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Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking -- Part 1: Why Students Need the Humanities Now More Than Ever

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Students today grow up in such a distracted and meaningless world that, unless schools give them some idea of where we have come from as a cultural tradition, schools themselves run the risk of becoming part of that meaninglessness.

The House that Modernism Built

J. Michael Welton | Posted 04.14.2016 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

HB2 notwithstanding, the modern movement is alive and well in North Carolina. And what better venue could there be for an exhibition of the virtues o...

Get Lost: The Urgent Work of Miguel Angel Rios

Natasha Boas | Posted 03.21.2016 | Arts
Natasha Boas

Modernity, Jean-Michel Rabaté tells us, may be nothing but its own ghost. Mexico City and New York-based Miguel Angel Rios' work spans two centuries and responds and interrogates, as inflection and affliction, to the ghosts of the "pre- post-trans-anti-hyper-neo."

2 Nights in Palm Springs: Korakia and Riviera

Carly Cylinder | Posted 02.26.2016 | Travel
Carly Cylinder

Tranquil. Inspiring. Enticing. A few ways to describe Korakia Pensione, a well-known gem nestled up against the mountains in Palm Springs. We arrive o...

Moses Hoskins: The Real Deal

D. Dominick Lombardi | Posted 12.29.2015 | Arts
D. Dominick Lombardi

I was first introduced to Moses Hoskins by Eileen Costello, Ph.D. in 1995. He resided in NYC for seven years at that time, having moved from Iowa in 1988, as his art had already caught the eye of a few serious art professionals. This was a time of a vastly changing art scene in New York.

Southern California's Best Film Festivals, Part 1: Palm Springs

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
James Marshall Crotty

Despite what you've heard about film productions "running away" to Georgia, Louisiana and New Mexico, Southern California (SoCal) is still the world headquarters of global film production. However, what kind of place is SoCal when it comes to film festivals?

Making Waves at Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco

Bruce Helander | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Bruce Helander

Shepard Fairey is an acclaimed American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, and illustrator, who, while attending the Rhode Island School of Design, began appropriating images from supermarket tabloids and other printed materials.

The New York Times Accidentally Publishes Metamodern Literary Art As a Serious Thinkpiece

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.03.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

Is it really true--and does Lombardi really believe--"the modern man never lets other people know when his confidence has sunk.

6 Modern Winners in Carolina

J. Michael Welton | Posted 07.31.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Some are picked, as the saying goes, but few are chosen. That's the case with the 2015 Matsumoto Prize winners, in a competition sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH).

An American Artist Rediscovered: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.27.2016 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. has a sensational survey closing soon: a major retrospective of the Japanese émigré painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi.

The Month in Metamodernism #3

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.21.2016 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

Metamodernism is the dominant cultural philosophy of the Internet Age. The term was coined in 1975 by American professor Mas'ud Zavarzadeh, and has been in irregular usage since then.

Egyptian Artist Wael Shawky Is Pulling the Strings of Crusade and Jihad at MoMA PS1

G. Roger Denson | Posted 07.10.2016 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

In Wael Shawky's trilogy it's historicism, not history, that is being culled, a deliberate seeing in the past the makings of the present or more recent past.

The Month in Metamodernism #2

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.11.2016 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

This ongoing column series looks at some of the art that generatively confused us in recent months because it was, for a change, metamodern rather than discretely Modern or postmodern.

The Month in Metamodernism #1

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.29.2016 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

As we eagerly await the beginning of Season 2 of Rick and Morty -- the Holy Grail of metamodernist adventuring (Cameron Carpenter's brilliance notwithstanding) -- we take a look at some of the art that generatively confused us in recent months because it was (for a change) metamodern rather than discretely modern or postmodern.

Five More Basic Principles of Metamodernism (VIDEOS)

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.12.2016 | Books
Seth Abramson

Recently, I published an article entitled "Ten Basic Principles of Metamodernism" that aimed to summarize the state of metamodern discourse today.

Ten Basic Principles of Metamodernism

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.25.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

While metamodernism is not a movement or a manifesto for living, it is nevertheless possible for individuals, groups, and even social and political structures to come to be informed by metamodern principles.

Six Modern Religions for Freethinkers

Jasmine Jaksic | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Jasmine Jaksic

How should one decide what to believe? If you're looking for a religion, here are six suggestions that are much more fun and in some ways make more sense than the mainstream ones.

Metamodern Literature and the Metaverse

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

The term "metamodernism" first appeared in 1975, in a scholarly article by Mas'ud Zavarzadeh that focused its attention on 1970s domestic politics, a small subset of 1970s metafiction, and the burgeoning "technetronic culture" the author considered certain to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s.

Remembering Architect Michael Graves

Peter Matthews | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Peter Matthews

How best to remember the late, Postmodern architect Michael Graves? Probably, for the novel way he showed us how to see the world. Graves shared that way of seeing in both his humanistic reasoning and his legendary drawings.

The Metamodernist Manifesto

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

What I'm describing is at once entirely scientific and the stuff of fantasy. Last night I saved two people from being swept up in a tornado. It wasn...

Four Design Movements that Formed How We Think

Soren Petersen | Posted 05.23.2015 | Style
Soren Petersen

Even more than art, design shapes how we experience our surroundings and ourselves. Think about it: art, almost by definition, abstracts from the details of everyday life; design shapes them in the most immediate way.

Pope Francis: The Reformer

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Stan Chu Ilo

While he has not substantially altered the content of that message which is often seen as conservative, Eurocentric, and resistant to the exigencies of history and social change, he is chipping away at its foundations through a new hermeneutic of multiplicity and inclusion.

Shopping for a Modernist Holiday Tablescape at the Cooper Hewitt

Sarah Archer | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
Sarah Archer

One of my favorite holiday memories from my school days on East 91st Street is of browsing the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's gift shop in search of exquisite, handmade Christmas ornaments and educational stocking stuffers.

Meet The Georgia O'Keeffe Of Lebanon

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.11.2014 | Arts

Purple breasts, orange thighs, green mountains, pink butts -- these are the amorphous subjects of artist Huguette Caland. The Lebanese artist, the dau...

Stacey Moore: Curiosity Rover

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 01.30.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Stacey Moore is a voracious autodidact with a near-pathological appetite for trying new things. If she had a motto, she jokingly but knowingly admits it would be, "I wonder what would happen if I..."