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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20 objects for 20 years of Harry Potter

In honor of 20 years of Harry Potter, arguably my favorite books since I could read chapter books, I have scrolled through the British Museum’s extensive collections database to find magical gems. Ancient Magic What better object to begin with than a magic wand! This is an amuletic wand from the Middle Kingdom, Egypt, 2050 …

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Pre-Raphaelite Women

It seems nearly impossible to see an exhibition at Tate Britain without stumbling across yet another piece from their large Pre-Raphaelite collection. I set out to see the new exhibition, Queer British Art, 1861-1967, but amongst the late Victorian art I was startled to recognize a sketch of Medusa by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Simeon Solomon, …

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