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New York City
You will soon need your vaccine card to access New York City’s indoor performance venues as well as dining and fitness facilities.
A fourth suicide occurred at the controversial Vessel in Hudson Yards.
Learn about Gerda Wegener, an early 20th-century artist whose works ranged from glamorous portraits of her partner to graphic illustrations of sex that celebrate women’s pleasure.
Published from the 1950s through the 1970s, lesbian pulp fiction covers are colorful, kitschy, and anachronistic insights into queer history.
In Other News
India’s creative community became a beacon of hope during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The US restituted 17,000 looted artifacts to Iraq including the “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet,” a 3,500-year-old clay cuneiform that was acquired by the arts and crafts chain store Hobby Lobby in 2014.
In Brazil, a fire engulfed a warehouse of South America’s largest film collection belonging to São Paulo’s Cinemateca Brasileira.
Artist Matteo Rattini trained a neural network to create images of contemporary sculptures based on Instagram’s algorithm suggestions as a commentary on social media’s influence on art.
Two rediscovered Fragonard paintings were acquired by France.
Awards & Accolades
- Abbas Zahedi, Barby Asante, Beverley Bennett, Blak Outside, Ferarts Collective, Jacob V. Joyce, Nawi Collective, Other Cinema, Resolve Collective, and Skin Deep are recipients of the Support Structures for Support Structures program by Serpentine.
- Jules de Balincourt is now represented by Pace Gallery.
- Linde B. Lehtinen was named curator of photography of the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.
- The National Academy of Design has named Sara Reisman as chief curator and director of national academician affairs, Adrienne Elise Tarver as director of programming, and Thomas E. Moore, III as director of development.
- Shanta Thake was named chief artistic officer of Lincoln Center.
- Constance Vale was appointed chair of undergraduate architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
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- Patricia Kennealy-Morrison (1946–2021), rock music journalist | New York Times
- Willie Winfield (1929–2021), doo-wop singer | New York Times
“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…