MOMA

Why did a $200 toy crash the Museum of Modern Art’s website?

The story behind one of the weirder collectibles and its cult of admirers<p>On May 17, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City sent out an e-mail blast announcing that it had limited supplies of the $200 KAWS Companion action figure available for sale in its stores and online. The resulting rush of …

Art

How an Icon of Venezuelan Architecture Became a Prison

The Helicoide was going to be the world’s first drive-through mall. Now it is a prison that former inmates describe as hellish.<p><i>This article also appears in Spanish on our sister site, CityLab Latino.</i><p>There was a time when everyone heaped praise on the Helicoide. Poet Pablo Neruda called the building …

Latin America

KidPass raises $5.1 million for its children’s activity subscription service

KidPass, a monthly membership program that gives parents access to a variety of kid-friendly activities across their city, has raised $5.1 million in Series A funding, the startup reported this week. Currently live in New York, the new funds will allow the service to expand to new markets including …

Startups

Want to Change the World with Design? Work for Huge Companies.

Designers—especially those working for large companies—can't really fool people anymore. Design needs to be authentic. It needs to be real. It needs …

Design

Blueprints for the original 'Star Wars' space station were created at University of Illinois at Chicago

Remember that scene in "Star Wars" where the University of Illinois at Chicago makes its case that the Empire can be stopped and the Rebels are the …

Star Wars

Watch: Remembering Black Radical Women Who Used Art to Start a Revolution

“We think of artists usually in history as European, as male, as being trained in a certain way,” said Rujeko Hockley, co-curator of “We Wanted a …

Art

The Barber Will See You Now

Asociologist walks into a bar . . . and discovers the soul of the new economy. That would be the short version of Richard E. Ocejo’s “Masters of Craft.” In his latest book, Mr. Ocejo, an associate professor of sociology at City University of New York, looks into four prosaic “blue-collar” …

Opinion

5 things I had to give up to be successful

An uncomfortable but powerful truth that took most of my 20s to internalize:<p>There’s an opportunity cost to everything worthwhile in life.<p>No matter what you’re trying to accomplish, you’ll have to give up something in order to make it happen.<p>If you want to become a doctor, you give up most of your …

Self-improvement

Interior Design and ICFF announce the 2nd annual NYCxDESIGN Awards

• Uncategorized<p>Leading Brands To Visit At Soho Design District<p>By it / May 25, 2017<p>SoHo Design District's mission is to promote NYC’s SoHo neighbourhood …

Interior Design

Harvard Business School Announces New Temporary Public Art Installations for 2017-2018 - News - Harvard Business School

BOSTON—Three sculptures will be installed on Harvard Business School’s campus in Boston as part of its ongoing contemporary sculpture exhibition, …

Art

On this day, May 22: Jean Tinguely was born

The internationally-known Swiss artist was born on May 22, 1925 in Fribourg, Switzerland, and would have been 92 today. He was most famous for his …

Art

This Week in Gear

Boundary Prima Modular Pack System<p>We rarely mention Kickstarter projects here, but I’ve seen the Boundary in person and spent some time getting to …

Bears Ears National Monument

Disney, Missoni & More Makeover Kartell's Iconic Componibili

This humble set of drawers is celebrating a milestone birthday. Kartell's classic Componibili is 50 years old this year, and the Italian modern …

Furniture

You’re Never Too Old and It’s Never Too Late

<i>No matter your goals and no matter your age, you can still make your dreams come true.</i><p>BY PAUL ROBERTS<p>What holds back so many people from pursuing …

Samuel L. Jackson

These NYC museums are all offering free admission today

If you’ve been meaning to hit up a museum lately, you may want to try fitting it into your schedule today. It will save you a few bucks.<p>For the …

Museums

Low total for Sotheby’s first African art sale (but what is “African” art?)

The first ever sale of African art by Sotheby’s London on 16 May reflected both the current interest in the art and the immaturity of this market, …

African Art

'Björk Digital': Sonic dreams become virtual reality in downtown L.A.

Björk isn’t just a pop star. She’s a songwriter and producer, as well as a composer who has done the arrangements on 90% of her music for the last 25 years. Most fans may not know this. She doesn’t trumpether musical fluency, she says, because it’s ingrained in her as a woman to stay quiet about …

Björk

Robert Rauschenberg: It Takes a Village to Raise a Genius

In the late 1960s at the bar at Max’s Kansas City, Janis Joplin passed a note to Robert Rauschenberg. “We’re the only two people who ever got out of Port Arthur, Texas,” she wrote. Strangers till then, but hungry, gregarious, go-for-broke types, they ended up talking far into the New York …

Art

The Curators of documenta and the Venice Biennale Both Put Their Lovers in Their Shows. Should We Care?

Art World<p>The coincidence illustrates the extent to which the art world is built on close personal relationships—but some question the curators' …

The Arts

Can a Mile of Old Streetcar Tunnels Become a Permanent Arts Space for D.C.?

In London, a cocktail bar and a hydroponic farm have moved into underground air-raid shelters left behind from World War II. In New York, there’s a …

Washington D.C.

Bjork Explains the Immersive VR Exhibit She's Bringing to L.A. and Her Obsession With Beyonce

Step inside Bjork’s brain. The real and the surreal slide in and out of each other, nature commingling with imagination, black volcanic rock and …

Los Angeles

Over 100 years of travel photography | DW Travel | DW | 17.05.2017

Travel selfies or holiday snaps on Facebook - traveling seems to inspire photography. An exhibition in Berlin shows holiday impressions from …

Travel Photography

Where to Shop for Summery Bits This Week

<b>Openings and Events</b><p>On Thursday at 7 p.m., stop by the <b>Collective</b>, the trend-merchandized shopping experience on the newly renovated fifth floor of <b>Saks Fifth Avenue</b>’s New York flagship. You can pick up a Public School long lace dress ($895) or a Tanya Taylor embroidered military jacket ($695) and …

Fashion

Blake Lively And the Rest of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Reunited for Amber Tamblyn's Directorial Debut

It’s been nine years since Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn, and America Ferrera have appeared together on-screen, but clearly the sisterhood is still going strong: All four actresses reconvened on Monday night in New York to celebrate the New York premiere of an indie movie called <i>Paint</i> …

Art Galleries

Week in pictures: 6-12 May 2017

<b>Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week.</b><p><b>All photographs are copyrighted.</b>

Photography

Review: Is In Situ the most high-concept restaurant in San Francisco?

At San Francisco’s In Situ, you feast on fine art made by the world’s most revered and creative culinary minds. If you follow the international food …

Restaurants

Rauschenberg’s Musical Machine: The Story Behind the 8,000 Pounds of Mud Inside MoMA

Art World<p>There’s a lot of mud-slinging going on inside New York’s Museum of Modern Art this week.<p>,<p>The installation of the Museum of Modern Art’s …

Art

Picasso's Print Partnerships

In his seven decades of steady output, Pablo Picasso got a crucial assist in his art-making from two major groups of people. Foremost were his muses, the wives and lovers who filled up his life and canvasses and have long been recognized as a key influence. But a second, much less acknowledged set …

The Arts

New Documentary Turns New York’s Subways into a Dreamland

Most of us who rely on the New York City subway choose to remain oblivious while riding the trains: We bury our heads in a book, block sound with ear …

Sony Cyber-shot

Ballast, Grounding, Subject Matter: On Writers and Their Mothers

This year Mother’s Day happens to fall on my birthday, as it does once every seven years. It’s not an insignificant birthday. It has a zero in it and …

Arthur Conan Doyle