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Art Across America

How to Tell a Dance on Film

Dance, Film, Reported

Elliot Caplan and Mirra Bank watch dance with eyes and minds open to creative possibilities. They...

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Drop Out. Tune In. Start a Revolution.

Far Out, Reported, Visual Art

Mario Torero on leaving art school, his place in the Chicano art movement, and fifty years of...

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Begin at the End

Music, Reported, The Revisionary

Ken Thomson exemplifies a new generation of composers tasked with picking up the pieces of music...

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Art In-Depth

Stuffed

Commentary, In-Depth, Visual Art

As taxidermy moves from the natural history museum to the art gallery, how should an artist handle the political dilemma of the animal as object?

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Fuller Credit

Dance, Film, In-Depth, Origins

Loïe Fuller is celebrated as one of the founding choreographers of modern dance. Her equally ...

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Letters for Another World

In-Depth, Literature, Origins

America's original humorist was a deeply cynical man who censored his most controversial writings....

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Memoir, Essay, Travel

First Person Stories

The Lewis Chessmen, Deer Antler, and a French Bulldog

Appreciation, Essay, First Person, Sculpture

“What could I make with antler?” I recalled the Lewis Chessmen and figured I could attempt to carve a set myself, although I’ve never worked with antler as a medium before. I had no pretensions that it would be even close to the famed Lewis set. In the end, the design was mine, a unique variant of classic.

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