National Endowment for the Humanities Announces New Grants
The Morgan Library and Museum, the University of Chicago and the new Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM, are among 239 beneficiaries of new grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced Tuesday.
The grants, which total $28.4 million and are the second round awarded this year, will support projects at museums, libraries, universities and historic sites in 45 states as well as Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. They will enable the production of a documentary about the Colfax massacre—in which dozens of former slaves were killed in a Louisiana city during Reconstruction—by City Lore, a non-profit New York art gallery; The development of ArchiRover by University of Pennsylvania researchers, an autonomous robot that uses ground-penetrating radar to search for burial sites and artifacts; and New York-based author and researcher Laura J. Research by Snyder for the biography of neuroscientist and author Oliver Sachs.
Adam Wolfson, acting president of the endowment, said in a statement that the projects, which include educational programming for high school and college students and multi-institutional research initiatives, “demonstrate the resilience and breadth of our nation’s humanities institutions and practitioners “
In New York, 35 projects from the state’s cultural organizations will receive a grant of $3.6 million. The funding will support the creation of a new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum on portraiture by Northern Renaissance artist Hans Holbein the Younger, set to open next spring; An exhibit at the Queens Museum that marks the 60th anniversary of Panorama in 2024 will reinterpret the “Panorama of New York City” from the World’s Fair in the context of its relationship with city planning, including how urban expansion reinforced racism and classism ; and the reinterpretation of American art galleries at the Brooklyn Museum to focus on underrepresented voices. Those galleries are expected to reopen before 2025.
The funding will also support the storage of 117 Chinese opera costumes and 330 traditional Chinese clothing, called qipao, that were damaged in a January 2020 fire at the Chinese Museum in the US, as well as 70,000 photographs, political cartoons and other materials. conservation was documented. The 123-year history of the Jewish publication The Forward.
Elsewhere, the grant will aid in the reinterpretation of the colonial Old North Church in Boston and its congregation’s ties from the American Revolution to the Civil War, support the creation of a digital catalog of Georgia O’Keeffe’s works, and be enabled by the University of Chicago. Publication of a comprehensive, freely available print and online edition of all surviving Greek and Latin-inscribed law from classical Rome.
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