Essays

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One of the greatest pleasures of teaching design history to college students is time travel.

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Post image for The Story of a Pope Portrait Made Out of Condoms

MILWAUKEE — It’s not unusual for a work of art to cause outrage, especially if it dips into the tender zones of race, gender, or religion.

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Post image for How Artists Can Help Us Conceive of New Flags and Monuments for the US

All flags bear the stain of conquest.

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Post image for “The Curator,” an Art World Fantasy: Excerpts

The Curator woke up one morning to the alarming realization that she understood nothing about art and that it was possible that she would never understand anything about art.

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2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Jorge Luis Rodriguez’s “Growth” and the public art program that initiated its creation.

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Post image for Personal but Highly Political Highlights from the 2015 Venice Biennale

VENICE — As I feel my way through a curtain and into a pitch-black, cavernous space, a white square shimmers in the distance.

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MINNEAPOLIS — How do you measure artistic success?

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Post image for The Uses of Enchantment: Filling an Empty Altarpiece

RAVELLO — There’s a deconsecrated chapel perched high on a cliff in Ravello, Italy, overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

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Roman fresco fragment

NAPLES — In the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, there’s a tiny Roman fresco, about a foot square, of a semi-nude woman and man floating against an azure sky, one of many such fragments you’ll find there.

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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — After a total mindfuck of a weekend at Superscript, perhaps it is fitting that I began writing this attempt at a postscript in a note on my iPhone in airport terminals both with and sans-wifi, while hovering over grids of gradated green, ascending through strata of cumuli and back.

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