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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Museums

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opens today in Montgomery, Alabama, demanding “a reckoning with one of the nation’s least recognized atrocities: the lynching of thousands of black people in a decades-long campaign of racist terror,” Campbell Robertson writes. [The New York Times]

“We need to find ways to live in this country and talk about things we haven’t talked about,” said Bryan Stevenson, the director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which began planning the memorial in 2010. [The Root]

Philip Kennicott writes that the project is as “clearsighted, uncompromising and architecturally effective as any American design since Maya Lin’s 1982 Vietnam Veterans Memorial.” [The Washington Post]

Flint

As part of Creative Time’s “Pledges of Allegiance” project, LaToya Ruby Frazier has created a flag that reads, “FLINT, 1,462 days and counting man-made water crisis.” It will fly at 16 institutions across the United States. [Creative Time]

The Talent

Documenta has hired Sabine Schormann, who directs the foundations of Sparkasse bank and the VGH insurance in Germany, to be its new CEO. She’ll be involved in selecting the director of Documenta 14, which is scheduled for 2022. [Artforum]

The Dallas Museum of Art announced that it has started a design and interpretation department, hired K.C. Hurst to be director of marketing and communications, and promoted Jessica Harden to be director of design and content strategy. [Park Cities People]

Collections

The Buffalo Museum of Science in New York recently made a joyous discovery: an object in its collection catalogued as a model of a rare elephant bird egg is actually a rare elephant bird egg. Love it when that happens! [Fox News]

Artists

Singer Kate Bush is planning a sculptural tribute to the Brontë sisters for a public art exhibition that will be installed in Yorkshire, England, this summer during the Bradford Literature Festival. [The Art Newspaper]

Sting is performing tonight at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as part of its Thomas Cole exhibition. [The Met]

In tangentially related news, Sting and Shaggy are collaborating. [HuffPost]

Columns

Jessica Lynne offers her final piece for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space site—a meditation on place, memory, memorials, and sculptor Beverly Buchanan. [Open Space/SFMOMA]

Greg Allen looks at the vogue for displaying giant Olmec heads at art museums in the 1960s and the trend’s effects on public art of the time. [Greg.org and Greg.org]

Last But Not Least

Here’s a video of artists Damien Hirst and Peter Blake discussing Blake’s rather eclectic and formidable antique collection, as well as his remarkable life. [The Art Newspaper]

And here are photographs of Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda’s current show at House of Gaga in Mexico City. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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