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Kitchen Table Series

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled, from the Kitchen Table Series, 1990 (63.2001.3) Carrie Mae Weems tells stories in her photographs, often becoming her own subject. She uses her work to explore cultural, social, and political issues, particularly those dealing with representation … Continue reading

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Passover on the S.S. Providence, 1947

The passenger ship S.S. Providence brought Holocaust survivors from various ports in Europe to Haifa, Palestine, in 1947-48. Although the majority of ships attempting to bring Jewish refugees to Palestine were technically illegal and in defiance of strict British immigration … Continue reading

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A First Shout-Out: The New, New American Landscape

Ernst Haas, Montana. On Set–Little Big Man Filming, 1974 (3.1976) The American landscape of our memory, and relatively our most recent past, first memorialized in the subtle hues and creamy pastels by the grand painting masters such as Thomas Cole, … Continue reading

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Comraderie

Unidentified Photographer, [Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin looking out window of USS Hornet], July 24, 1969 (2012.99.12) Krisanne Johnson, A young HIV-positive woman who works in the garment industry laughs with friends at her rented one-room home, Matsapha, … Continue reading

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Eleanor

Harry Callahan, Eleanor, Port Huron, 1954 (304.1985) Harry Callahan only had eyes for one woman—her name was Eleanor Knapp. They met in 1933 when she saw a picture of him and proposed a date; two years later they were married. … Continue reading

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The Uncanny Indecisive Body

Hans Bellmer, La Poupée, 1935 (207.1987) [ Legs as extension of the body. Legs as the choreographers of movement. Legs as navigators. Legs as present moment. Legs as independence. Legs as control. Legs as power. Legs as balance. Legs as … Continue reading

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Storyville Portrait

E. J. Bellocq, Storyville Portrait, New Orleans, 1912 (33.2004) E. J. Bellocq was a wealthy French-Creole man living in New Orleans at the turn of the twentieth century. He was known professionally as a photographer of landmarks, ships, and commercial … Continue reading

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Boys’ Room

Tina Barney, The Son, 1987 (2.1998.a) Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 1998 (9.2001) Gran Fury, Read My Lips (boys), 1988 (1138.2000) David Seidner, [Pavlos, Prince of Greece], ca. 1994 (2007.65.13) Sheng Qi, Memories (Me), 2000 (7.2004) The son becomes the part of … Continue reading

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Windjammer

Weegee, [Widescreen image of sailboat Christian Raditch in Louis de Rochemont's film Windjammer], ca. 1958 (7584.1993) This image is of a movie, Windjammer. The movie was filmed in Cinemiracle, a wide-format film type. Cinemiracle was in direct competition with the … Continue reading

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Norishment or Poison?

Milk has been part of our diet since the Neolithic Revolution (10,000 BCE), when humans domesticated animals. The discussion about organic, raw, and genetically treated food is at its peak. There are arguments on each side of the coin, both … Continue reading

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