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The Davis Museum’s statement on the immigration ban

In a comment on the current White House administration’s policies on immigration, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College has removed or covered all art in the galleries that was created by immigrants. The initiative is called Art-Less and is meant to illustrate the creative contributions made by immigrants to the US. Labels describing each piece will be left on display to underscore the impact. It runs Feb 16-21.  [Press release] davis-museum

Help stop the elimination of the NEA and NEH

Even before his inauguration, the new President announced his intention to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). While named as part of an effort to cut the federal budget, these two organizations (and the The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which he would privatize) make up only 0.02% of annual federal spending.

Various arts organization have come out denouncing this act and have proposed important ways supporters can fight against cuts:

h/t Washington Post, ARTnews, Art Forum, artnet, Hyperallergic, Inside Higher Ed, etc. You get the point.

Los Angeles Art Show: January 11-15, 2017

The LA Art Show, January 11-15, 2017, Los Angeles Convention Center West Hall

Mark your calendars for the 22nd edition of the LA Art Show: Modern | Contemporary, which will be held January 11-15, 2017 in the West Hall of the LA Convention Center. This ever-evolving art fair will feature innovative galleries, lectures, and artist performances that showcase premier Modern and Contemporary work.

NYARC Discovery: Web archives and photoarchive images at your fingertips

Displaying virtual browse feature of NYARC Discovery

NYARC Discovery is a new research tool from the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art. With a single search, you can find web archives along with books, journal articles, auction catalogs, traditional archives and a host of other materials, including nearly 200,000 catalog records and over 75,000 digital images from the Frick Art Reference Library’s Photoarchive.

If you would like to nominate a website for consideration for inclusion in one of these collections, please submit the online nominations form.

h/t Kerry Sullivan

The Museum of Lost Objects

The so-called Islamic State defacing the Lamassu in Nineveh in 2015 (image: BBC)In the ancient city of Nineveh, a statue of a winged bull survived undamaged for 2,700 years – until IS took a pneumatic drill to it last year (see above).

With hundreds of thousands of lives lost, millions of people displaced and some of the world’s most significant heritage sites destroyed, the wars in Iraq and Syria have had an enormous cost. While the historical artifacts that have been bombed, defaced and plundered can never be restored – they are very well remembered.

The Museum of Lost Objects, a 10-part story and podcast from the BBC, traces antiquities or ancient sites that have been destroyed or looted in Iraq and Syria through local histories, legends and personal stories and recreates these lost treasures and explores their significance across generations and cultures, from creation to destruction.

For additional information on digitally preserving sites and objects threatened by IS, see the Million Image Database Project.

Happy 100th Birthday, Dada!

Hugo Ball in 'cubist costume' reciting his poem 'Elefantenkarawane' at the Cabaret Voltaire, 23 June 1916. Hugo Ball/Emmy Hennings Estate, Robert-Walser Archiv, Zürich (image courtesy DADA Companion)February 2016 marks a full century since the term “Dada” was first coined at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.

via A.V. Club; for resources on Dada, visit here and here

 

PS: It’s not a very festive birthday for the Cabaret Voltaire, however, as its future is uncertain

Digital archive of vernacular art sites

What is SPACES? SPACES is a nonprofit public benefit organization created with an international focus on the study, documentation, and preservation of art environments and self-taught artistic activity. image-coupleJo Farb Hernández, Director of SPACES with Seymour Rosen, Founder of SPACES, in front of Watts Towers, 1999. Photo by Sam Hernández SPACES — Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural EnvironmentsSPACES (Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments) recently launched a digital archive of more than 1,400 vernacular and self-taught art environments around the world and continue to expand their holdings by soliciting new documentation and writing about the sites, and sharing resources and updates on the preservation and conservation of threatened vernacular art sites.

Explore the Online Collection,  the Preservation Toolbox, and the SPACES Blog with the latest on preservation efforts and exhibitions of art environments. They also continue to seek new images of any site that is not already listed or additional images of those in the archive.

 


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