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The time had come to rethink the galleries: Jennifer Thompson, the Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture and curator of the John G. Johnson Collection. (Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell, courtesy of the PMA.)

A curator’s tour of the new European galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

More than a coat of paint

For anyone who’s longing to get back to the museum, PMA curator of European art Jennifer Thompson talks to Camille Bacon-Smith about shaking up the collection.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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Noticing is more than looking. (Image courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf.)

‘The Art of Noticing’ by Rob Walker

Readers on notice

Turning off or turning on the TV is one way to get through. Rob Walker suggests something else. Gail Obenreder reviews ‘The Art of Noticing.’
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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M. Téllez’s collection features a distinctly Philly feel. (Image courtesy of DHD Heavy Industries.)

‘Transitional Times Transitional Body’ by M. Téllez

The bond of uncertain futures

'Transitional Times Transitional Body,' a Philly-based collection of speculative fiction, lifts traditional boundaries on bodies, relationships, and the choices we make to survive. Corey Qureshi reviews.
Corey Qureshi

Corey Qureshi

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Could a better world really lie in a pill? (Image courtesy of Soft Skull Press.)

‘Oval’ by Elvia Wilk

A better pill

How should we make the world a better place? Elvia Wilk’s novel ‘Oval’ explores the pitfalls of philanthropy in present-day Berlin. Elisa Shoenberger reviews.
Elisa Shoenberger

Elisa Shoenberger

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Kenya Barris made a bold move casting himself, with no prior acting credits. (Image courtesy of Netflix.)

Kenya Barris’s ‘#blackAF’ on Netflix is a brazen family comedy

Is #blackAF Black enough?

Kenya Barris, the writer and producer behind ABC’s ‘black-ish,’ makes his Netflix debut with ‘blackAF,’ a meta mockumentary. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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A book for Black women? (Image via Viking.)

‘Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot’ by Mikki Kendall

Is feminism the answer?

Mikki Kendall’s ‘Hood Feminism’ argues that feminism is a movement that forgot Black women. Reviewer Lindsay Gary wonders whom the book is truly addressing, and why it ignores long-established scholarship in fields like African womanism.
Lindsay Gary

Lindsay Gary

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This silk lamé evening gown by Elsa Schiaparelli is from the late 1930s. (Photo by Michael Shepherd for FHCC.)

Drexel’s Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection dons a digital design

Textiles and hypertext

Virtual galleries and digital museum tours have met a whole new era in the pandemic. Helen Walsh takes a look at Drexel's Fox Historic Costume Collection, which you can find on Google Arts & Culture. Do online experiences like this go beyond reality and website?
Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh

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Feeling seen: Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant in ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire.’ (Image courtesy of NEON.)

Between ‘The Lighthouse’ and ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ one film is true to queer experiences

Queer voices in quarantine

Josh Hitchens examines ‘The Lighthouse’ and ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ two acclaimed recent films with similar premises of island isolation, but vastly different methods of telling queer stories.
Josh Hitchens

Josh Hitchens

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Texture, wit, and whimsy: Andrew Rudin in the early 1970s, when he was composing the works now on ‘Synthesizer Pioneer.’ (Image courtesy of the artist.)

‘Synthesizer Pioneer: The Early Electronic Music of Andrew Rudin’ from Centaur Records

When the Moog was young

‘Synthesizer Pioneer’ from Centaur Records offers a survey of the quirky music for Moog Synthesizer from veteran Philadelphia composer Andrew Rudin. Peter Burwasser reviews.

Peter Burwasser

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An intimate history you never knew. (Image courtesy of Liveright Publishing Corporation.)

‘The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History’ by Kassia St. Clair

Looking through the loom

It touches us from birth to death, but how much do we really think about fabric? Kassia St. Clair’s ‘The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History’ unspools an exciting world, from mummies to spacewalks. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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