Architects and artists see the world as image and build the world as image. As makers of images, they know that seeing and imagining are intimately related. Although seeing concerns objects that are external to the mind and imagining pertains to objects inside the mind, both acts merge freely in the imaginal lives of artists... More »
At the end of the natural history and anthropological displays of the NY State Museum in Albany, a long, narrow, dark grey gallery offers a gem of an exhibition. With sharp, bright colored images interspersed with maps, artifacts and interpretive writings, Hudson Valley Ruins, the work of Robert J. Yasinsac and Thomas E. Rinaldi, is... More »
Unlike an unimaginative, soul-numbing work of art—a Damien Hirst pickled animal or a Koons kitschy puppy—we can’t completely ignore a piece of architecture simply because of its sheer scale. When a building enters the metaphorical room of Manhattan, it is likely there for our entire existential stay in the room. We have to live with... More »
Note: This essay is a counterpart to “Vitruvius as the Model for Modernist Architects,” American Arts Quarterly, 32 (2: 2015) 32–43.
The nation that Thomas Jefferson helped bring into being was, as Lincoln said, a “new nation,... More »