Nineteenth-Century Quotes to Amuse, Delight, and Annoy

In honor of signing my contract to write an e-book (based on my Master's thesis) on middle-class mourning etiquette, fashion, and contradictions in late Victorian New York, I posted some of my favorite nineteenth-century sentiments below. On love and courtship "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach." —Fanny Fern (Sara Parton), 1853 …

What You Need to Know about the Vanna Venturi House, the Great Minds Behind It, and Its $1.75 Million Market Price

The Vanna Venturi House, a 1960s design by architect Robert Venturi, is now for sale, and the news has quickly circulated through the design world. Curbed.com called the house "trailblazing"; Architectural Record, "iconic" and "one of America's most historically significant works of architecture." Philadelphia Magazine claimed the sale was the "Jaw Dropper of the Year" while Hyperallergic's …

A Quick Review of a U.S. City’s Transformations

I moved to Indianapolis last fall. To the surprise of no one who has read about urban spaces in the middle west and elsewhere outside the mega coastal ports (New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco), young professionals like myself are moving to less expensive, less competitive but still challenging, populous but not overcrowded areas, transforming cities like Denver, Nashville, Salt …

Collections of “Stuff” Both Alarming and Beautiful

Among a mix of uncritical nudity and predictable Warholian imagery, Barry Rosenthal's photographs of collections were some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking works at the SCOPE International Art Fair in New York. His four images—one of shoes, another of bottles, and two monochromatic pieces featuring various found goods—were simultaneously abstract and figurative, an unusual and …

NYC Museum Exhibits a Cemetery, and with it, America’s Past

Since I'm writing about the experiences of late Victorian American widows for my MA thesis, I knew I had to check out the Museum of the City of New York's exhibition "A Beautiful Way to Go: New York's Green-Wood Cemetery." I had expected to see mostly two-dimensional images of tombstones (albeit beautiful, impressive, and design-historically …

Bloomingdale’s, the Art Gallery?

Bloomingdale's has always had a few art-gallery flourishes: bright lights, sparkling walkways, expensive clothing delicately—sometimes sparsely—hung on well-organized racks. And in at least one section, the department store has fully appropriated the gallery image. Wandering the sixth floor, I spotted Jeff Koons's name. Jeff Koons? At Bloomingdale's? Yeah, OK, sounds about right. Like any good …