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'Father Of Gynecology,' Who Experimented On Slaves, No Longer On Pedestal In NYC

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:39:00 -0400

J. Marion Sims perfected a new surgical procedure by repeatedly operating, without anesthesia, on enslaved women in the 1840s. New York City is moving his Central Park statue to a cemetery.

What's It Like To Pose For David Hockney? We Asked The People In His Portraits

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:16:00 -0400

"There is nothing except the canvas, the artist, his gaze, and you," says Stephanie Barron, a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "That's it. The rest of the world just fades away."

Builder Of World's Largest Titanic Replica In Lego Says His Autism Is A Gift

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:19:00 -0400

Brynjar Karl Birgisson, who lives in Iceland, built the ship using only Legos. The model is 26 feet long and 5 feet wide. It is on display at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Kendrick Lamar, 'Press Democrat' Claim Pulitzers. Here's The Full List Of Winners

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:58:00 -0400

Lamar joins the staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post as this year's prize winners. See the list of winners and watch Monday's announcement ceremony here.

Art Exhibit Closes Early Amid Sexual Harassment Claims Against Photographer

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:34:00 -0400

A large retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston celebrating the work of Nicholas Nixon has come down 10 days early, amid sexual harassment allegations against the artist.

Not Enough Color In American Art Museums

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:00:12 -0400

A new curator has been named to oversee the Brooklyn Museum's collection of African art. She's got an impressive resume, but she's white, and that's fueling a larger debate about diversity in museums.

The Roots Of 'Black And Gray Realism' Tattoos

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:19:00 -0400

A popular style of tattooing called "black and gray realism" has its roots in East LA's Chicano culture. It moved from California prisons in the 1970s to high-end tattoo shops worldwide.

New York's Metropolitan Museum Announces Max Hollein As New Director

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:29:00 -0400

The Metropolitan Museum in New York City has hired a new director. Max Hollein takes over at a time of increased visitor numbers, but also as the institution deals with financial instability.

This Photographer Wants To Put A Museum In Your Pocket

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:39:00 -0400

When Dayanita Singh grew frustrated with the conventional gallery format, she created Museum Bhavan, an exhibition of almost 300 photos housed in a small box.

A Big Ol' Bean Battle Erupts Between Chi-Town And H-Town

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0400

Chicago and Houston are fighting over something very big or something very small — two beans. But there's a plot twist.

3 Photographers Who Captured The Undersides Of Life

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 05:01:00 -0400

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is currently exhibiting the work of Brassaï, Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin, who all documented people far from the mainstream with profound intimacy.

Congress Takes A Brush To The Budget, Barring Federal Funds For Portraits

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:57:00 -0400

President Trump signed the Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting Act, or EGO Act, into law Tuesday, permanently banning the use of federal funds for painted images of government officials.

The Complex Story Of Civil Rights Photographer Ernest Withers

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 05:03:00 -0400

Fifty years ago, photographer Ernest Withers took an iconic photograph of Memphis sanitation workers on strike. He chronicled the civil rights movement, but was revealed to have been an FBI informant.

A Feast For The Eyes: An Art-Inspired Food Tour At The Met

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 08:00:15 -0400

An ancient Greek shopping list that reads like a modern text. Broken eggs that signal a "ruined" woman. The food depicted in the Met's collection is ripe with hidden references.

The Flag Still Flies For Jasper Johns

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 04:55:00 -0400

As a major retrospective in Los Angeles shows, the modern American artist got us to take a second look at even common objects like numerals, archery targets and, yes, flags.