From art history

Arrows of the Dawn (2013-present) references a series of short essays and manifestos published by the Byrdcliffe Colony, which was a failed Utopian community for artists, started at the beginning of the 20th century in Woodstock, New York. While the founders had high hopes of this being a self-sustaining artist colony in tune with the…

Maeve Brennan and Vivian Maier shared a lifelong rummage for meaning in the corners of their solitary lives. In the continuous bustle of urban existence, they each paused not to stare but to capture what is usually overlooked in timeless and haunting images. Their poetry remains in how they transformed ‘the seemingly banal into the…

Ever a lover of thought experiments, my college boyfriend once asked me what, in three words, was my life philosophy. I no longer remember my exact answer, but I’m almost positive it was “Be here now,” a collegiate attempt to live in the moment while simultaneously paying homage to the 1997 Oasis album of the same…

1. As we were walking home one afternoon after a dispiriting apartment viewing in Neukölln, my wife paused next to an undistinguished block of pigeon-gray flats. “There’s a giant airplane hanging in that window,” she said, and pointed to the disused brewery across the street. She was right. It was a big yellow plane, hung…