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.
‘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.’
‘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.
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.
‘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.
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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?
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.
‘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.
‘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.