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Day: June 7, 2021

Art

“Washing Their Hands With Our Blood”: Activists on MoMA Trustee’s Dominican Republic Gold Mine

On the warm Friday afternoon of June 4, the neighborhood of Astoria in Queens, New York was humming with life. Families were out on the streets, the local fish market was brimming with customers, and young people sipped from iced…

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The Journey Behind Liza Lou’s Behemoth Beaded Kitchen

At gatherings, guests tend to gravitate towards the glow and buzz of the kitchen. Similarly, ever since its first exhibition in 1996, Liza Lou’s “Kitchen,” a shimmering sculptural installation depicting a life-sized kitchen completely coated in millions of tiny, shiny,…

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The Financial Reasons for Abolishing Museum Boards

Why is it that the endowments of the major New York art museums yield worse returns than your retirement fund? Take the Whitney — the current board of trustees has folks like Trump mega-donor Victor Ganzi, and Citadel founder and…

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At Boss Witch, Art Performances Will Thrive in Nature

Like many people this past year, artist Carmina Escobar found herself reevaluating and reflecting on her practice. Over email, she said that it gave her “the chance to explore a different model for creation.” The result was Boss Witch Productions,…

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Joel Meyerowitz’s Wild Flowers Is a Reminder That the World Is Still Blooming

Since reading, or rather visually savoring, Joel Meyerowitz’s Wild Flowers, I’ve been thinking about how flowers are one of the most diversified emoji fields on my phone. Given the surging public interest in flowers — all plant life, really —…