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Iraq Reclaims 17,000 Looted Artifacts, Its Biggest-Ever Repatriation
Foreign, Today

The cuneiform tablets and other objects had been held by the Museum of the Bible, founded by the family that owns the Hobby Lobby craft store chain, and by Cornell University.

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As Bang on a Can Returns, a New Generation Rises
Culture, Yesterday

After months of livestreamed marathons, the new music collective was back to in-person performance with a two-day festival.

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Timothy Rub Will Step Down at Philadelphia Museum of Art
Culture, July 30

As director, he oversaw Frank Gehry’s reimagining of the historic 1928 building and dealt with an institution reeling from reports of abusive behavior on the part of museum managers.

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Guggenheim Museum Curators Move to Join a Union
Culture, July 30

The curators, as well as conservators and other staff, are looking to join a local of the United Auto Workers.

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How the Guggenheim Got Its Groove Back
Weekend, July 29

A video installation by Wu Tsang with Beverly Glenn-Copeland is part of a series of shows with a shared political charge, a taste of what can be.

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The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week
T Style, July 29

Wu Tsang’s latest installation, a restored Art Deco hotel — and more.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend
Weekend, July 29

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

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Dusty Hill, Long-Bearded Bassist for ZZ Top, Dies at 72
Obits, July 28

The band, known for its hard-charging, blues-inflected rock, was one of the biggest acts of the 1980s, selling more than 50 million albums.

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Robert Ellison, Ceramics Collector With a Giving Streak, Dies at 89
Obits, July 28

The more than 600 works he gave to the Met enriched the museum’s collection enormously.

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Poles Tussle Over an Icon of Their Past, With an Eye on the Future
Foreign, July 28

A tug of war over the legacy of the Solidarity movement has much to do with the battle over which direction the country should go today.

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Frankenthaler Foundation Energy Project Is Giving Museums $10 Million
Culture, July 28

Grants awarded to 79 U.S. visual arts institutions will finance energy-efficiency initiatives and measures for protection from wildfires and earthquakes.

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Design Museum Hopes 11th Director’s the Charm
Culture, July 27

Will turbulent times end at the Museum of Arts and Design, where a rapid turnover of executives and visions has thrown the institution into disarray?

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‘Alice Neel: People Come First’
Culture, July 27

The artist’s career-spanning survey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is about to close.

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Why Beekeeping Is Booming in New York: ‘A Hive Is a Box of Calm’
Metropolitan, July 27

It turns out the hobby is a great pandemic coping technique. But too many honeybees in the city could also pose an environmental threat.

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The Travel Industry’s Reckoning With Race and Inclusion
Travel, July 27

Tourists, particularly Black travelers, are paying close attention to how destinations and travel service providers approach diversity and equity after a year of social justice protests.

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Marking a Pandemic, One Crane at a Time
Special Sections, July 26

My son and I took on what seemed like a simple project: fold one origami crane every day during the pandemic. Together, we discovered over the year how making art helps people bear the unbearable.

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Amateur Fossil Hunters Make Rare Find in U.K. Using Google Earth
Foreign, July 24

While some indulged in baking through lockdown, a husband-and-wife team discovered an exceptionally large and well-preserved group of Jurassic starfish.

Bust of Klan Leader Removed From Tennessee State Capitol
Express, July 23

The busts of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slave trader and Confederate general, and two U.S. Navy admirals were removed on Friday and installed at the Tennessee State Museum.

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Arturo Schwarz, Refugee Who Became a Surrealism Tycoon, Dies at 97
Obits, July 23

After expulsion from Egypt left him penniless, he befriended André Breton and Marcel Duchamp and amassed an enormous collection of priceless art.

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Ed Atkins and His Mum Are Starring in a Museum Show
Weekend, July 22

His videos have made him one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation, but what really animates this British artist are the emotions that slip off the screen.

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New York’s ‘Homecoming’ to Feature a Free Concert in Every Borough
Culture, July 22

The concerts, which are to run between Aug. 16 to Aug. 21, are being organized to celebrate the city’s reopening and promote tourism.

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A Long-Awaited Museum Opens, With Agony and Ivory
Culture, July 22

Curators at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin hope an inaugural exhibition of animal-tusk artifacts shows the institution is serious about its colonial baggage.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend
Weekend, July 22

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

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The Strange Joy of Watching the Police Drop a Picasso
Magazine, July 22

The status of “art” can elevate an object into something with which we struggle to live naturally. What if we were more accepting of art’s impermanence?

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This Butterfly Was the First in North America That People Made Extinct
Science, July 21

New research suggests the iconic Xerces blue butterfly may have been its own species.

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Paintings, Projections, V.R. Starry Nights: Can We Ever Know van Gogh?
Culture, July 18

The immersive van Gogh exhibitions make a critic reflect on her encounters with his paintings and question what it means to have an intimate connection with an artist.

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As New York Reopens, It Looks for Culture to Lead the Way
Culture, July 17

The arts — Broadway, nightclubs, museums, concert halls — are coming back to life after the shutdown. Getting it right will be vital to the city’s comeback.

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The Anti-Vaccination Messages From Fox News
Letters, July 16

A reader says it can't be a good business strategy to encourage your viewers to get sick and die. Also: Aid to Haiti.

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The Louvre’s Art Sleuth Is on the Hunt for Looted Paintings
Arts & Leisure, July 16

Emmanuelle Polack is the face of the French museum’s efforts to return stolen works. But some discoveries have put her employer in an awkward situation.

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The Simplest Tool for Improving Cities Is Also Free
Op Ed, July 16

The pandemic taught us that time might be our most valuable resource for building the environments we want.

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The Pandemic Hardships of N.Y.C.’s Gig Workers
Metro, July 16

People like the ones who bring food to your door have been more likely than regular employees to confront health and financial challenges.

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Works From the Dorville Sale in the Louvre Collection
Slideshow, July 16

Drawings a museum curator bought at the Nice auction

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Art Meets Its Soundtrack Deep in ‘The Dirty South’
Weekend, July 15

A big, juicy exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts turns an embracing eye on Black artists in the American South.

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Christian Boltanski, Whose Art Installations Dazzled, Dies at 76
Obits, July 15

In often sprawling works that used old photos, discarded clothes and other found objects, he pondered loss, chance and memory.

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Maurizio Cattelan’s New Work Pays Visceral Tribute to the Pain of 9/11
Weekend, July 15

A sculpture at an exhibition in Milan provides a graphic reminder of the terror attacks. The Guggenheim Museum’s former chief curator said it may best be appreciated, for now, outside New York.

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Jeff Bezos Gives $200 Million to National Air and Space Museum
Culture, July 14

The donation will finance renovations and a new learning center at the Smithsonian museum on the National Mall.

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Reconnecting With Keith Haring’s Grace House Mural (in 13 Pieces)
Culture, July 14

Ever wonder what happened to the artist’s 85-foot stairwell, sold at auction? It’s at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver — sliced and diced and on loan from a collector.

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When Rembrandt Met an Elephant
Culture, July 14

An exhibition in Amsterdam explores the wandering life and untimely death of Hansken, an Asian elephant who became a spectacle in 17th-century Europe.

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9/11 Museum’s 20th-Anniversary Exhibitions Become Victims of Cuts
Culture, July 12

At an important vantage point in history, there will be no special shows looking back at the 2001 attacks, and critics say the museum keeps too tight a rein on the story.

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Women Who Shaped Modern Photography
Culture, July 11

Female authorship gives meaning to the images in “The New Woman Behind the Camera” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an inspired and inspiring exhibition.

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Regina King and Bradley Cooper Party for the Moth
Styles, July 9

And the Bronx Museum turns 50.

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Patricia Marroquin Norby Is Bringing a Native Perspective to the Met
Arts & Leisure, July 9

When the nation’s foremost museum got serious about the nation’s first inhabitants, they needed an Indigenous lodestar. They found one in Norby, its first curator of Native American art.

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Inside the Mayor’s Plan to Help N.Y.C.’s Schools Recover
Metro, July 9

Bill de Blasio unveiled a $635 million plan to restore the system post-lockdown and give students extra academic and mental health support.

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Tomashi Jackson Harvests Histories From the Land of Plenty
Weekend, July 8

For “The Land Claim” at the Parrish Art Museum, she digs deep into the suppressed stories of communities of color in the Hamptons.

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Using the Wisdom of Dance to Find Our Way Back to Our Bodies
Arts & Leisure, July 8

What does it mean to watch and move through space, in dance and in life? As we emerge from the pandemic, we still have a moment to hold on to all that’s slow.

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Lynn Hershman Leeson: The Artist Is Prescient
Weekend, July 8

The new media pioneer explores the technology and science shaping our lives in her solo show at the New Museum.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend
Weekend, July 8

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

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They Say Only Tourists in New York Look Up. Prove Them Wrong.
Metro, July 7

Let gorgeous ceilings, celestial views and snapshots of history catch your eye.

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Did the Nazis Force an Art Sale? The Question Lingers 88 Years Later.
Culture, July 6

The case of Curt Glaser, an art historian who sold his collection before fleeing Germany, illustrates how differently museums can respond to similar restitution claims.

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Instead of Bingo, Senior Housing Brings Opera Singers and Broadway Insiders to Residents
Real Estate, July 6

New York senior communities take advantage of the city’s cultural institutions by inviting artists and experts to their facilities.

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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.