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This site brings together blog posts created in conjunction with the NYU Abu Dhabi 2011 January Term class New York and Modernity, led by Professor Cyrus R. K. Patell. Participants: Iman Badwan, Chani Gatto-Bradshaw, Usama Hussain, Ayaz Kamalov, Julie Raisch, and Sora Yang.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Last week my J-Term class went to the Whitney Museum to see the exhibition Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time, which is on display through April 10. In our course, Hopper represents one strain of what William B. Scott and Peter M. Rutkoff call “New York Modern,” a realist strain that is distinct from […]

Peeled Paint at MoMA

Yesterday my J-Term class visited The Big Picture: Abstract Expressionist New York, an exhibition at MoMA that is on display through April 25. One of the pieces that particularly caught my eye was a small photo by Minor White (1908-1976) entitled Peeled Paint on Store Window, San Francisco . Taken in 1951, the photograph resembles […]

The Skyline

The skyline. If you’re a real New Yorker, that skyline never gets old.