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A photo of multiple historic documents (written in calligraphy) scattered about.

Time is Running Out to See ‘Treasures from the Vault’

November 13, 2016 is the last day that Treasures from the Vault will be on display. The exhibit can be viewed at the Morgan Library and Museum and is a collection of historical documents and literary manuscripts. Highlights include letters written by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Additional features include musical scores written by […]

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A hand drawn image of a camera, a reel, and a clapperboard.

How Social Roles Have Changed Throughout Film History

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is examining the effect that film has on social, political, and cultural norms. The exhibit is titled Making Faces: Images of Exploitation and Empowerment in Cinema and is on display now through April 30, 2017. The exhibit will feature films from the silent era and juxtapose those against films […]

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Collecting Trends in Old Apple Products

Since Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder, passed away in 2011, vintage Macintosh products are seeing a resurgence in popularity. This is great news for those of you who decided to keep your old Mac products, as they’re fetching a pretty penny on many websites. Old computers are now hot collectibles, and so are the items associated […]

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The Museum of Bad Art

Calling all crappy artists! The Museum of Bad Art wants your subpar work. Yep, you heard that right. There’s a museum in Massachusetts that’s dedicated to preserving shoddy drawings and paintings. Their slogan is, “Art Too Bad to be Ignored.” Established in the autumn of 1993, the Museum of Bad Art presented its first exhibition […]

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A photo of a skull with a knife in front of it.

Honoring the Cultural Heritage of Voodoo

When we think of voodoo, it automatically conjures up images of voodoo dolls and curses. But it’s important to understand that we’ve been conditioned to think that way by a dominant European-Christian ideology. The history of voodoo dates all the way back to ancient Africa. But like many other African traditions, it’s been stripped away […]

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The Museum of Pez Memorabilia

It’s exactly as it sounds: an entire museum dedicated to Pez dispensers. The Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia (located just five minutes south of the San Francisco airport) features every Pez model ever sold. The collection includes well over 1,000 dispensers. This year, the museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Established in 1927, Pez was […]

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New York Tollbooths to Be Revamped into Art

On Wednesday October 5th, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York’s congestion-causing tollbooths are all to be removed in a total revamping of the Mass Transit Authority-run toll bridges and tunnels. They’ll be replacing them with open-road tolling, an automatic process using EZPass and cameras, a system widely in use elsewhere in […]

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Doomocracy: The Election-Themed Haunted House

Pedro Reyes considers haunted houses to be a slice of American folk art—a seasonal display that every town and city in the country puts on for their own entertainment. Reyes, an artist with a history of social cynicism, is excited about the haunted house show he’s about to put on in cooperation with the New […]

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Art in Odd Places Festival Comes to Manhattan

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) is an organization about putting or performing art in unexpected ways, in unexpected places, with a goal of sneaking art in where it is not technically allowed. It was formed in 1996 in Atlanta by a group of artists who saw a reduction in public spaces and in public rights […]

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Support for the Theaters of New York City

The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York is an organization that works to support and advocate for the city’s nonprofit theater community. They were founded in 1972 and their mission statement reads that they assist “over 350 member theatres in managing their theatre companies effectively so they may realize their rich artistic visions and serve their […]

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