Thinkpiece articles

Controversy and Conversations Around the Whitney’s Biennial

Shock. Controversy. Conversations.         The Whitney Museum of American Art’s latest exhibition, “Whitney Biennial,” can be summed up in just three words, and while they can be used to describe just about any contemporary art show, the biennial makes the ideas conveyed by these words literal. The show, put together every two years, generally spotlights

Corail and Modifying the Senegalese “Mode”

When discussing “modern” clothing in Senegal, most people think of T-shirts, jeans, and Nike sneakers or suits, blazers, and loafers. Traditional clothing, worn for holidays, weddings, and baptisms, receives its own category. The imposition of western clothing in Senegal is unfortunate. Senegal has undergone a myriad of changes due to its colonization (which ended in

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art by Anne Chen

Female Opera Composers: The Invisible Divas of the Opera World

In its 2016-17 season, the Metropolitan Opera House will stage its first opera composed by a woman since 1903. This is perhaps the most surprising and enticing of the atypical choices made for the Met’s upcoming season. Although there have been quite a few female producers, directors, and conductors involved in Met productions over the