Archive | April, 2013
Michelle Obama's toned arms are perhaps the most admired in the country, and many women want theirs to look the same.

Women Want Michelle’s Arms

Plastic surgery certainly isn’t something that we’re unfamiliar with. In 2012, millions of cosmetic procedures were performed on Americans, with about 1.6 million of those being cosmetic surgeries and 13 million being minimally invasive non-surgical procedures (like Botox). Over 286,000 of the procedures were breast augmentations. This is according to the American Society for Aesthetic […]



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Anja Rubik

Moda Operandi Goes Punk

Remember a while back when we talked about the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture? Now the dates of the gala and exhibition are even closer and an update seemed necessary. The exhibit, made possible by Lauren Santo Domingo’s and Aslaug Magnisdottir’s Moda Operandi, will be on preview at the 2013 Costume Institute Benefit […]



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Von Rydingsvard's work is large-scale and bold.

Against the Grain: Ursula von Rydingsvard

At 70 years old, sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard is anything but fragile. She’s a sculptor, and her medium is red cedar—which she has become allergic to after working with it for nearly 35 years. Her sculptures are large-scale, and she carves for up to eight hours per day inside of a protective suit weighing 15 […]



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Dove Real Beauty Sketches highlight the difference between how women see themselves and how others see them.

Dove Real Beauty Sketches: How We View Ourselves

Dove has been running its “Real Beauty” campaign for almost a decade. In 2004, a major global study found that only 2 percent of women in the world thought that they qualified as “beautiful.” Dove began its campaign in an effort to “challenge beauty stereotypes and invite women to join a discussion about beauty.” Part […]



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Roomful of Teeth

Partitia for 8 Voices Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Partitia for 8 Voices, a composition performed by an a cappella group, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. This is the first time in the prize’s history that the award has been given to an a cappella group. Caroline Shaw, who is also the youngest person to ever receive the Pulitzer Prize for Music […]



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Jasper Johns

Millions in Art Donated to Whitney Museum Auction

An estimated $8 million in art has been donated to an auction to raise money for the construction of a new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art. The New York museum is currently working on designing and creating a new space that will be about three times as big as their current location. […]



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Free play days were last Thursday and Friday, April 4-5, and the Downtown Little League had their season opener on Saturday.

Battery Park City Authority Completes Field Restoration

When Sandy took New York City, many places were ruined—including the multi-sport Astro Turf fields in Battery Park City. But now, over five months later, the fields have been completely restored through an aggressive team effort. “The team effort the Authority, Parks and our contractors was nothing short of spectacular in recovering from Superstorm Sandy’s […]



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5,000 Manhattan pay phones are now

NYC Pay Phones Travel Back to 1993

New York wasn’t always the city it is today. It may be pretty glamorous these days, but there was a time when things were a bit dirtier, a bit grittier, and a bit more dangerous. Twenty years ago, the city was still a major cultural hub, but in an altogether different way. A new pay […]



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Lindberg was the NY Philharmonic's Marie-Kravis Composer-in-Residence for three years.

NYC Philharmonic Releases Magnus Lindberg Album

Magnus Lindberg was the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josee Kravis Composer-in-Residence from 2009 until 2012. During his time there, he premiered several new works, which have now been performed by Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. The new album will be released on May 28th by Dacapo Records and will include “EXPO,” “Piano […]



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Yoko Ono is one of the APF's many associated artists.

Art Production Fund (APF) Presents Annual Gala

The Art Production Fund is a nonprofit organization in New York City “dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art.” It was founded in 2000 by Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen, and since then has helped many artists bring their visions to life. Later […]



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