Posts Tagged ‘art museums’

Sylvia Rivera, Mixed media on board, 5" x 5"

Pride Project #25 – Sylvia Rivera

June 30, 2016

Sylvia, like many queer kids, became homeless as a kid because her family (in this case, her grandmother who was raising her) didn’t approve of her queer identity. The queer community, especially drag queens, took her under their wing and christened her “Sylvia”. Her experiences hustling in Times Square and living at the Christopher Street […]

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Diego Rivera, Agrarian Leader Zapata, 1931

365 Days of Art: December 26 – Diego Conquers NY

December 26, 2014

December 26, 1931 New York art critic Henry McBride describes Diego Rivera as “the most talked-about man on this side of the Atlantic”. At this point, he’s installed as artist-in-residence at special studio space within MoMA, creating a total of eight “portable murals” that are exhibited for five weeks from December to January. The exhibition, […]

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365 Days of Art: December 21 – Donors Raise $68M to Keep Painting in Philly

December 21, 2014

December 21, 2006 A group of Philadelphia donors raises $68,000,000 to keep the painting The Gross Clinic by favorite son Thomas Eakins in Philadelphia. A month earlier, the painting breaks auction records (highest price for an Eakins painting, and highest price for an American portrait) when it sells jointly to the National Gallery of Art […]

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Roger Fry, by Roger Fry, 1930-1934

365 Days of Art: December 14 – Roger Fry is Born

December 15, 2014

December 14, 1866 Roger Fry, British artist and art critic, is born. He holds many roles in his lifetime, including writer, painter, member of London’s Bloomsbury group, expert on Italian Old Master paintings, inventor of the term “post-Impressionists”, and Curator of Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Artists Ann Arien and Lucy Lippard protest outside the Whitney Museum, 1970

365 Days of Art: December 12 – Artists Protest Whitney to Demand More Female Inclusion, Cornell Hosts a Party

December 12, 2014

December 12, 1970 Artists with police whistles protest at the opening of the Whitney Annual because of the few women the Whitney historically exhibits. Faith Ringgold recalls: In the fall of 1970 Poppy Johnson, Lucy Lippard and I, formed an ad hock [sic] women’s group to protest the small percentage of women in all past […]

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Dieter Roth, Literaturwurst (Literature Sausage), 1969, Ground pages of Halbzeit by Martin Walser, gelatin, lard, spices, in natural casing

365 Days of Art: December 5 – Dieter Roth Receives Award for Artist Books

December 5, 2014

December 5, 1960 Dieter Roth is awarded the William and Noma Copley Foundation Award for his artist books. He’s credited as the inventor of this genre, where the book isn’t meant to be read in the way we might read a paperback novel, but to be appreciated as a work of art. For Roth, books […]

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365 Days of Art: December 3 – MoMA Rehangs Matisse, Right-Side-Up

December 3, 2014

December 3, 1961 The Museum of Modern Art finally realizes their mistake in hanging Henri Matisse’s Le Bateau upside-down, and straightens the picture after six weeks. It takes a stockbroker/art lover that long to convince MoMA; they finally act on one of her letters.

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365 Days of Art: December 2 – MoMA Writes Back to Cornell

December 2, 2014

December 2, 1938 Miss Iris Barry of MoMA replies to Joseph Cornell’s letter of November 3: Dear Mr. Cornell: I am sorry to have kept you so long for an answer about the three films you so kindly let us examine. We should like to acquire THE PAPER DOLL (Paper White) and the untitled Eclair […]

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December 1 - AIDS ribbon-Day Without Art

365 Days of Art: December 1 – Day Without Art

December 1, 2014

December 1 has been acknowledged since 1989 as a Day Without Art, in order to remember artists who have died from AIDS. Many museums and galleries have closed, held vigils, hung walls with black, sent staff to volunteer at AIDS organizations, held special AIDS-related exhibitions, or otherwise used this as a day for mourning and […]

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365 Days of Art: November 30 – National Portrait Gallery Censors AIDS Film

November 30, 2014

November 30, 2010 The National Portrait Gallery removes a film from the first-ever gay portraiture exhibition, Hide/Seek, after receiving complaints from a Catholic organization and members of Congress. The video, created by David Wojnarowicz, features footage of ants crawling on a crucifix, and is made in the heyday of the AIDS epidemic. It is a […]

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The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1931.

365 Days of Art: November 18 – The Whitney Opens

November 18, 2014

November 18, 1931 The Whitney Museum of American Art opens on West 8th Street in New York City. It goes through a couple of iterations before becoming a museum, beginning with Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s empathy for the struggles faced by young, unknown, American artists at the turn of the century. As a sculptor herself, Whitney […]

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David Hockney, Tennis, 144 faxes, 1989.

365 Days of Art: November 10 – Frida and Diego Arrive in SF, NY Times Reports on Nazi Looting, Gorky Exhibits at the Whitney, Hockney Faxes an Artwork

November 14, 2014

November 10, 1930 Frida and Diego arrive in San Francisco, where he has mural commissions to work on. November 10, 1943 The New York Times reports “Unique Collection of Art Treasures Taken Away by Germans in Italy”, referring to the trucks carrying artwork for Goring’s birthday party. November 10, 1936 Arshile Gorky’s painting Organization is […]

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MoMA's first exhibition: Cezanne, Gauguin, Seurat, Van Gogh, 1929

365 Days of Art: November 7 – MoMA Opens

November 13, 2014

November 7, 1929 The Museum of Modern Art opens in NYC. Its first exhibition is Cezanne, Gauguin, Seurat, Van Gogh.

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Elizabeth Peyton, Michelle and Sasha Obama Listening to Barack Obama at the Democaratic National Convention August 2008, 2008

365 Days of Art: November 5 – Pollock Moves to Long Island, Obama Portrait Joins NYC Exhibition After Presidential Election

November 13, 2014

November 5, 1945 Jackson Pollock moves from New York City to Long Island, to a farmhouse in Springs. This is a shocking move at the time, since NYC is the center of the art world. The yard and barn where he keeps his studio become the backdrops for some of the most iconic Pollock moments: […]

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Monte Cassino, destroyed by Allied bombs in February 1944.

365 Days of Art: November 3 – Joseph Cornell Writes a Polite Letter, Matisse Dies, 100 Trucks Full of Confiscated Artwork Head to Germany

November 3, 2014

November 3, 1938 Joseph Cornell writes a letter to an employee named Iris Barry at MoMA’s Film Library. He’s a very polite correspondent: Dear Miss Barry, Between the increasing activity of the Film Library and an injury I sustained on my vacation a few weeks ago, it hasn’t been very convenient for me to speak […]

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