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October 15, 2019

On a brisk fall afternoon in Brooklyn’s Red Hook, just a few blocks from the East River, a community of robots huddles, dormant and immobilized, suspended in time. The robots populate an old Norwegian seaman’s church, crouching in the corners of the...

July 15, 2019

Napoleon Bonaparte: revolutionary military commander, first Emperor of France, and champion of widely influential civil codes.

Vincent Van Gogh: Dutch oil painter of starry nights and sunflowers, post-Impressionist idol, self-mutilating psychiatric pa...

April 15, 2019

While NYC awaits its newest train car fleet, it's hard not to think back to IRT's now-abandoned City Hall Station, where the storied history of the city's subway system began nearly 115 years ago. Featuring 400 feet of curves, teeming wit...

December 28, 2018

It’s June of 2018. The shelves are empty save for a layer of dust. A few brightly colored items are strewn haphazardly on the floor — a few Legos, a Barbie shoe — plastic ghosts of juvenescent elation and consumerism. A final chnk sounds as the fluor...

October 1, 2018

“Rosabelle, believe.” These were the words, shrouded inside a secret code, spoken by Harry Houdini (1874 — 1926) from beyond the grave to his wife. In life, the illusionist was vehemently skeptical of spirit mediums — i.e., those who communicate (or...

July 2, 2018

It was a crisp spring day in rural Indiana. Probably the wildflowers were just beginning to peak their heads above the soil; the birds were chirping hungrily for worms. And, in a home off Rush County Road 850, an FBI command vehicle was parked while...

April 1, 2018

Up-tempo electronic music plays as a rapid-fire montage unfolds on the screen: quick flashes of contorted naked bodies, covered in paint, camouflaged against a backdrop or disguised as some species of wild animal. Ru Paul interjects with “MIND! BLOWN...

December 31, 2017

What kind of futuristic visions does the term “3D printing” conjure up? Perhaps you think of plastic prototypes, small-scale models, or lifesaving prosthetics. If you’re a film nerd, maybe you remember the characters in Coraline, Kylo Ren’s red light...

October 1, 2017

Think back to the last time you dined at your favorite sushi restaurant. When your California roll and salmon sashimi arrived, did you sit for a few moments and truly appreciate its beauty? Did you think to yourself, Oh dang, this is a work of art. M...

July 1, 2017

In the past few centuries, depictions of nudity in art have focused almost exclusively on female bodies, created almost exclusively by male artists. This fact is made all too clear in the Harper’s Bazaar slideshow, “10 Nudes That Changed History,” in...

July 1, 2017

One thing is clear: sex is the great unifier among cultures. Only relatively recently in the Western world has it come to be considered as taboo or offensive. It’s not hard to imagine that scenes depicted in the Gabinetto Segreto or the Turin Erotic...

April 2, 2017

Destino... is anachronistically removed from both artists’ lifetimes. Though production began in 1945, it was abandoned less than a year later due to Studio changes following World War II. It was actually completed in 2003, after Roy E. Disney – Walt...

April 2, 2017

“We are wishing creatures and we want peace, love, understanding, good sex without complications, good food that doesn't make us fat, absolute fidelity from lovers who give us range to act like wild animals, and heaven. None of this really exists...

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