Allison Meier

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When Harlem’s Renaissance Ballroom was demolished this year, the 1920s Jazz Age past of the neighborhood became a little harder to see.

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Post image for The World’s Largest Wildlife Sound Archive and the Urgency of Preserving Noise

Digital archives are essential for sharing information and encouraging its preservation, especially for sound.

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Post image for The Books that Taught American Women to Camp in the Early 20th Century

Books aimed at women on pitching tents, cooking on campfires, dressing for hikes, and surviving in the wild were published in the United States, as more and more women went out into the woods.

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Post image for Brothels, Artists, and Exorbitant Real Estate on One NYC Block

One block of New York City’s Soho has had numerous identities over the past four centuries.

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Post image for Three Years After Sandy, South Street Seaport Gets $10.4 Million from FEMA

This week the South Street Seaport got an essential boost.

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Sum of the Arts

by Allison Meier on August 14, 2015

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Number of nickel cadmium batteries required to power the first digital camera, which was created in 1973 = 16

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Post image for A Decade of Drawing the Metropolitan Museum’s Flowers

For 10 years, artist Abbie Zabar had a ritual: go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and sketch the new floral arrangements adorning the entrance hall.

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Post image for A Catalogue of Violent Design in the 21st Century

MoMA’s online initiative Design and Violence was an 18-month experiment in addressing the brutality of 21st-century design.

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Post image for The Overlooked Asian Influence on Art of the Colonial Americas

The Asian influence on arts and crafts of the Americas goes back centuries earlier than most people think.

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Post image for Drawn Self-Portraits Materialized as Masks

For her Second Self photography series, Canadian artist Meryl McMaster asked her subjects to blindly draw single-line contours of their faces, which she then sculpted into wire masks.

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