Category Archives: Social Concerns

Fertile Crescent Challenges Stereotypes of Middle Eastern Women

On a midsummer day, Ferris Olin and Judy Brodsky sit on Brodsky’s Princeton deck, surrounded by hydrangeas that have just opened their enormous white blooms. The co-founders and co-directors of the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers are updating … Continue reading

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The Quinoa Quandary

Ten years ago, few of us had heard of quinoa, let alone knew how to pronounce it (KEEN-wah). Now it’s touted as a healthful source of amino acids (proteins) and minerals, ideal for vegetarians and those on a gluten-free diet. … Continue reading

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Immediate and Raw

Last year in Iran, Tunisia, Egypt and Moldova, protest organizers took advantage of Twitter to get the word out. But in 2006 in Oaxaca, Mexico, when a teachers’ strike grew into a massive anti-government uprising, protesters relied on woodblock prints … Continue reading

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Winging it with Birds and Bees

The mission of the D&R Greenway is preserving land, plain and simple. But it is the way in which watershed lands and large-scale landscapes are saved from development that makes all the difference. Since its founding in 1989, the Princeton-based … Continue reading

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Underground Unveiled

Russians Valera and Natasha Cherkashin met on the Moscow Metro in 1982. Since then, they have been traveling the world, chronicling underground transportation systems with kaleidoscopic works of art. When the project is completed, 33 subway systems will be featured. … Continue reading

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Finding Your Center Through Beading

Bead artist and author of Beading – The Creative Spirit: Finding Your Sacred Center through the Art of Beadwork Wendy Ellsworth will give a talk about her work with tribal women in Kenya March 16, 7 p.m., in the cafe … Continue reading

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Save the Park!

You know you’re living in dire times when the nation’s parks are threatened. Fortunately, artists are rallying to the cause. Canal Frame-Crafts Gallery will showcase the work of area artists who have joined forces to help in the fundraising efforts … Continue reading

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“All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.” Toni Morrison New Jersey – home to the original diner, FM radio, the lithium battery, the zipper, the boardwalk, the phonograph … Continue reading

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China Cuba Connection

In 71 – Fragments of a Dream, on view at the New Jersey State Museum through Nov, 24, photographer Maria Lau explores the connection between her Cuban and Chinese family. Born and raised in the Garden State, she came to … Continue reading

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Roosevelt’s Finest

Ben Shahn made the town of Roosevelt. That is, it was called Jersey Homesteads until he created his famous mural on the public school during FDR’s Works Progress Administration. Shahn became a legend, and soon other artists followed him and … Continue reading

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