"Addicted to Cool" spelled out with air conditioning units and ducts.

Addicted to Cool

How the dream of air conditioning turned into the dark future of climate change.
A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which was previously on display at the U.S. Capitol, now resides at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond.

Richmond Tore Down its Statues — and Revealed a New Angle on History

After the 2020 removal of Confederate memorials, museums provide a place to confront the ugly past and find a way forward.
Robert Adams, “Tract House, Longmont, Colorado,” 1973.

Robert Adams Looked Past Despair and Found the Truth of America

"To render the world more beautiful than it really is, as so many landscape photographers before Adams routinely did, is dishonest."
“Natural Bridge, Virginia” (1860) by David Johnson. Oil on canvas.

Rekindling the Wonder of Natural Bridge, Once a Testament to American Grandeur

"Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art,” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, surveys the arch as icon and propaganda.
The Gun Violence Memorial

What Should a Coronavirus Memorial Look Like? This Powerful Statement on Gun Violence Offers a Model

The pandemic, like other open wounds, must be remembered with an “open” memorial.

With a Brass Band Blaring, Artist Kehinde Wiley Goes Off to War with Confederate Statues

Kehinde Wiley unveils his new equestrian statue in Times Square. In December, it will be installed in Richmond, with those of Civil War generals nearby.

Jefferson’s Monticello Finally Gives Sally Hemings Her Place in Presidential History

New exhibits put slavery at the center of Monticello's story, and make it clear that Jefferson was the father of Hemings' children.