The Guerrilla Girls

Instead of a single object or quote, for Women's History Month I'm highlighting the work of the Guerrilla Girls. They are an anonymous collective of women artists who formed in the 1980s to fight sexism and racism in the art world. According to The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art: We are …

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Masquerades

I like to delve into the less visited areas of the British Museum - the out of the way spaces away from most of the tourist traffic. One day in the fall, I impulsively thought to go to the Sainsbury Galleries, rooms I hadn’t been to in ages. The majority of the British Museum’s Oceania, …

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Palimpsest

Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988) Palimpsest, 1946 Sugar lift, soft-ground etching and scorper Plate: 8 7/8 × 6 7/8 in. (22.5 × 17.5 cm) Sheet: 13 1/8 × 10 3/16 in. (33.3 × 25.9 cm) Stewart S. MacDermott Fund, 1983 Accession Number: 1983.1141.1 © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York A palimpsest is defined as: writing material …

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Object of the Month

Untitled 2 (from Note to Self) This photograph is from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in the Brooklyn Museum. It shows the artist Mary Coble's legs after a staged performance entitled Note to Self during which the first names of 438 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims of hate-crime murders were tattooed without …

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Simeon Solomon, Infamous Jewish Pre-Raphaelite — A R T L▼R K

  On the 14th of August 1905, English Pre-Raphaelite painter Simeon Solomon died in London. He is famous for his dreamy paintings with subjects which often included scenes from the Hebrew Bible and genre paintings depicting Jewish life and rituals. Infamously, in 1873, at the age of 32, his career was cut short when he …

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Making LGBTQA+ Histories Visible

Many UK museums and galleries are marking the 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality with exhibitions, events, and projects, the British Museum’s Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories created a model that could (and hopefully will) be used in the future to incorporate LGBTQA+ and other marginalized and repressed group histories into the permanent …

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Object of the Month

Museum collections are not just comprised of physical objects. This photomacrograph of the scales of a Madagascan sunset moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus) is from Wellcome Images, a database of both historical and scientific images from the Wellcome Collections and Library. This image was taken to demonstrate how the moth's iridescent wings change color without having much pigmentation …

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