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COVID-19 GUIDE | Artists + Entrepreneurs
March 19, 2020
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Curators from the Couch: #CovidStoriesNYC
Museum of the City of New York
Sean Corcoran, Valery Rizzo, and Ruben Natal-SanMiguel
​May 21, 2020

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David C. Driskell (1931–2020)
April 02, 2020
news David C. Driskell. Photo: DC Moore Gallery, New York.
California African American Museum moves its dance party to Instagram. You’re invited
Los Angels Times
Matt Cooper
April 7, 2020
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In Memoriam, Artists, Curators, and Scholars Share Memories of David C. Driskell: He ‘Was an Agitator for African American Art’ and ‘Lit the Way in Our Lives and Careers’
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news April 26, 2016: David Driskell, Sarah Workneh, co-director of Skowhegan, and Thelma Driskell at Skowhegan 70th Anniversary Celebration Awards Dinner at The Plaza in New York City. | © Patrick McMullan, Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC
How Late Curator and Artist David C. Driskell Changed Art History Forever
Pamela Newkirk
​April 10, 2020
news David C. Driskell in his studio, photographed by Lyle Ashton Harris in 2015.

The Art Angle Podcast: How Photography Is Being Revolutionized in the Coronavirus Era
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Antwaun Sargent

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Lana Garland: “A Balm for the Soul”
Duke Arts
April 20, 2020

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Still Lives: In this unnatural state of isolation, photographers show us the things that bind.
The New York Times
Josh Haner, Alex Potter, Angela Jimenez, Brittainy Newman, Cig Harvey, Damon Winter, Emily Kask, Maggie Steber, Idris Solomon, Eugene Richards, L. Kasimu Harris, Michelle V. Agins, Ruth Fremson, Tamir Kalifa, and Todd Heisler
April 21, 2020
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The Hirshhorn Museum Is Collecting Famous Artists’ Video Diaries About Their Lives in Isolation. Watch 5 of Them Here
artnet News
Taylor Dafoe

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news, video Ragnar Kjartansson and Christine Sun Kim for the Hirshhorn Museum's "Artists in Quarantine" initiative.
Where Are the Photos of People Dying During Covid?: In times of crisis, stark images of sacrifice or consequence have often moved masses to act. 
New York Times
Sarah Elizabeth Lewis
May 1, 2020
opinion Filled coffins at the Gerard J. Neufeld funeral home in Flushing, Queens, on April 26.Credit...Bryan R Smith/Reuters
Journalist Arrested inManhattan for Writing “Trump=Plague” in Chalk
May 8, 2020
news Writer and journalist Jill Nelson, arrested for writing “Trump = Plague” on a boarded-up storefront in Manhattan (courtesy of Jill Nelson)
During Pandemic, Artist-Parents Reflect and Get Creative With Their Kids
May 8, 2020
blog Shaun Leonardo and Mckendree Key paint on tree bark with their children in Vermont during quarantine. (photo courtesy Mckendree Key)
How the US Is Treating the Arts During the Pandemic, the #CancelRent Movement
Valentina di Liscia, Jasmine Weber, and Hrag Vartanian
May 20, 2020
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How 3 Generations Of Style Brought My Family Together During The Pandemic
The Zoe Report
Shelby Hyde
A 10-year-old gave 1,500 art kits to kids in shelters and foster care during pandemics
The Washington Post 
Sydney Page
May 22, 2020
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In Brooklyn, One Photographer Captures the City’s Most Creative Masks and Face Coverings

news Aïssatou, from Conakry, Guinea, waits for the shuttle train at the Prospect Park station. She was trying to make it home in time for iftar, which is the fast-breaking meal Muslims prepare during Ramadan. She wore her blue khimar/hijab to match with her surgical mask.Photographed by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Protesters Demand NYPD Drop Graffiti Charges Against 67-Year-Old Journalist

May 26, 2020

news Protesters against the arrest of the author and journalist Jill Nelson at the NYPD 33rd precinct in Washington Heights, New York (all photos by the author unless stated otherwise)
For The Fourth Year Running, Black Muslims Are Sharing Photos Of Themselves Celebrating Eid With #BlackoutEid
BuzzFeed News
Ikran Dahir
May 26, 2020
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Museums Are Finally Taking a Stand. But Can They Find Their Footing?
New York Times
Holland Cotter
June 11, 2020
news One of the many images in Arthur Jafa’s “Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death,” a rapid-fire mash-up of images meant to suggest the brutalities and beauties of American life.Credit...Arthur Jafa
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The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Harvard University
June 11, 2020
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Sources of Self-Regard: Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America
New York Times
Deborah Willis, Rahim Fortune, Dana Scruggs, Erik Carte, Carrie Mae Weems, Miranda Barnes, Kennedi Carter, Ike Edeani, Brian Palmer, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Gioncarlo Valentine, Anthony Barboza, Delphine Diallo, Andre D. Wagner, Brad Ogbonna, Erica Deeman, Nitashia Johnson, Jessica Pettway, Michelle V. Agins, Jeffrey Henson Scales, Zora J Murff, Chester Higgins Jr., Ángel Franco, Yasmine Malone, Texas Isaiah, Ozier Muhammad, and Jim Wilson
June 19, 2020

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Yelaine Rodriguez, Aldeide Delgado, and Grace Aneiza Ali
June 22, 2020
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Cultural Bazaar
Highlander Research and Education Center
jazz franklin, Amber J. Phillips, Octavia, Joie Lou Shakur, Toni, and Je Naé Taylor
June 26-27, 2020

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Tania Bruguera Among Artists Detained in Cuba Before Protest Against Police Brutality
Valentina Di Liscia
June 30, 2020
news rtist Tania Bruguera (photo by Romina Santarelli via Flickr)
National Endowment for the Arts Approves Arts Organizations for CARES Act Funding
National Endowment for the Arts
July 1, 2020
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Queens Museum Hosts Food Pantry to Help NYC Borough at Epicenter of COVID-19 Crisis
Hakim Bishara
July 6, 2020
news La Jornada and Together We Can Community Resource Center Inc’s food pantry at the Queens Museum (courtesy the Queens Museum)
Brooklyn Museum Lays Off 29 Workers; New Museum Lays Off 18
Hakim Bishara
July 8, 2020
news The New Museum in New York (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)
Center for the Study of Social Difference and the Department of Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University
Kiyan Williams, Gioncarlo Valentine, and Isaac Jean-François
July 9, 2020
Art Criticism and the Pandemic
Paul Mellon Centre
Chris McCormack, Jade Montserrat, Khairani Barokka, David Dibosa, Juliet Jacques, Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, Rehana Zaman, Larne Abse Gogarty, Robert McRuer, Neo Sinoxolo Musangi, and Marina Vishmidt
July 9-10, 2020
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Arts Go Black
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COVID-19 GUIDE | Culture
March 19, 2020