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Stories from the War: Miwa Yanagi "Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape"
            The stage for "Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape" is sparse and elegant: white floor, a white backdrop with a long rectangular window that can open, revealing a German-engineered state of the art (for 1945, at least) tape recorder, and a large donut-shaped white table made of five identical pieces.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, is firmly rooted in both the past and the future of design. Located in the historic Carnegie Mansion, where Andrew Carnegie lived for the last sixteen years of his life, the museum places high value in the art, architecture and designs of the past.
Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
El Museo del Barrio
The entrance to El Museo del Barrio reads: “A museum is a school: The artist learns to communicate. The public learns to make connections.” Right on, I thought, and braced myself for some learning.    
Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum
I hear “retrospective” and I imagine a standard chronological exhibit with the work presented on the wall alongside an annotation. But this was definitely not that.
Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot
  This post was originally published on October 15, 2014 on the Double Exposure blog.    
Pacific NW Ballet
The Joyce Theater is conspicuous in the dim street. The marquee with a boldly lit JOYCE harks to old New York, back when electricity was new and the city lights were an attraction unto themselves that made nightlife possible. In our collective unconscious, these lights come with the glamorous promise of luxurious entertainment.
What does it mean to be an American? This question may sound like something you were asked in your fifth grade Civics class. But really, this question is one that many Americans continue to struggle with. We are an incredibly diverse nation, with a wide variety of conflicting views, beliefs, and ways of living life. What exactly is it about being American that unites us all despite our differences?


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