Welcome to my weekly newsletter. Here, you'll find news stories and articles - mostly about museums, heritage, visual culture, and China - that piqued my interest this week. Enjoy, and I'd love to hear what you think!
In April 2018, the University Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) launched a digital collection titled “The Cultural Revolution in Images: Caricature Posters from Guangzhou, 1966–1977” that made 216 caricature…
Dr Amy Jane BarnesA newly digitised collection of “caricature posters” (fengci xuanchuanhua 讽刺宣传画) - timely, as I've recently been writing about set of posters of Gang of Four satirical caricatures in the British Library's collection.
A new and less intimidating entrance has helped the V&A achieve record visitor numbers, bucking a trend of sharp falls across the UK's museums and galleries. The museum said more than 4.4 million people visited the V&A and its London satellites…
Dr Amy Jane BarnesAlways important to remember that museums can be tremendously intimidating institutions for people who don’t come from a ‘traditional’ museum visiting background. Monumental Neo- Gothic entrances scream exclusivity. Just crossing the threshold is a huge cognitive and cultural ‘step’ for many to take. Especially when institutions do little to reach out to people who find them difficult to access. Bravo V&A - a step in the right direction!
The British Museum is seeking to borrow the Trump Baby blimp, which flew over a protest against US president Donald Trump's tour of the UK last week, for its upcoming exhibition, I Object: Ian Hislop's Search for Dissent. The museum has approached…
Dr Amy Jane Barnes'The Trump Baby’s future was the subject of febrile speculation ... with representatives from the Science Museum, the Bishopsgate Institute, Museum of London, and British Museum all registering an interest in its acquisition.'
Published on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 A CAMPAIGN to raise money for essential repairs to a historic Leicester bank building has reached its target thanks to the city council's crowd fund initiative. The International Society for Krishna…
Dr Amy Jane BarnesGreat news for Leicester’s built heritage!
– Jul 19, 2:46 AM
Students at the University of Manchester have painted over a mural of a poem by Rudyard Kipling, arguing that the writer “dehumanised people of colour”. The poem If, written around 1895, had been painted on the wall of the…
Dr Amy Jane BarnesSimple but powerful
example of activism by Manchester University students. And a nice to see a genuinely conciliatory response from the SU, admitting they got it wrong.
– Oct 31, 2014, 2:20 PM
We've all got those friends or family members who consider “modern art” a form of torture. Next time they complain about an exhibition you bring them to, just tell them how relieved they should feel that they didn't fight in the…
Dr Amy Jane Barnes'Nationalist prisoners 'were forced to watch Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel's film Un Chien Andalou,' especially an endless loop of its 'graphic sequence of an eyeball being cut open.'