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The starchitecture of Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Rem Koolhaas might rule the day today, but the world’s earliest architecture was quite a bit more, shall we say, austere. Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest known example of wooden architecture, a 7,000-year old structure.
Dated to 5469-5098 BCE, the find is a wooden lining for a water well made out of oak timbers discovered in eastern Germany. The open vertical shaft measuring seven meters in height was made from a surprisingly complex system of interlocking pins and joinery, and need result has a ramshackle, functional beauty that wouldn’t be out of place in a building by Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori (or a Brooklyn artisanal cocktail bar).
During the Neolithic period when the well was built, humans were just beginning to develop technology. The period began with the rise of farming and included the creation of stone tools and bone chisels, the same implements that the architects of the well would have used. The sophistication of the structure is surprising — the four wells found at the site show signs of continuous use over 100 years, and demonstrate an ability to cooperate on large projects.
The wells “reveal unexpectedly refined carpentry skills,” the full scientific investigation reports, and they “contradict the common belief that metal was necessary for complex timber constructions.”
Poussin and the Dance is a valiant attempt to break into Poussin’s staunchly academic oeuvre and provide a relatable point of entry, highlighting the exciting elements of revelry and movement despite impenetrable and unemotional rendering.
Anarchist illustrator N.O. Bonzo produces decentralized media in a highly bureaucratic cultural landscape. Their illustrations, murals, and literature emerge in unexpected places, from the streets of Portland, Oregon, to the far ends of Reddit and Twitter, addressing relations of labor and identity in the workplace and on the streets. Growth and care are central themes…
This exhibition explores how images of the human body were used to provoke profound physical and emotional responses in viewers from the 15th through 18th centuries.
With scavenged materials, Amanda Maciel Antunes constructs a motherland.
Where are the directors taking the stage to acknowledge workers’ demands today?
The collaborative handmade paper- and printmaking center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts publishes new works by Liz Collins and Sarah McEneaney.
There is a debate whether the memory of Little Syria should be seized upon to tell truthful and positive stories about Arabs in the US, or whether any conflation between its history and contemporary politics is inappropriate.
The profile includes works by Egon Schiele, Amedeo Modigliani, Peter Paul Rubens, and a prehistoric Venus of Willendorf figurine.
These horrifying dolls definitely won’t murder you in your sleep.