• Keeping Art Alive in These Times

    IN HIS ROLE as executive director of the College Art Association, Hunter O’Hanian is in a unique position to understand how government policy and funding affect the arts in higher education. Other positions he has held in arts management have given him a broad overview of the art world from both a creative and an institutional perspective.

  • A Year in La DolceVita Rome

    EDMUND WHITE lived in Rome for most of 1970. It was his first time living abroad—Paris would come much later—and while his “Roman holiday” lasted less than a year, he included various episodes from his Italian stay in a number of his writings.

  • Two Forces of Nature on a Collision Course

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  • Whatever Possessed Them to Make Baby Jane?

    THE TITLE of this eight-part series that aired on FX refers to the famous feud between those titans of Tinseltown who costarred in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

  • Camp Art in the Age of Modernism

    MAKE NO MISTAKE: in the first major U.S. exhibition in over twenty years devoted to this artist, we are treated to just how radical Florine Stettheimer’s paintings were.

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And Here’s To You

“And Here’s To You…” Meet Iris Robinson, a Member of Parliament in Northern Ireland who’s involved in a nasty financial scandal. But first, to appreciate the relevance of this faraway kickback case, consider the following brief exchange between Robinson and a radio interviewer: “Stephen Nolan: Do you think that homosexuality is something that is shamefully […]

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