Allison Meier

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Sidney Herbert Sime’s art seems to capture the point at which a dream becomes a nightmare.

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Books

Shopping for the Afterlife in China

by Allison Meier on August 29, 2016

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Chanel shoes, McDonald’s french fries, iPhones, cognac, lacy lingerie, and machine guns are just a few of the consumer goods you can purchase for the dead in China.

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Post image for The Hidden History of Recycling in Medieval Art

It’s easy to forget that a historic artifact preserved in a museum is not a static object.

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Street

Decoding Public Art in City Hall Park

by Allison Meier on August 26, 2016

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Between the four speakers of Chris Watson’s “Ring Angels,” the fluttering of a thousand wings fills a corner of City Hall Park.

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Post image for Restoring Alexander Pope’s Glinting Grotto to Its Former Glory

Nothing remains of Alexander Pope’s 18th-century villa except its grotto, which has experienced three centuries of quiet decay alongside the River Thames in Twickenham, England.

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Post image for The Monumental Totem Poles Built by a Retired Oklahoma Art Teacher

FOYIL, Okla. — In 1937, art teacher Ed Galloway began his retirement project: a 90-foot-tall totem pole rising from the back of a big blue turtle.

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Post image for Terrible Taxidermy from When Exotic Animals Were Unknown in the West

Exotic animal visitors to Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries were more frequently dead than alive.

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Post image for A Graphic Novel Chronicles Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Years

Woody Guthrie was responding to the hardships of the Great Depression, but he may as well have been singing about now.

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Post image for The Well-Trodden Art of the Manhole Cover in New York City

A manhole cover is generally deemed successful if its round shape keeps pedestrians from plummeting into the earth, and communicates the subterranean systems below through its design.

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In the 19th century, tourists who traveled through the Holy Land may have picked up scrapbooks of pressed flowers as souvenirs.

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