In Minnesota, Listening to Native Perspectives on Memorializing the Dakota War

Sheila Regan for HYPERALLERGIC June 15, 2017 - The outcry over Sam Durant’s sculpture at the Walker Art Center has provoked reflections on past memorials for the US–Dakota War, and how Dakota Nation voices continue to be ignored. MINNEAPOLIS — In 1990, Cheyenne and Arapaho artist Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds installed a public installation along the Mississippi River on the east side of Downtown Minneapolis called “Building Minnesota,” which recognized the Dakota men who were hung by the United States Government at the end of the US–Dakota War of 1862. Each of the white, metal signs co...
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Details of Trump Budget Released

Americans For The Arts - May 23, 2017: Today, the White House released the official details of its proposed FY2018 “skinny budget” that President Trump proposed back in March. In this latest version, the president doubles down on his recommendation to eliminate the nation’s key federal cultural agencies for the arts, humanities, museums, libraries, and public broadcasting by allocating the minimal amount “for expenses necessary to carry out their closure.”  The budget proposal also eliminates important arts education and afterschool grant programs. > For the chart & details, go to...
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In a Fight for the Soul of Milan, Artist-Occupiers Face Off Against Developers and City Council

Mike Watson  - May 5, 2017 - for HYPERALLERGIC: For the past five years, the group Macao has run a thriving, radical arts center out of a former slaughterhouse in Milan. Now the city council wants to evict them. MILAN — This city has transformed over the last 10 years, largely due to property development ahead of the international Expo of 2015, which featured over 130 national pavilions dedicated to the theme of food. The event met with widespread criticism even before it opened, not least because its curator, Germano Celant — a stalwart of the Italian art scene, responsible for the prom...
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A Searing Show Commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the 1992 LA Uprising

By Matt Tromberg for HYPERALLERGIC April 28, 2017 - Re-Imagine Justice at the Community Coalition takes a deeper look at the causes of the uprising while highlighting current issues of injustice and inequality. LOS ANGELES — A bank of TV sets flicker on and off one by one, each showing a different media clip from the early 1990s: gang members being interviewed, talking heads spewing political punditry, videos of looting and burning buildings. Then, they all turn on, showing the same footage of a man lying on a darkened stretch of road, illuminated only by headlights, surrounded by severa...
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Bipartisan Bill Would Boost NEA and NEH Budgets by $1.9 Million Each

Jillian Steinhauer for HYPERALLERGIC, May 1, 2017 - President Trump is expected to sign the legislation, which gives financial boosts to the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities through the end of the current fiscal year. An omnibus spending bill released early this morning by both houses of the US Congress includes increased funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH), as well as for the Smithsonian Institution. According to Bloomberg, President Trump is expected to sign the legislation, which would fund the federal government through Septemb...
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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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