American Cultural Diplomacy’s Cold War Origins

During the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union were concerned with showcasing the art of their respective states to the world. Both feared that artist communities had sided with government rivals, and thus explored ways to repress artistic expression with state power. The story of how American artists, philanthropists, activists, and policymakers overcame Cold War fears to create programs like Arts In The Embassies and other early organs of U.S. cultural diplomacy is an understated but vital component of the success of American arts around the world. As the Cold War began, the United States was in...

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Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates

Recently, Meridian International Center and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) unveiled Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, a unique new cultural diplomacy program and art exhibition. This is the first-ever major touring exhibition of Emirati contemporary art to be shown in the United States. The exhibit, comprised of over 50 artworks from 25 notable Emirati artists, will travel across the US for the next 18 months, allowing American communities the opportunity to learn more about the UAE’s rich cultural heritage and increasing cultural engagement between the UAE and US. Just last week, three of the...

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