UNESCO “deeply regrets” Turkish president’s decision to revert Hagia Sophia to a mosque

In 1985, Hagia Sophia, the opulent Byzantine-era gem found in Istanbul, was declared a UNESCO world heritage site after being converted into a museum in the mid 1930s. Last week, however, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, president of Turkey, announced that by the end of July, Hagia Sophia would be converted back into a mosque, a decision […]

Trump issues executive order for “National Garden of American Heroes”

In his Independence Day Celebration speech, controversially located at the base of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, President Donald Trump announced the issue of an executive order to create a “National Garden of American Heroes.” Released on July 3rd, the executive order calls for the creation of a national garden that will pay tribute to […]

Descendants of Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Thomas Jefferson partake is photographic series recreating their ancestors

Europe began as the main focus of “The Descendants,” a series of works created by British photographer Drew Gardner. About 15 years ago, Gardner started tracking down and photographing the descendants of some of Europe’s most famous people, including Lisa del Giocondo (best known as Mona Lisa), Oliver Cromwell, Napoleon, and Charles Dickens. Then, as […]

“In Plain Sight”: an artwork flying high to raise awareness about immigration issues in the US

Looking up at the sky, borders become non-existent. Many of the same issues we face here on the ground – particularly in terms of boundaries – seem to disappear in the light blue sky that often seems endless. Over the weekend, though, the sky is exactly where XMAP: In Plain Sight, a collective artwork, was […]

National Theatre’s Midsummer Night’s Dream leaves a morning haze

The National Theatre of London brings yet another theatrical classic to screens worldwide through their ongoing National Theatre At Home program. This past week, at-home audiences had the chance to view National Theatre’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, a production of the Shakespeare classic with some modern twists, filmed at the Bridge Theatre. And while always a […]

A collaborative performance work will see $500 in sanitised dollar bills handed out on silver platter in East Hampton

Later this summer, artist Katherine McMahon and musician Ray Angry will bring together continued concerns about COVID-19 and ongoing issues of economic inequality in a performance art piece. The work will debut at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York once the area has entered Phase 4 of their reopening plan, but even before the […]

Letting up on lockdown: The National Gallery will reopen next week, leading the way for UK museums

While the US will celebrate Independence Day this Saturday, people across the UK will be celebrating, too, for at long last (but not long enough for some), strict lockdown measures will begin to ease. Pubs, restaurants, and barbers will be among those turning the lights on for the first time in since March and some […]