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“Love is the Message, The Message is Death” by Arthur Jafa will be livestreamed for 48 hours straight this weekend

In 2016, off the heels of Donald Trump winning the US presidential election, artist Arthur Jafa debuted Love is the Message, The Message is Death, a video installation that compiles various photographs, video clips, and sounds depicting the lived Black experience in the US. Today, Jafa’s work is ever more poignant as recent events, including […]

Caroline Baumann, former director of Cooper Hewitt, calls report behind resignation a ‘sham’

For the first time since her abrupt resignation as the director of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum on February 7th, Caroline Baumann has now spoken out. In a statement released last week by Baumann’s lawyer, Luke Nikas, the former director called the investigating that led to her unexpected resignation a ‘sham.’ The statement continued, […]

Three year Smithsonian exhibition to highlight men of colour and their impact on history

In August, the Smithsonian will launch a long-term travelling exhibition highlighting African American men. Titled ‘Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.’, the exhibition will feature men of colour who are historic and contemporary icons linked to US history. The exhibition will kick off its 10-city tour at Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, an affiliate […]

Lonnie G. Bunch III: making history as the first black secretary of the Smithsonian

This week, the Smithsonian Institution (SI) ushered in a new secretary making museum history. Lonnie G. Bunch III took his position with the SI on June 16th becoming the Institution’s 14th secretary and first African American to lead the SI’s 19 museums, 21 libraries, and the National Zoo on a day-to-day basis. He also stands […]

Four exhibitions that could be affected by the US government shutdown

Over a month into the longest government shutdown in the US, countless government organizations are suffering and an estimated 800,000 government pay checks have been withheld from thousands of government employees. Now, the museum sector is about to realize a new level of pressure stemming from having to shut their doors to wait for the […]

After a devastating fire, Brazil’s National Museum seeks to continue research

After a fire in September, Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro was devastated. Priceless artefacts and ongoing research were completely lost as the massive blaze that engulfed everything. Of the 20 million items, including ‘Luzia’ – the 12,000-year-old remains of the oldest found Latin American woman – it is estimated that 92.5% of them […]