Nation’s Report Card Finds Mixed Grades For U.S. Students In Visual Arts, Music

For only the third time ever, the government released today a national report card examining the knowledge, understanding and abilities of U.S. eighth-graders in visual arts and music. And in many ways, the numbers aren't great, with little progress shown in most categories since the last time the assessment was given in 2008. One bright spot: The achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white peers has narrowed. But Hispanics and African-Americans still lag far behind white and Asian eighth-graders. The findings come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NA...
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Six Designs for Trump’s Border Wall, from Solar Panels to a Mexican-American Co-Nation

by Benjamin Sutton & Claire Voon for HYPERALLERGIC, Apr 13, 2017 - Last month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) received hundreds of proposals for the wall that President Trump wants to build along the 1,989-mile border between the US and Mexico. The designs, which DHS’s Customs and Border Protection is currently evaluating, were drawn up by architecture firms, defense contractors, security companies, engineers, designers, and artists, among others. Bidders’ goals and aesthetic sensibilities vary wildly, from the brutal functionality of proposals that resemble the walls surr...
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Sculptor of Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” Demands Relocation of “Fearless Girl”

by Benjamin Sutton for HYPERALLERGIC - The creator of “Charging Bull” is charging its new neighbor with violating his rights. Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor who created and clandestinely installed the 2,000-pound bovine monument to American resilience in Manhattan’s Financial District in 1989, claims the recently installed “Fearless Girl” violates his copyright and trademark, and that it illegally commercializes his work. Through his lawyer, Norman Siegel, he is petitioning the two companies that commissioned the new sculpture from artist Kristen Visbal — financial services firm State Stree...
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For the First Time, The MET Will Display Indigenous Art in Its American Wing

For HYPERALLERGIC by Allison Meier on Apr 7, 2017 - With a major promised gift of 91 works of Native American art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will now include indigenous art in its galleries on American art. Yesterday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced a promised gift of 91 Native American artworks from collectors Charles and Valerie Diker. The donation succeeds 20 objects the Dikers have given to the museum over the past two decades. Significantly, the museum states that the art will be displayed in the American Wing, as previously indigenous works from the United States were...
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Art Movements – the week in Art news briefs

by Tiernan Morgan for HYPERALLERGIC, Mar 17, 2017 - Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world. As anticipated, President Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget calls for the complete elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH). The budget also proposes the elimination of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The College Art Association published an “Arts and Humanities Advocacy Toolkit” in response t...
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A Visit to Banksy’s New Hotel in Bethlehem

A photo essay for HYPERALLERGIC, Mar 5, 2017 - Banksy is back in the West Bank and drawing attention to the continuing struggle for Palestinian independence. BETHLEHEM, Occupied Palestinian Territories — Last Friday, Banksy’s new art venture into the Palestinian Occupied Territories was revealed to the local public and the world at large: the Walled Off Hotel. The artist already runs a Banksy Gift Shop in the city of Bethlehem, but the latest project is more ambitious and consists of nine rooms and a suite, with what is billed as “the worst view in the world.” Beginning on March 11, the Bank...
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Art Movements – a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world

For HYPERALLERGIC by Tiernan Morgan - Mar 2, 2017 - This week in art news: an Argentine curator and US resident was denied reentry into the US, anti-fascists and white nationalists clashed at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, a Klimt painting led the way in a record auction at Sotheby’s, obituaries, and much more! > For complete article, go to LINK  
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See the Original 1958 Sketches for the Peace Symbol

by Allison Meier for HYPERALLERGIC, Feb 16, 1017 - Gerald Holtom’s rarely exhibited original sketches for the peace symbol will go on view this March at the Imperial War Museum in London.  The peace symbol is so ubiquitous as a visual of protest and activism, including in the current anti-Trump administration demonstrations, that its creation by an artist in the 1950s is often overlooked. Back in 1958, British artist Gerald Holtom designed the symbol for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) on the occasion of its first major march.  This March, Holtom’s sketches for the symbol will...
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2017 El Dorado County Poetry Out Loud Finals… and the winners are?

L-R: Third Place, Alessandra Jester from Charter University Prep; First Place, Zoey Eddy from Oak Ridge High School; Second Place, Anna Salvestrin from Union Mine High School. The aim of Poetry Out Loud is to encourage the study and appreciation of great poetry. Students engaged in the program not only learn about their literary heritage but also build self-confidence through mastering public speaking skills. Now in its eleventh year of national competition, Poetry Out Loud has inspired millions of high school students to discover the beauty and brilliance of the literary canon. > For...
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