At the unveiling this morning, Michelle Obama spoke about her “instant connection” with Amy Sherald, while Barack Obama said he asked Kehinde Wiley “to bring it down just a touch.”
Blair Murphy is an independent curator and cultural worker based in Washington, DC. She was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2014 to 2015. Her past curatorial projects include exhibitions at The Kitchen (New York, NY), Field Projects (New York, NY), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC), VisArts Rockville (Rockville, MD), and DC Arts Center (Washington, DC).
A Mile Marker from the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Joins a DC Museum
The 11.5-foot-tall marker, which commemorates the distances protesters traveled, went on view at the National Museum of the American Indian last week.
Why Eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts Would Hurt Rural Americans the Most
The NEA, which the Trump administration has proposed to fully defund, has long been accused of primarily serving coastal elites, when in fact the opposite is true.
From Texas to DC, Artists and DIY Spaces Struggle with Permits and Trolls
After the deadly Ghost Ship fire, internet trolls have tried to get DIY art spaces around the country shut down by calling in bogus safety code violations.
Artist Targeted by #Pizzagate Conspiracy Theory Speaks
After being dragged into one of 2016’s strangest news stories over a mural he made six years ago, Arrington de Dionyso took a public stand against far-right extremists’ mob censorship.
In a Performance, a Soundscape Invokes the Brutality of Slavery
Sheldon Scott’s performance is based on the experiences of enslaved Africans in rice production in the American South.
After Merger, Corcoran Gallery of Art Faces Uncertain Future
On Saturday, the Corcoran Gallery of Art played host to a guerrilla funeral, not for a generous public figure or beloved artist, but for the institution itself.