NEH in the News
Art reviewer Holland Cotter tours the Whitney Museum of American Art as it hosts the NEH-supported exhibit “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” and finds the exhibit “a tight, rich package” showing an “alternative version” of American modernism that contains “a complicated political and moral tenor," from the New York Times.
NPR Arts Editor Tom Cole interviews NEH Chairman William Adams and NEA Chairman Jane Chu on the history of the two agencies as they both mark their 50th anniversary since creation by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, from NPR's All Things Considered.
Time magazine has published photos taken of the NEH’s most notable “McBee cards” – paper cards with notch-holes used to track and categorize grants before the advent of digital computing – including grants to Brando, Chomsky, Wiesel, former NEH Chairman Bruce Cole, and for “Treasures of Tutankhamun.”
The NEH-supported New York Botanical Garden show “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” is expected to surpass 500,000 visitors in total and may set a new attendance record for the site, outdoing its 2012 exhibition “Monet’s Garden” by more than 100,000 people, from the New York Times.
An op-ed triggered by the recent Humanities cover story on NEH’s support for the “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibit in the 1970s wherein the King Tut craze that swept the USA, and specifically New Orleans, is remembered fondly – not only for its diplomatic and historical value, but also for the visitors, money, and unique celebratory atmosphere it brought to the Big Easy, from the Baton Rouge Advocate.
Deputy Chairman Peggy Plympton speaks with WAMU’s Lauren Landau about the golden anniversary of the NEH and how the true value of the agency goes beyond funding dollars – “We actually stand as a signal, 'this is an important project.’ So our role is one of drawing attention to particular projects and of communicating the excellence and the quality of those projects," from WAMU-FM.
NEH Chairman William Adams delivered the keynote lecture – “The Future and Value of Humanities Research” – at a conference in Tempe marking the 10th anniversary of Arizona State University’s Institute for Humanities Research. Chairman Adams: “Most of the big challenges we face as a country are not primarily scientific or technical. The real challenges we face are those that revolve around history, culture, ideas and values," from ASU News.