Arts and Humanities

Hip-hop's connection to gospel, blues and jazz showed how contemporary culture was modifying the form but reflecting on the same enduring themes, says UA professor Alejandro Nava.
Sept. 18, 2017
Alejandro Nava's book "In Search of Soul" explores the nuances in the meaning of soul, particularly its sacred and profane dimensions, and seeks to explain what is common to both.
Bill Skarsgard (left) plays the menacing clown Pennywise in the 2017 big-screen version of "IT," 27 years after Tim Curry (right) first tackled the role for the 1990 TV miniseries. Both adaptations are based on Stephen King's 1986 horror novel. (UANews illustration by Bob Demers)
Sept. 18, 2017
Movies and TV shows set in the 1980s, such as "IT" and "Stranger Things," are proving hugely popular in 2017. UA film expert Bradley Schauer says they're drawing two types of audiences: those nostalgic for their younger years and those intrigued by a retro, "pre-modern" time.
Sept. 12, 2017
The UA will draw on existing faculty expertise in East Asian studies and religious studies to promote academic research on the traditions of the world's fourth-largest faith.
UA journalism faculty member William Schmidt (left) interviews UA alumnus Richard Gilman about the Oscar-winning film "Spotlight." Gilman was publisher of The Boston Globe when it won a Pulitzer Prize for uncovering abuse by Catholic priests. The movie is based on the Globe's reporting.
Sept. 12, 2017
Jill Jorden Spitz, a 1989 UA journalism graduate, will talk about ethics and sourcing after Sunday's screening of "Shattered Glass," which kicks off the "Journalism on Screen" series.
Statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia
Aug. 28, 2017
In advance of a panel discussion on recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, Susan Crane and Katie Hemphill shed light on the social and political power of monuments.
Carl Berkhout (left) and Special Collections librarian Roger Myers examine the cover of a copy of the 1632 edition of "A continuation of the histories of foreign martyrs."
Aug. 22, 2017
An exhibit at UA Special Collections shows that even the covers of books were altered, often to reflect the motives of their owners during a period of religious fervor.
"Woman-Ochre," a painting by abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning, has been returned to the University of Arizona Museum of Art. (Photo: Bob Demers/UANews)
Aug. 11, 2017
When a caller said, "I think I have a painting of yours," everything changed at the UA Museum of Art, which now has the treasured "Woman-Ochre" by abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning back in its possession. Here's the story of how it happened, with video of last week's preliminary authentication.
UA Art Museum
Aug. 8, 2017
Meg Hagyard, a native Tucsonan and alumna of the UA, brings recent experience as senior director of external relations for the Office of Research, Discovery and Innovation.
Baby Lisanne Skyler and the Brillo Box from "Brillo Box (3¢ Off)." From the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc. (Brillo trademark used with permission of Armaly Brands Inc.; photo courtesy of HBO)
Aug. 2, 2017
Lisanne Skyler's "Brillo Box (3¢ Off)," about the odyssey of an Andy Warhol sculpture, tells a larger story about art, value and the decisions that shape a family's history. Skyler's parents paid $1,000 in 1969 for the piece — which sold for a cool $3.05 million in 2010.

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