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Smithsonian Museum interested in obtaining migrant children’s drawings

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is reportedly considering adding drawings made by formerly detained migrant children to its collection. Following months of public outcry against appalling conditions at some Border Patrol facilities, this is widely seen as a move to document an invaluable part of American history. Some of the children’s images feature […]

2018 Museum Trends: Fashion and Social Interaction

Whether through social media engagement, immersive exhibitions, or fashion-forward thinking, art museums are creating novel opportunities to interact with artwork and with that increasing visitorship like never before. The Art Newspaper’s annual survey of the 20 most visited exhibitions revealed that although established masters and their timeless pieces continue to bring in visitors, fashion exhibitions […]

Arthur Jafa: Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death at the Tate Liverpool

Arthur Jafa’s radical video work that has sparked debate about race relations in the US is coming to Tate Liverpool this year. Helen Legg, the gallery director, said that Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, The Message is Death (2016) “speaks of our current political moment with great urgency; we felt it important to bring […]

Look up: Trevor Paglen’s work on government surveillance

As of December 3rd, artist and geographer Trevor Paglen put a massive inflatable mirror into orbit. As a way to highlight the infrastructure of surveillance, Paglen created a large-scale silver balloon out of a lightweight Mylar-like material and sent it into low Earth orbit (about 350 miles above the earth’s surface.) The work sounds like […]