as it flashes up at a moment of danger.”
Part of the university’s Artists on the Future series pairing renowned artists with cultural thought leaders, this online event is free and open to the public.
When we honor King publicly, as many in the art circle did on Monday, we use these moments to do more than just remember and pay tribute.
A study that reexamined Homo sapiens fossils found our species is 30,000 years older than previously believed.
As much as I appreciate the collective’s culture jamming initiatives, I don’t know that their putative premise ever bears meaningful fruit.
The banana’s dominance and ubiquity has had serious and far-reaching implications for the region, engendering exploitative labor systems, climate change, and migration.
Charles Dellheim’s study tells the tale of a small group of Jewish art dealers and collectors who played a key role in the changing art world of the 19th and 20th centuries.