President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden place flowers down during their visit to a memorial to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. Offering sympathy but no easy answers, Obama came to Orlando to try to console those mourning the deadliest shooting in modern U.S history. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Art and Symbolism of Mourning

In the wake of the Orlando massacre, how do we as a nation use art to help with healing and mourning?
Shop wall covered with Frida Khalo trinkets and souvenirs

Fridolatry: Frida Kahlo and Material Culture

Frida hats, and packs, and slacks, oh my! Frida Kahlo used material culture to construct her identity — and material culture made her an icon in return.
Photograph by Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman: Before the Selfie

Before cell phones and selfies, American artist Cindy Sherman influenced the world with her monumental and ongoing series of self-portraiture.
Snøhetta expansion of the new SFMOMA, 2016; photo © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA

SFMOMA: The Brave New World of Art Museums

SFMOMA celebrated its 75th anniversary with a huge architectural expansion, only rivaled by its technological innovations.
Painting of the Battle of Culloden

Outlander and Historic Memory

Are you an Outlander superfan? Find out about how the collective memory of the Battle of Culloden and its historic site have changed over time.
YINKA SHONIBARE MBE, Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball), 2004 High Definition Digital Video 32 minute loop © Yinka Shonibare. Courtesy James Cohan, New York.

Yinka Shonibare: Postcolonial Film and Fabrication

Explore Yinka Shonibare’s first film featuring dramatic postcolonial performances that highlight the slipperiness of identity-making and history-telling.
1901 poster for Cinco de Mayo: "May 5, 1862 and the siege of Puebla"

On Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Thinking of celebrating Cinco de Mayo at your school this year? Learn from history about some of the potentially insensitive pitfalls.
In this June 15, 1995, file photo, murder defendant, O.J. Simpson grimaces as he tries on one of the leather gloves prosecutors say he wore the night his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered, during the Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles. A lawyer for O.J. Simpson in Las Vegas says the imprisoned former football star isn’t happy with portrayals he’s seen in ads and interviews about a cable TV series focusing on his 1995 murder acquittal in Los Angeles. Simpson won’t be able to see the show, "The People v. O.J. Simpson," as Nevada prisons don’t carry the FX network, which debuts the 10-part show on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (Sam Mircovich via AP, Pool, File)

O.J. Simpson: Media Spectacle Then and Now

O.J. Simpson is back in the news, and a whole new journalistic frenzy has begun.
Statue of James Marion Sims in New York's Central Park

Contested Memorials and the Mothers of Gynecology

Many have heard of Dr. James Marion Sims and know him as the “father of gynecology” but what about the “mothers of gynecology”? Where is their memorial?
Beverly Cleary in 1971

Beverly Cleary, Age 100

American author Beverly Cleary turns 100 this week. Explore her world and legacy through classic characters like Henry Higgins and Beezus and Ramona Quimby.