Cultural Commentary

The Freedmen’s Memorial in Washington embodies not white supremacy, but African-American agency and cooperative struggle.

Homebound due to the pandemic, painter John Bjerklie and his alter ego, ‘BigHat,’ have taken to video chat to connect with and create portraits of colleagues around the globe.

From cholera outbreaks to yellow fever, disease has had a profound impact on the shape of our cities.

The artist, whose massively scaled collaborations with Jeanne-Claude won global acclaim, died last week.

The 38-CD set of Wilhelm Backhaus’s complete Decca recordings offers a vast collection of music from a pianist who stayed vital in his later years.

At a time when many are particularly attuned to what’s happening outside their windows, nature writing offers a chance to reflect on the ecological world in all its fearsomeness and splendor.

The pandemic is exposing the ailments of philanthropic enterprises, and revealing creative cures to organizational woes.

Recordings and streams of classical performances have exploded in popularity in the time of social distancing.

Bucking industry trends, the Blanton Museum of Art has managed to keep all its staffers employed during the coronavirus downturn.

Online classical-music performances are increasing, but piecing together an orchestra digitally has many difficulties.

A paean to the simple pleasures of the book—as text, object and experience.

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