Allison Meier

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The Last Victorian Microscope Artist

by Allison Meier on September 22, 2014

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Due to this being incredibly tedious, the art of diatom designs didn’t really make it into the 21st century.

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Post image for Getty Adds Thousands of Art Historical Images to Growing Digital Library

Getting museum and library archives digitized is one thing; uniting them on a platform that’s uniform and accessible is another.

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Prune Nourry's Imbalance installation in Manhattan's Chinatown

Something is amiss and slightly menacing in one of Manhattan’s numerous Chinatown massage parlors.

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Getty Foundation announces recipients of Keeping It Modern grant initiative for 20th-century modernist architecture

This week, the first awardees in the new Keeping It Modern grant initiative from the Getty Foundation were announced for 20th-century modernist architecture that requires long-term conservation planning.

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Articles

Unsettling Psychic Photography from the 1930s

by Allison Meier on September 18, 2014

Psychic Photography From A New Angle lantern slides

On May 15, 1934, a man named Mr. C.P. MacCarthy of Sheffield sent a letter confirming a meeting where he would “demonstrate under test conditions Fake Psychic Photography.”

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What if all your woes could be healed by some good thinking? Back in the 19th century, mesmerism was all the rage, merging nicely with the DIY Victorian parlor entertainment and hefty dose of quack medicine making the rounds — from questionable experiments in electricity to phrenology.

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Books

The Sacrificial Glory of the Soviet Space Dogs

by Allison Meier on September 17, 2014

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As companions in our centuries of wandering and settling, dogs have given their loyalty blindly, in both good and bad, as sacrifices to animal testing, as scouts to survivors on battlefields, as guardians to sleep by the door at night.

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Post image for Library of Congress Photographs Mapped into an Interactive Atlas of the Great Depression

The Library of Congress has an incredible digitized archive of Depression-era photographs, taken between 1935 and 1945 on behalf of the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information.

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Post image for Exhuming the Artistic Afterlife from One of NYC’s Historic Cemeteries

Up in the Bronx, at the end of the line of the 4 train, is a “remarkable museum of American funerary art,” as the wall text for Sylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art and Landscape at Woodlawn at Columbia University’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery puts it.

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Set against the economic optimism and then despair of a family-owned paper company going public, Trade Practices, presented by HERE on Governors Island, asks audience members to invest in its story lines. The immersive theater production that kicked off on Labor Day Weekend stages the experience around a trading floor, where your interest in various characters is turned into an experiment in value.

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