Art and Design


  1. PhotoThe University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has announced that it will open a notorious collection of 1,300 human skulls, including some from enslaved people, to repatriation claims.
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    What Should Museums Do With the Bones of the Enslaved?

    As one museum has pledged to return skulls held in an infamous collection, others, including the Smithsonian, are reckoning with their own holdings of African-American remains.


  2. PhotoMonica Majoli’s installation for the Huntington Art Museum’s “Made in L.A. 2020: a version.” Her series “Study for Blueboy,” named after an early gay magazine, focuses on centerfolds from 1976 to 1979, the halcyon years of gay liberation.
    CreditThe Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens; Joshua White

    The Huntington Gets Hip

    “Made in L.A.” represents an effort by the Huntington to expand its contemporary art programming and present more artists of color.


    1. PhotoTop, from left: Tomie Arai, ManSee Kong and Betty Yu founded the Chinatown Art Brigade to oppose gentrification of New York’s Chinatown neighborhood.
      CreditJingyu Lin for The New York Times

      Asian-American Artists, Now Activists, Push Back Against Hate

      Newly spurred to action to combat bias, they generate subway posters, leverage social media, stage Zoom webinars. “Our community couldn’t take being invisible any longer,” one artist says.


  1. PhotoThe Climate Clock now displays an estimated percentage of the world’s energy being supplied by renewable sources.
    CreditJeenah Moon for The New York Times

    The Climate Clock Now Ticks With a Tinge of Optimism

    The display in New York’s Union Square, which reports the window to address global warming, now also measures the rising use of renewable energy.


  2. PhotoPaula Cooper, who helped transform Chelsea into an art scene, at her gallery on West 21st Street.
    CreditSabrina Santiago for The New York Times

    Art of the Dealer: Paula Cooper Shores Up Her Legacy

    She opened the first gallery in SoHo and was a part of Chelsea’s initial wave. Now, at 83, the dean of ‘tough art’ will bring in new partners and start a year-round branch in Palm Beach.