Addressing Vorticism requires facing a troubling period of political history head-on, something many historians have been reticent to do. Nevertheless, it is important to analyze the evolution and manifestation of radicalized ideas, in part so that we can be attuned to their development and ready to recognize them as they occur.
In 2019, the Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in a catastrophic fire that ultimately damaged and destroyed its upper walls, roof, and spire. Even as it burned, devastated onlookers poured in donations. Thus, it did not take long for the Cathedral's rebuild to begin.
The Parthenon Marbles and Greece’s quest for their restitution is perhaps one of the most famous instances of such a thing, with the marbles now becoming a part of two different and diametrically opposed national identities. This list presents ten other such cases, some resolved, some not, of cultural objects of dubious legality, where they came from, where they are now, and who wants them.
The caduceus, constantly mistaken for the Rod of Asclepius, has been wrongly used as a medical symbol for a little over one hundred years. Although they are often used interchangeably in contemporary settings, the two symbols have very different meanings. Could you tell them apart?
Much like ourselves, the characters in Bea Scaccia: With their Striking Features arm themselves with costumes and possessions that speak to the roles they are trying to perform, and the identities they are attempting to embody, particularly with respect to issues of class and gender.
Nujoom Al-Ghanem is, unquestionably, one of the pioneering artists of the UAE. She began her career as a poet and journalist, and she has since moved into multiple other mediums; she has published numerous collections, directed several films, and has represented the UAE at the Venice Biennale.
Ukrainian pysanky are more than beautifully decorated eggs. The folkloric tradition has lasted for centuries and its core tenets have even been linked to more widely-spread ancient practices centered on early human understanding of creation and life. Though they can now be found across the world, the pysanka and associated traditions remain deeply Ukrainian.
Of the famous ‘Big Seven’ ancient wonders, the Pyramids of Giza are the only monuments that remain extant. The others, such as the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, now only exist as foundations and scattered columns or, like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, are lost completely.
As part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s endeavor to return United States astronauts to the moon, it has asked several space-robotics companies to design lunar pods that can be used to ferry supplies like scientific instruments and gear. Two of these companies have decided to include works of art in their designs.
Maitha Abdalla’s oeuvre lives somewhere between the surreal world of dreams, the theatrical world of performance, and the very real cultural signifiers found within her daily life. Pulling imagery from the stories she grew up around, the young Emerati artist synthesizes nostalgia and social identity.