A self-shredding artwork, gender and art, the destruction and looting of cultural treasures. This section introduces some of today's issues in art history.
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The word “crisis” suggests a temporary problem—but destruction and loss of cultural heritage is an ongoing issue.
Corporate lobbies and board rooms are often graced with impressive art, but why?
Artist Maurizio Cattelan duct taped a banana to a wall. Why did it capture our attention, curiosity, and memes? What does it mean?
Throughout history, art has helped reveal the climate around us and highlight our fragile relationship to it.
In 2018, .004% of the US budget went to the National Endowment for the Arts.
There is a huge range of ways that gender has been understood and represented in the history of art.
Resistance isn't always visible, but when we can see it in art, what does it look like?
What are we to make of an artist who shreds his work right after selling it?
Migration is central to human experience.
Have you heard of Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentilschi? Find out why her popularity, and that of other artists, has risen dramatically since the 1970s.
The nude has been celebrated but also censored. What's wrong with seeing the unclothed human body?
Darkness at noon? There are so many stories of art these days, you’re sure to stay awake in class.