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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...

Why You Need To Go To The RISD Museum

Over the summer of 2014, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum underwent numerous renovations and reorganizations, in order to improve upon its unique collection of pieces from an inspiring breadth of artists and genres. The collections Providence residents have grown to love still remain—such as the galleries for...

The Dirndl, a.k.a. “That Oktoberfest Outfit”

BY JACQUELINE PHILLIPS ILLUSTRATIONS BY MARGARET BARRY Your first encounter with the dirndl may have been watching the Sound of Music or admiring a beer maid costume during Halloween, but there’s much more to a dirndl than what you can find in American costume shops. /// Although the dirndl is...

Marina Abramović: What does it mean to re-perform art?

BY ALEKSANDRA LIFSHITS Marina Abramović is a Serbian performance artist known for testing the boundaries of performance art and human endurance. During her performances, she tends to endanger her body by inflicting pain on herself to feel spiritual transcendence, which she describes as a state bordering life and death. Her...