Allison Meier

Post image for A Photographer Who Tracked Displacement, from Soviet Gulags to Ethiopia’s Civil War

Ruth Gruber was the youngest PhD graduate in the world, earning her degree at the age of 20 with a doctoral thesis on Virginia Woolf (the first academic work on the author), when she trudged out into the Arctic and became the first journalist to interview prisoners at a Soviet Gulag in 1935.

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Post image for An Eccentric Visual History of Our Most Basic Shapes

In the 1960s, Italian artist Bruno Munari explored the visual history of the square, circle, and triangle in three books, which Princeton Architectural Press recently compiled.

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Post image for Erased Nude Discovered in a Leonardo da Vinci Notebook

It seems like there’s always something new to discover in the thousands of pages of notes and drawings left behind by Leonardo da Vinci, whether it’s a sketch for an early refrigerator or an illustration of a viola organista fusing a piano with a stringed instrument.

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Post image for An Artist Serves Up Decadent Feasts for Wild Animals

Over the past few years, New York-based artist Dana Sherwood has organized a picnic for wild baboons on the South African coast, left banquets for raccoons in the suburbs of South Florida, and concocted a molded terrine of jellied spam, beef, hot dogs, and marrow bones for coyotes.

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Post image for Could NYC’s Island of the Dead Become a Green Burial Park?

Each year, hundreds of New Yorkers are buried in trenches dug deep in the soil of Hart Island, a sliver of forgotten land in the Long Island Sound off the eastern shore of the Bronx.

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The Humble Art of Decorated Paper

by Allison Meier on January 29, 2016

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In April of 1789, a few months before the storming of the Bastille, the paper factory of Jean-Baptiste Réveillon in Paris was taken over by labor protestors, who commandeered the machines to print paper in red, white, and blue.

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Post image for How Five American Indian Dancers Transformed Ballet in the 20th Century

Five dancers who started their careers in the 1940s redefined dance in the United States, becoming some of the first American prima ballerinas in the world’s top companies, from the Ballets Russes to the Paris Opera Ballet.

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Post image for Digitally Deface Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye

Have you ever wanted to throw a piano or screeching cat at Le Corbusier’s pristinely white 1931 Villa Savoye in France?

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Post image for Recreating the Magic Circle of a Surrealist Seriously into the Occult

Dressed in a crisp tuxedo, Swiss artist Kurt Seligmann stepped into a chalk circle lined with the names of archangels on the wood floor of his Manhattan apartment.

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Post image for The Spite House, an Architectural Phenomenon Built on Rage and Revenge

Spite houses are homes built on anger.

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