Major US museums slow to respond to the murder of George Floyd highlight systematic injustice in the art world

Museums across the US faced backlash from their communities when in the face of police brutality that resulted in the murder of George Floyd, they stayed silent or were slow to speak out. The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Guggenheim, The Getty, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art were among […]

Christo: a legacy of making the impossible possible

On May 31, 2020, the art world suffered the incredible loss of the artist Christo. Whether it was surrounding islands in Biscayne Bay with pink fabric or wrapping Paris’s Pont Neuf bridge, no building or natural wonder was too ambitious to transform into art. Although he left us at the age of 84, the vast […]

Museums are closed but their digital doors are open

Museums of all shapes and sizes are striving to engage quarantined audiences all over the world through digital initiatives. While their physical doors may be closed, your favorite museum likely has at least one video tour with a curator or downloadable gallery guide. Cultural institutions have a history of being slow to adapt to new […]

Museums & their workers struggle against coronavirus

I work at an art museum in the United States that closed two weeks ago to join the struggle against spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19). I am one of many workers whose employment status in the coming weeks, perhaps months, is uncertain. While the virus spread over China in the early months of 2020, many cultural institutions […]

Living room theatre- performing arts during the pandemic

Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic is halting fields of work globally. While there is certainly the benefit of this modern age allowing many workers and businesses to operate entirely from home, there are many who are barred from having their primary work resource at home- people. Every branch of arts are being affected in their […]

Chilean arpilleras: museums discover an art of protest

Countries all around the world suffer from losing loved ones during times of political turmoil. Many never find out what happened; they become known as the disappeared. From 19750 to 1990, women in Chile banded together to search for their lost loved ones, console each other, and protest the military regime of Augusto Pinochet. An […]

Saudi Arabia’s artistic whitewash part of a well-trodden tradition among autocrats

The latest iteration of the site-specific art installation festival Desert X is currently underway in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia – but not without controversy. Normally associated with the barren wastelands of the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs in California, the festival relocated to the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this […]