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


Princess X

Constantin Brancusi, 1916

When Constantin Brancusi was asked to remove his sculpture Princess X from the Salon des Indépendants in Paris—he was shocked and devastated. He felt, “like someone who’s been knocked senseless in the dark.” Brancusi's bronze had been shown in New York at Society of Independent Artists and had caused no ruckus, though the display of a urnal on a pedestal had stolen a large portion of the lime light. Read More

Random Draw

The Rosetta Stone

Ancient Egypt, 196 BCE

Ancient Egypt's written language, heiroglyphs, had been considered un-translatable in the modern era, largely because there were no bi-lingual documents that could act as a key. In July 1799, Pierre-François Bouchard, a soldier in Napoleon's army, discovered the stone in the town of Rashid (Rosetta) in the Nile Delta during an expedition to Egypt. Read More

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