Top Culture Picks

Published on: 
21 January 2021
Introducing art historian, John Francis, our new guest editor with his Weekly Culture Picks.
"Since last March, art galleries, museums, universities and cultural institutions around the world have increased their online presence. This means a vast array of exciting opportunities to view and discuss art has become available.
Let’s start with our neighbours across the pond in New York: Whitney Museum of American Art
Their current exhibition is well worth a look:
The show looks at the hugely exciting and influential Mexican muralists movement. Diego Rivera was the most successful muralist giving a voice and a visual narrative to the Mexican post revolution identity. He was also married to artist and cult figure Frida Kahlo.
2 excellent videos (total 11 mins) – with recommended reading list show how Mexican artists influenced US artists such as Jackson Pollock and the future of Modern Art.
Free webinars about the exhibition 
Exhibition-supporting short essays make the topic very accessible.
The Whitney, amazingly, has 3,000+ works by the great American realist Edward Hopper. The short video 'A walking tour of Edward Hopper’s New York' has a fascinating focus on his iconic ‘Nighthawk’ artwork. Browse this huge catalogue to discover compositional sketches, working drawings and studies giving us a unique insight into his creative process."
credit: Edward Hopper, Second Story Sunlight, 1960
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art