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Downtown Body

Ward Shelley, “Downtown Body,” 2008. View an enlarged image here. More on the Downtown Body Project here. Thanks to Hannah Smith for pointing me in the direction of this print.

We Are Duchampians

Both of my seminars this summer have read Calvin Tomkins’s profile of John Cage, published in The New Yorker in 1964 and collected the following year in his volume The Bride and the Bachelors, which also contained long reads on Jean Tinguely, Robert...

Night windows

A little bit of Writing New York liveblogging here: Cyrus is, as I type, lecturing on Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” which we situate in our course by taking seriously its subtitle, “A Story of Wall-street.” Today’s...

David Byrne and Jeff Koons, 1975

Our current obsession with the 70s continues on PWHNY. Judging from a quick Google search, it appears this clip made the rounds in the blogosphere a couple years back. I guess I’m arriving late. In any case, here’s a 20-year-old Koons being interviewed by...