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Brooklyn Museum Launches White Male History Month

(by Benjamin Sutton for Hyperallergic) In an effort to better reflect the changing demographics of its borough, the Brooklyn Museum is launching White Male History Month, a press release announced this morning.

Mass Surveillance Hidden in Plain Sight

Trevor Paglen, “NSA-Tapped Fiber Optic Cable Landing Site, Mastic Beach, New York, United States” (2014), C-print, 121.9 x 152.4 cm, two parts (all images courtesy Altman Siegel Gallery) SAN FRANCISCO — It’s been two centuries since Jeremy Bentham introduced the panopticon into structures of confinement and surveillance, including penitentiaries and mental institutions.

Sketches for First Mac Icons Acquired by MoMA

Susan Kare, “Sketches for Graphic User Interface Icon” (detail) (1982), ink on graph paper, on view in ‘This Is for Everyone’ at MoMA (gift of the designer, 2015, photo by the author for Hyperallergic) When Susan Kare sketched the icons for the first Macintosh computer back in the early 1980s, she only had basic black and white pixels to create a universal user language.

Whitney Museum Replacing Biennial with Program Devoted to Art Galleries

A rendering of the “Whitney Perpetual” galleries (image by Renzo Piano Building Workshop) On Wednesday the Whitney Museum of American Art announced that it will discontinue its seminal biennial exhibition, a fixture of the US art scene since 1932, and replace it with a continuous gallery-in-residence program dubbed “The Whitney Perpetual.” The new initiative will see a rotating cast of contemporary art galleries activating the museum’s fifth-floor galleries with carefully curated selections of works by their artists installed in temporary, modular alcoves.

Once More, Britain Refuses to Return the Elgin Marbles

A reclining Dionysos, from the Parthenon’s east pediment (c. 447–433 BCE) (photo via Wikimedia) In 2013, UNESCO asked the British Museum to let it mediate a deal between it and the government of Greece, which has been calling for the return of the Elgin Marbles with ever-growing fervor for the past 30 years.

The Funerals of Artists

A grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris (all photos by the author unless otherwise indicated) As a last statement, our funerals are remarkable as much for their uniformity as for their conclusion of highly personal lives.

Four Poems by Eileen Myles

Our poetry editor, Joe Pan, has selected four poems by Eileen Myles for his monthly series that brings original poetry to the screens of Hyperallergic readers.

ISIS to Exhibit Floating Pavilion of Art Destruction at Venice Biennale

ISIS’s Venice Biennale pavilion arrives in the Venetian lagoon (all images by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic) VENICE — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has announced that it will have its first-ever Venice Biennale pavilion when the international art exhibition opens next month.

India’s Death Photographers Working Amid the Cremation Flames of the Ganges

A still from ‘Death Photographers,’ a short documentary on the photographers for cremations on the Ganges (screenshot by the author via YouTube) Arriving with dance and music, draped in orange and pink flowers, the dead keep constant company in Varanasi, India, where cremations happen by the hundred each day on the Ganges River.

Mangled Cars and Sleek Architecture

John Chamberlain, “Dhuha Ditty” (1983) At first blush, the Chamberlain/Prouvé show at Gagosian’s Chelsea gallery appears to hinge solely on obvious contrasts.

A Documentarian of Creative Disruption

Still from Ondi Timoner’s “Amanda Fing Palmer On the Rocks” (all stills by the author for Hyperallergic) Ondi Timoner is the only two-time recipient of Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize for documentaries, for her films Dig!

ArtRx LA

KRIWET, “Apollovision” (1969/2005), DVD, sound, b/w, Ed. of 10, 12 min., 50 sec (via This week, there are conversations with Charles Gaines and David Adjaye, a screening of wildly successful fast food commercials, the West Coast premiere of a media arts pioneer and more.

Run from Ghosts in Real Cemeteries with Google Maps Pac-Man

Running from ghosts around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris through the Google Maps Pac-Man function (all screenshots by the author for Hyperallergic) Today is a glorious one for your idle time, as Google Maps made a function available to turn any street view into a game of Pac-Man.

Syria Has Reputedly Hidden Away 99% of Its Cultural Heritage Artifacts

The National Museum of Damascus, one of 34 museums in Syria that have had their collections stowed away (Image via Wikimedia) It’s rare to hear any positive news associated with cultural heritage and Syria these days, but Maamoun Abdulkarim, director of the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums in Syria, recently told the AFP that 99% of objects in the country’s 34 museums have been secretly hidden away to save them from looting and destruction.

Lake FX Summit + Expo, Presented by Google, Is Midwest’s Largest Free Conference for Artists and Creatives

The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has unveiled the full schedule for its inaugural Lake FX Summit + Expo, presented by Google (April 16–19).

Queering the Tom of Finland Foundation

Patrick Staff, “The Foundation” (2014), film still, commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, London; Spike Island, Bristol; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.

Crimes of the Art

Art thief Jachin Caron, caught in the act (photo courtesy Biddeford Police Department/Facebook) Crimes of the Art is a weekly survey of artless criminals’ cultural misdeeds.

Astrological Aesthetics: April 2015 Horoscopes

Albert Bierstadt, “A Rocky Mountain Sheep, Ovis, Montana” (circa 1879) (image via Wikimedia Commons) Hyperallergic’s horoscopes offer astrological advice for artists and art types, in art terms, every month.

The Mystery of the Painter of Light™

Work by Thomas Kinkade (photo by Glen Dahlman/Flickr) Thomas Kinkade was a painter of cabins, lighthouses, and improvable sunsets.

An Illustrated Guide to Arthur Danto’s ‘The End of Art’

In an obituary for the New York Times, Ken Johnson described Arthur Danto (1924–2013) as “one of the most widely read art critics of the Postmodern era.” Danto, who was both a critic and a professor of philosophy, is celebrated for his accessible and affable prose.