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Homelessness Through the Lens of Photographer Leah den Bok

Visitors to the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia expect to feel uncomfortable at the very least. A museum of science and medical history, the Mütter displays only a fragment of the over-37,000 objects in its collection: specimens, antique medical equipment, and wax models. Among other infamous specimens, the museum retains a cancerous tumor that was excised from President Grover Cleveland’s hard palate, thoracic tissue from the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, and a shared liver from the American conjoined twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. read more.

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Mounira Al Solh at Artes Mundi 10: “We Had Hope in Change”

Lebanese artist, Mounira Al Solh grew up in the midst of intense conflict. A child of Beirut, born in the context of a protracted Lebanese Civil War (1975-90), daily struggles and quotidian joys alike were set constantly against a backdrop of violence and destruction with intermittent, tense, and all-too-rare periods of ceasefire making space for everyday life. read more.

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From Analog to Digital: Barbara Kruger in the 21st-Century

Has any artwork so succinctly encapsulated the discourse concerning the objectification of women in art (through the ages) as Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Your gaze hits the side of my face)? In this 1981 photo and text montage, arguably one of the seminal images encapsulating key concerns of second-wave feminism, the marble visage of a female classical sculpture turns to the side to absorb contact – to take the impending “hit.”read more.

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Jessica Campbell’s Heterodoxy and American Proto-Feminism

Amidst the smoke and amiable din of Polly’s, a popular Greenwich Village restaurant on MacDougal Street, a group of New York City women met in 1912 to form a feminist club called “Heterodoxy.” The typical denizens of Polly’s were bohemians, anarchists, artists, writers, actors, and so forth, including Emma Goldman and Sherwood Anderson.read more.

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Get Into the Zine Zone at the Brooklyn Museum

“This exhibition contains graphic content and language. Viewer discretion is advised.” – Brooklyn Museum

Consider yourself sufficiently advised. Entering the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition, Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines, is tantamount to flinging yourself headlong into one of the countless, teeming, live alternative music venues like I frequented in my 20s and early 30s.read more.

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Enigma and Elegance in Chie Yoshii’s Surrealist Paintings

“Ethereal,” “luminous,” “cryptic,” “sensual,” and “surreal” are adjectives used frequently to describe the work of Japanese-born artist Chie Yoshii. And for good reason. One look at her paintings — which are featured in  Pomegranate’s 2024 calendar “Guardians” — and it becomes clear that these descriptors of Chie’s work are apt.read more.

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