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Cambodia Says the Met Museum Has Dozens of Its Looted Antiquities
Arts, Today

The country’s culture minister cites new evidence, including the account of a reformed looter, to assert that numerous artifacts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art were stolen from ancient sites.

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High Above the Newsroom, a History of The Times
Times Insider, October 22

The newly opened Museum at The Times, on the 15th floor of the Times Building in New York, is filled with curios and artifacts that date back 170 years.

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Art Institute of Chicago Ends a Docent Program, and Sets Off a Backlash
Arts, October 21

The museum’s decision to replace its program for volunteer educators with one that “responds to issues of class and income equity” has drawn criticism.

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The Many Styles of Emma Amos, and Her Drive to Get Free
Arts, October 21

The artist, who died last year, used collage and fabric to break out of painting’s confines. Now her works are on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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A Tour of Italy, and a Century of Stunning Cars
Business, October 21

There’s more to see than Ferrari and Lamborghini, and three museums in the country’s automotive heartland offer a deeper look.

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An East Village Boutique Where the Avant-Garde Gathered
Style, October 21

Knobkerry was a shop and gallery where Ornette Coleman hung out and Janis Joplin shopped. It is the subject of a new book and related exhibition.

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Capturing the Magic of Movies
Arts, October 20

The long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures recognizes many of those who worked behind the scenes and comes to terms with Hollywood’s past.

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A Eureka Moment, Recreated in Film
Arts, October 20

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is using modern technology to stir appreciation for ancient artistry — including an Athenian potter’s transformative “discovery” of red.

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On a Once-Hidden Estate, a Sculpture Show With Deep Emotional Resonance
Arts, October 20

Inspired by photos of dancers, 29 works by Kristine Mays celebrate the enslaved people who once toiled on such properties.

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Despite Covid Challenges, Some Artist Residencies Are Thriving
Arts, October 20

From Iceland to Arkansas, residency programs have found creative ways to reinvent themselves.

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A Witch’s Brew of an Exhibit Enters the Modern Age in Salem
Arts, October 20

The “Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming” exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum draws parallels between the country’s most infamous example of mass hysteria and current culture.

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Photography That Focuses on Those Who Are Often Not Seen
Arts, October 19

From New York to Los Angeles, Black, L.G.B.T.Q., Native American and women artists are exhibiting works that highlight their communities and personal perspectives.

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Climate Exhibitions Look Beyond Declarations of Calamity
Arts, October 19

Museums are less interested in adding to the terror than furthering the connection to the planet.

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Revisiting the Great Chicago Fire of 1871
Arts, October 19

Among the surprises in a new exhibition at the Chicago History Museum: streets paved with wood, an unusual heat wave and exoneration for Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.

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A New Showcase for the Story of Jews in the South
Arts, October 19

With thousands of artifacts, a New Orleans museum tells of a different immigrant experience, far from the cities of the North.

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What a Museum Wants to Be in the 21st Century
Arts, October 19

The Denver Art Museum, responsive, interactive and fashion-conscious, transforms its headquarters into the institution that current-day curators dream of.

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Gillian Wearing Has Turned Masks Into an Art Form
Arts, October 19

The Guggenheim will show the work of the conceptual artist who probes questions of identity.

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‘Fighting for Change’: Life as a Black Artist
Arts, October 19

The work and struggle by Jamel Robinson and other artists is part of the “African American Art in the 20th Century” exhibition at the Hudson River Museum.

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A ‘Holy Grail’ of American Folk Art, Hiding in Plain Sight
Arts, October 18

A collector’s keen eye — and willingness to knock on a stranger’s door — led to the rediscovery of a sculpture by a renowned stone carver, William Edmondson.

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Elizabeth Diller Is Retelling Edmund de Waal’s Story — and Her Own
Arts, October 17

Designing a show at the Jewish Museum in New York has illuminated corners of hidden history in her life, the architect says. “Edmund dug into his past. I didn’t. I couldn’t bear it.”

The Sunday Read: ‘Laurie Anderson Has a Message for Us Humans’
The Daily, October 17

For half a century, she has taken the things we know best — our bodies, our rituals, our nation — and shown us how strange they really are.

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Haile Gerima Is Having a Hollywood Moment. It’s Left Him Conflicted.
Movies, October 15

The director, an eminence of American and African indie cinema, is being recognized by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and Netflix. But he has long rejected the industry.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend
Interactive, October 15

Selections from the current Weekend section, including a review of “Succession.”

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Getting a Grip on Unreality
Arts, October 14

These 10 standout artists — from Colombia to Egypt to Japan — redrew the map of Surrealism, the 20th century’s most provocative art movement. They and dozens more are reunited at the Metropolitan Museum.

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British Museums Face Covid’s Long-Term Effects
Arts, October 14

Months of closures during the pandemic have caused financial havoc for art venues, and many expect to be strapped for years. At the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the virus’s impact is clear.

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Mickalene Thomas Is Reinventing Nudes
Magazine, October 13

The artist’s approach to the Black female form is rich with pleasure, but also looks beyond it.

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Julie Mehretu Becomes Third Artist Ever to Join Whitney Board
Arts, October 12

Mehretu is one of seven new trustees who have been added over the past year and the third artist in the board’s history, after Chuck Close and Fred Wilson.

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Underground Museum Looks to Philadelphia Curator
Arts, October 11

Meg Onli will join the Los Angeles museum as director and curator, co-leading with Cristina Pacheco. Onli’s priority: spending time in Arlington Heights.

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Peter C. Bunnell, 83, Dies; Brought Academic Rigor to History of Photography
Arts, October 8

As a curator at MoMA and then a professor at Princeton, he pushed museums and art historians to take photography seriously.

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U.S. Holocaust Museums Are Updating Content and Context
Arts, October 8

Many organizations are now trying to reach wider and younger audiences, and to tackle topics beyond the Holocaust.

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‘Greater New York,’ a Show of the Moment, Dwells in the Radical Past
Arts, October 7

In the wake of an election, pandemic, protest movement, extreme climate and rising debt ceilings, MoMA PS1 comes back with a cautious display of art.

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Looking Close at the Fragile Beauty of Chinese Painting
Arts, October 7

Some 60 celebrated landscapes are part of a rehang at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Don’t pass them by: They are demanding to the eye and mind alike.

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A Big Hollywood Premiere That Was a Long Time Coming
Movies, October 6

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures was over budget and years behind schedule, and some feared it would be a flop. Its new director, Bill Kramer, helped get it back on track.

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Guggenheim Gets New Chairman, and Second Ever Black Female Trustee
Arts, October 4

‭The museum’s board will be led by the financier J. Tomilson Hill and joined by the poet Claudia Rankine.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Awards Covid Relief Grants
Arts, October 4

The American Rescue Plan Act, with its $87.8 million in funding, will support projects at nearly 300 cultural and educational institutions in the country.

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The Academy Museum Finds Good Intentions in Messy Film History
Movies, September 30

While the cinematic objects on display fascinate, the much-delayed institution opens with an emphasis on diversity and pluralism, not past and present sins.

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With Big, Bold Art, Sarah Cain Redefines Seriousness in Painting
Arts, September 30

The Los Angeles artist, with her crazy titles and caustic colors, offers “a really provocative combination of pleasure and politics,” says one museum curator.

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In ‘Afterlives,’ About Looted Art, Why Are the Victims an Afterthought?
Arts, September 30

The subject is one of the gravest topics in art history. I came for the lost stories of Jewish collectors. Where were they?

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French and Russian Art on a ‘War and Peace’ Scale
Arts, September 30

The Russian Revolution split the Morozov collection, but a colossal diplomatic effort has brought it back together in Paris. This exhibition is legitimately historic.

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Yale Says Its Vinland Map, Once Called a Medieval Treasure, Is Fake
U.S., September 30

For decades, researchers at Yale and elsewhere have questioned the authenticity of a map that seemed to reflect Viking travels to North America. The school now says the case is closed.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend
Arts, September 30

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually and in person in New York City.

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Thierry Mugler Returns to Paris With ‘Couturissime’
Style, September 30

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is the latest stop for an exhibition of more than 150 of the designer’s eye-popping creations.

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Met Museum to Return Ancient Sculpture to Nepal
Arts, September 29

Three years after returning two stone sculptures, the museum has decided to give back another artwork to Nepal, this one thought to have been stolen from a temple in the Kathmandu Valley.

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Obama Breaks Ground on Presidential Center in Chicago After Lengthy Discord
U.S., September 28

The project has been bogged down by legal challenges and a federal review. Barack Obama’s presidential papers won’t actually be housed there — they’ll be digitized, another point of contention.

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Bringing a Deathly Michelangelo Sculpture Back to Life
Arts, September 27

The restoration of a statue the artist created for his own tomb shines light on the psychology of the aging Renaissance master.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend
Interactive, September 24

Broadway is back and so too are the Tony Awards. Here’s more on the ceremony and other recommendations for the weekend.

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Remembering the Man Behind ‘I ❤️ NY’
Interactive, June 25

The graphic designer Milton Glaser died one year ago on Saturday.

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The Story of Modern Art and Design, Housed in a Suburban Detroit Basement
Interactive, June 17

The storage facility of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, in the unlikely enclave of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is a treasure trove of iconic objects.

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How to Buy a Work of Art
Interactive, June 14

With the help of gallery owners, patrons, collectors and artists, T explores some of the complications behind an obvious question.

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‘Lost’ Brontë Library Goes on View in New York
Interactive, June 4

Sotheby’s announced last month that it would auction a “lost library” of English literature, including a rare cache of Brontë material. Take a look at some of the rarities.

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How Tina Turner Reclaimed Her Voice
Interactive, May 13

Here's why the rock star has been on our minds.

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The Strange New Life of Vaccine Sites
Interactive, May 11

How a crisis can help us rethink space and reimagine the future.

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What a Tiny Masterpiece Reveals About Power and Beauty
Interactive, April 2

Crosscurrents of religion and culture shaped this stunningly detailed portrait of the 17th-century Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal.

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What’s in Our Queue? 'Engrenages' and More
Interactive, February 18

I’m The Times’s dance editor. Here are five things I’ve been watching and reading lately.

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What’s in Our Queue? ‘Best Rhymers of All Time’
Interactive, January 21

I'm a deputy editor and an art director on the Culture desk at The Times. Here are five things I've been telling friends about lately.

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Take a Walking Tour of New York
Interactive, December 21

Months ago, our architecture critic invited a few people to suggest modest strolls around places meaningful to them. Here’s where they went.

Chinatown: Time Travel Through a New York Gem
Interactive, December 2

Wander down Doyers Street and then discover the monuments, parks and restaurants that have shaped the neighborhood for 150 years.

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The Myth of North America, in One Painting
Interactive, November 25

How Benjamin West remade a bloody battle as a founding romance.

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Taking Lessons From a Bloody Masterpiece
Interactive, May 28

I’ve become obsessed with Thomas Eakins’s “The Gross Clinic.” Let me show you why.

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Visiting the Museum in My Mind
Interactive, May 15

A consideration of artworks that ask the question: What world will we find on the other side of this?

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A Polish Museum Turns to the Right, and Artists Turn Away
Weekend, January 8

A new director wants to reshape a leading Warsaw art space to show conservative works and challenge left-wing positions.

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New Art Museum Adds to Sarasota’s Cultural Heritage
Travel, January 2

Residents, staff and donors hope the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College will provide a cross section of contemporary art as layered as Sarasota itself.

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Marciano Art Foundation Is Accused of Unfair Labor Practices
Culture, November 8

Employees were laid off after moving to unionize. Now a union is filing a charge at the National Labor Relations Board.

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244-Year-Old Rifle Stolen Decades Ago Is Returned to Museum
Express, November 1

The Johann Christian Oerter rifle, taken from Valley Forge State Park in 1971, will go on display at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

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A Dutch Golden Age? That’s Only Half the Story
Arts & Leisure, October 25

Museums in the Netherlands are ditching historical terms and names, and updating their collections as they grapple with the legacy of slavery and colonialism.

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Art by the Numbers
Special Sections, October 23

At the National Museum of Mathematics, origami helps bridge the gap between art and math and finds the beauty in both.

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The Met’s Next Big Fashion Show Comes From One Little-Known Woman
Culture, July 23

Sandy Schreier is the most important American collector of couture you’ve never heard of.

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He Was Looking for Opals. Instead He Found a New Dinosaur Species.
Foreign, June 4

Scientists reported the discovery in Australia of a plant-eating species, 35 years after a miner brought fossils to a museum in Sydney.

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Why an Alice Neel Painting Is Stuck in This Artist’s Psyche
T Style, May 28

The painter Jordan Casteel discusses her favorite artwork and the affinity she feels for its creator.

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This Tiny Museum Fits Inside an Elevator Shaft
Metro, April 21

Mmuseumm (yes, the spelling is unusual) displays collections of small objects in a very small space. Its curator says they tell important stories.

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Jayne Wrightsman, Arts Benefactor and Doyenne of High Society, Dies at 99
Obits, April 20

Mrs. Wrightsman, who had no formal training, became a connoisseur of 18th-century French art and a significant donor to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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What Andrew Bolton Can’t Travel Without
Travel, April 20

The curator oversees the fashion exhibits that influence the annual Met Gala. He often travels internationally for research, and always carries a Moleskine notebook to jot down ideas.

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A Cult Favorite Enters the Art Canon
Weekend, April 18

Giovanni Battista Moroni, long overlooked, is the new Renaissance face at the Frick Collection.

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An Empire of Bamboo in the Home of Collectors
Weekend, April 17

Diane and Arthur Abbey have around Japanese 300 baskets, a selection of which coexist peacefully with work by Calder, de Kooning and Joseph Cornell.

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It Can Happen Again: Museums Are at Risk, Too
Letters, April 16

The American Alliance of Museums says that after the Notre-Dame fire, donors may want to consider support for museum infrastructure.

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Noguchi Museum Will Open Sculptor’s Studio to Public After Restoration
Culture, April 16

A two-phase project is expected to begin in January 2020. When it’s complete, visitors will have access to Isamu Noguchi’s studio at an expanded campus.

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Citi Bike’s Electric Bikes Are Fast. But Are They Dangerous?
Metro, April 16

Tuesday: Citi Bike removed 1,000 pedal-assist bikes after riders reported accidents.

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Natural History Museum Will Not Host Gala for Brazil’s President
Culture, April 15

The museum said that it was “deeply concerned” about renting the space for an event to honor someone whose environmental policies had been widely criticized.

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A Swirl of Spring for the Table
Dining, April 15

These enamel bowls from Turkey add a pop of color to your meal.

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Inside New York City’s Majestic First Subway Station
Metro, April 15

Monday: Shuttered in 1945, the station has remained largely off limits to the public and has been all but lost to generations of subway riders.

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Yale Museum of British Art Chooses Dia Curator as Its Director
Culture, April 10

Courtney J. Martin will direct the Yale Center for British Art, the museum and research institution housed in a renowned Louis Kahn building.

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Stripping Away Lies to Expose a Painter’s Nazi Past
Culture, April 10

A new exhibition of the German painter Emil Nolde shows that rather than being a victim of Hitler’s regime, he was an enthusiastic supporter.

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‘As Native Americans, We Are in a Constant State of Mourning’
Op Ed, April 4

The return of ancestors and artifacts can become a form of restorative justice.

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Offensive Exhibits, Explained
Letters, April 4

A reader praises a solution offered by the American Museum of Natural History.

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Vietnam, Through the Eyes of Artists
Weekend, April 4

The war and its human toll had a profound impact on artists addressing the turbulent times. The personal and political meet in a poignant show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Art at the Shed. Rock at the Museum.
Styles, April 3

High culture comes to Hudson Yards, while pop music takes over the Met.

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American Folk Art Museum Leader Is Stepping Down
Culture, April 3

Stacy C. Hollander, deputy director for curatorial affairs, chief curator and director of exhibitions, is leaving at the end of June, the museum said.

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Investigators Recover Jewels Taken From Rome’s Etruscan Museum
Foreign, April 2

Italy’s police art theft squad has recovered two dozen precious jewels. But investigators still wonder who was behind the audacious theft.

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Rediscovering the Confederate Flag of Truce
Culture, April 1

Sonya Clark, a social practice artist, unfurls a handmade version of a Confederate truce flag and asks, ‘What if …”

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Romeo, Meet Juliet. Now Go Save Your Species.
Science, April 1

The Sehuencas water frogs in a Bolivian aquarium hit it off, but Romeo might need a little more practice before they succeed in reproducing.

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This Tarantula Became a Scientific Celebrity. Was It Poached From the Wild?
Science, April 1

Controversy over a new spider species has resurrected thorny ethical questions about scientists and their specimens.

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Waking Up to History
Op Ed, April 1

At new museums, the past is finally becoming more than the story of men and wars.

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The Week in Arts: Martha Graham, ‘Ink’ and More
Arts & Leisure, March 30

A dance company celebrates the 19th amendment and a play about Rupert Murdoch hits Broadway.

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Lincoln Kirstein: A Modern Tastemaker With Some Iffy Taste
Weekend, March 28

An art critic and dance critic talk about two Kirstein shows — and how his protean diversity left its mark on the arts, most productively on ballet.

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Qatar National Museum Tells a Country’s Story at Every Turn
Culture, March 28

The building designed by the architect Jean Nouvel has been praised worldwide, but its focus is first and foremost a local one, the museum’s chairwoman said.

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Hammer Museum Auction at Sotheby’s Will Benefit Artist Fund
Culture, March 28

Some 35 contemporary artists are donating pieces to the auction, which will take place in New York in May.

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Offbeat History, Off the Beaten Path
Special Sections, March 12

From Poe’s tiny cottage to a museum about a historic black community, New York City’s boroughs are full of hidden treasures.

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Making Public Art a Contender
Special Sections, March 12

Raising the profile of public art at Madison Square Park, Brooke Kamin Rapaport will now bring it to the United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

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Turgenev Dissed Russia but Is Still Lionized as Literary Star by Touchy Kremlin
Foreign, March 11

The Russian government celebrates the writer Ivan Turgenev even though it scorns many of his negative views of his homeland and his embrace of Western, liberal values.

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Clean House to Survive? Museums Confront Their Crowded Basements
Interactive, March 10

With storage spaces filled with works that may never be shown, some museums are rethinking the way they collect art, and at least one is ranking what it owns.

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‘Jean-Michel Basquiat’ at the Brant Shows His Bifurcated Life
Culture, March 5

A fitting shrine for Basquiat: A trophy art museum shows off a painter who felt he had been commodified.