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Patricia Zohn
Patricia Zohn, Culture Columnist of the Huffington Post, is now in her tenth year of reporting from the CultureZohn.

Entries by Patricia Zohn

CultureZohn Off the C(H)uff: Dana Spiotta On the Edge

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 8:05 PM

Dana Spiotta, most recently author of Innocents and Others but also of three previous novels (Lightning Field, Eat the Document, Stone Arabia) written in five year clumps comes up the stairs to my apartment, her signature black framed glasses leading her way. In town from Syracuse where she is one...

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CultureZohn: Roberto Burle Marx, Design Revolutionary

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 7:17 PM


Self Portrait by Roberto Burle Marx, 1929

It only takes a gander down one allee of the Frieze Art Fair to realize just how important and prescient was Roberto Burle Marx, the Brazilian landscape architect, how very contemporary in his cross-media grazing (landscape,...

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CultureZohn: The Wizardry of Eva Hesse

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 5:13 PM


Photo by Barbara Brown

Eva Hesse had a short but intense -- and intensely productive -- life.

An artist who began with one dimensional drawings and paintings but who moved through two dimensional wall hangings and then eventually to room sized sculptures, Hesse...

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CultureZohn: Romeo and Juliet (and Maria and Carlo)

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 8:58 PM

I was recently in Italy, far away from the Brussels bombings, yet I received many many emails and texts from people worried about my safety. In actual fact, I had been closer to the San Bernadino events than anything in Europe (though mighty close in London for the subway bombings...

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CultureZohn: 'Everything Is Copy'

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 10:38 PM


Nora Ephron in 1960s Photo Credit: Dan Greenburg/Courtesy of HBO

Nora Ephron, along with Joan Didion before her and Mary McCarthy before her, were my literary heroines, the Lit Supremes of the 20th century. Forget Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina (both created by...

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CultureZohn: Fischli/Weiss Show How to Work Better by Playing

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 7:00 PM


David Weiss (left) and Peter Fischli (right) in their Zürich studio, ca. 1987, courtesy the Fischli Weiss Archive, Zürich

I know I am not alone in standing in a gallery filled with conceptual art and scratching my head. I am used to this...

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CultureZohn: Beauty Is as Beauty Does

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 5:42 PM

A quick head's up for all you design junkies, I know you're out there right now Instagramming your way to bliss.

Here's a fast way to access the real thing.

The Cooper Hewitt is holding its Design Triennial. Now some of us know that triennials, as in Milano,...

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CultureZohn: Troublemakers

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 10:59 PM


Robert Smithson,

I'm immediately drawn to any film with the title of Troublemakers and this one does not let go.

The film by James Crump does something that is rare for art documentaries: It is very beautiful and dynamic itself...

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CultureZohn: Bravo Benjamin!

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 7:15 AM

It has been a short but well-travelled road for LA Dance Project, Benjamin Milliepied's artistic dance collective. From the first steps on the white-carpeted galleries of LA MoCA in 2012 to last night's performance at the chic enclave of the Wallis Theater in the old Beverly Hills post office, LADP...

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CultureZohn: Bonnie and Clyde and Me

(18) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 7:53 AM

Bonnie and Clyde courtesy J. "Boots" Hinton

American Experience is airing their season opening film tonight on Bonnie and Clyde. It's comprehensive and thoughtful, and grounds the story most of us came to know through the 1967 film directed by Arthur...

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CultureZohn: Modern Living

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 11:18 AM


Photo of the Schindler House by Joshua White

The Schindler House in West Hollywood, California was an experiment in living as much as the Philip Johnson Glass House or the Farnsworth House or the Eames House, though...

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CultureZohn: In My Back Yard

(16) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 8:18 AM

2015-12-29-1451416666-4875985-28undercoverweb6blog427v2.jpgHillary and Bill Clinton at Yale circa 1972

I love this picture of Hillary and Bill. They look like people I could have been friends with. They give me hope.

I've been having lots of conversations on both sides of aisle about the election...

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CultureZohn: A Very Burri Christmas

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 7:35 AM


Alberto Burri, courtesy Burri Foundation

Alberto Burri, whose magnificent retrospective is in its last weeks at the Guggenheim was a man who made limonata out of limoni.

Burri was born in 1915, and became a young fascist...

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CultureZohn: Family, Passion, Flamenco via Antigona

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 4:15 PM

About seven years ago, I began a crazy relationship with flamenco, a dance I had never had any intention of pursuing. I had been a Balanchine baby and my first love, ballet, though still the thing that made my heart soar, was also the very thing that drove me crazy...

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CultureZohn: A Year of Artistic Inspiration Courtesy of Rolex

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 8:18 AM


The 2015 Rolex Mentors and Proteges

"Pinch me," said Miroslav Penkov, the Bulgarian writing protégé of Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient) one of seven Rolex protégés in this, the seventh round of their Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative. I felt precisely...

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CultureZohn: Hitchcock/Truffaut: A Cinematic Love Affair

(5) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 9:59 AM

Hitchcock and Truffaut meeting at Universal Studios, photo by Philippe Halsman
In this day and age of digi-communication, it is very easy to access libraries and materials, printed and video, that help us understand the great creative minds of the past. What is much...
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CultureZohn: Truman Capote's Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 8:37 AM

Truman Capote at 70 Willow, Brooklyn Heights by David Attie

Underneath this very majestic staircase in the basement apartment, Truman Capote was putting the finishing touches on his pearl-of-a-girl Holly Golighty in Breakfast at Tiffany's. By day he would write, often after...

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CultureZohn: Katy Grannan On Highway 99

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 10:20 AM

You remember John Ford's film The Gapes of Wrath, the dust, the trucks, an early 20th century version of the Leftovers living in their camp without the right wristbands to get into the safe place. You remember the iconic images from The Family of Man, the Museum of Modern Art's...

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CultureZohn: Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 8:09 AM

Berenice Abbott photo of Peggy Guggenheim

As we enter high auction season where the focus of the art world is squarely on the dollar, there is the perfect antidote: a new film biography of Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict. The film is straightforward but...

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CultureZohn: Glass Houses

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 9:22 AM


The Glass House designed by Philip Johnson, photo by Christa Carr

When I was growing up in New Rochelle, known more for being the first northern city to have court-ordered integration than for its beauty, we used to hear about places like Darien...

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