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Bill Straub: Art and history, statues and reality — removing any offending art does not change the past

A few years ago I had the privilege of visiting the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid to view Picasso’s Guernica, one of the most amazing and unsettling works of art imaginable. It depicts the April 1937 bombing of the Basque city of Guernica by the Nazis at the request of the Nationalists, led by Generalissimo Francisco Franco, during the Spanish Civil War. The painting, in stark black and white and greys,...

Two nationally recognized artists to visit UK this month to present art concepts for Memorial Hall

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward Two nationally recognized artists, Karyn Olivier and Bethany Collins, will travel to the University of Kentucky this month to present concepts for art to be featured in two vaulted spaces in the vestibule of Memorial Hall. As part of their visits, Olivier and Collins will give a talk on their proposals 3 p.m., March 20 and 29, at Memoria Hall. Both presentations...

Calling All Artists: UK’s Memorial Hall Art Committee looking for Kentuckians to paint murals

Through Sept. 1, 2017, the Memorial Hall Art Committee and the UK Office of the President will solicit submissions to create artworks to be installed in the vestibule of Memorial Hall (Photo from UK Now) By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward In recent years, University of Kentucky has been the site of several important discussions on inclusion of all members of campus and what makes it a more welcoming...

Journey toward reconciliation is ‘one we can only take together’; suggestions for mural welcome

By Eli Capilouto President, University of Kentucky Editor’s note: UK President Eli Capilouto announced recently that the mural in the atrium of Memorial Hall will be covered up because of its depictions of slavery. This is a new post from Capilouto’s blog. Click here to read his previous post, “Memorial Hall mural gives us a chance to heal wounds, gain a broader perspective.” A...

Memorial Hall mural gives us a chance to heal wounds, gain a broader perspective

By Eli Capilouto President, University of Kentucky Editor’s note: UK President Eli Capilouto announced recently that the mural in the atrium of Memorial Hall will be covered up because of its depictions of slavery. This is a post from Capilouto’s blog. The mural in the atrium of Memorial Hall at the University of Kentucky is an artistic presentation of contrasts and contradictions. A product...