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Rubells’ Washington, DC museum is taking shape

Among the amenities in the works is an observation space where visitors can watch resident artists at work

Futuristic dreams rub shoulders with everyday innovations in new Smithsonian show

‘Futures’ inaugurates the renovated Arts and Industries Building with an array of technological wonders ranging from the prosaic to the otherworldly

Wanted: leaders with ‘stamina’ as Smithsonian tackles the creation of two new museums in Washington, DC

A turf battle may loom on the National Mall, but secretary Lonnie Bunch hopes to limit the hurdles for institutions devoted to Latino culture and women’s history

Wonder Women: Smithsonian appoints advisory council for budding women’s history museum in Washington, DC

Ranging from actor Lynda Carter and tennis star Billie Jean King to former US commerce secretary Penny Pritzker and television executive Abbe Raven, its members are expected to play a crucial role in fundraising

Hide and seek: Hirshhorn museum to cover entire building in a giant painting by Nicolas Party

As the Washington, DC institution begins a renovation project in September, a four-storey-high work will adorn its scaffolding

Craftsmen in US use medieval techniques to reconstruct Notre Dame roof support

A full-scale truss fit for the Paris cathedral will be built in Washington, DC this summer as part of a teaching project by Handshouse Studio

Richard Serra steel work to get its own art cabin in the woods at Glenstone

The artist is collaborating with the architect Thomas Phifer to design the new stand-alone gallery

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s new Hirshhorn sculpture garden will create a more open and artistically inspired future for the museum

The artist’s designs for the sunken sculpture park creating a more inviting space for visitors coming from the National Mall

President Joe Biden removes Trump appointees from US Commission of Fine Arts

The all-white all-male board members are believed to have been responsible for a controversial order that mandated a Neoclassical style for all federal buildings, which Biden also revoked

National Museum of Women in the Arts will close for two-year renovation

The $66m project includes expanding galleries, creating research and education spaces and restoring its landmark 1908 building

Smithsonian will reopen eight museums and other venues in May after more than five-month closures

National of Gallery of Art also plans to open its West Building in Washington, DC

After an extended fight, acclaimed sculptural installation will leave National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, DC

An accord calls for Elyn Zimmerman’s Marabar to head to a new site, with the move and reinstallation financed by the society

‘Hair is power’: Sonya Clark on her preferred material and how her Confederate flag work keeps being topical

The textile artist's retrospective at the National Museum of Women in the Arts explores complexities around race and heritage

Biden inauguration is largely virtual—but some live art is planned

A public art installation of 200,000 flags opens on the National Mall, as coronavirus and heightened security forces most events online

‘Shameful vandalism and desecration’ : Met leaders condemn right-wing crowd's assault on US Capitol

Museum joins other institutions in assailing protestors' rampage and hate-inspiring imagery as a threat to democracy and equality

US Capitol’s works of art survive amid right-wing rampage in Washington

The authorities say that cleaning and conservation will be needed, however, after art was damaged by tear gas, pepper spray and fire extinguishers

James Demetrion, director who shaped the Hirshhorn Museum’s collection, has died, aged 90

The much loved leader is remembered for his unpretentiousness and his warmth, as well as his pioneering vision

Virtual photography show reveals modern Lebanon's many layers of tragedy

Lebanon Then and Now: Photography from 2006 to 2020 hosted by Washington, DC's Middle East Institute is both timely and prescient

Hirshhorn to unveil two acquisitions as it reopens its sculpture garden

Museum welcomes monumental 2018 works by Huma Bhabha and Sterling Ruby

Monuments across the US are toppled, damaged as protests over George Floyd's death continue

Lawmakers mobilise the National Guard to quell destruction while demonstrators deface Confederate memorials and public works emblematic of white supremacy

National Geographic Society defends disputed plan to remove sculptural installation

Organisation argues that Elyn Zimmerman’s site-specific 1984 work does not deserve protection

Washington, DC’s mayor and arts commission locked in conflict

Muriel Bowser launches rival office of creative affairs and blocks access to the city’s public art vaults

Marcel Duchamp’s box of delights opens at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Readymades, miniature reproductions, collaborations with Man Ray, and games of chess to feature in new show

Ancient Bible fragments allegedly stolen by Oxford professor and sold to Hobby Lobby owner will be returned

Washington DC’s Museum of the Bible had acquired the artefacts through its founder Steve Green

Middle East think-tank opens art gallery in Washington, DC

New space for Modern and contemporary art from the Arab world will put on five exhibitions a year

Washington, DC mayor's office attempts to take control of the city Arts Commission's collection

Staff members found their keys to the city's Art Bank abruptly deactivated as tensions rose between Mayor Muriel Bowser and the commission

New US visa policy could stifle outspoken artists on social media

Several high-profile artists including Ai Weiwei have spoken out against the policy

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Wakanda comes to Washington

Douriean Fletcher, who made the jewellery for Black Panther, speaks at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Boom or bust for DC museums: how the US government shutdown affected visitor figures

In January, the 19 Smithsonian institutions had just 13% of the footfall they had experienced the year before

She persisted: DC’s National Portrait Gallery looks at the history of the women’s vote

One of the longest reform movements in American history, which continues to be an issue today, is explored in the show

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Protesters, influencers and AI: what museums need to think about today

Legal experts discussed the pressing topics for institutions at a recent conference in Washington, DC

Hiroshi Sugimoto to redesign Hirshhorn's sculpture garden

The renovation taps into the spirit of the founding architect, Gordon Bunshaft

Pakistani-American painter Ambreen Butt imbues traditional miniatures with timely social criticism

Her show Mark My Words is at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC—one of the museums still open during the shutdown

Battle brews over Washington’s arts commission

The mayor’s plan to curtail the powers of the leading arts funder in the US capital could reduce its vital independence

Rachel Whiteread’s breakthrough work Ghost gets complex conservation treatment

Structural engineers and architects were among those restoring the room-sized cast at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

Washington, DC grant-making commission issues morality clause—then quickly backtracks

Works made with the funding should not be “lewd, lascivious, vulgar, overtly political, excessively violent, constitutes sexual harassment, or is, in any other way, illegal,” according to the clause

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Claim on Guelph Treasure can go to trial in US federal court

Lawyers for the Prussian Cultural Foundation argued that it was not “genocide” when the objects were sold in 1935

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Art dealer sues Poland over its failed efforts to extradite him from the US

After offering to return a work looted by the Nazis in exchange for his family’s former real estate, Khochinsky was placed under house arrest in New York and faced a 10-year prison sentence in Poland

The art world reacts to US Supreme Court’s travel ban decision

Early signs of the order’s impact on cultural exchange have artists and curators concerned

Take it to the top—how US museums are dealing with diversity

Institutions need all hands on deck to redress imbalances in jobs and programming

Sittow survey in Washington, DC, helps celebrate 100 years of Estonian Republic

Court artist had an impressive roster of sitters including Mary Rose Tudor

Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits unveiled in Washington

The former US president and first lady shared some personal connections with the artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald

Washington show aims to clear up muddy ‘Outsider art’ label

From erotic photographs to psychedelic quilts, a reappraisal of autodidacticism features more than 80 eclectic artists

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David Adjaye's Museum of African American History wins prestigious Beazley Design prize

Smithsonian institution was inaugurated by President Obama in 2016

Washington's new $500m Museum of the Bible claims 'non-sectarian' mission

Private institution is funded by evangelical Hobby Lobby chairman, Steve Green

US groups urge fast broadband for all as online plans threaten access to art

Proposed “two-tier” internet could leave artists with inadequate technology, while wealthy content providers get super-fast connections

US could stop artists using drones

New regulations may restrict the use of surveillance technology in their work

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Why American art museums are reluctant to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War

It was a different story for the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 2009

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Major collectors to host (e)merge fair in DC

Washington DC fair will focus on youth and young artists

Smithsonian to host exhibition of gay art

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery will host “Hide-Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” in October

City of Amsterdam may be sued by the US over lawsuit brought by Malevich heirs

The heirs of Kazimir Malevich are seeking the return of 14 paintings from the Stedelijk Museum, claiming they are not entitled to the paintings

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US army collection: Looking at the art of the Iraq war

A collection of paintings is stored in a basement in Washington, DC. The artists are serving—or have served—in the US Army

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The US Army’s hidden collection of Nazi art

Around 450 paintings made by artists working for the Third Reich are now in Washington, DC. They are unlikely to be returned to Germany

The future of the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC, remains uncertain

The institution hopes a $2m V&A blockbuster exhibition of modernist design will draw visitors and sponsors

US court could hear case against the City of Amsterdam for Kazimir Malevich works of art at the Stedelijk Museum

The heirs of Kazimir Malevich are claiming 14 works which the Dutch institution sent on tour to New York and Houston

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Are the culture wars over? White House proposes $18m increase to federal arts funding

The boost, which will send "American masterpieces" across the US, comes more than a decade after Congress threatened to abolish the NEA for financing "objectionable" works