Aug

06

How Pope Francis Will Redefine Art at the Vatican

Elected as the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church in 2013, Pope Francis has been full of surprises and has redefined the papacy, including the ways in which he considers the role and power of art.

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Jun

19

How Basquiat went from Underrated to Record-Breaking

Last month, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled work from 1982 broke records as the highest selling US-produced artwork. Learn how Basquiat’s work gained its fame.

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May

23

Was Marsden Hartley Really a Great Painter?

Walker analyzes not just how Hartley’s movement and travel around the world influenced his style, but also how the art world changed its perceptions of Marsden Hartley as an innovator, imitator, experimentalist, or influencer. Perhaps Hartley’s life and changing artistic legacy tell us more about history-making and public memory than they do about his work.

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May

07

It is obvious from the map

The exhibit’s brochure described the maps in the show as bearing witness and “testifying to the criminal regimes that force people into dangerous journeys and that seek to curtail, control and interrupt their crossings.” Through a variety of maps and media, It is obvious from the map succeeds at challenging viewers to see a multiplicity of realities and that in fact “nothing is obvious” when it comes to how society deals with migration, migrant rights, monitoring migrant vessels, and movements of a people.

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Apr

09

How to Talk about Diego Rivera and Mexican Art

Werner dissects the complex relationship that existed between Diego Rivera and Mexico itself, writing, “Not before setting foot in Mexico last summer did I feel that I had arrived at a real understanding of Diego Rivera’s work.” In this description, the reader can come to understand Werner’s experience of Mexico — that it exists as a palpable character and live influence upon Rivera’s work.

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Mar

16

Migrant Rights in the Age of Surveillance

Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani use digital technology, geo-spatial mapping, and human testimonials to visualize human rights violations and to fight for migrant rights.

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Feb

23

Retelling the American West in the Museum

In this time filled with “alternative truths,” historian Marsha Weisiger argues for more sophisticated and multifaceted approaches to telling the history of the American West.

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Feb

23

An Interview with Sam Durant

Given the current political climate in the U.S. and abroad, as well as this age of post-truths and alternative facts, Durant’s work is both appropriate and necessary. The Hammer Museum even recently put his famous piece, End White Supremacy, back on view because of its timely nature. I caught up with Durant to discuss his process, motivations, and upcoming plans.

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Jan

29

Jimmie Durham and the Art of Interruption

During a time when American history lessons are needed more than ever, Jimmie Durham’s return to the U.S. is appropriate and a welcome interruption to the norm.

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Dec

19

The American Counter-Narrative of Ledger Drawings

In the ledger drawings, the dispossession is multi-layered and traumatic: there is a dispossession of occupancy, property, education, and culture. Learning about this history is one step non-Native Americans can take on a path towards asking for forgiveness and making reparations.

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