Allison Meier

Post image for A Visual Homage to Brutalist Behemoths

Even while major Brutalist structures face preservation issues — like Marcel Breuer’s Central Library in Atlanta, whose fate is being decided now — the aesthetic of these concrete-based buildings continues to gain in popularity.

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Post image for The Fluid Experimentation of László Moholy-Nagy in a Long-Awaited Retrospective

Decked out in red factory overalls, László Moholy-Nagy cut a striking figure of an avant-garde utopian during his time teaching at the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1923 to 1928.

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Post image for Rescuing Roosevelt Island’s Rare, Abstract WPA Murals

“When people hear the words ‘WPA murals,’ they envision the large and heroic figures they may have seen in post offices or other public buildings across America,” said Stephanie Wiles, the director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University.

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Post image for Peering into a Caravan Haunted by Marionettes

As the sounds of a storm fill the gallery, the illuminated caravan begins to clatter with life.

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Post image for The First Photographs of Lightning Crackle with Electric Chaos

In the 1880s, William Nicholson Jennings set out to prove the diversity and unpredictability of lightning’s path, capturing the electric light with his plate camera.

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Post image for Smithsonian Hosts Emergency Meeting About Paris Auction of Indigenous Remains and Objects [UPDATED]

This afternoon, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, hosted an emergency meeting of tribal leaders, government representatives, and NGO officials to call for a halt to a Monday auction in Paris that involves human remains and sacred indigenous objects.

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Post image for The Relics of Victorian Natural History in Eye-Popping Stereoscope

Natural history storerooms are a bit like drowned Noah’s Arks, with specimens from every realm of the animal world posthumously preserved.

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Post image for Listening to Archived Sounds Amid the Stacks at the New York Public Library

Up on the second floor of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, you might hear the rising notes of opera faintly ringing from a card catalogue, or see people wearing headphones at the ends of the sheet music aisles.

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Post image for The Photographers of 1870s London Who Documented Their Disappearing City

The idea of capturing something in photography before it disappears dates back almost to the dawn of the medium.

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Post image for Revisiting the First American Folk Art Museum, Founded by a Modernist Sculptor

The rough finishes and loose poses of Elie Nadelman’s sculptures of circus performers, pianists, and dancers were influenced by his incredible collection of folk art.

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