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Yael M. Saiger

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Canadian Pavilion, Venice Biennale.
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Geoffrey Farmer Builds an Alluring Apocalypse at the Venice Biennale

Farmer took a step back from the other pavilions’ fear of the apocalypse. He reminds us that what humanity is afraid of is its own end, not the end of everything.

Closing a Gate, Creating a Space
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Closing a Gate, Creating a Space

Closing a Gate, Creating a Space
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Closing a Gate, Creating a Space

Neither the stress of the Harvard world nor the turbulence of the world beyond leaks into this garden. Instead, it remains completely separate from the worlds that border it and serves as a refuge from both.

A View from the Window
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A View from the Window

The view from the window could easily have been a conscious composition. The Carpenter Center, or at least this view of it, hangs on display at the museum like a picture or painting.

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A View from the Window

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The Qube

The Qube seems like a library out of a fantasy novel.

On Campus

Stories in Portraits: Barkley Hendricks Speaks at the Harvard Art Museums

At his talk at the Harvard Art Museums last Tuesday evening, Barkley Hendricks, an American portraitist famous for his depiction of African Americans subjects in everyday life, presented a series of his paintings. “Give yourself a round of applause for coming out,” he said as he ascended the podium. “Enjoy and put your heads to work a little with some of the imagery that you’ll see.” As he presented a slideshow of his work, Hendricks maintained a light and friendly manner, telling stories, cracking jokes and introducing the audience to his subjects. Hendricks framed his presentation around the stories that defined his art.

Unfinished: Winthrop House
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Unfinished: Winthrop House

Unfinished: Winthrop House
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Unfinished: Winthrop Under Construction

Why is it that unfinished drawings are beautiful, while unfinished buildings are at best unappealing?

Film

‘XX’ Explores Morbidity, Malevolence, Motherhood

“XX” uses the common trope of mothers in horror to call attention to the often-overlooked burdens of motherhood. This self-reflexive use of stereotype might be the film’s biggest contribution to the horror genre.

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Backward Numbers and Distorted Views

Gates, by nature, are viewed from two directions: the outside as you enter and the inside as you exit.

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Widener Gate