Japan Week Comes to Grand Central

By Alex Cullina, Staff Writer   The Japanese National Tourism Organization put on its seventh annual Japan Week from March 14 to 17 at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. Free and open to the public, Japan Week showcased Japanese culture, food, art and travel.   The expo was made up of booths put on by…

The Ephemeral Life in ‘Leaning Into the Wind’

By Joel Lee, Staff Writer “Leaning Into the Wind — Andy Goldsworthy,” directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer, gracefully follows British sculptor Goldsworthy through his various installations and sculptures of nature. Interviews with Goldsworthy and his art supplement the documentary’s philosophical and spiritual undertones. The film itself is a mesmerizing masterpiece of cinematography that captures the artist’s…

Art, and Her Required Absence from Architect’s Blueprints

A toxic love story between art and gentrification. By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer Gentrification and ineffective public art are two of the most glaring problems affecting New York City’s neighborhoods today — Williamsburg has higher rents than many fashionable Manhattan addresses, and Times Square continues to throw gaudy plastic hearts in the viewfinders of Instagrams…

Andres​ ​Serrano:​ ​Torture

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer Andres Serrano has built a reputation using provocation, violence and desire as his building blocks. Despite an early life filled with family tension and drugs on the streets of Brooklyn, Serrano’s passion for art and creating his “own reality” carried him from kid next door to art world fame. Today, his piercing body…

Thriller City: Spooky “Escape The Room” Fun

By Lily Dolin, Staff Writer Every year, as soon as October rolls around, all traces of summer are gone, all anyone can talk about is fall, PSLs, and of course, Halloween. There are tons of spooky things to do around New York City for people looking to get in the spirit, but for those looking…

Gays Against Guns

By Ryan Mikel, Entertainment Editor Gays Against Guns, a New York City based LGBTQ organization, protested outside of a gun show last Sunday in Matamoras, Pennsylvania. Their demonstration included handing out flyers, engaging in conversation with gun show attendees and what the organization calls “Human Beings” — veiled, silent activists dressed in all white and…

“Torture” by Andres Serrano Presents War through Photos

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer Andres Serrano has built a reputation using provocation, violence and desire as his building blocks. Despite an early life filled with family tension and drugs on the streets of Brooklyn, Serrano’s passion for art and creating his “own reality” carried him from kid next door to art world fame. Today, his piercing body…

Brooklyn Gallery Both Comforts and Disturbs

By Jessica Xing, Contributing Writer The Invisible Dog Art Center, located in Brooklyn, NY, opened two new exhibitions this September — “Author” by Yanira Castro, under pseudonym A Canary Torsi, and “Wheelock” by Abraham McNally. Once a factory specializing in invisible dog leashes, the Invisible Dog is a hub for artistic creativity, housing performances, interactive…

Off the Wall: In the Absence of a Path

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer University students are well acquainted with the idea of searching for a prescribed pathway, and the struggles it takes to not stray outside the lines. In college, the vast universe of options available and their infinite implications on one’s future is an overwhelming weight. This fear and uncertainty, the quest…

Luminance and Brilliance: J.M.W. Turner’s Ports at the Frick

By Phyllis Lam, Contributing Writer As you pass through corridors of the Frick Collection, it would be impossible to miss the brilliant light shining through the port paintings by Joseph Mallord William Turner. An exhibition dedicated to the British landscape master, “Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time,” takes you on a tour of…

‘Sideshow’ is the Centerpiece at Met Exhibit

By Phyllis Lam, Contributing Writer During the 19th century in France, musicians and other performers — such as clowns, female acrobats, animals and ringmasters — would perform for crowds gathering outside of the circus tent in sideshows. This ancient tradition of the sideshow is the focus of Neo-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat’s new exhibit at the…

Off the Wall: We Need to Talk

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer The arts represent a field of creative minds on the front lines of political discourse and activism, embodying the principle of free speech and expression. Some are also taking the lead in the opposition to the hate and questionable ethics of the recent election of President Donald J. Trump, exhibiting their…