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Ghosts of Disaster in New Orleans

New Orleans — The captain’s flight-deck announcement that we were now making our final descent towards New Orleans jolted me from a very uneasy sleep. The three-hour flight was my first prolonged opportunity to get prolonged (i.e. 3-hours rest) after a late night train ride, to a later night Long Island Railroad Road ride, to a crack-of-dawn flight departure from the 24-hour nightmare microcity that is New York’s JFK airport.

Confused and groggy I peered out the window as we began our descent. With eyes as bleary as my thoughts, I decided that I was surveying Gulf waters from some 25,000 feet. What are those dark streaks? I thought. Is that oil? Oh my god, that’s oil. There’s still oil everywhere. Holy shit. Oh no. They ruined the Gulf.

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Tweet Tweet and Choo Choo: An Artist’s Guide to Crossing the Country by Rail

My journey took me from midtown Manhattan to the steel mills surrounding Pittsburgh, then the museums in our nation’s capital, down the Appalachian mountains to the bayous of the Gulf Coast and brass bands of New Orleans, up to the soaring towers of Chicago, the urban ruins of Detroit, the vineyards of southern Ontario, across the Great Plains into the high mesas of northern New Mexico, the art murals of Albuquerque, and finally into the palm deserts of Los Angeles.

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Louise Bourgeois Sculpture in NOLA Vandalized, Leaves Town [UPDATED]

Louise Bourgeois’s “Eye Benches IV” (2001) was loaned to the city of New Orleans in 2007 as a gesture of post-Katrina goodwill and the elderly artist had covered the $45,000 in shipping and installation costs, but sadly the sculptures were vandalized last month and now, according to the Times-Picayune newspaper, “after three years of turning heads on Lafayette Square, a valuable sculpture is leaving the city as a crime victim.”