Between a spirited olympics, political turmoil, losses, and victories, this year was one for the ages. As events transpired and hearts were pulled in every direction, artists around the world documented society one piece at a time. Take a look at the events and defining works of 2016.
The 2016 Summer Olympics officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad took place in Rio de Jeneiro.
A hotly-debated political race divides America.
David Bowie passes away, leaving a rock legacy that will never become dim.
The gorilla turned internet meme that is Harambe explodes after his death at a Cincinatti zoo.
Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Peace Prize for having created new forms of expression within the American songwriting tradition.
The Broadway rap-musical Hamilton sweeps the nation, breaking the record for most money earned in one week on broadway at $3.3 million.
War and multi-layered conflict ravages Syria, especially at the home of the populous Syrian government in Aleppo. Innocent lives are lost and refugees flee to the borders.
American musical legend Prince passes away and the world pays tribute in purple.
British citizens vote to leave the European Union it what is now known as ‘Brexit’.
Tensions rise between minority groups and the police on the heels of multiple devastating murders involving African-American males, like Michael Brown and Alton Sterling.
The Great One, Muhammad Ali, passes away, reminding us of the dominance and impact he had on sports and popular culture.
What. A. Year.
Share the moments, good or bad, that moved you in 2016 in the comments below.