Erin Thompson, Harper's Bazaar

Erin Thompson

Harper's Bazaar

New York, NY, United States

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Recent:
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • Slate
Past:
  • The Nation
  • hyperallergic
  • BitchMedia
  • Salon.com
  • Resilience.org
  • AlterNet
  • Countercurrents.org
  • Truthout
  • War Is Boring
  • HuffPost
  • and more…

Recent articles by Erin:

Ghosting the Confederacy

Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue was a focal point of violence during a white supremacist riot in 2017. Now, the city must decide what to do with it. → Read More

The Museum of the Bible Forgot That One Commandment

And no, it’s not “anti-Christian” to say so. → Read More

Letters From the August 9/16, 2021, Issue

Calling Arizona… Black Main Street… Privileged information… The bronze ceiling (web-only)… → Read More

Stumbling Towards Repatriation

We need to make it clear to our museums that we do not want to walk around in galleries of stolen artworks. → Read More

The Medusa #MeToo Monument Doesn’t Serve Sexual Assault Survivors

The statue embodies is the long historical pattern in which male competition plays out in the exploitation of female suffering. → Read More

The banality of evocation: Remembering a feminist movement that hasn’t ended

As statues topple across the country, the Pioneers Monument is a test case for the future of public art in America → Read More

Sorry/Not Sorry: How Viewers Express Judgment by Touching the Art

Anyone who deliberately damages art in a museum is regarded as under a delusion, either due to mental illness or a failure to perceive the nature of what they’re doing. But in reality, people touch art all of the time. → Read More

The Banality of Evocation

Perhaps in 2020, the best monuments to the fight for women’s rights -- for all our rights -- may look nothing like what most of us would imagine. → Read More

The Problem With NYC’s New Women’s Rights Monument

As statues topple across the US, a new women’s rights monument in Central Park has sparked debate over whether statues are a redeemable form of remembrance. → Read More

How to remember a feminist movement that hasn’t ended

On August 26, 2020, Alice in Wonderland will get some company. She will be joined in New York City’s Central Park by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth, the first statues there of women who, unlike Alice, actually existed. The monument is a gift to the park from Monumental → Read More

How to Remember a Feminist Movement That Hasn’t Ended

On August 26, 2020, Alice in Wonderland will get some company. She will be joined in New York City’s Central Park by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth, the first statues there of women who, unlike Alice, actually existed. The monument is a gift to the park from Monumental Women, a non-profit organization formed in 2014. The group has[Read More...] → Read More

The True Cost of Museum Fakes

The Museum of the Bible recently admitted all of its Dead Sea Scroll fragments are forgeries. But when fake antiquities are donated to museums, taxpayers lose. → Read More

Stolen Deities Resurface in a Dallas Museum

A blogger’s shaky snapshots from an exhibition opening reveal where a Lakshmi-Narayana statue stolen from a temple in Kathmandu in 1984 had ended up: the Dallas Museum of Art. → Read More

Museums Should Consider Why They’ve Become Targets of Attack and Protest

A terror plot targeting the British Museum was recently thwarted, but the reasons why it became a target in the first place go far beyond the current political climate. → Read More

In debt to the law: How law schools fail those who seek justice

Law school applications are up — but law school may just be a rigged game → Read More

Law Schools Are Failing Students of Color

Higher debt and lower employment rates create a “justice gap” that’s nearly impossible to escape. → Read More

Staggering Debt and Shattered Hopes: How Law Schools Fail Students of Color

Imagine what a difference more minority judges might make. → Read More

The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open

We spent the day at a beach in Brooklyn. Skyscrapers floated in the distance and my toddler kept handing me cigarette filters she had dug out of the sand. When we got home, I checked my email. I had been sent a picture of a very different beach. Deserted, framed... → Read More

The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open: What the Paintings by Its Prisoners Tell Us About Our Humanity and Theirs

The Department of Defense declared that all art made at Guantanamo is government property. → Read More

The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open : What the Paintings by Its Prisoners Tell Us About Our Humanity and Theirs – Countercurrents

We spent the day at a beach in Brooklyn. Skyscrapers floated in the distance and my toddler kept handing me cigarette filters she had dug out of the sand. When we got home, I checked my email. I ha… → Read More