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A View from the Easel

by Philip A Hartigan on October 30, 2014

Artist studios in Arkansas, California, Maryland, Oregon, and Germany.

Artist studios in Arkansas, California, Maryland, Oregon, and Germany.

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The SLAC homepage in 1996

Now you can go back to where the World Wide Web started in the United States with the country’s first website. Launched in December of 1991, the website for the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory had little more than text and a few links.

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Post image for What Do Classical Antiquities Look Like in Color?

Everyone knows that classical sculpture is white. Think of the gleaming marble of artworks like the Belvedere Torso and “Laocoön and His Sons” — the whiteness imparts a kind of purity, a sense of being the ground zero of Western culture, the original from which an entire civilization’s canon has sprung.

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Post image for Blood, Guts, and Corporate Sponsorships

Even for a jaded explorer in cinema’s nether regions, Northville Cemetery Massacre is a sleazy trip. “It’s a pretty nasty exploitation film,” Jon Dieringer, the programmer behind Anthology Film Archives’ current series, Industrial Terror, concedes, before detailing the specifics: rape, police brutality, and Detroit’s Scorpion Motorcycle Club.

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Post image for Photographs from a 1950s Cross-Dressing Retreat

An elegant black envelope arrived in my mailbox last week. Inside is a square, burgundy-colored folder containing a catalogue of 1950 and ’60s snapshots. On the cover, an off-white, hand-lettered logo reads “Casa Susanna.”

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Post image for A Child’s Drawings Preserved over the Centuries by “Magical Mud”

In one region of Russia, the consistency of the earth is just right that manuscripts dating back centuries emerge almost perfectly preserved. Over the past year, more than 1,000 of these birch bark artifacts from the 11th to 14th centuries have been exhumed from the soil of Novgorod, adding to a growing archive of written history.

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Post image for Mining Tax Data to Map the Past and Future of Urban Development in New York

Last year, the City of New York released a huge trove of tax data to the public. Called Property Land Use Tax Lot Output (PLUTO), the information might not seem terribly thrilling, a dry assortment of building dates, square footage, and property value, but for those looking to map the city’s history and potential future it is an incredible resource.

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Post image for A Race to the Finish Through Bushwick with Beat Nite

Ah, Beat Nite. A time of magical madness, when we run frantically around Bushwick for four hours, trying to see all the art.

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Post image for Anatomist of Influence: Celebrating a Renaissance Physician’s Legacy in Art and Technology

“Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in a cadaver lab,” Riva Lehrer, artist and guest curator for Vesalius 500, asked the audience gathered in the New York Academy of Medicine’s Hosack Hall.

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ALBUQUERQUE — Writer, curator, and (now) gallery owner Nancy Zastudil summarized her experience opening a commercial art gallery in Albuquerque with one Facebook post.

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