Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art

The Jewish Museum

August 20, 2021 — January 9, 2022

It was a fortuitous decision — not to read the New York Times review of the Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art exhibit at the Jewish Museum before seeing the exhibit…

Beverly Buchanan: Shacks and Legends, 1985–2011

Abigail DeVille: Homebody

Andrew Edlin Gallery (212 Bowery)

March 20-May 8, 2021

I first met Beverly Buchanan in January 1990 at her solo exhibit, “A Celebration of the Architecture of the Shack in Two and Three Dimensions,” in the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery on Greene…

Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America

The New Museum on the Bowery (February 16 to June 6)

Medium, March 13, 2021

By Roslyn Bernstein

Okwui Enwezor in 2012 at The ICP Apartheid Exhibit. Photo by Roslyn Bernstein.

Eight years ago, I attended a press preview for The Rise and Fall of Apartheid at the International Center for Photography (ICP), organized by the Nigerian-born curator Okwui Enwezor (1963–2019). It was…

Where Novices and Professionals Work Side by Side

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

In February 2020, I spent two weeks in San Miguel de Allende (SMA), Mexico. The idea was to escape the winter by vacationing in the small colonial town, where an ex-pat community of Americans and Canadians of…

It’s the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad in the United States, completed in 1869 by over 12,000 Chinese laborers who, under the harshest of conditions, laid the track from west to east, meeting up at Promontory Summit, Utah, with Irish laborers who had worked from east to west.


Contemporary Art in Morocco:

Everything but Sex, Religion, and the Monarchy

The tour guide’s first warning struck me as strange: “Whatever you do,” he said, “don’t photograph any of the King’s guards or his police. They are definitely off limits.” …

Displaying Displacement: Juneteenth in Washington, DC

Last fall, I agreed to loan a sculpture, Beverly Buchanan’s Hastings House (1989) to the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC for an exhibit, The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement.

Modernist Architecture on Park Avenue (NYC)

In 1961, the Municipal Art Society (MAS) and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) jointly published Ada Louise Huxtable’s pocket guide, “Four Walking Tours of Modern Architecture in New York City.” One tour focused on modernist buildings that were erected in the Post World…

roslyn bernstein

An arts and culture journalist for Guernica, Huff Post, Tablet, etc, Roslyn Bernstein’s books include Engaging Art, Illegal Living, and Boardwalk Stories.

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