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8 Places Across the U.S. That Illuminate Black History
Travel, Yesterday

Over the years, many important African American landmarks have disappeared or fallen into disrepair. An effort to restore them promises a fuller understanding of American history as a whole.

A Brief History of Spying With Balloons
Express, February 3

A Chinese balloon seen floating over the northwestern United States this week was a reminder of how governments have used balloons for reconnaissance for more than a century.

Metal Detector Hobbyist Finds a 500-Year-Old Pendant Linked to Henry VIII
Express, February 3

Researchers say the jewelry, found in a field outside Birmingham, England, is an extraordinary piece of treasure.

Brooklyn Museum Celebrates 25 Years of First Saturdays
Culture, February 3

During that time, the museum has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors to live performances by a diverse group of artists.

The Ecstatic, Elusive Art of Ming Smith
T Style, February 3

The artist was the first Black woman photographer to have her work acquired by MoMA. Now, decades later, as she returns for a solo show, she reflects on her singular career.

Court Upholds Charges Against Ex-Louvre Chief in Art Trafficking Case
Culture, February 3

Jean-Luc Martinez, who led the museum from 2013 to 2021, is fighting charges of complicity in fraud and money laundering, part of an inquiry into the illegal sale of Egyptian artifacts.

The Fullest View of Vermeer Still Leaves Plenty to the Imagination
Arts & Leisure, February 3

A blockbuster exhibition brings together more paintings by the Dutch master than ever before. Yet he remains a mystery, despite efforts by authors, filmmakers and researchers to fill the empty space.

Mira Lehr, Artist Who Explored Nature’s Distress, Dies at 88
Obits, February 2

She helped found a gallery for women artists in Miami Beach and, influenced by an early Buckminster Fuller experiment, focused her art on ecology.

Claudia Cardinale: 6 Decades in the Movies
Culture, February 2

Ahead of a MoMA retrospective, the actress reflected on her career, which includes over 100 films and many classics of Italian cinema.

Avedon at Large
Weekend, February 2

“Richard Avedon: Murals” fills just one gallery of the Met, but “fills” is an understatement. These in-your-face, wall-engulfing portraits are a milestone in image-making.

As Energy Costs Bite, Museums Rethink a Conservation Credo
Culture, February 1

Tight climate controls have become the norm to protect artworks and artifacts. But as heating and electricity prices soar, Europe’s museums administrators are wondering whether the rules need to be so strict.

Tate Modern’s Viewing Platform Is a Nuisance, Top U.K. Court Says
Culture, February 1

For years, tourists could look from the top of London’s most popular art museum into the apartments opposite. Soon, they may be permanently stopped from doing so.

Willie Nelson, Missy Elliott and Sheryl Crow Nominated for Rock Hall
Culture, February 1

Cyndi Lauper, Joy Division, George Michael and the White Stripes are also among the first-time nominees up for induction this year.

William Agee, Leading Art Curator and Teacher, Dies at 86
Obits, January 30

His exhibitions and his writings expanded the view of American Modernism, and his decades of teaching shaped future scholars and curators.

You Don’t Go to Sun Valley to Party
Travel, January 30

The Idaho ski resort is a favorite of the rich and famous, but still maintains a down-home feel, with casual restaurants and little pampering.

Being Edward Hopper
Culture, January 30

It’s no longer enough to like our favorite artists’ works. By putting on Hopper’s fedora, Picasso’s striped shirt, Warhol’s wig or Kahlo’s colorful couture, we want to become their avatars.

Jewish Heirs Sue Guggenheim Over Ownership of a Prized Picasso
Culture, January 29

The museum says the painting’s owner, who sold it after fleeing Nazi Germany, made a “fair transaction.” His heirs say he sold under duress.

What Happened to Canada’s Cold War Relics?
Foreign, January 28

Few of the sites built to protect Canadians from a radioactive cloud of destruction have been preserved.

Fashion in the Bedroom
Special Sections, January 28

And the kitchen, and the living room…. Pieter Mulier held his Alaïa show in his apartment in Antwerp, and invited everyone in.

Alfred Leslie, Artist Who Turned Away From Abstraction, Dies at 95
Obits, January 28

“The virtual banishment of figuration and narrative from the vocabulary of so many thoughtful artists was one of the legacies of the modernists,” he said. “I never accepted this.”

Chefs and Bartenders Are Injecting New Life Into Taiwan’s Oldest City
T Style, January 27

Grilled beef tongue and black-sesame espresso martinis await in Tainan.

Young, Old and Progressive Together
Letters, January 27

Readers write about progressives of all ages. Also: A defense of Benjamin Netanyahu; a gift to the Met; college experiences; H.I.V. programs.

Mammoth Tusks in the East River? How Joe Rogan Started a ‘Bone Rush.’
Metro, January 27

After a podcast guest claimed that tons of prehistoric remains were dumped decades ago, scuba divers suited up. But the truth is as murky as the water.

36 Hours in Oslo
Interactive, January 26

The Norwegian capital is refashioning itself into a major cultural destination, with new museums, daring architecture, intriguing restaurants and myriad ways to celebrate the outdoors – even in the heart of winter.

A Curator Unbound: First She Was Fired. Then She Found Freedom
Culture, January 25

Helen Molesworth charts a new course with podcasts and a show at the International Center of Photography focusing on artists’ images of artists.

Nuance Is Difficult When It Involves Nazis, a Museum Finds
Arts, January 25

The exhibit at the Resistance Museum in Amsterdam was designed to be a more nuanced look at Dutch wartime experiences, but it has been accused of downplaying the heroism of some and the sins of others.

Nuance Is Difficult When It Involves Nazis, a Museum Finds
Culture, January 25

The exhibit at the Resistance Museum in Amsterdam was designed to be a more nuanced look at Dutch wartime experiences, but it has been accused of downplaying the heroism of some and the sins of others.

Executive Director of Museum of the Moving Image Exits After 12 Years
Weekend, January 25

Carl Goodman, who has been at the museum for 34 years in total, will next serve as the president of the Florida Holocaust Museum.

Inside a Nuclear War Bunker Built to Save Canada’s Leaders
Foreign, January 25

Amid renewed tensions with Russia, tourists are flocking to a decommissioned nuclear fallout shelter that Canada built to preserve its government during a nuclear war.

Baltimore Museum of Art Taps Its Chief Curator as Its Next Director
Culture, January 24

Asma Naeem, raised in Baltimore, will lead the city’s pre-eminent art museum as it faces unionization and equity efforts.

The Philip Guston Hoard: A Boon or Overkill?
Culture, January 23

The gift of 220 artworks from the artist’s foundation to the august Metropolitan Museum of Art seems at odds with the institution it hopes to become.

$20 Million Worth of Looted Art Returns to Italy From the U.S.
Foreign, January 23

The authorities of the two countries have worked together to round up statues, vases and bronzes, some of which had appeared in American museums.

London Museum Removes ‘Irish Giant’ Skeleton From Display
Express, January 21

The remains of Charles Byrne, a 7-foot-7 man who died in 1783, will no longer be on public view, an effort to address what one official at the Hunterian Museum called a historical wrong.

5 Things to Do This Weekend
Interactive, January 20

Selections from the Weekend section, including an overview of cast albums from 2022 Broadway productions, including "Funny Girl" with Lea Michele.

Republican Efforts to Gut the I.R.S.
Letters, January 19

Readers blame the G.O.P., but also the Internal Revenue Code. Also: China’s population; crowds at the Louvre; work clothes for Missouri politicians and nonbinary people.

The Met’s Maya Show Asks: Can Art Ever Be Innocent?
Weekend, January 19

A riveting show at the Metropolitan Museum surveys the complicated art of the ancient Maya, in which beauty and brutality are surreally entangled.

La curadora latina del Whitney que agita el mundo del arte
en Español, January 19

El paso de la puertorriqueña Marcela Guerrero por el museo es palpable: textos murales y catálogos bilingües; técnicas de mercadeo para llegar a públicos diversos; compras y exposiciones que consideran a artistas latinos.

How the Whitney’s Top Latino Curator Is Shaking Up the Art World
Culture, January 19

In her five years at the museum, Marcela Guerrero has helped broaden the scope of artists and audiences as the Hispanic population continues to grow and museums try to reflect more diverse audiences.

36 Hours in Houston
Interactive, January 19

If you have a taste for dynamism and beautiful complexities, Houston is your buffet – and eating is the town sport.

Dayanita Singh’s Hands-On Photography
Culture, January 18

The Indian artist’s physical approach to making and presenting pictures chimes with their intimate content, as the largest exhibition of her work to date shows.

A French City Appeals to Madonna for Clues About a Long-Lost Painting
Express, January 18

The painting “Diana and Endymion” disappeared from Amiens, France, more than a century ago. The city’s mayor says Madonna could hold a key to the mystery, but experts say the pop icon has nothing to do with it.

Read Your Way Through Boston
Books, January 18

Paul Theroux, the quintessential travel writer, has also enshrined his Massachusetts roots in his writing. Here are his recommendations for those who come to visit.

After 220 Years, the Fate of the Parthenon Marbles Rests in Secret Talks
Culture, January 17

The British Museum and Greece’s prime minister are getting closer to a deal on returning the so-called Elgin Marbles to Athens. But key differences remain.

All the Developers Who Want You to Want a New York Casino
Metro, January 17

Developers hoping to win one of three casino licenses in the New York City region are crafting bids heavy on amenities and less focused on gambling.

Ruth Adler Schnee, Exuberant Designer of Modernist Textiles, Dies at 99
Obits, January 15

A refugee from Nazi Germany, she was among a group of designers who elevated fabric from decoration into a medium for midcentury modern design.

As Russians Steal Ukraine’s Art, They Attack Its Identity, Too
Foreign, January 14

Russian forces have looted tens of thousands of pieces, including avant-garde oil paintings and Scythian gold. Experts say it is the biggest art heist since the Nazis in World War II, intended to strip Ukraine of its cultural heritage.

Songs That Defy the ‘Quotidian Nature of Evil’
Culture, January 13

The composer Shawn Okpebholo has created a song cycle that imagines the inner lives of fugitives from American slavery.

Turning Trash Into Poetry
Arts & Leisure, January 13

Ser Serpas, a young artist known for kinetic arrangements of discarded furniture, opens up about her expressive way of processing the used world.

Murillo, Not So Saintly: A Quiet Master Reassessed
Culture, January 12

In the 17th century, plague and famine devastated Seville. The Baroque painter turned this strife into engrossing parables of a Golden Age in decline.

Murillo, Not So Saintly: A Quiet Master Reassessed
Arts, January 12

In the 17th century, plague and famine devastated Seville. The Baroque painter turned this strife into engrossing parables of a Golden Age in decline.

Why Do Some Films Get Restored and Others Languish? A MoMA Series Holds Clues.
Arts & Leisure, January 12

History, finances and practical concerns all played a role in preserving the movies being shown at To Save and Project.

Can the Sydney Modern Change How a ‘Sporting Nation’ Sees Itself?
Culture, January 10

An extension to the Art Gallery of New South Wales brings 21st-century design to a city that has often had a love-hate relationship with future-forward art.

National Endowment for the Humanities Announces $28.1 Million in Grants
Culture, January 10

The first round of funding for the year will support 204 projects across the country.

‘She Comes Back to Where She Belongs’
Editorial, January 8

Why the return of colonial art is a powerful and necessary statement.

Looking for Elbow Room, Louvre Limits Daily Visitors to 30,000
Culture, January 6

With attendance surging back, the museum wants to offer “a moment of pleasure” — and relieve that Mona Lisa problem.

Why One World Trade Is Winning R.T.O.
Interactive, December 13

The tower, next to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, is doing something right; it's at 94 percent occupancy.

Your Thursday Briefing: Iran’s Protests Intensify
N Y T Now, October 26

Plus Myanmar gets closer to Russia and a dire climate report.

After a Covid Contraction, Museums Are Expanding Again
Special Sections, October 20

Projects all over the country include renovations and new wings as institutions continue to bet on bricks and mortar.

San Francisco’s Art Market Struggles in the Shadow of Los Angeles
Culture, August 29

Though some small galleries are opening or expanding, the mega dealers have closed shop, a blow to an area with a vibrant artistic history.

In the Mile High City, Festivals and Food Are on the Rise
Travel, August 11

Denver has regained its prepandemic vibrancy, with a plethora of new restaurants and hotels, and the return of some old favorites.

Covid. A Coma. A Stroke. José Parlá Returns From the Edge.
Culture, July 31

After a lengthy recovery, the artist comes back with the most vigorous work he’s made: “It took me a really long time to understand what had happened to me.”

Covid Memorials Offer a Place to Put Our Grief
Culture, May 5

From “anti-monuments” to ephemeral sand portraits, four art exhibitions encourage viewers to slow down and take stock of our pandemic losses.

Manhattan Springs Back to Life
Travel, May 5

Broadway enthusiasts, art aficionados and food lovers will find new offerings in and around Times Square and in neighborhoods below 42nd Street, heralding the promise of a vibrant recovery.