In a new installment of “media Diet” here we’re sharing some of what we’ve been consuming across the cultural landscape. These are books, podcasts, TV shows, movies, music, and print that have kept us entertained and inspired in our free time while stuck at home during the COVID pandemic. First
We woke to the news this Saturday morning that the U.S. presidential election result finally has been called in favor of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris! It marks the end of an ugly, chaotic, incoherent, rhetorically-offensive and disturbing chapter in American executive political leadership (or lack thereof) and presidential history.
New York artist Edel Rodriguez, has made a sub-career the past few years of creating clever illustrations that offer scathing visual critiques of American President Donald Trump and his controversial, scandal-ridden, incoherent, bullying and chaotic presidency. Rodriguez has created cover illustrations for numerous publications, including Time, the New Yorker, the
. . . . . Gordon Parks was a multi-faceted artist who worked across diverse mediums, but his photography capturing the 20th Century Black- American experience is what he’s best known for. In a short “mini-documentary” video titled “What Gordon Parks Saw,” Park’s rich, creative life and his powerful body
Mega-superstar Japanese artist Takashi Murakami recently decorated part of the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., with his iconic cartoon-like flowers. The project was commissioned by the non-profit organization RXArt, which collaborates with artists to create artwork for children’s healthcare facilities. It’s a great initiative to bring colorful, uplifting contemporary
With urban architectural surfaces an almost always available canvas for street art and graffiti art, new artwork can emerge quickly in response to current events, often as an expression of protest or as a way to communicate a message. It can creatively reflect the mood and sentiments of a society
A man in Tennessee has spent over five years taking detailed telescopic photos of a single constellation. The man is Matt Harbison and his obsessive astro-photographic endeavor is called Project Orion. Harbison took 2,508 hi-resolution images of Orion and spent some 500 hours on his project. He then stitched together
“Accidentally Wes Anderson” is a new book of photography compiled by the folks behind the Instagram account @accidentallywesanderson. The account collects images of locales — buildings, interiors, spaces — that look like locations or elaborate films sets that might appear in a Wes Anderson film. Anderson has a distinct, recognizable
Is it possible to discern which U.S. Presidential candidate an American voter supports by merely looking at the contents of their refrigerator? Yes, it is! Its surprisingly accurate — Or, rather, it was for us. There’s a fascinating visual quiz and article on the New York Times website this week
As many people enter the eight consecutive month of Life in the Time of COVID and further come to terms with its norms — working from home, Zoom calls, mask wearing, social distancing, economic insecurity, and all the inherent anxieties — and cope with the chaotic social and political events
Earlier this week we re-watched “Rushmore,” the early-career Wes Anderson film starring Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. The movie was released in 1998. Since then we’ve seen the film three or four times. The last time we viewed it was maybe five years ago. “Rushmore” holds up exceptionally well after
From professionally curated museums devoted to specific sub-genres of art to suburban homes-turned-museums devoted to the usually discarded ephemera of modern life, from a bullfighting museum in Seville, Spain to an Afro-Brazilian culture museum in Sao Paulo, the world is full of small, obscure museums, many in unusual locales. The
British artist Damien Hirst made a name for himself in the early 1990s with a sensational exhibition of works that included a dead shark suspended in a tank of formaldehyde. The artwork was titled “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” and it left an indelible,
The Post Office of Finland recently commissioned a new set of stamps designed to reveal informative stories about climate change when activated by heat. The heat can be generated by simply rubbing the stamp with a finger. The Finnish design firm Berry Creative designed the stamps, which are beautiful and
Museums are increasingly having to deal with works of art that require regular maintenance during periods of exhibition and throughout their ownership. Some artwork, like Maurizio Cattelan’s brilliant, cheeky, and provocative 2019 duct-taped banana (pictured above) titled “Comedian” will rot, and the banana needs to be replaced every few days.
Photographer Simon Annand has had incredible access to the backstage dressing rooms of London’s theatres for decades. As the Guardian newspaper in the U.K. reports Annand has published a new photography book of 200 some images of film and theatre stars in their dressing rooms. They appears in various modes