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  • How Somalis Use Theatre to Rebuild Culturally

    by Farah M. Omer

    Modern Somali theatre rose to prominence in the 1960s, the period following the independence and the subsequent unification of Somaliland and Somalia. By the 1970s, there were multiple shows a night in any given city and the average Somali adult was considered a regular theatre goer regardless of socioeconomic status.



  • Nell Irvin Painter Featured in Boston Review

    After retiring from Princeton, celebrated historian Nell Irvin Painter decided to go to art school. In this interview with Walter Johnson, she discusses what it’s like to be an old student, and how art lets her tell truths about history that she couldn’t as an academic.



  • The Untold Queer History of California

    by Bryony White

    Vital indigenous perspectives are highlighted in an exhibition of art and activism at the Oakland Museum, which spans the state’s colonial past to the present.



  • The Photographer Who Captured 20th-Century Queer Life

    by Hannah Giorgis

    Joan E. Biren’s images from the ’70s and ’80s—which appear in the new exhibit “Art After Stonewall”—reflect an effort to document and encourage lesbian love.



  • The 15 Biggest Art Historical Discoveries of 2018

    From cave paintings to Caravaggio, our understanding of the art of the past—and its relationship to the present—became much more nuanced thanks to the dramatic discoveries of 2018.



  • The British Museum’s “Looting” Problem

    by Josephine Livingstone

    The venerable museum has "given back" some stolen Iraqi antiquities, but that does not mean it's ready to atone for its colonial-era sins.