"And this shall also pass II," by Nigerian artist Ngozi-Omeje Ezema, 2022, work from Kó gallery in Lagos, Nigeria.

After decades of being overlooked, African art gets its moment

African art served as an inspiration in the 19th century for some of the greatest European artists, like Picasso, Gaugin and Matisse. But artists from Africa have played a small part in the international art world — until now. Earlier this month, a gallery in New York City held one of the largest showings of African contemporary art in the world. 

Kalush Orchestra brings Ukrainian folk music to the world stage

Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi has been sentenced to death in Iran.

Iranian rapper receives death sentence for his work and support of human rights 


‘Sacred refuge:’ This cultural center provides a safe space for Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem

Israel-Hamas war
"Judy's  Hand  Pavilion," 2018, by Tony Tasset

Cleveland’s move to the front lines of contemporary art


A Scarier Skeleton

Arts, Culture & Media

Jack Handey worries that he’s going to leave behind just another ho-hum skeleton buried in the ground. He offers a few tips on how to make your skeleton live up to its reputation.

Horror School

Arts, Culture & Media

Autumn is a time for students to hit the books but at Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects School in Pennsylvania, it’s not books the students are cracking, but heads.

Johannes Brahms v. Tony the Tiger

Arts, Culture & Media

I know I’m well past the age of someone who should be doing this, but every once in a while I like to watch Saturday morning cartoons. Last weekend while watching “Jane and the Dragon” (great show, by the way), I saw a commercial for a new cereal called Raisin Brahms. As in the 19th […]

Masterpiece Theater: Laptop Edition

Arts, Culture & Media

We all know that the Internet has its drawbacks. (Why do I know that Sandra Bullock’s husband cheated on her? Why does a certain relatives think I enjoy videos of kittens?) But its power to aggregate—pulling material from across time and around the world—can still knock your socks off. I stumbled across an example this […]

DJ Spooky Remixes Antarctica

Arts, Culture & Media

DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) has just released The Book of Ice, a new interactive graphic design project that weaves together the history and future of the human relationship to the wi…