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How Lonely Sits The City, Part II

“The idea of a “ruin aesthetic” has been resolvable for few, and problematic for many. To believe that such a thing exists seems at once to be an act of fetishization and ennoblement. I am convinced that the ways in which we perceive ruinscapes can have (and have had) tangible consequences, although the nature of these repercussions is contingent on the time in which the particular ruinsite exists.” Continue reading

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A Paradox of Grand Designs: Thomas Jefferson and his Empire for Liberty

“Sometimes I cannot believe the egotism of Thomas Jefferson. Stories where he gives portraits of himself to neighbors are echoed in modern accounts of his institutional successors, who, rather than owning up to their obligations, donate statues of their founder to rectify past debts. What kind of man could have spawned such bitter anecdotes, such institutionalized arrogance, yet also be bestowed with immortality as a champion of democracy?” Continue reading

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It Be What? Figuring Out “What I Be”

What I Be? Photography by Steve Rosenfeld  There are faces, expressions, declarations– “I am not my–distance/emotions/ethnicity”– and bold black ink scrawled on skin– “I will judge you/ Not just the goofy kid/ Wallflower.”  Yet the very first thing I noticed … Continue reading

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Art in Search of a Manual

The problem is when a work actually can’t speak for itself. At that point, no amount of captioning is going to save it. Continue reading

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Visions of the Everyday

“Dancing Into Dream, Maya Vase Painting of the Ik’ Kingdom” Princeton University Art Museum Runs Oct. 6, 2012 to Feb. 17,2013 Dark against the glazed orange background, fat and sparsely clothed men sit cross-legged and gesture at each other.  Kings … Continue reading

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