The Addams Family

This weekend, I attended a performance of The Addams Family by the Penn Singers Light Opera Company. The show itself was fantastic; all the characters were extremely well-casted, the set and lighting were simple but effective, and the costuming was stunning. On my way to the theater, I was talking with a friend who helped…

Data Visualization in Our Everyday Lives

While watching some of the live news coverage on the results of today’s midterm elections, I was immediately intrigued by the intricate graphics that were used to display the various vote counts and projected victories. This got me thinking a lot more about how graphics and computer programs could greatly enhance the audience’s viewing pleasure…

UX Design: Code and Theory

A few weeks back, as part of my training for the design department of the Daily Pennsylvanian, I attended a workshop and talk led by Penn alumnus Julie Xie, who currently works at a digital design agency based in New York City. The firm, called Code and Theory, specializes in optimizing user experience and providing…

William Kentridge: Universal Archive

Since this past weekend was Family Weekend, my parents drove down to spend a day in Philly visiting a few museums around campus. One of the museums that they took interest in was the Arthur Ross Gallery in the Fisher Fine Arts Library. Even though I’ve been in the library countless times to study, I…

A New Approach to Depicting Sexual Assault

In light of Judge Kavanaugh’s recent trial (and ultimate appointment), a story like this is especially relevant. Historically, artwork depicting rape and sexual assault has always been particularly gory and violent — frequently focusing on the brutality of the act itself, rather than communicating the emotional consequences of such experiences. Monika Fabijanska, an art historian,…

Banksy’s Self-Destructing Painting

The Balloon Girl imagery is one that many (including myself) are familiar with. It first made an appearance as a wall mural in 2002 by Banksy, an anonymous graffiti artist based in England. He uses his work as a form of social and political commentary. Banksy has always chosen to display his work on public…

The Barnes Collection

This past weekend, I was back home in New Jersey to visit friends, catch a concert, to see my parents again, and to receive my annual flu shot. While at the CVS Minute Clinic, I learned about the Barnes Collection through some small talk with the doctor on duty. The Barnes houses a collection of…

Google Deep Dream

Though these images are not actually new or very recent, I only learned about Google’s AI Art today in another FNAR course that I have been taking. Our seminar/lecture-based class focuses on discussions about the influence of digital and technological developments in our modern world. Today’s topic was focused on the rise of artificial intelligence…

Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison

Last night, the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art hosted a special launch event for the 34th Street Magazine‘s Philly entertainment guide. Aside from the ridiculously long line for the selection of free local food (that ended up being quite disappointing), the event was very much worth the visit. Not many people at the event seemed…

Lost Colors

Pedro da Costa Felgueiras, an artist from London, has dedicated his studio’s work to the recreation of historic painting mixing and painting techniques. Nowadays, paints are all mixed with synthetic pigments, acrylic, and water — historically, paints were made with dangerous ingredients like lead, mercury, and arsenic. In order to revive the vibrance and beauty…