Monthly Archives: August 2011

There Are Places I Remember

We are at a train station, looking at the back of a woman  sitting on her valise, waiting. Alongside her are newspaper drop boxes: the New York Post and the Trentonian calling out “Mother’s Day Blood Bath.” In another photograph, … Continue reading

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Buildings R Us

When railroad was the king of transportation, Beaux-Arts architects McKim, Mead and White designed a palace of a terminus in New York City. Acres of glass domes, arches and vaults, intersecting trusses and a colonnade of Doric columns evoked Roman … Continue reading

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Summer in the City

Leaving behind the suburban greenery of the Garden State, where the deer and groundhog cavort among tomatoes and cabbages, I travel to the center of Philadelphia to see an exhibit called “Urbanism: Reimagining the Lived Environment” at the Pennsylvania Academy … Continue reading

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Method Number Two: Christina’s World

Here’s another way to draw large crowds to a museum: Take a popular painting, like Andrew Wyeth‘s “Christina’s World,” and create an exhibit around it — even if you can’t get the actual painting! (In fact, the painting’s traveling days … Continue reading

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