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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Aug

04

Can Jay Z Help Students Read James Joyce?

Rapper Jay Z recently released his 13th studio album 4:44. Could this be used in the classroom to enlighten and education English students? Brent McKeown says yes.

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Jul

13

Chen I Sao, Female Pirate Extraordinaire

Cheng I Sao reversed many of the old, gendered notions about “female social mobility.” When she was ready to leave pirating, she negotiated skillfully and diplomatically with Chinese officials in Canton, ultimately granting her and her second husband Chang Pao 80 junks for personal use and an additional 40 for salt trade.

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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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Jun

06

The Polynesian Origin Myths Behind Disney’s “Moana”

Like Disney’s “Moana”? Learn about the Polynesian origin myths that Disney consulted to create the demigod character Maui, played by Dwane “The Rock” Johnson.

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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

19

Can Art Make a Difference at the US-Mexico Border?

As Ushiro describes the US-Mexico border, “This area is a very crazy area…This is the most important area to think about freedom—and it’s completely not freedom.” Chim↑Pom’s installations challenge viewers to look at this liminal space and reconsider the US-Mexico border.

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Apr

29

Remembering the LA Uprisings through Theater

One of the first artists to address the L.A. uprisings was the actor/playwright Anna Deveare Smith. In the summer of 1993, just one year after the Rodney King verdict, Smith opened her one-woman show “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992,” at the Mark Taper Forum. Theatre Journal published seven reviews of “Twilight” in order to attempt to chronicle the diversity of reactions to Smith’s pioneering monologues.

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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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