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Art Exploding Mental Health Stigma

Art Exploding Mental Health Stigma

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | A new city arts program is looking to build connections and spur discussions between communities and those living with mental illness. The New York City Mural Arts Project is in its pilot year and is working with artists, community groups, and the community at large to use art to tackle issues such […]

Away With Escapism: Whitney Biennial 2017

Away With Escapism: Whitney Biennial 2017

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | Marking its first installment in the museum’s new home in the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Biennial is as comprehensive as it is eclectic. Curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks, both in their mid-30s, it reflects the result of several months of research and studio visits. There are 63 participants […]

FIT Spotlights Iconic Black Fashion Designers

FIT Spotlights Iconic Black Fashion Designers

BY NAEISHA ROSE | Celebrating style mavens of African descent and their contributions to fashion from the 1950s to the present, “Black Fashion Designers” is a notable first for the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). In the past, FIT has presented work on individual black designers — but never before with a focus […]

Museum Hours: Memories of Chaos and Quiet in ‘70s Manhattan

Museum Hours: Memories of Chaos and Quiet in ‘70s Manhattan

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | “Everyone chooses to remember what they want to remember,” Mark Jacobson observes in his New York magazine piece “What Everyone Gets Wrong About ‘70s New York” late last year about one of the “few times in recent New York history [that] have been so longed for, so endlessly discussed.” This longing, so prominent […]

Trek to the Intrepid And You’re a Starfleet Cadet

Trek to the Intrepid And You’re a Starfleet Cadet

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | What began on September 8, 1966 as a five-year mission to seek out new worlds and ways of being, “Star Trek” didn’t even make it past season three as a network television series. By then, though, creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a culturally diverse 23rd century starship crew united in the […]

Jazz Dances on Film

Jazz Dances on Film

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Museum of Modern Art, in a retrospective created by the museum’s film curator Dave Kehr and dance critic Deborah Levine, is presenting “All That Jack (Cole),” a look at the career of one of Hollywood’s most influential choreographers. In a film career that ran from 1945 until 1960, Cole (1911-1974) […]

Cretaceous Park Titans

Cretaceous Park Titans

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Earth’s  is more recent than the Jurassic Era popularized by the biggest dinosaur movies of all time, but it featured a more diverse dinosaur population than its preceding period. This coming weekend, the American Museum of Natural History opens a new exhibition in its Fossil Halls featuring a cast of a […]

A Concise But Wide-Ranging Pollock Show at MoMA

A Concise But Wide-Ranging Pollock Show at MoMA

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With “Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934–1954,” the Museum of Modern Art offers what it terms “a concise but detailed survey” of this abstract impressionist American painter. The exhibition, which runs from November 22 through March 16 in the second floor Paul J. Sachs Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, traces his evolution […]

Sober Reflection in Japan’s Age of Uncertainty

Sober Reflection in Japan’s Age of Uncertainty

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | Following World War II, Japan enjoyed rapid industrialization and an economic surge. The mood there, however, became tinged with anxiety in the early 1950s when the US–Japan Security Treaty (Anpo) formalized a continued American military presence within the island nation’s borders. By the late ‘60s, this tension had escalated to the point […]

Cooper-Hewitt Examines the Art of Poster Making

Cooper-Hewitt Examines the Art of Poster Making

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Going back more than 100 years, the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, examines the variety of ways in which poster artists have employed basic principles of composition, visual perception, and storytelling to create their work. The exhibit, which runs through January 24 and includes more than 125 pieces from the museum’s […]