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Mental Health-Themed Mural Spans Bridge to Spread Message of Hope

Mental Health-Themed Mural Spans Bridge to Spread Message of Hope

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | A vibrant and engaging mural designed to take on the stigma surrounding mental illness is spreading its message — 90 feet long and six feet high — along a once-gloomy pedestrian walkway. Recently installed for permanent view across both sides of the Port Authority bridge on W. 34th St. (btw. […]

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Defining Images from Decisive Moments

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Defining Images from Decisive Moments

BY NORMAN BORDEN | Here is India through the eyes of one of the most — maybe the most — influential and revered photographers of the 20th century: Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). The artist himself selected 69 of his favorite images for a 2002 show in Oslo, and now that collection is part of the Rubin […]

Talking Statues Project Has History Asking, ‘Can You Hear Me Now?’

Talking Statues Project Has History Asking, ‘Can You Hear Me Now?’

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The ubiquitous sound — a cellphone ringtone — rang out in Bryant Park, but the person on the other end would have surprised historians. It was, after all, a call from Gertrude Stein, who passed away over 70 years ago. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t Stein, but rather an actor […]

DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh at Grey Art

DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh at Grey Art

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | While a founding member of the pioneering band DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh has also been a visual artist since the early 1970s. Over several decades, he has amassed a prodigious body of work consisting of paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, wildly inventive musical instruments of his own design, decorative arts, film, film scores, and […]

America’s True Native Fashion

America’s True Native Fashion

BY LENORE SKENAZY | When you think about Native Americans and fashion, your first thought might be “Beads.” (Well, at least mine was.) Wait, no. Feathers! No— buckskin with fringe. What’s more Native American than buckskin pants worn by some high-cheeked hunter about to shoot a deer? Well how about a Louis Vuitton arrow quiver? That […]

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 […]

Design By DeGeneres

Design By DeGeneres

Television host, comedian, and writer Ellen DeGeneres guest-curates the 14th edition of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s “Selects” series, featuring prominent designers, artists, and architects invited to mine and interpret the museum’s collection of more than 210,000 objects. Through 50 objects, the installation offers an intimate look into DeGeneres’ eclectic design aesthetic, with a […]

Memphis Does Hanukkah

Memphis Does Hanukkah

LA-born Peter Shire created pottery, sculpture, paintings, drawings, and furniture informed by Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism, but in the late 1970s he joined the Memphis group, a Milan-based coterie of international designers including Michele de Lucchi, Barbara Radice, George Sowden, and Natalie du Pasquier. In “Memphis Does Hanukkah,” the Jewish Museum exhibits Judaica objects, textiles, […]

French Shape-Shifter

French Shape-Shifter

Among the modern art giants of the past century, Francis Picabia (1879–1953) remains one of the most elusive. Best known as a leader of the Dada movement, he vigorously avoided any singular style, and his work encompassed painting, poetry, publishing, performance, and film. His work ranged from Impressionism to radical abstraction, from Dadaist provocation to […]

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