ODETTA opens an exhibition featuring works by Paula Overbay, Andra Samelson, and Daniel Hill

A harbinger of good luck, the bluebird signals to us that joy is forthcoming. For the artists of Bluebird of Happiness, each coming to blue in their own way, our joy is actualized in their paintings through saturated hues, an impossibly light touch, and a flair for the psychedelic. Their meditative fields invite us to move slowly, loosen the reins, and let our eyes dance. Daniel Hill’s work is an exploration between vision and sound and the power of this connection to generate compelling visual environments. The inquiry of this integration has also satisfied a strong interest in the ideas and methodology of science as a basis for the conceptual underpinning of the work. As such, the method of creating his work is scientifically inspired with a well thought out and tested process oriented to have optimal pragmatic results both for the quality of the work

The Library of Congress celebrates the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birthday with exhibit

The Library of Congress is celebrating the 200th anniversary of American poet and changemaker Walt Whitman’s birthday with a series of exhibits, public programs and a digital crowdsourcing campaign to showcase the Library’s unparalleled collections of Whitman’s writings and artifacts. The Library’s Whitman Bicentennial series is part of the citywide Walt Whitman 200 Festival and other commemorations in the Mid-Atlantic where Whitman spent most of his life. Whitman was born May 31, 1819, and died March 26, 1892. He spent about 10 years living and writing in Washington. During the Civil War, he volunteered in military hospitals in the city to provide emotional support to wounded soldiers. Whitman worked as a schoolteacher, printer, newspaper editor, journalist, carpenter, freelance writer and civil servant, but he is best known

Confederate general’s Colt gun leads Milestone’s Premier Firearms Auction

Milestone Auctions in suburban Cleveland has announced details of its August 10 Summer Premier Firearms Auction featuring nearly 600 lots of antique and modern guns, rifles and shotguns, with a special section dedicated to Civil War arms. All forms of bidding will be available, including absentee and live online. Highlights include an important documented Colt SA Army 7th Cavalry Scout Little Big Horn revolver, a cased General Sterling Price CSA Model 1849 Colt pocket revolver, a Col. Van Wyck presentation Civil War London navy gun, two cased 19th-century Remington cane guns, a Nazi SS Walther pistol in its original box; a gold-plated sterling 9mm, one-off display, three shotguns belonging to comedian Jerry Lewis, and an MGM Gatling gun prop. Early firearms are led by a pair of 18th-century silver-mounted flintlock pistols, as well

Exhibition featuring the Workplace on Television opens at the Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is presenting Television and Beyond: Workplace Encounters from July 12, 2019 to March 20, 2020, featuring a selection of television clips exploring interactions in the workplace from classics such as The West Wing and contemporary programs like Atlanta and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. One of seven sections that make up the Jewish Museum’s third floor collection exhibition, Scenes from the Collection, “Television and Beyond” draws inspiration from the Museum’s National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting. Workplace sitcoms and dramas have long been an important staple of television programming, creating situations where diverse people, including colleagues of different religions, races, and beliefs, can interact. These interactions can bring out discomfort such as when, for example, people are insensitive to others’ identities, or

Bonhams reveals highlights ahead of new Australia Jewels Auction

Leading international auction house Bonhams has revealed highlights included in their upcoming Australia Jewels Auction that will be held in Sydney, 14 August 2019. Bonhams is at the forefront of the international jewellery world, selling more jewellery than any other auction house with 30 auctions taking place globally throughout the year. Continuing Bonhams’ success in the Asia Pacific Jewellery market, Bonhams Australia now joins the company’s international network of auctions held in the key jewellery locations: London, New York, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. Director Bonhams Australia, Merryn Schriever said: “Bonhams has a clear vision for Australia as an integral part of its future growth in the Asian Pacific region. We are delighted to expand our calendar to include an Australia Jewels auction in Sydney this August and the incredibly positive

Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts appoints artist Gary Simmons to its Board of Directors

The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts announced today the appointment of artist Gary Simmons to its Board of Directors. He joins Chair John C. Welchman and members Stephanie Barron, Catherine Opie, Claire Peeps, Edward Rada, and Joan Weinstein. “We are very excited to welcome Gary to the board of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts,” said Welchman. “His creatively critical work and thinking and engagement with art communities on both coasts will greatly benefit the mission of the Foundation to support bold, adventurous and risk-taking work and to bring these values into innovative programs and other outcomes as we build on Kelley’s remarkable legacy.” Simmons uses icons and stereotypes of American popular culture to create works that address personal and collective experiences of race and class. He

Whitney announces two curatorial promotions

The Whitney Museum of American Art announced today that two of the Museum’s curators are receiving promotions and taking on new roles, effective mid-October. David Breslin will become the Museum’s first Director of Curatorial Initiatives and Jane Panetta will succeed him as Director of the Collection. Scott Rothkopf, Senior Deputy Director and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, remarked, “David and Jane truly exemplify the best of the Whitney's spirit in their generous dedication to artists and our community. Since arriving at the Museum, David has been instrumental in shaping the Whitney’s program through the development and display of its collection. As the inaugural Director of Curatorial Initiatives, he will bring his broad talents and interdisciplinary thinking to help advance and innovate our artistic mission.