Milk Teeth

Arts & Culture, Nov 16 2012

by Doreen St. Félix

At the age of six, in some cases earlier and in others later, the process of shedding teeth begins with the …

In Argentina, An Excerpt

Arts & Culture, Nov 16 2012

by Kevin Pires

I write about cities because they are the only constant. I have existed in these places. This is a generous guarantee. …

Future Histories

Modernism & Preservation in Providence

Arts & Culture, Nov 11 2012

by Mimi Dwyer

Providence is a film set. Its two-dimensional skyline reads like a greatest-hits list of the last century’s architectural design principles—the 1913 …

Musical Chairs

Textual Improvisation with Nico Muhly

Arts & Culture, Nov 11 2012

by Lizzie Davis

At age 31, Nico Muhly is already heralded as the premiere composer of his generation. The Providence local has collaborated with …

I Want to Punch Him in the Face

Discomfort comedy and the ironic generation

Arts & Culture, Nov 11 2012

by Greg Nissan

The film opens with a familiar sight: the mid-30s hipster donning a blank expression, a trendy button-down that snags on his …

War and Forgetfulness

Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge

Arts & Culture, Nov 11 2012

by Dan Sherrell

Nuon Chea, the genocidaire, tells the court he needs a hat. The air conditioning, apparently, is making his head cold.After a …

You Can Find it in the Bathroom

A conversation with Mothers News founder Jacob Berendes

Arts & Culture, Nov 02 2012

by Benson Tucker

Mothers News is a free newspaper published monthly in Providence, Rhode Island. Though it has comics, and ads, and reports, and …

Lists and Projects

Savant archive and fine art

Arts & Culture, Nov 02 2012

by Claudia Norton

Leona Christie is a visual arts professor at SUNY Albany and has a brother named Gavin Christie. Gavin Christie is an …

Curation Goes Viral

Tumbling down the drain

Arts & Culture, Nov 02 2012

by Ana Alvarez

In its list of “The 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World: 2012 Edition,” alternative art blog Hyperallergic asserted that …

Hallowed Whisperings

Arts & Culture, Nov 02 2012

by Grace Dunham, Robert Merritt & Alex Ronan

A while ago, I went to the Met with a boy my age, and also his mother. We were walking around …

Payasos Azules

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Sam Adler-Bell

The distance from the village to Colomba is “twenty minutes by pickup.” Described that way, always. As if there weren’t any …

The Days of Labor

Memory and forgetting in the subways of Moscow

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Shira Atkins

The roar of the machinery subsides, the speeding train begins to slow, and a familiar female voice erupts from the loudspeakers: …

Synthetic Synth

Supergroups in the age of new disco

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Greg Nissan

Dan Boeckner is out of place in 2012. The former Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs leader took the stage last Tuesday …

I'll Believe It When I See It

A photographic ghost story

Arts & Culture, Oct 28 2012

by Christina McCausland

In 1869, the spirit photographer William H. Mumler was brought to court in New York City. Perhaps best known for his …

Are You Sure This is Water?

D.T. Max on the legacy of David Foster Wallace

Arts & Culture, Oct 26 2012

by Drew Dickerson

On March 9, 2009, New Yorker staff writer D.T. Max published “The Unfinished,” a posthumous profile of David Foster Wallace. Wallace—who …

Hanging on Air

Airports as a venue for public art

Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

by Pierie Korostoff

This September, the Southwest Florida International Airport announced an addition to the terminal: the airport is acquiring “Dawn Forest,” a three-ton …

Fearless Felix

Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

 What a lot of people don’t realize is that I’d been up there before so it wasn’t scary at all. …

Inconvenient Truths

The struggle for justice and memory in Brazil’s Truth Commission

Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

by Emma Wohl

As the credits rolled last week on The Day That Lasted 21 Years, a film about Brazil’s 21-year military dictatorship screened …

Notes On Transubstantiation

Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

by Patrick Madden

For the tiny children, it’s a tiny snack or a deprivation thereof. For the older children, it’s a proud act of …

This Is An Emergency

Meredith Stern’s call to action

Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

by Ana Alvarez

This Is An Emergency, a project organized by local artist and printmaker Meredith Stern, combines both visual and written artworks that …


Arts & Culture, Oct 21 2012

by Alex Ronan

I. The newspapers say a slender girl with a long, blondponytail blonde ponytail held by a ribbon of pink yarn and …

Hypothesis: Everything You Could Ever Want & Be You Already Have & Are

Arts & Culture, Oct 19 2012

by Claudia Norton

Introduction Dawn Kasper is living in a gallery in Brown’s Granoff Center, enacting the final chapter of her performance series “On …

Wet, Hot, American

Michael Showalter in conversation

Arts & Culture, Oct 19 2012

by Drew Dickerson

I first learned of Michael Showalter B’92 during the initial run of Stella, a single-camera television show he put out alongside …

The Subject Sam

a conversation with Sam Lipsyte

Arts & Culture, Sep 22 2012

by Drew Dickerson

I first encountered Sam Lipsyte (’90) a little over a year ago after picking up The Ask, his third and most …

A Gallery Girl on Gallery Girls

girls don't rule the art world

Arts & Culture, Sep 21 2012

by Ana Alvarez

Gallery Girls, Bravo’s latest reality television venture, follows the trials of seven young women as they navigate the ‘New York Art …


tunes, tools, teenagers

Arts & Culture, Sep 21 2012

by Ana Alvarez, Christina McCausland & Claudia Norton

ROOKIE YEARBOOK ONE Rookie Yearbook One proves there’s a teenage girl in all of us waiting to wear a paper crown …

Game Camera

observing art through nature

Arts & Culture, Sep 21 2012

by Robert Merritt

About a week ago I opened the freezer door to take out a pizza and found my copy of Keith Richard’s …

And There Is No Word For That

expanding the narratives of rape

Arts & Culture, Sep 21 2012

by A

There was this girl, whose face I can no longer see and whose name might have been Maggie but just as …

Withering Bytes

preserving digital art. et tu DVD? et tu?

Arts & Culture, Sep 21 2012

by Olivia-Jené Fagon

Over the course of two centuries, the Library of Congress was able to acquire, catalogue, and preserve 29 million books and …

UPLOADING CULTURE: Variability and Immateriality in Video Art

variability and immateriality in video art

Arts & Culture, Sep 04 2012

by Jordan Carter

The walls of the Whitney are hijacked by moving images in the museum’s summer 2010 exhibition Off the Wall: Part 1—Thirty …

The Theory Monster: Fame + Foucault = Gaga?

fame + Foucault = Gaga?

Arts & Culture, Sep 04 2012

by Jordan Carter

The Theory Monster Fame + Foucault = Gaga? Britney Spears is my secret vice, but I’m proud to blast the Lady. …


cinema and the 3½-dimension

Arts & Culture, May 23 2012

by Adrian Randall

I think I have watched the trailer for Men in Black III a dozen times by now. I am in the …

Promise In The Present

faith and skepticism in Carol Becker’s micro-utopias

Arts & Culture, May 11 2012

by Jordan Carter

Last Thursday, Carol Becker—writer, scholar, and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts—gave a talk on micro-utopias to a micro-sized …

Athena's Adaptation

a 19th century library in the 21st century

Arts & Culture, May 11 2012

by Natalie Villacorta

When people step into the Providence Athenaeum for the first time, they take their first breath of 19th century air and …


Theaster Gates takes Chicago

Arts & Culture, May 11 2012

by Kate Welsh

The wooden floors of the house at 6918 Dorchester Avenue in Chicago originally lined a West Side bowling alley. The stacks …

That In Your Ear?

David Bellos on translation

Arts & Culture, May 11 2012

by Nick Shulman

In 1595, as spiritual leader of the Jesuit mission to China, Matteo Ricci guided his subordinates to shed their robes and …

skin & bones

a conversation with taxidermist Becca Barnet

Arts & Culture, May 07 2012

by Gillian Brassil

Becca Barnet is an artist, museum exhibit maker, and taxidermist currently based in Charleston. The Independent spoke to her on the …

Let Them Eat Cake

consuming the other

Arts & Culture, May 02 2012

by Sophia Seawell

At the World Art Day celebration on April 15 at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, gallery-goers ate cake. It …

"So What Does It All Mean?"

Gossip Girl At Its apotheosis

Arts & Culture, Apr 25 2012

by Stephen Carmody

Diana: Well, I didn’t intend for things to get as serious as they did with Nate. And then I thought… if …