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Fay Chew Matsuda, Steward of Chinese Immigrant Legacy, Dies at 71
Obits, Today

A social worker turned preservationist, she directed the Museum of Chinese in America. “Sometimes it was literally dumpster-diving,” she said of rescuing artifacts.

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An Exhibition Tells the Story of a Drug War Leader, but Not All of It
Culture, Today

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s exhibition on Harry J. Anslinger, a founding father of American drug policy, does not delve into criticism that he used racial slurs.

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AIDS Quilts for an Artist and His Partner, Sewn During a New Pandemic
Culture, Today

Tom Rauffenbart had resolved to create a tribute to his partner, the artist David Wojnarowicz. A sewing circle of women took up the cause for both men, stitching through lockdown.

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Workers at Philadelphia Museum of Art Vote to Join Union
Culture, August 6

The election came after months of debate over whether complaints over the workplace environment at the museum could be addressed through top-down reforms, instead of collective bargaining.

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Tourist Posing With 200-Year-Old Sculpture Breaks Its Toes
Culture, August 6

An Austrian man has apologized for the damage he caused to a Canova sculpture, saying he didn’t realize he had crunched the foot of the plaster Pauline Bonaparte.

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‘Racism Is Pervasive and Systemic’ at Canada’s Museum of Human Rights, Report Says
Foreign, August 6

Even before it opened in 2014, the museum was dogged by controversy. Now, after discrimination accusations, it has been rebuked.

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What Is a Museum? A Dispute Erupts Over a New Definition
Culture, August 6

An international effort to update the definition of what museums are has been met with resignations and political intrigue.

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Hiroshima 75th Anniversary: Preserving Survivors’ Message of Peace
Foreign, August 5

Hibakusha, as they are known in Japan, were a diminished presence at a memorial event because of advancing age and the coronavirus.

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Lincoln Library Cancels Exhibition Over Racial Sensitivity Concerns
Culture, August 5

The library, in Springfield, Ill., said Black community leaders who previewed it feared parts of the traveling exhibition, created 15 years ago, were outdated and lacked context.

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Met Shrinks Staff Again, Totaling 20 Percent Cut
Culture, August 5

The Metropolitan Museum of Art told its staff that it was laying off 79 employees and announced 181 furloughs and 93 voluntary retirements.

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Chanel Miller’s Secret Source of Strength
Arts & Leisure, August 5

“Drawing was a way for me to see that I was still there,” says the author, who refuses to be defined by an assault. A new mural in San Francisco is her museum debut.

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‘Sunless Shadows’ Review: A Harsh Look at Iranian Women in Prison
Culture, August 5

Mehrdad Oskouei’s documentary brings empathy to a tough subject: women and girls convicted of murdering male family members.

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Turmoil After a Museum Deletes ‘Black Lives Matter’ From Postings
Culture, August 4

The director of the Seattle Children’s Museum faced a strike and an internal inquiry after she edited staff postings, citing fund-raising and other concerns.

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Spend Time with Shakespeare’s Family and Take a Master Class in Ballet
At Home, August 1

As August arrives, you can learn how an author conjured Elizabethan England and engage your children’s five senses in a mystery game.

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The Strange Lives of Objects in the Coronavirus Era
Arts & Leisure, August 1

The pandemic has inspired a flurry of new and novel items — and given ordinary ones new meanings.

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How Should I Respond to Overzealous Gestures of Sympathy?
T Style, July 31

“These people mire you in your sense of loss just as you are ready to discover what remains to be found,” writes one of our advice columnists.

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Why ‘Nobody Likes’ Trump
Letters, July 30

“Mr. Trump, you are unpopular because of your myriad shortcomings as a leader, and not merely because of your personality flaws,” a reader says. Also: The solace of art.

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American Museum of Natural History Announces September Reopening
Weekend, July 30

The museum said it is planning to reopen on Sept. 9, pending permission from state and city officials.

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7 Things to Do This Weekend
Weekend, July 30

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to and watch.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Announces New Grants
Culture, July 29

This round of funding, the final for the fiscal year, totals $30 million and will support 238 projects.

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La última obra de Van Gogh esconde una pista sobre sus días finales
en Español, July 29

Un investigador dice que ha descubierto la ubicación precisa donde el artista pintó “Raíces de árbol”, que se cree fue la última obra en la que trabajaba el día en que sufrió una herida mortal de bala.

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House Votes to Create a National Museum of the American Latino
Culture, July 28

Plans for a museum devoted to the history and contributions of Latinos in the United States began forming in the 2000s, but legislation had not gained traction in Congress until now.

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Hirshhorn Suspends Jon Rafman Show After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
Culture, July 28

The move follows the suspension of an exhibition of the artist’s works at a Montreal museum earlier this month after several women accused him of sexual misconduct on Instagram.

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Met Museum Acquires Two Sculptures by Wangechi Mutu
Culture, July 28

The new additions are from the series that is on display on the museum’s Fifth Avenue facade.

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A Clue to Van Gogh’s Final Days Is Found in His Last Painting
Culture, July 28

A researcher says he has uncovered the precise location where the artist painted “Tree Roots,” thought to be the last piece he worked on the day he suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

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A Clue to Van Gogh’s Final Days Is Found in His Last Painting
Culture, July 28

A researcher says he has uncovered the precise location where the artist painted “Tree Roots,” thought to be the last piece he worked on the day he suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

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‘Black Lives Matter’ Art Outside Trump Tower Is Being Vandalized
Metro, July 28

In five incidents, people have thrown paint on the bright-yellow street display on Fifth Avenue. Each time, city workers have restored the lettering.

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Penn Museum to Relocate Skull Collection of Enslaved People
Express, July 27

The Philadelphia museum, which reopens on July 28, plans to relocate parts of the collection to storage from a private classroom.

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Dive Into D.I.Y.s and a Variety of Summer Books
At Home, July 25

This week, tie-dye with veggies, listen to Michelle Obama’s new podcast and celebrate the singer and activist Mavis Staples.

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Yoshitomo Nara Paints What He Hears
T Style, July 24

Ahead of a major retrospective in Los Angeles, the Japanese artist discusses his musical education.

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A Portrait of an Artist Not to Be Underestimated
T Style, July 24

The painter Howardena Pindell discusses her 1990 work “Scapegoat.”

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8 Things to Do This Weekend
Weekend, July 23

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to, read and watch.

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Welcome to the Great Indoors: Museums Beckon in the Berkshires
Weekend, July 23

At Mass MoCA and the Clark, there are timely new exhibitions, but our critic finds as much relevance in a still life by Manet, or an Ingres drawing.

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How New York’s Jewish Museum Anticipated the Avant-Garde
T Style, July 23

A string of adventurous curators made a quasi-religious institution a leading arbiter of mid-20th-century American art.

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An Artist Who Reanimates Extinct Species
T Style, July 23

In an age of uncertainty, the mysterious, highly imaginative work of the sculptor Marguerite Humeau embodies the precariousness of contemporary life, with an eye to the distant past.

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Firing of Museum Director Stirs Debate and an Official Inquiry
Culture, July 22

The government of Quebec is reviewing the termination of Nathalie Bondil, who led the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for many years, because of a dispute over why she was let go.

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Its Top Curator Gone, SFMOMA Reviews Its Record on Race
Culture, July 22

The senior curator resigned amid anger among staff that boiled over when he used the term “reverse discrimination” — and now the museum is trying to address additional staff complaints.

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Marciano Foundation Settles Lawsuit Over Layoffs
Culture, July 22

Each of the workers who was dismissed amid the labor dispute is expected to receive about 10 weeks of pay, said a lawyer who represented them.

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Firing of Museum Director Stirs Debate and an Official Inquiry
Culture, July 22

The government of Quebec is reviewing the termination of Nathalie Bondil, who led the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for many years, because of a dispute over why she was let go.

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Museum Directors Fear Permanent Closure, an Alliance Survey Shows
Culture, July 22

The American Alliance of Museums says that the Paycheck Protection Program “has served as a lifeline for many museums” during the pandemic, but they need more.

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At Magazzino, Social Distancing Devices Vibrate. So Does the Art.
Weekend, July 22

A Hudson Valley oasis of Italian art debuts eight up-and-coming artists — and new wearable safety tech — upon its reopening.

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In a Time of Crisis, Is Art Essential?
T Style, July 20

T’s 2020 summer art issue coincides with a breakdown of the status quo, both in the art world and the real one. Not for nothing, we’ve titled it “True Believers.”

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N.Y.C. Enters Phase 4, but Restaurants and Bars Are Left Behind
Metro, July 20

As the city reaches what should have been a momentous day, a wild weekend in Astoria shows the risks that bars can pose.

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Building Accessibility Into America, Literally
Special Sections, July 20

Thirty years on, the Americans With Disabilities Act has reshaped the way designers and the public have come to think about equity, civil rights and American architecture. But it’s only a start.

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For Families of 9/11 Victims, Virus Further Slows the Pace of Justice
Washington, July 18

With proceedings at Guantánamo Bay upended, chances are growing that the 20th anniversary will pass without the trial of the men accused of plotting the attack getting underway.

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For Families of 9/11 Victims, Virus Further Slows the Pace of Justice
Washington, July 18

With proceedings at Guantánamo Bay upended, chances are growing that the 20th anniversary will pass without the trial of the men accused of plotting the attack getting underway.

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Cuomo Says N.Y.C. Museums Won’t Reopen Monday
Culture, July 17

New York City is moving to Phase 4 of its reopening plan, but indoor cultural attractions such as museums will stay shut for the time being.

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At the Hirshhorn, a Battle Over Plans for Its Sculpture Garden
Culture, July 16

The museum is going ahead with meetings on a design by the artist Hiroshi Sugimoto that preservationists say would undo key features of postwar landscape design by Lester Collins.

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7 Things to Do This Weekend
Weekend, July 16

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to and watch, and a reason to take a stroll in Lower Manhattan.

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The New Must-Have Museum Souvenir: Face Masks
Culture, July 16

As cultural institutions across Europe reopen, many are selling face coverings featuring their artworks or logos as a way of making some much-needed income.

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Complaint Faults Museum Director for Hanging His In-Law’s El Greco
Culture, July 15

A whistle-blower accusation argues that conflict-of-interest rules to prevent self-dealing have been skirted at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art to Reopen Five Days a Week in August
Culture, July 15

Three new exhibitions will be on display when the museum’s Fifth Avenue location begins welcoming visitors again on Aug. 29.

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Smithsonian Chief Says He Will Look Into Staff Complaint of Racism
Culture, July 15

Lonnie G. Bunch III, the Smithsonian’s secretary, responded to a letter of “outrage” from former staff members at the National Museum of African Art.

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The Wave of Gun Violence in N.Y.C.
Metro, July 15

Fifty-three people were shot from Friday through Monday. Officials have suggested reasons, but it’s difficult to pinpoint one root cause.

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Seeing Native Americans Nowhere, and Everywhere
Culture, July 14

As Washington’s professional football team retires a team name, a curator at the National Museum of the American Indian talks about our attachment to Native American imagery.

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Turkey’s Islamist Dream Finally Becomes a Reality
Op Ed, July 14

The Hagia Sophia has been designated as a mosque again, its status as a museum viewed for decades as a seal on the country’s spirit.

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Seeing Native Americans Nowhere, and Everywhere
Culture, July 14

As Washington’s professional football team retires a team name, a curator at the National Museum of the American Indian talks about our attachment to Native American imagery.

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This Year Will End Eventually. Document It While You Can.
Styles, July 14

Museums are working overtime to collect artifacts and ephemera from the pandemic and the racial justice movement, and they need your help.

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The Radical Quilting of Rosie Lee Tompkins
Interactive, June 26

A triumphal retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum confirms her standing as one of the great American artists — transcending craft, challenging painting and reshaping the canon.

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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?