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Laden with Emotion

Sculptor Ursula von Rydinsvard has many reasons for making art. “Because there’s pleasure in it.” “Because there’s pain in it.” “Because I see life as being full of abominations.” “Because life is full of marvels close to miracles.” And, mostly, … Continue reading

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Old in Art School (review)

After retiring as a professor of American history from Princeton University, Nell Painter embarked on a new chapter of her life: to become a practicing artist. Her Ph.D. from Harvard wouldn’t be enough to get her into a good MFA … Continue reading

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Joyce Scott was an Artist in Vitro

Sculptor, printmaker, installation artist, performer, quilt maker, storyteller, and jeweler Joyce J. Scott affirms the femininity of her forebears, giving them the finery they deserve,  in Harriet Tubman and Other Truths at Grounds for Sculpture. She describers the installation “Harriet’s … Continue reading

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Telling the story of Paul Robeson’s Home

Photographer Wendel White shot artifacts unearthed in the Princeton, NJ house where Paul Robeson was born and projects these images against the façade of the house as part of the exhibition Reconstructed History.  Story at HYPERALLERGIC.

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Anatolian recipes tell story of civilization

  It all begins with Aleppo pepper, a key ingredient in Anatolian cuisine—but in rare supply since the Syrian conflict. Peppers were first discovered in the New World and made their way East with Christopher Columbus, from Spain into North … Continue reading

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  Simply described, a croque monsieur is a grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich, albeit made with French ham and Gruyere. Literally translated as “crunch sir” or “bite (a) man,” the croquet monsieur is as ubiquitous in French cafes as grilled cheese or … Continue reading

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Best View of Trenton’s ‘Central Park’

There are many ways to get to Trenton’s Cadwalader Park, whether cycling along  the D&R Canal State Park or following the winding path to Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum. This summer, Ellarslie has launched an ambitious exhibition, Cadwalader Park: An Olmsted … Continue reading

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Stories Waiting to be Told

ONE summer, while visiting her son, daughter-in-law and grandchild in Italy, Rhoda Kassof-Isaac picked up a stone. In its contours she saw faces: eyes, a high hat, an expressive mouth — people with a story waiting to be told. So the … Continue reading

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Ceramic Evolution from Toilet and Tea Cup

From the 19th to the early 20th century, Trenton was one of two major pottery centers in the U.S. (the other being in East Liverpool, Ohio). Its products were shipped all over the country and at its zenith, in the … Continue reading

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Interwoven Stories

Participating in a community-wide art project hasn’t been this much fun since the creation of “Happy World,” the mural in the Princeton Public Library made by artist Ik-Joong Kang and comprised of square tiles embellished with artifacts contributed by area … Continue reading

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