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You’d expect that the suit used to protect Neil Armstrong from the harsh atmosphere of the moon would endure a little wear and tear. But it may surprise you that nearly 30 years in a display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) has also taken its toll on this iconic piece of American history.

Iowa-based artist Jim Shrosbree is one of 25 visual artists from the United States and Canada awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship this April, for the Guggenheim Foundation’s 95th competition. This rigorous, highly competitive annual competition awards grant money to exceptional scholars, artists and writers. 168 recipients were selected from almost 3,000 applicants. Fellows are considered the crème de la crème of their field. Influenced by Catholicism and Eastern Indian philosophy, Shrosbree’s work has an elemental, mysterious quality.

Roosegaarde is widely regarded as one of the decade’s most important contemporary artists. Known for his large scale sculptures and installations in urban environments that blur the lines between technology, art, and environmentalism, Roosegaarde was named Dutch Artist of the Year.
A pair of exhibitions–Art after Stonewall at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall at the Brooklyn Museum–mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Separately they manage just that balancing act. Together, they connect the past and present in striking ways, while pointing to a future in which the spirit established that night on Christopher Street will continue to move with the times.
Leading Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on May 14 is a rare masterpiece from Claude Monet’s Haystacks series. Meules (French for ‘stacks’) from 1890 is one of 25 canvasses the artist painted on the subject.
A team of Russian underwater explorers may have stumbled upon a cache of lost artworks worth millions.
In this summer’s sweeping fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, a notoriously difficult to pin-down concept is on display. Camp: Notes on Fashion, on view through September 8, is an exuberant, colorful exhibition that simultaneously addresses and artfully dodges the question, “What is ‘Camp’?”
This time his discovery was an auctioneer’s fantasy–Judith and Holofernes (1607), a lost masterpiece by Caravaggio found in 2014.
Call it a testament to his genius, but Leonardo da Vinci has an incredible knack for staying in the headlines for someone 500 years deceased. Last week marked the 500th anniversary of his death, and while exhibitions around the world are celebrating his life and works, controversial discoveries are popping up at an incredible rate.
This fall, Blenheim Palace, an estate and museum outside of Oxford, England, will offer a unique interactive art experience. As part of a Maurizio Cattelan solo exhibition opening September 12, America, a fully functioning solid 18-Karat gold toilet, will be installed and available for use.