I’m an art critic, so I get a lot of press releases. My inbox is usually flooded with messages about acquisitions, initiatives, and programs aimed at “diversity” in the arts. As our country burns with righteous anger, I received nothing.
I’ve been watching closely as #CancelEverything becomes real. I’m clearly not a doctor, so I can’t help you with testing or public policy. But I have some suggestions on how to make the best of a mandatory COVID-19 staycation.
We need to center Black artists now more than ever. For far too long, Black artists have been left out of crucial conversations about their own work and its place in contemporary culture.
Frida Kahlo’s iconic portraiture is on display, but the real value is in her composite strength. It’s a comfort to remember that wellness is not the absence of trauma, but the embrace of resilience.
Embroidery patterns, called tatriz in Arabic, are as regional as can be. This is wearable art that generations of aunties have carried throughout the diaspora, from Dubai to Detroit.
Art provides space for both reflection and action. The campaign cycle is only driving us to one point: the ballot cast in November.
“Clybourne Park” shares a bleak view of the state of America’s race discussion. You can try out these tools for avoiding the quagmire in which the play’s characters find themselves.
A partnership between the Highbridge Nursery School and The Guggenheim Museum reflects smart arts marketing. Entry barriers aren’t just for underserved children, they apply to all of us.