Archive for April 2019

“La Pyramide” turns 30

When the Chinese architect Ieoh Ming Pei’s a 22-meter-high pyramid of glass in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum was first erected, the French were shocked by its revolutionary design. The architecture critic in the daily Le Monde called it “like an annex of Disneyland or bringing Luna Park back from the dead.” Others, as […]

New commissions to put the Met’s niches to use for the first time ever

The front steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art have become an iconic landmark in New York. They serve as the portal into the famed museum, a perch to sit and have your lunch in the sun, and even a platform for demonstrations. In a March 21st press release, though, museum director Max Hollein announced […]

Dallas Museum of Art announces gift of $1 million and new curatorial position

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) recently announced a significant expansion to their collection, programming, and commitment to Latin American art. As more and more institutions seek out works of Latin American art, the DMA has received three gifts to further solidify its focus on the field. In a March 26th press release, the DMA […]

Could a painting of Donald Trump go to the Supreme Court?

It’s huge. No really, Unafraid and Unashamed by British-born, American artist Julian Raven really is big. The painting, which took over 600 hours to create according to Raven and is 16-feet long, weighs in at 300 pounds. ‘I paint large anyway,’ Raven told NPR in an interview. ‘It just happens that it works with Trump, […]

Hirshhorn acquires an edition of Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field’

Over the past two years, the ‘Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors’ exhibition, which just wrapped up February 17th at the High Museum in Atlanta, has wowed visitors at each of its six stops through North America. The exhibition made waves, too, as it broke attendance records during its run. While on show at the Hirshhorn Museum […]

Turkish president pledges to revert Hagia Sophia to a mosque

After nearly 85 years as a museum, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to revert Hagia Sophia to a mosque. In a televised interview on March 23rd, Erdogan stated ‘Hagia Sophia will no longer be memorialised as a museum. Hagia Sophia will be commemorated as a mosque […] This is our people’s expectation, and […]

Proposals for NYC sculpture honouring Shirley Chisholm released

In November of 2018, New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (NYCDCA) announced that Prospect Park in Brooklyn would be getting a new public sculpture. Commissioned as installation of the She Built NYC initiative, the sculpture will commemorate Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to be elected to US Congress (she represented the 12th district […]