War Movies Used to be Big, Sprawling Things. What Happened?
February 06, 2014
Last year, Walter Kirn lamented the state of the ever-shrinking American war movie.
Clooney's 'The Monuments Men' Is Dreadful, Smug, and Incoherent
February 05, 2014
There is one moment in The Monuments Men that is as sweet and pleasing as a fresh cupcake. It has a charm that is no small thing in the making of movies.
A statue has elicited nervy indignation from Wellesley students. Here's why they're not justified in their discomfort.
Legends of the Gay Art Underground
February 04, 2014
Jess and Peter Hujar responded to the tsunami of mid-to-late-twentieth-century art by becoming deep-sea divers, discovering strange and wonderful visions far below American culture’s roiling surfaces.
Perhaps the saddest words ever spoken by the director of a major museum
Stop Taking Selfies in Front of Works of Art!
January 22, 2014
Today is Museum Selfie Day, in case you weren’t aware, a day in which many of the major museums of the world are encouraging their patrons not to actually look at the art, but to pose in front of it—then to share their oh-so-artful self portraits on
Can Detroit's Art Museum Be Saved?
January 18, 2014
It’s heartbreaking to live in a country where art is expendable. I couldn’t shake that thought the other day, after spending a long afternoon at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of this country’s greatest museums.
MoMA's Faux-Populist Expansion Makes it Look Like a Department Store
January 13, 2014
Once upon a time the Museum of Modern Art was a home away from home for anybody who cared about modern art. This is how you destroy a major cultural institution.
This Is Why We Go to Modern Art Museums
January 10, 2014
The MoMA’s announcement Friday that New York’s American Folk Art Museum—built for $32 million barely a decade ago—will be a casualty of its latest expansion project has, unsurprisingly, prompted a wave of criticism.
The "Special Mosquito Exterminator," and other new discoveries