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Swiss National Day—Bundesfeier: Le Corbusier

Monday, August 1, 2022 | Karl Cole

The first of August (Erschten Ougschte in Bernese) is the Swiss “Independence Day,” celebrating the establishment of the first Swiss Confederation of thirteen cantons (districts) seeking l ...

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National Jewish Heritage Month: Miriam Schapiro

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 | Karl Cole

Miriam Schapiro was a pioneer of the Feminist Art Movement in the 1970s. Her renowned “femmage” works helped lay the groundwork for the Pattern and Decoration movement. ...

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Asian Pacific American Heritage II

Monday, May 10, 2021 | Karl Cole

The Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month series continues with the pottery designs of Kitaro Shirayamadani. ...

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Gem of the Month: Mary White

Monday, April 12, 2021 | Karl Cole

As long as I’m pining for the greenery of spring to emerge, I’ll indulge in one of the wonderful art works in our collection that brings that pining to mind. As you know, I’m a big f ...

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National Illinois Day

Monday, December 7, 2020 | Karl Cole

Being an art historian originally from Illinois, you just know that I have to celebrate National Illinois Day with some art. I chose two fascinating artists from Chicago. ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Ancient Art

Monday, October 12, 2020 | Karl Cole

If you ever study the history of ancient Central and South America, you will immediately become, as I have, completely enthralled with the history of our hemisphere. For the variety of incredibly soph ...

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Rethinking Classicism Part 6

Friday, August 14, 2020 | Karl Cole

Let’s wrap up my Rethinking Classicism series with a look at what might be regarded as classic art of today in the future. 100 years from now, will video installation be considered a classi ...

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Rethinking Classicism Part 1

Monday, August 10, 2020 | Karl Cole

As a Westerner (and art historian my entire adult life), I have always felt extremely weary of the word “classicism.” One reason I am weary of the word is that it is used as a blanket term ...

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Women's (Art) History Month 2020 III

Monday, March 16, 2020 | Karl Cole

I dare say the role of women artists in the history of art has always been a strong presence, even if major art histories do not record all of them faithfully. ...

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Women's (Art) History Month 2020 II

Monday, March 9, 2020 | Karl Cole

Women’s (Art) History Month continues with tributes to three more interesting artists I have encountered in my art historical travels. ...

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