Allison Meier

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Writer William S. Burroughs took thousands of photographs from the 1950s to 1970s, but it’s likely you’ve not seen many as even he didn’t treat them like an art, but a mode of disrupting time.

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Striking visuals have long been essential to disease awareness, using art to convey the invisible menace of a microscopic virus and its destructive symptoms.

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News

What Does Color Smell Like?

by Allison Meier on July 17, 2014

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That color and smell have a sensory connection is long-established, but there’s debate about whether associating the smell of strawberries with red or smoke with black is something structured in our brains, based in language, or resulting from experience.

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Laura Anderson Barbata started her international stilt-dancing collaborations in 2001 in Trinidad and Tobago, and since then has forged links between communities in the United States and Mexico. A traveling exhibition focused on the precarious performance practice opened earlier this month at BRIC House in Brooklyn.

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Post image for The Library That Kept Darwin Company for Five Years, Reconstructed

For the five years Charles Darwin spent sailing on the HMS Beagle the budding naturalist had around 404 books for company. After the ship returned to England on October 2, 1836, the books were dispersed, only now reassembled in a digital form.

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Post image for What Did Disability Look Like in the 19th Century?

Clubs for ugly people, ear trumpets designed for mourners, mesmerism as a cure — disability in the 19th century reflected all of the Victorian era’s oddities and societal changes. Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts is a digital research archive of text and images on this more overlooked aspect of history.

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Almost masked in nature’s regrowth are craters from World War II in Germany, pocking the ground as reminders of violence that erupted in the landscape. Photographer Henning Rogge set out to discover as many as he could through aerial maps and the exploration of old battlegrounds.

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News

Art Movements

by Allison Meier on July 11, 2014

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Committee to Save Cooper Union lawsuit fundraiser reaches goal, no restaurant for the 9/11 Museum, more art sales to fund museum expansions, Caravaggio gets a new tomb, and more from the week in art news.

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Galleries

Big Bang Vinyl

by Allison Meier on July 11, 2014

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Using the breaking and reformation of a thousand vinyl records, artists Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis interpret the creation of the cosmos. The relics of the process and the final cacophonous product are on view at Pierogi gallery in Williamsburg.

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Billboards are commanding territory all over the world, offering just a blaring message in their occupation. Some designers have been looking at how to better use this advertising infrastructure, with Slovakia’s Designdevelop proposing a use for the space as small-scale residences for the homeless.

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