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A Ghoulish Passage from Lesser to Greater Perfection

An illustrated account of how I attended the TransWorld Halloween and Attractions Show and left perfected in every aspect of my being

Arts, Oct 27 2017

by Liby Hays

After attending TransWorld Halloween & Attractions Show in St. Louis Missouri, my life’s project was completed and I attained perfection. There …

After Warhol

Expanding curating practices at the RISD Museum

Arts, Oct 20 2017

by Marly Toledano

In contemporary depictions of museum, galleries are often conceived of as very sterile spaces. Manicured white walls like those at New …

What a Mess!

On the stakes of the personal essay

Arts, Oct 06 2017

by Lisa Borst

GAITSKILL The personal essay, according to some, is in a tough spot. Last spring, Jia Tolentino wrote in the New Yorker …

To Melt

The politics of soft steel

Arts, Sep 29 2017

by Odette Blaisdell

Steel is about leaning on an edge. Whether bending, shaping, cutting, or welding, I must always wait for the metal to …

The Vietnam Syndrome

Losing the middle ground in Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War

Arts, Sep 29 2017

by Will Weatherly

cw: war, police violence, racism The speaker speaks and the truth still leakswhere even Richard Nixon has got soul... Neil Young, …

Digital Inheritance

Identity and imagery in the blue light of nostalgia

Arts, Sep 22 2017

by Theia Flynn & Annabelle Chace

ON THE VISUAL IMPACT OF THE E-CARD “Having a great time, wish you were wired!” “Traveling the Net? Miss your buddies …

Swimming Through Emotional Worlds

A Conversation with Rachel Glaser

Arts, Sep 15 2017

by Anna Hundert

Rachel B. Glaser is the author of the short story collection Pee on Water (2010), the novel Paulina & Fran (2015) …

An Artist's Contract

Visions toward a more just art economy

Arts, Sep 15 2017

by Jack Manoogian

On May 17th, New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s piece Untitled was bought at auction for $110.5 million. The painting, sold at …

The Corner of the Beach

Bridging a gap in narrative tactics

Arts, Apr 21 2017

by Anna Bonesteel

Question Watch the following segment for bullshit. Experiment 1A There is a new corner of the beach at the elbow of …

Lost in the Mall

On the writer’s residency at the Mall of America

Arts, Apr 14 2017

by Signe Swanson & Will Weatherly

content warning: anti-Black policing “You'll need the tools for survival / And the medicine for the blues / Sweet treats and …

Stripping Metaphors

Edith Södergran undoes prejudice

Arts, Apr 14 2017

by Tatiana Dubin

“Warm words, fine words, deep words … They are like the scent of a flower in the night That one cannot …

Beneath Your Bootsoles

Feeling backward at New York City's AIDS Memorial

Arts, Apr 07 2017

by Lisa Borst

content warning: queerphobia Under the pavement at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 12th Street in Manhattan’s West Village, leading to …

Black Faces, White Spaces

Reflections on Dana Schutz's Open Casket

Arts, Apr 07 2017

by Ruby Aiyo Gerber

content warning: anti-Black violence On a gray and rainy Tuesday, I decided to make the pilgrimage from my home in Brooklyn …

Outside the Club

An interview with photographer Pedro Letria

Arts, Mar 24 2017

by Will Weatherly

Photos by Pedro Letria Pedro Letria is a Portuguese photographer whose work often deals with displacement, a subject stemming from Letria’s …

Sunken Places

The embodied horror of Get Out

Arts, Mar 17 2017

by Marianne Verrone

content warning: anti-Blackness, misogynoir “I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be …

How I Never Became an Internet Rapper

Arts, Mar 10 2017

by CJ Park

The frontier is an important kind of -topia for the Western imaginary. Media theorist Lev Manovich looked at computer games from …

Representing Herself

Roxane Gay and the multiplicity of female experience

Arts, Mar 10 2017

by Brionne Frazier

Roxane Gay contains multitudes. She is a professor, author, comic book writer, professional Scrabble player, tweeter and pop culture aficionado. Her …

What's So Funny?

On Migos, anti-Blackness, and representation

Arts, Mar 03 2017

by Noah Ezer

I. “My nigga just focus, I’m tryna paint you a picture. We stuck in the moment.” – Vince Staples, “Señorita” In …

Bedside Theater

Emma Sulkowicz and the politics of healing

Arts, Mar 03 2017

by Becca Hansen

At the Healing Touch Integral Wellness Center in Philadelphia, visitors come prepared to discuss their relationships, insecurities, deepest anxieties, and whatever …

In Defense of My Dead Clown

And why it is hidden (with permission) in an unopened box in a janitor's closet somewhere on campus

Arts, Feb 17 2017

by Mitsy Albumen

content warning: racism, death, gore I will tell my story as truthfully as possible. I can in no way justify my …

To Play, To Project, To Extend

On and of avatar empathies

Arts, Feb 10 2017

by Brian Oakes

Avatar empathy is what makes the internet, interactive media and other forms of reality so visceral and enticing. By avatar empathy, …

The Bearable Lightness of Being

The interworking of sunlight and interior space

Arts, Feb 10 2017

by Kion You

I constantly feel a tug away from my home in San Diego toward the translucent confines of my local Carmel Mountain …

Back in the Culture Wars

On the potential defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts

Arts, Feb 03 2017

by Ryan Rosenberg & Will Weatherly

Less than 24 hours before Inauguration Day, an unnamed source told The Hill that Donald Trump’s transition team had already been …

Electronic Disturbance at the Border

The aestheticization of immigrant rights

Arts, Feb 03 2017

by Joshua Kurtz

Last week, President Trump signed several executive orders that significantly expanded the authority of immigrations officers, banned Muslim immigrants and refugees …

Uncertainty in Architecture

Or, the blip

Arts, Dec 02 2016

by Tai Shaw

How do we work with uncertainty? Uncertainty suggests undesirable and uncontrollable outcomes. It also suggests opportunity. Deriving from my architectural thesis …

A Springsteen Fan's Daughter

Arts, Dec 02 2016

by Saanya Jain

When I was 14 years old, my father sat down on the piano bench with me and placed some sheet music …

Past Tense

Notes on nostalgia

Arts, Nov 18 2016

by Devika Girish

The latest season of Black Mirror opens with the cheeriest episode in the history of the bleak, techno-dystopic series. San Junipero …

Rooms For Fear

Imagining art after Trump

Arts, Nov 18 2016

by Will Tavlin

In her essay “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” Toni Morrison recalls in the Nation a moment after President …

Performing Intimacy

A conversation with Rashaun Mitchell

Arts, Nov 11 2016

by Zack Kligler

As Rashaun Mitchell speaks to me over the phone I can make out below his voice the faint familiar hum of …

A Distance From The Moon

Coded empathy in Moonlight and American Honey

Arts, Nov 11 2016

by Will Weatherly

Early in the film Moonlight, released this past week, a young boy named Chiron asks his mentor Juan how he can …

Houseworks

Exploring the limits of the home

Arts, Nov 04 2016

by Ryan Rosenberg, Dolma Ombadykow, Malcolm Drenttel & Jonah Max

Mall-House In 2003, artist and RISD graduate Michael Townsend devised a plan to create a luxury apartment in a 750-square-foot space …

International Art Spam

Arts, Nov 04 2016

by Alec Mapes-Frances

Specimen: The Artist’s Museum begins with the impulse to collect and connect, bringing together large-scale installations, photography, film, and videos that …

Vulgar in Vogue

A look at taste's effect on fashion

Arts, Oct 28 2016

by Signe Swanson

On October 13, curator Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips debuted their joint exhibit The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined at London’s Barbican …

Most Suitable Candidate

A complicated love letter to Hillary Clinton's pantsuits

Arts, Oct 21 2016

by Kelton Ellis

“Fashion! Turn to the left./Fashion! Turn to the right.” —David Bowie, “Fashion” (1980) Fashion matters. Though it’s tempting to think of …

In a Million Different Pieces

A conversation with poet Rachel Zucker

Arts, Oct 07 2016

by Ryan Rosenberg

Before calling up New York City-based poet, teacher, and doula Rachel Zucker, I came across a line from her poem "The …

How to Write in the Human Realm

Notes on Ben Lerner and the politics of poetry

Arts, Oct 07 2016

by Joshua Kurtz

In a video that the MacArthur Foundation produced after awarding Ben Lerner a genius Grant last year, Lerner poses the question, …

Reclaiming Endangered Languages

When language death means culture death

Arts, Sep 30 2016

by Tatiana Dubin

Spanish missionaries were the first Westerners to begin documenting the indigenous languages of the ‘Viceroyalty of New Spain.’ Travelling to newly …