Arts: Literary Arts Interviews

“No One Said I Couldn’t” – Meet Writer Jane Seskin

“I was writing, because really no one said I couldn’t write.  I was writing and selling and making money, which was the most amazing thing.”

No matter what other pursuits Jane engaged in – and there were many – she always found a way to incorporate writing.

Jane started as a teacher; the career she was told she could do.… read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Events/Exhibits/Festivals

Photographer Nona Faustine Illuminates NYC’s History of Slavery

As Americans, it is tempting to try to turn a blind eye to the sheer closeness of our country’s history of slavery. In New York City especially, a city which claims to be one of the most socially progressive in the country, people don’t often look around and confront New York’s involvement with the slave trade.read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Events/Exhibits/Festivals

Bothered, Bewildered: Wellcome Collection’s “The Cult of Beauty”

Perhaps it was neither a matter of coincidence nor irony that the last stop, the final artwork in the Wellcome Collection’s, “The Cult of Beauty” exhibition in London, was a nearly-ten-foot-tall sculpture of the cumulative ephemera of the artist’s mother’s life. Resembling a static tornado bursting with detritus, the piece consists of a plethora of items such as articles of clothing, personal effects, decorative objects, and more.read more.

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Arts: Cinema Arts Events/Exhibits/Festivals

Julia’s Athena 2024: Abortion Stories, 20K Bees, & Erica Tremblay

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending my fourth Athena Film Festival at Barnard College (my alma mater). Although I have now graduated, it’s always a joy to return to campus and see the next class of wonderful people donning Athena merch and scanning tickets at the door, greeting people and giving directions, and sitting down to enjoy what is hands-down Barnard’s best event of the year. read more.

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Arts: Performing Arts FF2 Reviews

In Dominique Morisseau’s ‘Sunset Baby’ We Feel Rather than Know

When Socrates banished theater from the Republic, it was because of its ability to fool. Weak minds, Plato wrote, would be so convinced by what they saw they would lose all ability to distinguish between fact and fiction, between poet and pretender. Dialogue, of course, was the biggest offender – how could anyone pretend to inhabit the mind of someone else?  read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Tributes

Art Is Political: My Personal Tribute to Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold, whose quilts brought new life to the Black American experience, passed away on April 12th, 2024, at age 93. 

She was born Faith Willi Jones in 1930 in Harlem, New York—her identity as a New Yorker seeps through in her work. As a child of the Harlem Renaissance, she was exposed to the legendary arts and music creatives, such as jazz singer Dinah Washington and Duke Ellington.read more.

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