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Elizabeth Catlett, <em>Invisible Man</em>
Elizabeth Catlett, Invisible Man

Celebrating the novelist Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man also testifies to Catlett’s lifelong artistic commitment to the struggles of Black Americans.

Ole Worm, <em>Museum Wormianum</em>
Ole Worm, Museum Wormianum

This catalog describes a very particular kind of room: a 17th-century curiosity cabinet.

Theaster Gates, <em>In Case of Race Riot II</em>
Theaster Gates, In Case of Race Riot II

Drawing on Minimalist forms, Gates provokes active reflection on the social lives of the objects he employs.

Dedication Page (colophon), with Blanche of Castile and King Louis IX of France, Saint Louis Bible (Moralized Bible or Bible moralisée)
Dedication Page (colophon), with Blanche of Castile and King Louis IX of France, Saint Louis Bible (Moralized Bible or Bible moralisée)

This visually dazzling manuscript helped lift King Louis IX to sainthood. A dedication page shows the book’s illuminator at work.

<em>Marble statue of a kouros (New York Kouros)</em>
Marble statue of a kouros (New York Kouros)

This early Greek depiction of the idealized male form displays power and poise in his nudity and steadfast gaze.

Collection in Focus: The Morgan Beatus
Collection in Focus: The Morgan Beatus

Take a closer look at this 1000 year old Spanish illumination.

Kerry James Marshall, <em>Now And Forever</em>; Elizabeth Alexander, “American Song,” Washington National Cathedral
Kerry James Marshall, Now And Forever; Elizabeth Alexander, “American Song,” Washington National Cathedral

Kerry James Marshall and Elizabeth Alexander create words and images that fill the Washington National Cathedral with hope.

Michel-Jean Cazabon, <em>Cedar Point, Mount Tamana</em>
Michel-Jean Cazabon, Cedar Point, Mount Tamana

Made for British clientele, Cabazon crafts a picturesque vision of Trinidad’s tropical beauty.

Ziggurats in the U.S.: the reception of Assyrian architecture in New York City
Ziggurats in the U.S.: the reception of Assyrian architecture in New York City

Architects used Assyrianizing motifs strategically to help their businesses stand out in New York’s competitive urban landscape.

Freddy Rodríguez, <em>Paradise for a Tourist Brochure</em>
Freddy Rodríguez, Paradise for a Tourist Brochure

Rodríguez juxtaposes the beauty of the natural world with violent references to Rafael Trujillo's dictatorship in Paradise for a Tourist Brochure.

Celia Álvarez Muñoz, <em>Which Came First? Enlightenment #4</em>
Celia Álvarez Muñoz, Which Came First? Enlightenment #4

Which Came First? deftly introduces the viewer to Álvarez Muñoz’s recurring themes: childhood, language, religion, and gender.