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Saltwater: Istanbul’s 14th Biennial

“With and through art, we commit ourselves to the possibility of joy and vitality, leaping from form to flourishing life. SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms looks for where to draw the line, to draw upon, and to draw out, through organic and non-linear forms that connect research in art...

The New Creativity

I will never be a fan of the tortured artist trope, but it used to, quite frankly, bother the hell out of me. It implied that in order for my art to be legitimate, I had to be unhappy making it; and the truth was, if enjoying making art was...

Els Encants Flea Market

Barcelona’s Els Encants flea market is full of funny little surprises. A model ship rides a wave of VHS tapes; an enamel pin of Bart Simpson grins next to another pin of the Catalan independence flag; the lower body of a mannequin sticks out of a pile of clothes like...

Wynwood Art District, Miami: Photo Guide

I wanted to escape into these walls, to be transported to an alternate universe spray-painted in vivid hues of exploding color. I could look to the scenes in front of me, behind me, or even to the cement sidewalks I walked along. Art was everywhere. The Wynwood Art District illustrates...

This Provincial Life

Provence opens like a book. When vestiges of an older world come into view, they broaden: a narrow cobblestoned road lined by bistros, stone apartments, gabled rooftops and flowerpots in windowsills. There is no traffic besides easy-ambling pedestrians and cats indifferent to all this. At dusk, light from old-fashioned lampposts...

Awe and Intimacy: Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis

Photographer Sebastião Salgado will show you the world, and he wants you to care. The famed Brazilian photographer’s latest project, Genesis, is a celebration of the beauty and fragility of life on Earth. Two weeks ago, I went to the International Center of Photography in Manhattan with the Portuguese and...

Accidentally Preserved

This past year, a group of graduate students led by artist Mark Dion and Professor Steven Lubar created “The Jenks Society for Lost Museums.” The society has put together an exhibition that provides useful approaches to unraveling the university’s past. It reveals the fragility of preservation and the importance of...

Flowing Stories: China’s Women Directors

On October 4th, 5th, and 6th, Brown hosted the second Chinese Women’s Documentary Film Festival and Symposium: a three-day-long celebration of female filmmakers from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. During those three days, a total of nine films were screened, with topics ranging from Taiwan’s matchmaking culture to the...

Art Series: Providence in the Fall

This is how we know it’s fall in Providence. An apple core, in a slick alley, a slice of light. On one side, wood painted black — the Christian Science reading room. On the other, pink brick, stained by sun, and the clean glass of the Providence Arcade. On and...

Cocoa Na Chocolate: Music as Activism

There is no question that music is an invaluable part of the human experience. Regardless of age or background, we can all pinpoint a moment (or several moments) when a song has managed to awaken an emotion within us that’s hard to name but impossible to forget. The rise of...