Gift Giving, Social Status Drive Global Ivory Demand, New National Geographic/GlobeScan Study Finds

Research Conducted in China, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and United States Elephant Populations Face Further Peril if Trends Continue WASHINGTON (Aug. 12, 2015)—A new international analysis of consumer ivory demand released today by the National Geographic Society and GlobeScan presents empirical evidence that there is a substantial ivory market driven by ivory’s perceived suitability for gift giving and the social status ivory ownership conveys. This is despite the fact that support for government Read more [...]

National Geographic Magazine, September 2015

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The passion of Ajax

Ian Jenkins, Curator, ancient Greece, British Museum I am often asked what my favourite object is in the exhibition Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art. I answer this by marching my interrogator past the great white marble sculptures glowing in the mysterious half-light of the gallery to a showcase containing a primitive and seemingly unprepossessing bronze figure, only seven centimetres high. I am usually greeted with a look of incredulity. But this is my favourite object; partly because Read more [...]

Serial & Singular: Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans

The 32 canvases that make up Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, a landmark in MoMA’s collection, are usually shown in a grid arranged in four rows of eight. For space reasons, this has typically been the most expedient way to exhibit them. Andy Warhol. Campbell’s Soup Cans. 1962. Synthetic polymer paint on thirty-two canvases, each canvas: 20 x 16″ (50.8 x 40.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Partial gift of Irving Blum. Additional funding provided by Nelson A. Rockefeller Read more [...]

This Week at MoMA: April 20–26

While MoMA’s exhibition galleries usually get all the attention, this week several talks and performances take center stage. Check out the diverse roster of programming this week: • Tonight, Modern Mondays presents An Evening with Shezad Dawood, featuring the New York premiere of the London-based multimedia artist’s first feature film, Piercing Brightness. Rabih Mroué. Riding on a Cloud. 2013. Photo: Joe Namy • On Tuesday and Wednesday, the latest installment of MoMA’s renowned Elaine Read more [...]

National Geographic and First Bankcard Launch New Visa® Card with Exclusive Discounts, Special Access and Member Benefits

WASHINGTON (April 16, 2015)—The National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, and First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha and a leading issuer of credit cards, announce the launch of the new National Geographic Visa® Card. Cardholders earn exclusive savings on National Geographic products and experiences while supporting the Society’s global exploration, conservation, research and education programs with every Read more [...]

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