A New History of Art

Highlighting Black Artists

The United States is currently swept by demonstrations in protest of our country's long-standing institutional oppression and violent racism towards African Americans. The murder of George Floyd by white police officers triggered a call for justice for Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin and the hundreds more Black Americans killed by police every year. Read More


Classical Oceania

Floating cities and stone heads facing the sea

The traditions of Oceanic art were almost entirely centered on the supernatural, and in some places still they still are. Deities, ancestors, and spirits populate the hundreds of distinct religions that flourished in classical oceania. Gods could be large or small, and like many polytheistic cultures often mirrored the natural elements most essential to their unique geography. Read More

Random Draw

Head of Plato

Ancient Greece, 370 BCE

This head of Plato is copy after a sculpture by the Greek sculptor, Silanion. In c. 370 BCE, Silanion was commissioned by the Persian general Mithridates to create the idealized portrait for the Academy of Athens. Read More

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