museums

Beauty and the Brain: The Emerging Field of Neuroaesthetics

Neuroaesthetics, an innovative but controversial new area of neuroscience research, has the potential to help us understand the ways our brain responds to art. But some remain skeptical of how much science can really tell us about aesthetic experiences. The Crimson surveys the state of the field on campus and beyond.

Music

‘Reputation’ Built on Self-Absorbed Theatrics and Glowing Honesty

You can argue that Swift doesn’t have much to cope with—that at the end of the day, she still stands levels above everyone else in terms of power and wealth. Yet her problems are clearly urgent and real to her.

Maroon 5’s ‘Red Pill Blues’ Makes Blue Pill Appealing

On Maroon 5’s latest album, frontman Adam Levine screams, “Help me out.” They definitely need it.

On Campus

Boston Area Museum Directors Discuss Civic Institutions at Radcliffe

“The Museum, the City, and the University,” a panel discussion between local art museum directors, sought to explore how museums, universities, and cities come together to generate a broader sense of civic engagement.

MFA Opens Fall Slate of Exhibitions

From the juncture between “Seeking Stillness” and its neighboring exhibition “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” Jonas’s installation is also within view; Saywell recommended that viewers stand in this spot to take in painting, sculpture, and video stemming from nature.

Film

‘Coco’ a Vibrant, Detailed, Rich Experience

“Coco,” the latest addition to Pixar’s incredible repertoire, once again combines powerful storytelling, attention to detail, and technical mastery to deliver a memorable movie experience.

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ A Fun New Direction for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The critical and financial success of “Thor: Ragnarok”, which is 93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and has garnered $121 million domestically in its opening weekend, proves that a new studio philosophy of greater directorial liberty and creative control will please critics and regular moviegoers alike.

Books

‘Heather, The Totality,’ a Gripping Noir Bildungsroman

Everyone in “Heather” is governed by the same primality; everyone pulsates with the same hunger. The only remaining question is which hunger will prove stronger—and, as Weiner concludes his strange and compelling debut, the ending feels exactly as it should be. Weiner’s answer is definitive. The result is “Heather, the Totality,” in its totality: a noir bildungsroman with a statement to make about class, objectification, and what it means to grow up.

‘Mean:’ A Memoir of Touch

The memoir examines themes of gender, race, and sexual assault in a way so accessible and raw that it challenges us to see each of the three not as distant concepts, but as tangible realities. Each story, each memory, reaches out and touches us. “Mean” is, more than anything, a memoir of touch.

Arts

An Artsy Alternative to Harvard-Yale

Crimson Arts has put together an artsy Saturday alternative to Harvard-Yale.

Theater

‘Frank Steins’ and Staging Disability

Shows like “Frank Steins” do not present the audience with burdenless characters and carefree plotlines.

Theater

‘In Passage’: Migration in Motion

“In Passage” is a successful collaborative effort that expertly weaves student choreography and a unique sound, holding the full attention of the audience until the curtain has dropped.

Columns

Spirituality and Sound

Was that night in tenth grade real? Or was it just emotions?

Columns

A Reverberant Goodbye

In Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes,” the presence of reverb swells with the energy of the lyrics and density of instrumentation.

Arts

On Comedy: The Dangers of Lazy Readers in Katherine Ryan’s ‘In Trouble’

Arts

Stray Thoughts: The Sensitive Men of ‘Robin’

Arts

‘The Flash’ Seems to be Missing a Step

Arts

Alumni Spotlight: David Leo Rice '10

Theater

‘Frank Steins’ Addresses Disability and Diversity

Arts

Arts Spotlight: George Abrams ’57

It’s a good home for art because Harvard has been the center of interest in Old Master drawings since the early 20th century in the United States. There are great scholars and teachers and curators—it’s one of the major places in the world for Old Master drawings.

Dance

“Theories” Makes Connections Between STEM, Philosophy, and Movement

“There’s some thematic overlap between theories,” said Martinez on the ideas upon which the pieces were based. “Theories” made these overlaps apparent using unconventional methods. What resulted was an uncommon perspective crafted by student choreographers that demonstrated a living relationship between scientific concepts and artistic expression.

Arts

Music Video Breakdown: ‘Rake It Up’ by Yo Gotti

Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up”—despite seemingly being a paean to lazily refusing to pick up your money in a strip club—is a representation of the American dream.

Arts

Music Video Breakdown: '…Ready For It?' by Taylor Swift

Thank God we have a feminist icon out here calling the shots!

Arts

Music Video Breakdown: ‘Every Day’s The Weekend’ by Alex Lahey

The video for the album’s biggest single thus far, “Every Day’s The Weekend,” demonstrates just how original she is by giving full proof that Alex Lahey is a clone.

Arts

Oswalt’s ‘Annihilation’ Built on Kindness

Arts

Stray Thoughts: The Emmys and the State of Television Today

Arts

Quincy Haunted House Not Just a Novelty, But an Experience

Visual Arts

Arts Spotlight with Mary McWilliams

Columns

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