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Re-issued on the 125th anniversary of Buckminster Fuller’s birth, the cookbook Synergetic Stew — Explorations in Dymaxion Dining was originally presented to Fuller as a gift on his 86th birthday, in 1982, by the staff of the Fuller Institute in Philadelphia. It’s not the sort of cookbook you’d buy — then or now — for the recipes, unless you’re desperate for dated instructions for shrimp salad or chocolate mousse. Synergetic Stew is instead a document of a magical, idiosyncratic life, dominated publicly by heady science but filled in equal measure with “light, wild things.”
The book’s contributors are a who’s who of 20th-century art and science, ranging from Ruth Asawa to Margaret Mead, all of whom share a love and fondness for “Bucky” that emanates from every page. In anecdotes, editorialized recipes, and poems (some written by Fuller himself), we learn of Fuller’s penchant for black tea, consumed “like bunker fuel around the clock at a level just below toxicity”; his long-lasting sobriety; and his proven weight loss strategy of eating almost exclusively steak, spinach, and Jello.
Fuller’s grandson, Jaime Snyder, rounds out the reissue with recollections of his childhood with Bucky, learning to eat sea urchin with Isamu Noguchi and foraging for chanterelles with John Cage. But he also brings the book back down to earth with an image of Fuller serving guests buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken, perfectly capturing the complexity of a man for whom “nobody and nothing is ordinary.”
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.
Starting Monday, readers can borrow one of 50 rare and out-of-print titles, mailed to them completely free of charge, from Saint Heron Library.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
This is Yuskavage’s great gift, turning upside down our settled ways of thinking and seeing and, with ease, transforming the vulgar and ridiculous into the sublime.
51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
While hardly about the pandemic, or any of the other crises so afflicting us, all are invoked in this exhibition, which is also often tender and profoundly soulful.
These glowing, dynamic artworks reproduce something of Bosch’s chaotic energy, but on an immersive, multi-sensory scale.
This week, addressing a transphobic comedy special on Netflix, the story behind KKK hoods, cultural identity fraud, an anti-Semitic take on modern art, and more.