Category Archives: Contemporary Art

A Violin and the Mechanisms of Peace and Reconciliation

A violin constructed by Giuseppe Guarneri, an eighteenth-century violin maker from Cremona known as del Gesù (of Jesus), has become the center of a controversy over the legacies of Nazi coercion and looting of artworks belonging to Jewish victims of … Continue reading

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Massacre of Journalists at Charlie Hebdo in Paris

Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical publication in Paris, was attacked by terrorists this morning. Two gunmen reportedly entered the offices of Charlie Hebdo and opened fire, killing ten people and wounding more. The gunmen then exited the building and opened … Continue reading

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Art Museum Summer Internships and Fellowships

Summer 2014 Internships Internships and fellowships at the MFAH are defined by the supervisors to meet the challenges of ongoing and/or time-sensitive projects. For example, in the curatorial department, an intern or fellow may engage in research about artists and … Continue reading

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French Art History in Chicago

Chicago has become a real center for French art history. Chicago-based art historians have made a mark with their research on French art and culture. Rebecca Zorach, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago, has become one … Continue reading

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Joan Miró Exhibit at the National Gallery

A new exhibition on Joan Miró, entitled “Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape,” has opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. I have not yet been able to see this exhibit, but having just visited the Fundació … Continue reading

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Controversial Steve Reich WTC Album Cover

A new album of composer Steve Reich’s music, performed by the Kronos Quartet, is stirring controversy. The album cover uses an iconic September 11 photo of the second plane just before it crashes into the World Trade Center. Reich’s composition, … Continue reading

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Art Attacked in Avignon

Artist and photographer Andres Serrano’s famous photographic work, Immersion Piss Christ (1987), was attacked today in Avignon.  This photograph created a major controversy in the United States over its perceived criticism of Catholicism and ignited a  debate over the public … Continue reading

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