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Corporate Big Birds

by Melody Davis May 23, 2013


  “Amazing” is likely the viewer’s first word upon encountering Xu Bing’s Phoenix (2007-2010)—which, properly, should be “Phoenixes” for its twin suspended sculptures. Even my 14-year-old son, who complains through every exhibition I drag him to, ...

Mass Moca

Politics, Visible

by Meisha Rosenberg July 11, 2012


This year’s regional exhibition—the 76th in a robust tradition—feels different from those of previous years. It’s not that some familiar names don’t reappear; it’s that this exhibition held together more and felt like a timely ...

University Art Museum

A City Near You

by Meisha Rosenberg June 14, 2012


Invisible Cities at MASS MoCA was inspired by Italo Calvino’s 1972 novel of the same name, a work imagining Marco Polo’s descriptions of fantastical cities upon his visit to Kublai Khan. In the novel, Calvino ...

Mass Moca

Upstate Smorgasbord

by Meisha Rosenberg August 10, 2011


  These days, artists eligible for the Mohawk-Hudson Regional, who must live within a 100 mile radius of Albany, are as likely to have grown up in Albuquerque as to be from here. So what makes ...

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Absolut Power

by Melody Davis July 14, 2011


Alcohol connects. It runs through generations; it runs through genes; it forms our relations and commerce; it’s in the blood. We may even acknowledge that our significant relationships began “under the influence.” We like to ...

Clark Art Institute

Eye in the Sky

by Nadine Wasserman February 25, 2010

One of the most fascinating aspects of the recent assassination in Dubai of a Hamas military leader is that the movements of both victim and hit squad are captured on CCTV. Surveillance tapes both ...

It Really Does Make Perfect

by Meisha Rosenberg February 4, 2010

Since 2002, when the Opalka Gallery first opened and held an all-faculty show, the arts faculty of the Sage Colleges has grown. So what defines this group of 16 artists? What you’ll find is a ...

Hill and Dale

by Meisha Rosenberg January 21, 2010

The Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC), a nonprofit group founded in 1988, has managed to save more than 1,000 acres of land from developers’ machines. For this exhibition, the Center for Photography at Woodstock collaborated with ...