A Bridge Can Dazzle and Inspire Us

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“Public works” may be a fancy term for infrastructure. The phrase is an umbrella for a myriad of constructed objects meant to serve the public good. These include parks, buildings, dams and, yes, bridges, to name a few. The notion that these public works can also be public art is not a new one, as […]

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#MeToo

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A bell rang out in my brain when I heard Senator Elizabeth Warren describe a disturbing moment in her early career. You guessed it! Warren’s “me too” moment took me back more than 40 years to a time and place I had neatly repressed. I had gone to Washington to advocate for (what else?) the […]

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Almost Like Praying

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Miguel Luciano has something in common with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Yes they are both artists. And further they are both proud of their Puerto Rican heritage. In their art, they both speak out for their Homeland. That is probably where the comparison ends. Lin-Manuel is the sensational Broadway creator of the musicals “In the Heights” and “Hamilton.” […]

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The Art of Politics

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While the Supreme Court is deliberating the fate of partisan gerrymandering, artists are depicting the practice as an art form. In her abstract ink drawings, artist Ann Lewis mirrors the actual voter districts to show their randomness. For the uninitiated, partisan gerrymandering is the practice by lawmakers of manipulating the size and shape of electoral districts […]

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Having our “Say”

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We all know that as women we like to have our “say.” At least I know I do. That’s why, as we are about to open our exhibition on women’s suffrage, I asked a number of my friends and colleagues what it means to them to have the right to vote. “Everything,” says Taryn Duffy, […]

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Keeping the Dream Alive

For reasons I can hardly fathom, voting has always meant a lot to me. Perhaps that explains why as a young married living in Queens, I allowed myself to be dragged (not kicking and screaming, but reluctantly) to a meeting of the Northeast Queens League of Women Voters (LWV). There I was, trapped in an upscale […]

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The Weather

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When I reflect on Harvey, and then on Irma, I can’t help thinking aloud: “So, who’s creating all this disturbance anyway?”  Well perhaps it’s that nasty woman – Mother Nature – making a fuss about the state of the environment and calling on us to do our civic duty. Am I naive to believe in […]

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Summer’s Gone, Great Arts Ahead

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What can we do about the end of summer? Mourn the loss? Or…get with the new fall program? Your choice. I’m sprinting into fall with a line-up that’s off the charts. There’s Romare Beardon at the Neuberger. He’s the guy who was anointed as the “foremost collagist” in America. Leonard Bernstein will be in New […]

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