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  The 20th century was an era of white cubes and treasure troves. The idea that a museum is a “guardian of the past” has shaped renowned institutions the world over. But does that idea still serve us now in an era of smartphones and institutional critique?
Music and Dance from Myanmar: Shwe Man Thabin Zat Pwe
Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa—Art and Film
Repetition and Difference
We take in so much information every day - especially in New York, where there is no end to the array of stimuli assaulting our senses. Our brains are quite good at sorting this information, making us aware of what is important and discarding the small differences that are less so. I probably walked past a hundred people on my eight-block walk to work this morning, yet I doubt I could recall any one of them.
Piranesi, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Sound of the Carceri
What happens when you combine an 17th century composer, an 18th century architect, and 21st century technology? You get a surprisingly unified and powerful film about the timelessness of loneliness and the intersection of beauty and terror within the human soul. 
Columbia Night at New York City Ballet's New Combinations
The dancing waters of the fountain at Lincoln Center gave us the perfect welcome to the Columbia Night at New York City Ballet’s New Combinations. This was my first time at the David H. Koch Theater.
Tari Aceh—Dance of Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
Tari Aceh: Dance from Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia at Asia Society was quite a beautiful performance to behold and one that expanded my view of what elements dance could include.    
National Academy Museum
I will not deny that the allure of self-portraits by big names like Marina Abramovic and Chuck Close caught my curiosity, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the best part of this exhibit was the diversity of voices. SELF: Portraits of Artists in their Absence at the National Academy Museum was superbly curated.
Music From Japan: Highlights of MFJ Commissions III
            The first piece of the second half of the concert was called “Distances III,” but in many ways Music From Japan (MFJ)’s 40th anniversary new music concert at Asia Society, "Highlights of MFJ Commissions III," revolved around this idea.


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