LGBTQ+ Art, Literature, and Historical Ephemera Up for Auction at Swann

Posted inSponsored Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18. Swann Galleries’s LGBTQ+ Art, Material Culture & History sale is at auction on Thursday, August 18. In its fourth iteration and entering the fifth year, the sale continues to … Read more

Israeli Forces Damaged the Historical Stained-Glass Windows of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Posted inNews Videos showed snipers shattering the windows of the mosque’s Qibli prayer hall to point their rifles down at the worshippers. Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem (photo by Miriam Mezzera via Flickr) Israeli forces raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem Friday, April 15, injuring over 150 Palestinians, arresting hundreds more, … Read more

Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage Is Crumbling as Russian Forces Bomb Historical Sites

The Holy Mountains Lavra before it was damaged by a Russian airstrike on March 12 (via Wikimedia Commons) At least 53 historical sites in Ukraine have been identified as severely damaged or destroyed by Russian forces as of last week, UNESCO said. Experts at the world heritage organization are still at work confirming reports, so … Read more

“Art for Change” at the New York Historical Society –

“I wanted to hold you close/and whisper ‘everything is/going to be alright’/but did’nt./Because…/We both knew; in our hearts,/it wouldn’t.” So go the closing lines of “Shelter Ladies” by Audrey Jackson, a homeless woman. The poem is included in the show “Art for Change: The Artist & Homeless Collaborative” at the New-York Historical Society, which explores … Read more

The Sheer Vastness of Information Makes Keeping Accurate Historical Records Impossible

Judith Schalansky, An Inventory of LossesNew Directions, 2021 (image courtesy New Directions) There is the stuff of the past: objects, images, memories, places, writings, ruins, bones. And then there is what we do with it: sort it into archives, museums, libraries, websites; burn it, hide it away, share it or die with it, make a … Read more