1. Black History Month in the U.S. is intended to honor, as President Ford stated in his 1976 address officially designating the month, the “too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” February became the chosen month as it coincides with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Art Newspaper whets the appetite by highlighting a small selection of events and exhibitions celebrating African American history in the coming weeks.
The Art Newspaper is the journal of record for the visual arts world, covering international news and events. Based in London and New York, the English-language publication is part of a network of titles founded by Umberto Allemandi with editions in Italian, French, Russian, Chinese and Greek.
2. Are you ready for a road trip? The National Trust for Historic Preservation wrote this story a few years ago, but it’s relevant to share as we kick off Black History Month. The author reminds us that “Black history pervades the senses at historic sites across the country where exhibits, collections, buildings, and the environment illuminate the lives of celebrated figures and provoke spirited conversation and debate.”
Five Historic Places Where Legends of Black History Left Their Mark | National Trust for Historic Preservation
By Andy Grabel, Manager, Public Affairs The 3/4-mile Carver Nature Trail reflect young George Washington Carver’s enthusiasm for the outdoors. It can be found on trails and plantations, in meeting houses and modest homes. Black history pervades the senses at historic sites across the country where exhibits, collections, buildings, and the environment illuminate the lives of celebrated figures and provoke spirited conversation and debate.
3. There have been strong responses across the country regarding the U.S. executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Many cultural organizations have issued statements and positions on the order, including AAM. Hyperallergic highlights some of these responses. How is your cultural institution responding?
Following the January 27 executive order signed by President Trump that bans travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, several cultural institutions and groups have issued statements of solidarity with those immediately impacted in their community. Others, like the Getty, have emphasized the potentially severe impact on scholarly exchange, while Studio Libeskind stated that it is “actively boycotting companies that support the current administration’s policies.”
4. A new museum opened this week in Sarajevo offering insight into the unique experience of growing up in wartime. The War Childhood Museum displays personal belongings, stories and other ephemera of children who lived through war. Jasminko Halilovic, the museum’s founding director, believes it is the only museum of its kind in the world documenting the specific experience of children in conflict in this way.
“I remember that April morning when I saw a soldier parked in a tank outside my window.” So begins the story of Emina, who was aged nine and living in Sarajevo when the war broke out in 1992.
5. Let’s finish out this week with a note of museum resilience. Earlier this month Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art re-opened to visitors for the first time since it was severely damaged from a bomb attack on the nearby Cairo police directorate. “Restoration experts were able to salvage all but 19 of the 179 damaged pieces and more than 4,400 exhibits are on display, including about 400 that are being shown for the first time.” Let’s take this spirit of renewal, perseverance, and support for cultural institutions into the weekend!
CAIRO Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art, home to one of the world’s most important collections of Islamic artefacts, is welcoming visitors for the first time since it was damaged in a car bombing three years ago.
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Have a great weekend.