Kara Walker Disrupts the Visual History of the Civil War in New Exhibition
by Allison Robinson and Ksenia M. Soboleva
The artist Kara Walker's 2005 series of prints merged the historical illustrations that shaped Americans' understanding of the Civil War in its immediate aftermath and in the 1890s with her original subversive take on the tradition of silhouette art to highlight the erasure of Black experiences of war. Two curators are putting Walker's work in context in a new exhibition.
Light and Obliquity: Edward Hopper at the Whitney Museum
by Sam Ben-Meir
The Whitney's retrospective shows works by the painter that depart from the aesthetics of film noir and focus on the alienation and impersonalization of city life.
Glenda Gilmore's Bio Shows Artist Romare Bearden Reckoning with the South
"Gilmore sets a timeline, critiques some striking artworks, and leaves the reader wondering why hardly anyone writes about art this succinctly."
SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Islamic World Scholar: Hamline Mistaken to Fire Instructor
by Ahmad Sadri
Hamline University deprived its students—including Muslims—of the chance to learn about a multiplicity of views within the faith.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education
Most of All, Hamline's Decision Offends Me as a Muslim
by Amna Khalid
Hamline University, in firing an art history instructor for showing an image of the Prophet Muhammad (with a content warning, in an optional exercise), has not only exemplified how risk-averse bureaucracies use inclusive language to dismiss faculty expertise, it also insulted Muslims by associating a vast and diverse set of cultures with fundamentalist theology.
SOURCE: New York Times
Will the Era of the Butt Ever End?
Heather Radke's "Butts: A Backstory" isn't (just) a provocation, but a carefully researched study of how bodily ideals and attractiveness are constructed and reproduced in societies.
SOURCE: Seattle Times
New York Museums to Disclose Provenance of Pieces Looted by Nazis
The Metropolitan Museum has currently identified 53 works as seized or sold under duress by Nazis. It is unclear how many more it will identify in response to a new state law requiring the display of those pieces to disclose the conditions of acquisition.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera
Benin Bronzes Have Final German Exhibition Before Repatriation
"'The recognition of the colonial injustices and the subsequent return of the items “will continue to define our work in the future,' Hermann Parzinger, the president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation."
Vivien Green Fryd Awarded Eldredge Prize for Book on Sexual Trauma in American Art
The prize jurors noted the publication stands out given its “academic rigor, historical understanding and contemporary relevance that characterize the highest achievements in our field.”
SOURCE: Public Domain Review
Picturing Scent: The Tale of a Beached Whale
by Lizzie Marx
17th century Dutch art developed a particular visual language for conveying the experience of smell.
A History of Art for Our Times
by Charlotte Mullins
The classic works of art history tell a story of great artists, overwhelmingly European and male. The author's new history refocuses the narrative on the diverse networks of creators through which art is made – networks crossing lines of geography and including women artists and artists of color.
After COVID Delay, Controversial Philip Guston Exhibit Opens in Boston
Guston's blunt imagery, including Ku Klux Klan figures, arguably interrogates his complicity as a white artist in ongoing racism. Is it offensive to contemporary museum audiences?
SOURCE: The Conversation
"Is It Cake?" is Brain Candy for Pandemic-Weary, but also Part of Long History of Visual Illusion
by Maggie Cao
"At a time when we often don’t know if what we encounter on our screens can be trusted, it feels good to alleviate those anxieties with a show in which the only consequence of being fooled is cutting into a shoe that we assumed was a cake."
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Winslow Homer: The Melville of American Panting
by Susan Tallman
A new exhibition reframes Homer, once seen as a visual poet of American innocence, as an artist who grappled with the bitter conflicts at the heart of the nation.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Review of Books
Erin Thompson's "Smashing Statues": Tear 'Em All Down
How does taking down a statue relate to the more complicated work of eliminating the racist ideas and structures that put it up?
SOURCE: Washington Post
Smithsonian to Return All Benin Bronzes
The Smithsonian will return works that it has legal title to own but that are linked to an infamous British raid on Benin City in 1897.
Mississippi Museum of Art Exhibition Opens on Legacies of Great Migration
Opening April 9, this exhibition features newly commissioned works by 12 acclaimed Black contemporary artists, including Carrie Mae Weems, Theaster Gates, and more.
Art Historians Shake Up Narratives on TikTok
"TikTok’s art historians are using the platform to explore points of view often excluded in more established spaces like galleries and museums."
Will SCOTUS Uphold Claim of Heirs for Return of Pissarro Painting Stolen by Nazis?
Lower courts have agreed with the Spanish government that US courts are not empowered to adjudicate claims of looted art; if the Supreme Court agrees it could chill further attempts to use American law to return artworks stolen from Europe's Jews by the Nazis.
New Boston MFA Exhibit Shows Museum's Complex History of Censoring Queer Desire
by Erin L. Thompson
"When I first visited Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, as a young and deeply closeted queer college student, I found myself wondering if the museum possessed ancient Greek vases decorated with anything other than sex scenes."
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