Traveling exhibition of South African beadwork opens at Springfield Art Museum

The Springfield Art Museum welcomed Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence. This traveling exhibition presents a spectacular overview of a new form of bead art, the ndwango (“cloth”), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The plain black fabric that serves as a foundation for the Ubuhle women’s exquisite beadwork is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts that many of them wore growing up. By stretching this textile like a canvas, the artists use colored Czech glass beads to transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form of remarkable visual depth. Using skills handed down through generations and working in their own unique style “directly from the soul” (in the words of artist Ntombephi Ntobela), the women create abstract,

University Archives’ to offer items signed by Albert Einstein, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson and others

A letter typed in English and signed by Albert Einstein in which he talks about his theory of universal gravitation, a document signed in 1776 by John Hancock having to do with taxation without representation, and a letter written and signed by Thomas Jefferson six weeks before his death are expected top lots in University Archives’ online auction, August 28th. The auction will begin at 10:30 am Eastern time. Live bidding has already been posted online and bidding is available via, and The auction is packed with sensational historical documents, autographs and books, including a large science collection – 255 lots in all. Folks can visit the website, at “This scintillating sale includes a science grouping that’s sure to attract collectors and dealers

Powerhouse appoints Stephen Todd as the Creative Director of Sydney Design Week 2020

The Powerhouse has today announced the appointment of esteemed writer and editor Stephen Todd as the Creative Director of Sydney Design Week 2020. Todd will draw on his specialised expertise in design to create a dynamic seven-day program directly responding to the design industry. Taking place from September 16-22 2020, Sydney Design Week will refine the previously titled Sydney Design Festival into a dedicated program focusing on the local Australian Design industry whilst also reflecting on internationally applicable design themes within the context of Australia’s place in the Asia Pacific. Stephen Todd is a writer, editor and creative director with 25 years of international experience across design, architecture, fashion and art. He launched French fashion and culture titles, Numéro and Jalouse magazine, and has written for publications

Revelry and re-creation as Singapore Night Festival transforms the Bras Basah.Bugis district

From thumping percussion beats by renowned Argentinean troupe Fuerza Bruta, to the soothing waves of art installation Whispers, the Singapore Night Festival returns for its 12th edition, with a plethora of experiences to transform Singapore’s Bras Basah.Bugis district into an arts and cultural oasis from 23 to 31 August 2019. Festival Director, Angelita Teo, said, “SNF is 12 years old and many of our festivalgoers have grown along with us on our festival journey. Year on year, they have come to expect new experiences that transform the Bras Basah.Bugis district, challenging them to see these spaces in a new light. This year will be no different with stunning light art installations, performances and programmes presented by local and international artists. And in a nod to the Singapore Bicentennial, some of these will feature

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum welcomes artist Josephine Halvorson

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum welcomes its first Artist-in-Residence, Josephine Halvorson. A painter from Massachusetts, she joins the O’Keeffe through August 28, 2019, to interact with the Museum’s collection and the northern New Mexican landscape, prompting new artistic creations. Her results will feature as part of the Museum’s 2020 installment of its ongoing Contemporary Voices series. Halvorson frequently works in the plein air tradition, painting outdoors. “It’s not about copying so much as it is about translating a sensation, the experience of being in a place and paying attention to something over the course of many hours,” she says. Her artistic practice also includes sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. Halvorson grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where she first studied art on the beaches of Provincetown. She attended

Smithsonian celebrates 25th anniversary of program bringing exhibitions to rural America

Since 1994, the Smithsonian has collaborated with state humanities councils and other state partners to bring exhibitions and cultural resources to small towns across the country through Museum on Main Street (MoMS). The first town to host a MoMS exhibition—“Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Homefront, 1941-1945”—was Moreland, Georgia, with a population of 449. Moreland was the first of thousands of small, rural towns that have welcomed the Smithsonian program aimed at increasing awareness of local history. The Smithsonian celebrates the 25th anniversary of MoMS as it begins simultaneous, year-long state tours of the exhibition “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” “Crossroads” looks at the remarkable impact of economic and societal changes in the 20th century and the ways that rural Americans responded.