Art Critique

Museums present visual art as beautiful things you can touch

Patricia Bérubé, Carleton University A shift is taking place in museums and the way art history is presented globally. More museums now value visitor experience and at the same time, there is a growing emphasis on accessibility in Canadian public institutions. Some museums are offering adapted guided tours, which include tactile elements in addition to […]

Women were photography pioneers yet gender inequality persists in the industry today

Celia Rose Jackson, University of South Wales Photography remains stubbornly male-dominated. In terms of commissioning, exhibition and publication of work, there is a conspicuous lack of equality in the industry. Data collected by Women Photograph – an initiative to promote and support female photographers – shows that between April and June 2019, eight of the […]

The most influential American author of her generation, Toni Morrison’s writing was radically ambiguous

Paul Giles, University of Sydney Toni Morrison, who has died aged 88, was the most influential and studied American author of her generation. Born as Chloe Wofford in Ohio in 1931, she graduated in 1953 with a B.A. in English from Howard University, a historically black college located in Washington DC. She then completed an […]

How the Volkswagen Beetle sparked America’s art car movement

John A. Heitmann, University of Dayton With a mariachi band playing along, the last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line of a Mexican factory on July 10. Originally created in Germany at the behest of Adolf Hitler, the Beetle ended up being exported around the world, and every country that sold the car absorbed […]

The impact of women trailblazers in Canadian publishing

Ruth Panofsky, Ryerson University As you indulge in summer reading, consider this fact. If not for the path-breaking women in Canadian publishing, some of Canada’s best-known writers might not have made it: Margaret Laurence, Farley Mowat, Carol Shields. Although it’s known that women have always participated in Canadian publishing, the lasting influence they’ve had on […]

The man who painted Jesus

Matthew Robert Anderson, Concordia University April 30 is the 127th birthday of an artist whose name you probably don’t know, but his work may be the most widely distributed of the 20th century. Despite never leaving Chicago, Warner Sallman influenced how many Christians the world over, for better or worse, picture Jesus. Anderson University in […]

A new exhibition captures the magic and power of tattoos across cultures

Fareed Kaviani, Monash University Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks, a suite of exhibitions at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum, offers visitors a chance to engage with tattoo on a level deeper than skin. Here, stories of culture, tradition and migration speak through embedded ink. Without personally experiencing a tattoo, it may be hard to understand why […]