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Rare, Old Photos of Native American Women and Children

Paul Ratner | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts
Paul Ratner

Photographs from over a hundred years ago can open an amazing portal into the history. But photos don't tell the whole story, and so much of what happened back then is hard to stomach.

Van Gogh's Auvers: One Square Mile of Immortality

Christian Josi | Posted 04.05.2014 | Travel
Christian Josi

On the surface -- especially on generally lousy tourism websites and what have you -- Auvers doesn't seem all that special.

Artist Kerry James Marshall: Paint it Black

Louisiana Channel | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Louisiana Channel

Imagine being seen for who you really are, inhabiting space as a central figure in the narration. In this powerful interview American artist Kerry James Marshall talks about how he explores the presence and absence of the black figure in art history.

Our Liberal Arts Moment

Dan Rockmore | Posted 02.25.2014 | Education
Dan Rockmore

A society built on the rapid pace of today's technological achievements cries out for a leadership and workforce educated broadly.

7 People Who Turned This 'Worthless' College Major Into Successful Careers

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.26.2014 | College

Last week, President Obama apologized for his flippant remark about the value of an art history degree, but he was hardly the first person to question...

Why Art Is Dangerous: Making Art Is Making Trouble

Donald Preziosi | Posted 02.21.2014 | Arts
Donald Preziosi

Art's dangers are at the same time the source of its powers for positive change and social advocacy. Art advocates and invokes as much as it revokes what you imagine yourself and your worlds to be.

President Obama's Thoughtless Comment

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

The problem of high unemployment for recent college graduates has to do with systemic problems in our economy, not because they took literature classes in college instead of accounting or organic chemistry classes.

30 Artist Names You Are Probably Pronouncing Wrong

Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts

Art history is tough. Not only is it difficult to keep in check the movements (Abstract Expressionist or Minimalism?), media (wait, is that oil paint ...

Janetta Rebold Benton: Art History Alive at Pace University

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

The wonderful Janetta Rebold Benton is lecturing again at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in Lower Manhattan. In a fascinating conversation we had with her at the Met Museum, we discussed lecturing, teaching and many other topics that day.

Mallika Rao

Let's Hope Obama's Swipe At Art History Backfires

HuffingtonPost.com | Mallika Rao | Posted 01.31.2014 | Arts

It's President Obama versus the gentlest foes you can imagine. Speaking to an audience in Wisconsin on his post-State of the Union tour, the president...

Art World, Where Are All The Women?

Posted 01.30.2014 | Arts

In this lovely short video, painter and 'Girls' actress Jemima Kirke asks a question we all too often ask ourselves: Art world, where are all the wome...

The Real Story Behind The 'Monuments Men'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.29.2014 | Arts

When you think "Monuments Men," we wouldn't be surprised if the first thing that comes to mind is George Clooney looking predictably suave in a milita...

Yes, 'The Fart Battle' Is Actually A Significant Piece Of Art History (NSFW)

Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

Warning: This post involves some serious nudity in, erm, compromising positions. Today we bring you a wonderful slice of art history that's been ma...

The Monuments Men

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 03.21.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The story of the "Monuments Men" is fascinating and truly deserving of the attention it will garner through this film. Irene Rawlings calls it "the greatest treasure hunt in history."

Classic Art Has Never Been So Dirty (NSFW)

Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

We're here to let you in on a pretty widely known secret about art history: It's dirtier than you remember. Before NSFW was an acronym thrown about on...

'Degenerate Art' Once Looted By The Nazis Is Now Being Shown In Stunning Exhibition

Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

"Degenerate art" was a term applied by the National Socialist regime in Germany to artworks deemed, for whatever reason, un-German and intolerable. Mo...

The Armory Show at 100: Still a "Must See" for New Yorkers

Henry Miller | Posted 03.08.2014 | New York
Henry Miller

The New York Historical Society's blockbuster exhibition -- "The Armory Show at 100" -- runs through February 23. A major feature of the arts season l...

Last Chance for Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Paintings at the Frick Museum

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 02.18.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The fifteen paintings selected for the Frick's presentation are among the most important in the Mauritshuis's holdings.

Little-Known Facts From the World's Best Museums

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 02.16.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

We tapped the most in-the-know tour guides and experts to tease out little-known facts behind the works at the world's greatest museums

Inventor or Artist? An Interview with Tim Jenison of Tim's Vermeer

Kristin McCracken | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

Modestly successful in his lifetime, then relatively forgotten, Vermeer was rediscovered in the 19th Century. He has since become regarded as a grand master.

Interview With Shalom Tomas Neuman, Winner of Italy's Prize for Art, Giglio d'Oro 2013

Lisa Chau | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Lisa Chau

Fusionism is expansive, inclusive. There are no limits to the combinations, of disciplines and techniques one can invent. Fusionism integrates and liberates; it creates dialogue and community.

Your Favorite Paintings Come To Life In These Disturbingly Hilarious Animations (NSFW)

Posted 11.07.2013 | Arts

This strange and hilarious video comes to us courtesy of animators Doug Bayne, Ben Baker and Trudy Cooper. They took some of the world's most famous a...

10 Hyperrealistic Paintings That Will Forever Pervert Your View Of Art History (NSFW)

Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts

When Gustav Courbet painted "The Origin Of The World" in 1866, he shocked the world with his realistic depiction of a nude woman's lower half. Yet the...

An Erotic History Of Humanity (NSFW)

Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts

Contemporary artists like Jeff Koons and Sarah Lucas may have a handle on today's erotic art market, but history has had a long relationship with sexu...

Breaking the Frame: A Cinematic Immersion Into The Art and Life of Carolee Schneemann at the 51st New York Film Festival

G. Roger Denson | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

On Sunday, October 6th, 2013, at 2:30 p.m., The 51st New York Film Festival presents the New York City premiere of Breaking the Frame, a lyrical film testament of the life and art of Carolee Schneemann.