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Barbara Hammer Refuses the Male Gaze in 1970s Photographs


Barbara Hammer, “Bowspirit, Hornby Island, British Columbia” (1972) (photo courtesy the artist and COMPANY, New York) Barbara Hammer is on a roll.

Whitney Museum Launches Emoji Designed by Laura Owens


Emojis designed by Laura Owens (image by the author for Hyperallergic via Apple Store) Laura Owens is known primarily for her paintings, but her sculptural work will likely soon be shared and seen by countless people with the launch of a new emoji pack.

How a Blind Professor Is Helping Other Sight-Impaired Museum Visitors Experience Art


Georgina Kleege stands in front of artist Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor’s large-scale sculpture “lullaby/lament” (2017) with her right hand immersed inside of its mouth.

Christie’s Employee and Former CIA Officer Is Accused of Betraying Informants in China


A 2014 sale at Christie’s Hong Kong auction house, where former CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee was head of security.

Developer Bulldozes Frank Lloyd Wright Building as Preservationists Rushed to Save It


The Lockridge Medical Clinic in Montana (photo by Brenda Ahearn, all courtesy the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy) The owner of a historic Frank Lloyd Wright building in Whitefish, Montana razed the structure last week, immediately after last-minute negotiations with preservationists attempting to buy it fell through.

Why Google’s Art Selfie App Doesn’t Work in Texas and Illinois

Does this artwork look like me? Um, no. Poor Sam Houston. Try with your own #selfie at https://t.co/Us5zmP830C #GoogleArts pic.twitter.com/2DASAbViRx — name cannot be blank (@barry_cleaver) January 16, 2018 Since last week, thousands of users in the US have posted images of their selfies alongside their more-or-less matching art historical doppelgängers, as identified by the Google Arts & Culture app.

How Atlanta’s High Museum Attracted a 45% Non-White Audience


Visitors enjoy the reading corner in Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan during the High’s Second Sunday program (photo by Alphonso Whitfield, courtesy the High Museum of Art, Atlanta) For several years now institutional professionals, critics, visitors and stakeholders in the museum field in the US have been talking about how to diversify museum audiences so that these audiences break with the historical trend of being white and middle class.

BRIC Presents Reenactment, Where Artists of Color Examine Historical Reenactment in Contemporary Art


Alicia Grullon, “Battle of Brooklyn (3 Re-enactors and Visitor)” (2016) BRIC is pleased to present Reenactment, on view January 18 through February 25 at BRIC House, Downtown Brooklyn’s largest contemporary art gallery.

How Fashion Has Constricted Women’s Bodies Over 250 Years


Stays, silk brocade (1750–1760) (England, museum purchase, photo courtesy the Museum at FIT) At the entrance of an exhibit at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a dress entirely made of plastic tape measures.

Two Poems by Yi Won


Carlos Cruz-Diez, “Chromosaturation” (1965/2017) at the Palm Springs Art Museum (photo by Elisa Wouk Almino/Hyperallergic) Yi Won is a leading voice in contemporary Korean avant-garde poetry, combining cunning wit and social criticism with bold formal and typographic experimentation rarely seen in Korean literary history.

Making Music Amid Anthony McCall’s Light Projections


Anthony McCall, Solid Light Films and Other Works (1971–2014), installation view Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam 2014 (photo by Hans Wilschut, courtesy Pioneer Works) Anyone who’s ever experienced one of Anthony McCall’s dynamic light works knows the incredible theatrical power with which they can imbue a space.

The Story of NYC Trash Through Art and Artifacts


Objects from the Treasures in the Trash Museum in NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future at the City Reliquary (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) From its bell jars containing Croton Aqueduct stalactites, to ephemera from the defunct Chinatown newsstand Petrella’s Point, Brooklyn’s City Reliquary is a shrine to New York artifacts that many would view as trash.

Governor Tosses Rule Radically Limiting Books in New York State Prisons


Matthew Keer’s Prisoner Reading, Singapore 1942 (image courtesy Wikipedia) Governor Andrew Cuomo has struck down a new set of rules severely restricting what types of books and other goods inmates in New York State prisons can receive.

Collaborations in Contemporary Craft Between California and Mexico


“Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985” at LACMA, installation view (image courtesy of LACMA) The exhibition Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) illustrates how stylistic design trends flowed both north and south, where they were reinterpreted and reshaped into hybrid cultural forms.

Four More Women Say Chuck Close Pressured Them to Undress


Chuck Close, “Subway Portraits” (2017), glass and ceramic mosaic, ceramic tile, at the Second Avenue–86th Street station (photo by Allison Meier/Hyperallergic) In late December 2017, allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against Chuck Close, one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary artists.

Three Weeks of Performances Honoring Minimalist Composer Julius Eastman


Julius Eastman (photo by Ron Hammond) In recent years, the late minimalist composer Julius Eastman has finally received the recognition and praise that he deserved during his short-lived, transgressive career.

Two Newly Discovered van Gogh Drawings Go on Display


Vincent van Gogh, “The Hill of Montmartre with Stone Quarry” (1886) (image courtesy Van Vlissingen Art Foundation) Specialists at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam have discovered a new drawing by Vincent van Gogh, a rare finding that has also led to the authentication of a second, similar work by the painter.

A Day of “Beautiful Artistic Chaos” Will Mark the First Anniversary of Trump’s Inauguration


A rally at the Brooklyn Museum organized by Art Action Day participant PEN America (courtesy PEN America) It may feel as though we’ve experienced a decade’s worth of political scandals since he took office, it hasn’t quite been a year since Donald Trump became president.

Google App Matching Selfies with Historical Portraits Has Mixed Results But Is 100% Viral


#myself as #Turkish according to #google A post shared by Jorge Rivas (@occhioalato) on Jan 15, 2018 at 8:52am PST Over the weekend, a new feature of the Google Arts & Culture app that matches users’ selfies with portraits from the collections of participating museums became an online sensation.

Anita Shapolsky Gallery Presents Burt Hasen: Allegories


Throughout his career Burt Hasen (1921-2007), a fantastical surrealist extraordinaire, was primarily concerned with understanding the convergence of the internal and external space that occurs haphazardly in the human psyche.


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