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PRE-COLUMBIAN ART GALLERY OPENS AND DISPLAYS ARTIFACTS FROM 900 B.C.

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Source: Southern News

In Buley Library on Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. every week, students can visit the newly added Pre-Columbian art exhibition, displaying around 100 pieces. 

Gallery Director Cort Sierpinski said what some of these Pre-Columbian art pieces are and what their importance in history is.  

“Most of these pieces came from modern-day Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Peru. These objects date as far back as 900 B.C., to the Nicoya civilization in Costa Rica, dating to around 1500 A.D. Most of them symbolize ceremonial, religious and utilitarianism,” Sierpinski said. 

Dean of Arts and Sciences Bruce Kalk said that the Pre-Columbian exhibit shows a different perspective from American History, that is not talked about enough. 

“This exhibit exemplifies what indigenous people were creating artistically without any influence from Europe, “Kalk said. 

Sierpinski explained how he had to research all these Pre-Columbian art pieces as a part of the curation process. 

Read more: https://thesouthernnews.org/2023/09/27/pre-columbian-art-gallery-opens-and-displays-artifacts-from-900-b-c/

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Israel-Hamas war impacts Venice Art Biennale

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The Venice Biennale, which runs this year from April 20 to November 24, is one of the world’s most prestigious international art shows. It is also held alongside the Documenta in the German city of Kassel.

The lagoon city will once again become the center of the international art world in the coming weeks and months. Over 800,000 art lovers made a pilgrimage to the previous Biennale held two years ago, and two-thirds came from abroad, a new record.

Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/israel-hamas-war-impacts-venice-art-biennale/a-68806799

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How a Florence art-gallery curator is defending Michelangelo’s ‘David’ from parodist slings and arrows

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Source: Market Watch

Michelangelo’s “David” has been a towering figure in Italian culture since its completion in 1504. But in the current era of the quick buck, curators worry the marble statue’s religious and political significance is being diminished by the thousands of refrigerator magnets and other souvenirs sold around Florence focusing, as often as not, on the David’s private parts.

The Galleria dell’Accademia de Firenze’s director, Cecilie Hollberg, has positioned herself as the David’s defender since her arrival at the museum in 2015, taking swift aim at those profiteering from his image, often in ways she finds “debasing.”

Read more: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-a-florence-art-gallery-curator-is-defending-michelangelos-david-from-parodist-slings-and-arrows-50356498

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Remembering Anne Bromberg, Dallas Museum of Art curator and art scholar

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Source: The Dallas Morning News

Anne Bromberg, a respected art scholar who worked at the Dallas Museum of Art as a lecturer, educator and curator for nearly six decades, died Dec. 8, 2023, at her home in Highland Park, according to her obituary.

She was 87.Bromberg was named curator emerita at the DMA in 2020 after serving as the curator of ancient and Asian art. She started at the museum in 1962 as a lecturer and became the head of the education department in 1975. In 1989, she moved into a curatorial role where she became a key player in developing the museum’s Asian holdings.

“I think Anne really opened a vista for those of us living in Dallas in those years of the ‘70s and ‘80s at the art museum with her,” said Gail Thomas, co-founder and former director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and founder and former CEO of the Trinity Trust Foundation.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/visual-arts/2024/03/27/remembering-anne-bromberg-dallas-museum-of-art-curator-and-art-scholar/

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