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The Mystery of the Painting Thieves Love
Culture, Yesterday

What is it about a Frans Hals painting housed at a tiny Dutch museum that has made it so popular with thieves, who have stolen it three times since 1988?

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For Diversity Leaders in the Arts, Getting Hired Is Just the First Step
Culture, January 17

Cultural institutions are recruiting people of color to direct their transformation efforts. But bringing in one manager doesn’t mean the work is done.

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Black Music Has a New Home in Nashville
Op Ed, January 17

The National Museum of African American Music is opening in the capital of country music. And that’s exactly where it belongs.

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How to Celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday in 2021
At Home, January 16

Here are ways to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy, whether you want to commit to a day of service or learn about the history of the civil rights movement.

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The Vaccine Hurdles Older New Yorkers Face
Metro, January 15

Making an inoculation appointment has been a challenge, with crashing websites, confusing sign-up systems and a shortage of openings.

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Guggenheim Names First Black Deputy Director and Chief Curator
Weekend, January 14

Naomi Beckwith, who succeeds Nancy Spector, comes from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and will help the museum work toward a more equitable work environment.

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Call It Sign or Art, a Disputed Nick Cave Work Is Moving to Brooklyn
Culture, January 14

Anne Pasternak, the Brooklyn Museum’s director, shows solidarity with “Truth Be Told,” three words in vinyl that address racial injustice.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 9 Ways to Honor His Legacy
Weekend, January 14

Marches and parades are on pause this year. But streamed events and exhibitions are still commemorating King’s achievements.

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Smithsonian Scales Back $2 Billion Expansion Plan
Culture, January 13

The organization announced that it would abandon elements of its ambitious redesign, opting for a more modest approach.

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Black Art Matters
Weekend, January 13

At the Whitney Museum, the enduring legacy of the Kamoinge photography collective — 14 distinctive talents finally in the spotlight.

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El jardín de los placeres de Calígula, desenterrado y restaurado
en Español, January 13

Los arqueólogos han recuperado y ahora exhiben las reliquias del refugio favorito del tirano más infame de la antigua Roma.

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Blanton Museum Redesign Aims to Raise Its Profile
Culture, January 12

The $35 million initiative at the University of Texas museum, led by the firm Snohetta, features a Carmen Herrera mural commission.

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Blanton Museum Redesign Aims to Raise Its Profile
Culture, January 12

The $35 million initiative at the University of Texas museum, led by the firm Snohetta, features a Carmen Herrera mural commission.

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Caligula’s Garden of Delights, Unearthed and Restored
Science, January 12

Relics from the favorite hideaway of ancient Rome’s most infamous tyrant have been recovered and put on display by archaeologists.

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Cuomo’s Vision for 2021
Metro, January 12

The governor’s agenda focuses on curtailing the pandemic, including vaccinating New Yorkers, and easing the fiscal crisis.

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How to Pretend You’re in Tunis Tonight
Travel, January 12

The Tunisian capital beckons with white-sand beaches, the medina, cafe districts and Roman ruins that speak to its place in history. Luckily, there are ways to capture its spirit at home.

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An Online Lesson in Olive Oil
Dining, January 11

The Museum of Food and Drink in Brooklyn hosts a discussion, with experts from Tuscany and Calabria, Italy.

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What Did Museum Sign Up For: Exhibition or Investigation?
Culture, January 11

As part of an exhibition at Miami Dade College’s art museum, Forensic Architecture planned to examine the treatment of migrant children at a nearby facility. The pandemic is only one reason that never happened.

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Entrepreneurs Bet Big on Immersive Art Despite Covid-19
Culture, January 10

For-profit experiential art centers are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in a business where audiences have evaporated because of the pandemic.

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Got a Box? Make a Museum
At Home, January 9

Right now, tactile learning in school is difficult, but exploring a passion at home can fill the void.

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The Smithsonian Is Collecting Objects From the Capitol Siege
Culture, January 8

Curators are gathering posters and banners from the riot and the protests that preceded it to “help future generations remember” Jan. 6, a museum director says.

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Who Said Art Is Only for the One Percent?
Culture, January 8

Marian Goodman Gallery and MoMA are reviving interest in multiples — art produced in affordable editions for the ’60s middle-class. Now, some artists are taking up the cause.

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An Artist for the Dystopian Age
T Style, January 7

For decades, Tishan Hsu has explored the ever more salient relationship between technology and the human body.

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From the Music Hall to Ballet Royalty: A British Tale
Arts & Leisure, January 6

The history of the Royal Academy of Dance, outlined at an exhibition in London, is synonymous with the history of ballet in Britain.

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Gaze at the Night Skies and Unwind With a Yoga Class
At Home, January 3

This week, learn about the history of vaccines, explore Mammoth Hot Springs or learn to code.

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Seeing Color: A Matter of Nature, or Culture?
Weekend, December 31

An exhibition at the Museum of Natural History is the sum of all lessons on hue.

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11 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2021
Culture, December 31

Nicolas Cage hosts the history of swearing. Lorde writes a book and Julie Mehretu takes over the Whitney. This new year has to be better, right?

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5 Things to Do This New Year’s Weekend
Weekend, December 31

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually.

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National Gallery of Art Acquires 40 Works by Black Southern Artists
Weekend, December 30

The acquisition adds paintings, quilts and sculptures by more than 20 African-American artists, many of them self-taught, into the collection.

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Ulay, on His Own Terms
Culture, December 29

The performance artist, who died in March, was eclipsed by his former collaborator and lover, Marina Abramovic. But he also produced powerful work without her, as an exhibition in Amsterdam shows.

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With No Tickets to Sell, Arts Groups Appeal to Donors to Survive
Culture, December 28

Virtual cocktail parties have replaced black-tie galas as cultural institutions struggle to pay their operating costs.

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Some of Jackie O.’s Favorite Fabrics are Back on the Market
Styles, December 28

In the late 1960s, Tillett Textiles teamed up with designers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for a historically significant collaboration. Now the prints are being reissued.

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The Met Casts New Light on its Greatest Hits and History
Weekend, December 24

Goya, Caravaggio, Rubens, Velázquez and more are in skylit splendor in the European galleries. And the museum is acknowledging the shaping force on art of colonialism, slavery, the disenfranchisement of women.

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Jack Lenor Larsen, Innovative Textile Designer, Dies at 93
Obits, December 23

He blended ancient techniques and modern technology to weave fabrics that are in the collections of MoMA and the Louvre, which gave him a one-man retrospective.

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Salman Toor, a Painter at Home in Two Worlds
Weekend, December 23

A brilliant debut at the Whitney Museum by the artist — born in Pakistan and based in New York — refreshes figurative painting by using it as a means to explore identity.

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Salman Toor, a Painter at Home in Two Worlds
Arts, December 23

A brilliant debut at the Whitney Museum by the artist — born in Pakistan and based in New York — refreshes figurative painting by using it as a means to explore identity.

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A National Museum for Latinos
Op Ed, December 22

A monument highlighting our contributions may finally become reality.

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Uncovering Lost Black History, Stone by Stone
Culture, December 22

Sourland Mountain, a once-isolated region in New Jersey, has long inspired tall tales. Two local women turned “history detectives” have been trying to recover its true story.

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‘Take Beautiful Pictures of Our People’
Arts & Leisure, December 22

Born in 1960s Harlem, the Kamoinge collective was influential in Black photography but ignored by the mainstream until recently. This exhibition should change that.

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Congress Approves New Museums Honoring Women and Latinos
Culture, December 21

Long-sought Smithsonian museums dedicated to the contributions of these two groups made it into the $2.3-trillion year-end spending bill. A vote passed in the Senate and the House.

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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.

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What Will Become of a Tycoon’s Art Gems?
Culture, December 20

It’s the art world’s new guessing game: Will Sheldon Solow’s paintings and sculptures, conservatively valued at $500 million, be heading to a private museum or to auction?

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.