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The Case for Keeping San Francisco’s Disputed George Washington Murals
Exposure to art — even uncomfortable art — is healthy, stimulating, and worthy of students’ debate.
More response murals could be commissioned, if space allows. A possible subject raised by the Black Panthers in the late 1960s, and, more recently, by Stevon Cook, president of the San Francisco Board of Education is the history of the 5,000 enslaved and free… [+1300 chars]
Roberta Smith
2019-07-26 17:44:17




The Met Reviews Items It Received From a Dealer, Now a Looting Suspect
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is studying the Indian artifacts it holds that track back to a man accused of running a major antiquities smuggling ring.
The Met has for decades had a policy requiring that artifacts entering the collection be accompanied by export and import licenses indicating they were legally removed from their countries of origin. In the case of Mr. Kapoor, the authorities have said he som… [+1852 chars]
Tom Mashberg
2019-08-18 16:46:17




The Unexpectedly Tropical History of Brutalism
Long associated with European cities, the style has plenty of history in other parts of the world, too. In Brazil, it reached a surprising apotheosis.
LIKE MODERNISM BEFORE it, Brutalism ultimately failed to bring about the change it had promised. In India, Nehrus descendants consolidated wealth and power to become an outright political dynasty: Mays re-election of Narendra Modi, a right-wing demagogue, is … [+4214 chars]
Michael Snyder
2019-08-15 22:54:20




“Great Sporting Land” tours Australia’s sports-mad history
Australians have a passion for sports—so much that it was perfectly normal for the Prime Minister to give the entire country the day off when they won a boat race back in 1983. Over generations, Australia’s favorite pastimes have shaped the country’s identity…
Australians have a passion for sportsso much that it was perfectly normal for the Prime Minister to give the entire country the day off when they won a boat race back in 1983. Over generations, Australias favorite pastimes have shaped the countrys identity, v… [+636 chars]
Suhair Khan
2019-08-20 05:00:00




The AI Renaissance portrait generator isn't great at painting people of color
Surprise! Artificial intelligence-generated portraits based off artwork from 15th century Europe... kind of suck at depicting people of color. Because we're apparently always ready to hand over our photos for the sake of a trend, the internet's current obsess…
Surprise! Artificial intelligence-generated portraits based off artwork from 15th century Europe... kind of suck at depicting people of color.  Because we're apparently always ready to hand over our photos for the sake of a trend, the internet's current obse… [+7797 chars]
Morgan Sung
2019-07-23 06:03:08




The Knight Foundation launches $750,000 initiative for immersive technology for the arts
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is looking for pitches on how to enhance and augment traditional creative arts through immersive technologies. Through a partnership with Microsoft the foundation is offering a share of a $750,00 pool of cash and the…
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is looking for pitches on how to enhance and augment traditional creative arts through immersive technologies. Through a partnership with Microsoft the foundation is offering a share of a $750,00 pool of cash and th… [+6058 chars]
Jonathan Shieber
2019-07-27 18:51:35




Frank Turner excavates history's forgotten women
The singer's eighth album tells the stories of spies, nuns and poets that history has overlooked.
Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Frank Turner: "I thought the album should be about something more interesting than my feelings" Frank Turner's eighth album is dedicated to female spies, nuns and musicians that time has forgotten. It's seen him acc… [+7805 chars]
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2019-08-07 23:42:08




It Was ‘Cool Central’: Bill T. Jones Leads a Trip Through His Archive
The dancer and choreographer talks about his collaborations with Arnie Zane, Keith Haring and Robert Mapplethorpe — and the time the Vatican denounced him.
There are a lot of emotions in these stories, the choreographer, dancer and director Bill T. Jones said one evening this summer as he rummaged through some of the hundreds of folders and document boxes that make up the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Archive… [+1258 chars]
Michael Cooper
2019-08-21 17:04:05




A Performance Artist Testing the Limits of Her Own Endurance
In deeply personal works such as the acclaimed “Bronx Gothic,” Okwui Okpokwasili explores ideas of cultural memory through poetry and visceral body-wringing choreography.
In the opening scene of Okwui Okpokwasilis experimental one-woman masterpiece Bronx Gothic an intoxicating blend of dance, theater and installation art the writer, choreographer and performance artist stands, in a purple slip dress, twitching and jerking her … [+1344 chars]
Antwaun Sargent
2019-08-13 17:00:54




Toxic Nostalgia Breeds Derangement
A writer who charted the collapse of reality in Russia now sees it worldwide.
So much of the culture feels stuck. Social media creates a sense of eternal present; things that happened two weeks ago feel like half-forgotten history. Internet technology, once imbued with futuristic idealism, has become a source of destruction and dread. … [+1974 chars]
Michelle Goldberg
2019-08-20 00:32:11




Whitney Trustee Warren Kanders Resigns After Protests Over His Company’s Sale of Tear Gas
Days after eight artists left the Whitney Biennial, the vice chairman stepped down amid criticism of how his company’s law enforcement supplies are used.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and other museums have said they would stop accepting gifts from members of the Sackler family associated with the maker of OxyContin, after allegations that the company deliberately concealed its addictive potential. Museums in… [+1944 chars]
Robin Pogrebin and Elizabeth A. Harris
2019-07-25 10:25:27




The History of Polish Photography (2002)
The Cartesian way of thinking about the world gave rise to a desire to record and save society's ever-changing reality with the help of technical equipment, making photography a combination of art and scientific invention.


2019-08-15 06:54:50




San Francisco School Board May Save Controversial George Washington Mural
Following outrage over its vote to paint over the murals, which some considered offensive, the board is considering covering them in a way that preserves them.
The Life of Washington frescoes were painted in the mid-1930s and funded by the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal agency that provided jobs for the unemployed, including artists, during the Great Depression. Arnautoff, who was a Communist, depicted Wa… [+892 chars]
Carol Pogash
2019-08-10 13:47:30




Shirts for Lifelong New Yorkers and Those Who Would Like to Pass for One
Shops like Fantasy Explosion specialize in vintage vernacular, merchandise that conveys cachet and knowledge of the city.
Mr. Procell has sold shirts like these for years, with a special emphasis on city institutions like museums. Coming across one is like a luxury, he said. Its the ultimate souvenir. Over the last few years, more and more stores have begun offering these kinds… [+1357 chars]
Jon Caramanica
2019-08-07 10:21:31




The New York Furniture Studio That’s Become a Fashion World Favorite
Aaron Aujla and Ben Bloomstein of Green River Project draw on their backgrounds as artists to create conceptual handcrafted furniture.
For designers whose work centers on the home, Ben Bloomstein and Aaron Aujla who make raw, sculptural furniture under the name Green River Project dont particularly like staying in one place. When they founded the business in autumn 2017, the pair produced m… [+5148 chars]
Merrell Hambleton
2019-08-18 10:57:40




‘David Makes Man’ Is a Complex Portrait of Black Boyhood
The innovative new series from Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) and Michael B. Jordan premieres Wednesday on Oprah Winfrey Network.
As a result, David Makes Man upends preconceived notions about so-called urban dramas and the black characters they feature. Just as he did with Moonlight and his other previous works, McCraney turns the coming-of-age story into a complex treatment of black i… [+1386 chars]
Salamishah Tillet
2019-08-14 22:52:30




Sean Spicer lied again: He's doing 'Dancing with the Stars' after all
Sean Michael Spicer has lied to the American people, again. On July 24, 2018, Donald Trump's former White House Press Secretary assured Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich that he would not be going on Dancing with the Stars because, well, he can't dance! "Eve…
Sean Michael Spicer has lied to the American people, again.  On July 24, 2018, Donald Trump's former White House Press Secretary assured Fox Newscontributor Katie Pavlich that he would not be going on Dancing with the Stars because, well, he can't dance! "E… [+2549 chars]
Nicole Gallucci
2019-08-21 15:46:11




What's wrong with buying a dinosaur?
There's a growing fashion for fossils, but some argue it is undermining scientific research.
Image copyrightEmpicsImage caption Tyrannosaurus rex is the rock star of the dinosaur world; specimens fetch more than older fossils Fossils are in fashion, with private buyers snapping up prehistoric remains online and at auction, but the trend is raising… [+7256 chars]
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2019-08-07 23:39:48




The best cheesy moments pop culture has to offer
Mashable bites into a creamy, nutty, gooey, and sometimes stinky world during our first-ever Cheese Week. Who among us doesn't crave a nice, cheesy movie or TV moment every so often? Grand romantic gestures and impassioned speeches are enjoyable to watch, but…
Mashable bites into a creamy, nutty, gooey, and sometimes stinky world during our first-ever Cheese Week. Who among us doesn't crave a nice, cheesy movie or TV moment every so often? Grand romantic gestures and impassioned speeches are enjoyable to watch, b… [+8124 chars]
Nicole Gallucci
2019-07-23 13:00:00




Art Spiegelman pulled his Marvel Folio Society intro after Disney demanded that he not criticize Trump
The Folio Society has announced a series of volumes paying tribute to the history of Marvel Comics, the inaugural volume was originally scheduled to feature an introduction from Art Spiegelman, the creator of Maus and the first person to ever win a Pulitzer P…
The Folio Society has announced a series of volumes paying tribute to the history of Marvel Comics, the inaugural volume was originally scheduled to feature an introduction from Art Spiegelman, the creator of Maus and the first person to ever win a Pulitzer P… [+4304 chars]
Cory Doctorow
2019-08-16 18:32:26
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