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The Huntington Gets Hip
Culture, Yesterday

“Made in L.A.” represents an effort by the Huntington to expand its contemporary art programming and present more artists of color.

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What Should Museums Do With the Bones of the Enslaved?
Culture, Yesterday

As one museum has pledged to return skulls held in an infamous collection, others, including the Smithsonian, are reckoning with their own holdings of African-American remains.

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Looted Objects From Afghanistan Are Returned
Culture, April 19

Thirty-three antiquities were handed over to the Afghan ambassador by the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Looted Objects From Afghanistan Are Returned
Culture, April 19

Thirty-three antiquities were handed over to the Afghan ambassador by the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Asian-American Artists, Now Activists, Push Back Against Hate
Culture, April 18

Newly spurred to action to combat bias, they generate subway posters, leverage social media, stage Zoom webinars. “Our community couldn’t take being invisible any longer,” one artist says.

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On the Met’s Roof, a Wistful Fantasy We’ve Been Waiting For
Culture, April 15

“As Long as the Sun Lasts” is a winsome crowd-pleaser that turns gentle circles without ever getting anywhere.

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The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week
T Style, April 15

Yayoi Kusama at the New York Botanical Garden, ethically sourced housewares from Mali — and more.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend
Culture, April 15

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

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Donald P. Ryder, Architect of Black Heritage Sites, Dies at 94
Obits, April 14

His firm, which he formed with J. Max Bond Jr., designed public works commemorating the civil rights movement as well as the Schomburg Center in Harlem.

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The Woman Who Made van Gogh
Magazine, April 14

Neglected by art history for decades, Jo van Gogh-Bonger, the painter’s sister-in-law, is finally being recognized as the force who opened the world’s eyes to his genius.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Announces New Grants
Culture, April 14

The first round of funding for the year totals $24 million and will support 225 projects across the country.

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‘What Would I Do?’ Frank Gehry, 92, Is Too Busy to Retire
Culture, April 13

The Pritzker-winning architect is focusing on social justice projects — and can be something of a lightning rod — but he also has lighthearted pursuits.

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With a New Museum, African Workers Take Control of Their Destiny
Culture, April 13

A Dutch artist worked with former plantation employees to create a “white cube” that they hope will one day display works returned from European museums.

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Cambodians Demand Apology for Khmer Rouge Images with Smiling Faces
Foreign, April 13

An Irish artist colorized portraits of Cambodian prisoners who were tortured, starved, beaten and killed. In some cases, he doctored the images to put smiles on their faces.

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Cambodians Demand Apology for Khmer Rouge Images With Smiling Faces
Foreign, April 13

An Irish artist colorized portraits of Cambodian prisoners who were tortured, starved, beaten and killed. In some cases, he doctored the images to put smiles on their faces.

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Why Closing a Nuclear Plant Could Hurt N.Y.’s Environment
Metro, April 13

The nuclear power plant at Indian Point will close at the end of the month, but the shutdown could cause a spike in greenhouse gases.

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The Met Plans an American Fashion Extravaganza
Culture, April 12

This year’s Met Gala will be in September. The Costume Institute has announced its next big show. The subject: American style. Politics are involved.

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A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden
Culture, April 11

The Louvre inspected the “Salvator Mundi” and certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting’s owners.

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Breonna Taylor Show Points Art Museums to a Faster Track
Culture, April 11

Assembled in a mere four months, pivoting off an important national event, the Speed Museum offers a new, relevant model for aging institutions.

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Blinken highlights failures of the State Department during the Holocaust.
Washington, April 8

“We live in a time where anti-Semitism is on the rise again in America and around the world,” Mr. Blinken said.

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Possible Caravaggio Is Withdrawn From Auction; Spain Announces Export Ban
Culture, April 8

The suggested starting bid for the painting was set at around $1,800, but if it is really the work of the Baroque master, it could be worth millions.

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The Disruption of Weddings, Then and Now
Styles, April 8

During World War II and over the past year, couples learned to be resilient and flexible. A New Orleans museum keeps some memories from wartime alive.

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A Virtual Memorial for Those We’ve Lost
Smarter Living, April 6

The special project “What Loss Looks Like” presents personal artifacts belonging to those who have left us and explores what they mean to those left behind.

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Man Suspected in Museum Thefts of a Van Gogh and a Hals Is Arrested
Culture, April 6

The paintings were stolen separately in the last year from two different, smaller museums in the Netherlands.

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Gianluigi Colalucci, Who Showed Michelangelo’s True Colors, Dies at 91
Obits, April 5

The chief restorer of the Vatican Museums, he led the cleaning of the Sistine Chapel, a 14-year effort that revealed a new vision of Michelangelo’s complex work.

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Performing Arts Make a Cautious Return in New York
Culture, April 4

More than a year after the pandemic abruptly shuttered theaters and concert halls across the city, limited audiences were welcomed back inside.

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Foreign, April 3

But the made-for-TV spectacle also underlined the jarring divide between Egypt’s celebrated past and its uncertain present.

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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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Two Brothers Posed for a Portrait. One Lived to See It in the Met.
Metropolitan, April 2

Alice Neel painted two neighborhood boys in her studio in the 1960s. Fifty years later, the mystery of what happened to the picture has been solved.

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Up on the Met Roof, an Artist Is Taking Big Bird to New Heights
Arts & Leisure, April 2

Alex Da Corte, known for provocative, brightly colored installations, will showcase the beloved “Sesame Street’” character at the top of the Met this spring — but with a twist.

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It’s Time to Put Alice Neel in Her Rightful Place in the Pantheon
Weekend, April 1

A large retrospective feels at home in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s grandest galleries and should silence any doubt about the artist’s originality or her importance.

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New York Show of Philip Guston Work to Include Klan Images
Culture, March 31

The fall retrospective will include some of the pieces from the series that led to the postponement of planned Guston exhibitions at four major museums last year.

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After Reflected Fame, the Artist Karon Davis Steps Into Her Own Light
Culture, March 31

Her exhibitions in two New York-area galleries take an unflinching look at the Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale and safety in schools.

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Experiencing Museums as They Should Be: Gloriously Empty
Culture, March 31

A critic discovers the joy of visiting Covid-restricted art collections, which lets him commune with van Gogh and the gang.

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Experiencing Museums as They Should Be: Gloriously Empty
Culture, March 31

A critic discovers the joy of visiting Covid-restricted art collections, which lets him commune with van Gogh and the gang.

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Police-University Partnerships
Letters, March 30

Readers propose research to address police killings of civilians. Also: Why menthol cigarettes should be banned; The Nation magazine’s history; the Republicans’ problem; museum finances.

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The Ocean’s Youngest Monsters Are Ready for Glamour Shots
Science, March 30

Divers practicing blackwater photography are helping marine scientists gain new insights into fish larvae.

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How China Plans to Control Hong Kong’s Elections
Foreign, March 30

New rules give Chinese security bodies power to investigate all potential candidates, meaning that opposition politicians face steep odds of even being allowed to run.

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Hired by the Empress of Art at Tehran’s Hidden Museum
Culture, March 29

Donna Stein, in her score-settling memoir, reveals how she helped Farah Diba Pahlavi create a museum whose collection is valued at $3 billion today.

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Hired by the Empress of Art at Tehran’s Hidden Museum
Arts, March 29

Donna Stein, in her score-settling memoir, reveals how she helped Farah Diba Pahlavi create a museum whose collection is valued at $3 billion today.

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Looking for Crickets, and Coming Up Crickets
Culture, March 29

The choreographer Madeline Hollander’s “Flatwing,” at the Whitney, considers a genetic mutation that silences some male crickets.

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Jack Bradley, Louis Armstrong Photographer and Devotee, Dies at 87
Obits, March 29

His trove of pictures formed the foundation of a vast personal collection that is now part of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens.

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An Online Museum Shows Life During Wartime
Culture, March 28

The new Museum of American War Letters is making a range of communications from battle zones available.

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Edward Jenner Pioneered Vaccination. Will His Museum Survive a Pandemic?
Foreign, March 28

The site where Dr. Jenner first inoculated people against smallpox has struggled in the coronavirus lockdowns, one of hundreds of museums in Britain teetering amid the closures.

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A Biblical Mystery and a Reporting Odyssey
Summary, March 28

A question about pieces of a manuscript found in 1883 that may or may not be authentic led me into The Times’s archive.

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Over the Moon
Games, March 27

Olivia Mitra Framke wafts us into space.

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Winnipeg’s New Showcase and Meeting Place for Inuit Art and Artists
Foreign, March 26

A new museum for the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s leading collection of Inuit art opens on Saturday in a project shaped by Inuit.

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Leon Black to Step Down as MoMA Chairman
Culture, March 26

In the wake of protests from artists and activists over his ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, the investor agreed not to stand for re-election in June.

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‘Insult to the Country’: Hong Kong Targets Art Deemed Critical of China
Foreign, March 26

Pro-Beijing lawmakers have called for work by the dissident artist Ai Weiwei to be removed from a new museum, and accused local arts groups of undermining national security.

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Julie Mehretu’s Long Journey Home
Weekend, March 25

Wildfires, refugee camps and the Arab Spring might be her primary sources. But a retrospective at the Whitney affirms she is an abstract painter, first and always.

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7 Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained During Spring Break
Weekend, March 25

Circus classes, kite-flying workshops, escape rooms and other games to occupy your children (as if you haven’t already been doing this for a year) while school’s out.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend
Culture, March 25

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

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Daniel Wolf, 65, Dies; Helped Create a Market for Art Photography
Obits, March 24

In 1984, he quietly amassed 25,000 photos for the J. Paul Getty Museum, jump-starting collectors’ interest in the medium.

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As People Reflect on Their Bodies, Museums Turn to Artists for Answers
Culture, March 24

The pandemic has led to new contemplations of fragility, and sick or disabled artists are using new attention to imagine a more accessible art world.

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Hayden Planetarium to Reopen at Limited Capacity
Culture, March 23

With the return of the space theater at the American Museum of Natural History, New Yorkers can again add “space exploration” to their travel agenda.

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At the Guggenheim, They Heart New York and Indoor Dance
Culture, March 22

At a tentative moment in the city’s reopening, Caleb Teicher & Co. inaugurated the in-person return of Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum.

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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.