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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.

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CultureZohn: Truman Capote's Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 9:37 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 | 11:20 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 | 9:09 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 | 10:22 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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CultureZohn: Helen and Company

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 10:33 AM

For many years, especially in the 1950s through 1970s, women artists and writers did their best to keep up with the guys. When the feminist movement came along, they resented being lumped into a category that defined them as "women artists." Why, they had spent their formative, creative lives trying...

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CultureZohn: Chicago Shows Off

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 10:35 AM


The entryway to the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago is tired of being flown over. It is tired of being called the third coast. It is tired of being known for its fierce wind, multiple members of the Daley family, and the Mob. It...

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Picasso, coleccionista de chatarra

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 11:06 AM


Cabeza de toro, 1942

En 1980, el Museo de Arte Moderno de Nueva York, MoMA, organizó una exhibición en colaboración con el emergente Museo Picasso de París, emplazado en el majestuoso Hôtel Salé en el histórico barrio de Le...

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CultureZohn: Ode to Dudamel

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 9:27 AM

Gustavo Dudamel amidst his Venezuelan Simon Bolivar Orchestra

For those of us in Los Angeles who have had the true pleasure of Gustavo Dudamel for the last six years, my ode to him may come as just so much icing on the cake.

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CultureZohn: Walt Disney: Myth and Reality

(5) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 9:51 AM


Walt Disney seated with drawing board on his lap and representations of his creations Mickey and Minnie Mouse behind. October 1, 1933. Credit: © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis

Walt Disney was a complicated man. Walt Disney was a simple man. Which is it?

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CultureZohn: Picasso, the Junk Collector

(8) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 9:47 AM


Bull's Head, 1942

In 1980, the Museum of Modern Art mounted an historic exhibition in collaboration with the nascent Picasso Museum in Paris, the splendid pile of the Hotel Sale in the Marais. The two institutions sorted through the things Picasso had held...

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CultureZohn: Dear Barack and Michelle

(5) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 9:30 AM


Elizabeth Peyton, Barack and Michelle, 2008-2013, Oil on Canvas Copyright Elizabeth Peyton, Courtesy Gladstone Gallery

Dear Barack and Michelle:

We don't know each other and I am leaping over massive protocol to call you by your first names, but I thought I would take...

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CultureZohn: Mid-Century Mozart

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 9:44 AM

With all the hand wringing about aging audiences and the effort to bring young hipsters e.g. Huffington Post-style readers to opera and classical music the way they are now flocking to contemporary art, a certain overly complicated mindset has ensued.

There are really just two ways to do it:...

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CultureZohn: #Joanontheten

(10) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 12:30 PM


For certain women, Joan Didion's books are a kind of Bible. They sit on my shelf in the section devoted to authors who have been my--and thousands of other womens'-beacons. Not just because I am a writer, in fact quite the contrary. The books...

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10 Reasons to Go to France

(7) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 10:00 AM

L'Arlesienne by Van Gogh, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
I was lucky enough to be invited by a series of friends to southern France this summer and took advantage of it to catch up after many decades of absence. Yes it was hot. But...
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CultureZohn: Grete Stern's Emancipated, Subversive, Alluring Photographs at MoMA

(12) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 9:10 AM

It has often been the case that women artists who began by working with their lovers and mentors are seen by history as mere muses or helpmeets -- or worse. It has taken the span of decades and resourceful curators (often female) to ferret out the often groundbreaking creative work...

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CultureZohn: 8 Ways to Be Creative By Drifting in Daylight With Creative Time

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 11:00 AM


Central Park 2015 Courtesy of Sara Cedar Miller-Central Park Conservancy

People! There is something going on in the north end of Central Park that is every bit as amazing as the Museum Mile that was held this week which drew thousands of people...

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CultureZohn: Dance in Los Angeles Adds Luster With Colburn School Dance Academy

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 9:54 AM


Photograph of Colburn School Academy Dancers in rehearsal by James Fayette

Los Angeles, generally decried as the most impoverished of ballet (and dance) cities, has in the recent years become truly rich with famous, mostly ex-New York City Ballet dancers. For a long...

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CultureZohn: An Electric, Kandy-Kolored Witch's House

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 8:50 AM

We are still technically both in the periods of Easter and Passover so though I am a bit late due to the distractions of grander constructions, Seders, and the Easter Parade, I feel entirely justified in recommending scooping up this last egg in the basket or hidden Afikomen...

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CultureZohn: Off the C(H)uff With Tatiana Bilbao at the Dynamic Latin American Architecture Show at MoMA

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 10:25 AM

The splendid, evocative Latin American architecture show arrives at MoMA just in time to take the sting out of the bad press for their Bjork show. Although it's been in formation for six years, it hits the wave of resurgence for all things '60s and '70s...

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CultureZohn: Women, Where Are We Going? I Thought We Were All in This Together!

(4) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 1:39 PM

Elisabeth Moss as Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles Photo by Joan Marcus

In 1988 I took a friend with me to see Wendy Wasserstein's play The Heidi Chronicles at Playwrights Horizons on 42nd Street. Wendy and I had worked together on...

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