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The Chairs that Architects Have Designed

by Allison Meier on September 22, 2016

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Before he designed the soaring 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, Eero Saarinen experimented with gravity-defying design through his one-legged white and red Tulip chair.

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Post image for At NY Public Library, Books Now Ride the Rails from the Stacks to the Reading Room

A fleet of 24 cars will soon be delivering material from the stacks of the New York Public Library along the tracks of its new “book train.”

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Post image for The Fantastic Fall of a Boisterous and Beloved Gilded Age Artist

In one of the many licentious anecdotes from Robert Winthrop Chanler: Discovering the Fantastic, the Gilded Age artist throws a party in his Gramercy Park “House of Fantasy” so raucous that his neighbors across the street — who happen to be painter George Bellows and his family — call the cops.

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Post image for How Photographs Have Shaped Our View of the National Parks

There were two prominent types of landscape photographs in the 1860s: Civil War battlefields strewn with the dead, and sweeping vistas of the West.

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Post image for The Sculptor Who Made Masks for Soldiers Disfigured in World War I

Any enduring romanticism for war was obliterated by the industrialized brutality of World War I, from which legions of soldiers returned disfigured by facial injuries.

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The Mystery of the Three Hares Motif

by Allison Meier on September 8, 2016

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An enigmatic trio of rabbits running in a circle appears on centuries of art, from medieval churches in England to Buddhist caves in China.

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Post image for Photographing a Steinway Piano Being Put Together

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an example of the first 88-key piano model built by Steinway & Sons in 1868, its rosewood case containing an inventive cast-iron frame held aloft by three ornate legs.

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Post image for A Graphic Novel Chronicles Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Years

Woody Guthrie was responding to the hardships of the Great Depression, but he may as well have been singing about now.

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Post image for Retracing a Lifetime of Urban Activism Through Jane Jacob’s Last Interview

“The kind of planning for a city that would really work would be a sort of informed, intelligent improvisation, which is what most of our planning in life is in any case,” said Jane Jacobs in a 1962 interview with Mademoiselle, conducted just after the 1961 publication of her influential The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

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The Uncanny Nature of Fake Flowers

by Allison Meier on August 1, 2016

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The 73 photographic plates in Robert Voit’s The Alphabet of New Plants each frame a different floral detail, from bursting blooms to twisting branches.

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