January 28, 2021

Insomnia

When is the best time to reflect, to analyze your life? For thinking about what I should have said in response to that person, but said some nonsense. Thoughts about the meaning of life and whether I put food in the refrigerator. Of course, this is the time to sleep. So you will lie for

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Art News

How Two Artists’ Transformation of a Portland Museum May Provide a Blueprint for Larger Institutions

It was the museum’s cornerstone display: a long-term exhibit on the history of the Indigenous Kalapuya, the original inhabitants of large swaths of land in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. For more than 15 years, “This Kalapuya Land,” at the Washington County Museum in Portland, presented a distorted narrative that was criticized for trafficking in stereotype, sugarcoating

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Art News

‘We’re All Participants in History’: Watch Artist Abigail DeVille Reimagine the Statue of Liberty for the 21st Century

For the artist Abigail DeVille, watching Black Lives Matter marches over the past summer was pivotal. She recalls the throngs of protesters, arms linked, eyes staring straight amid a full on pandemic. Those images, seared in her memory, prompted the creation of her sculpture, Light of Freedom (2020), commissioned by the Public Art Fund and installed

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A Painting of Amanda Gorman, the Young Poet Who Performed at Joe Biden’s Inauguration, Is Now Part of Harvard’s Collection

A portrait of Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old former National Youth Poet Laureate who gave a widely admired recital at the inauguration of President Joe Biden, has been gifted to Harvard University by art collector and gallerist Amar Singh, an alum of the college. Gorman, who was the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, earned the honor while

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The Future of Art According to Shirin Neshat

The internationally acclaimed artist Shirin Neshat has been creating powerful works of art through photography, video, and film for more than three decades. Born in Iran and based in the United States since her late teens, her work has frequently addressed issues of gender, identity, and political conflict in the Middle East. In 2009, she

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Auction News

See a Life-Size Model of the World’s Oldest Man and Other Aggressively Bizarre Things the Guinness World Records Museum Is Auctioning Off

By this stage in your life, you’ve surely made your share of questionable online purchases. But should you still be in the market for some bizarre gimcrackery that will start conversations and alienate friends, boy is there an opportunity for you.  The Guinness World Records Museum in Niagara Falls, Canada—one of many quirky franchisees of

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A Man Who Used a Stolen Painting to Smash a Glass Door at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Has Been Arrested

Boston authorities have arrested and charged 48-year-old Robert Viens, a resident of Randolph, Massachusetts, for smashing a glass door of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum last weekend. Police responded to reports of an attempted break-in at the notorious museum at around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. According to a spokeswoman, “the person made no attempt to

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