Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
- Lens Blog: Rarely Seen Photos of Japanese Internment [NY Times]: At first glance, Dorothea Lange’s photographs of Japanese-Americans, taken in the early 1940s, appear to show ordinary activities. People wait patiently in lines. Children play. A woman makes artificial flowers. Storefront signs proudly proclaim, “I am an American.” But these quiet images document something sinister: the racially motivated relocation and internment during World War II of more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the West Coast, more than 60 percent of whom were American citizens.
- Meet the NYC Dog Who Stands on Street Corners Giving Hugs [Rover]: Meet Louboutina, or Loubie, a five year-old golden retriever who’s become world-famous for her doggy hugs. This beautiful dog was named after French fashion designer Christian Louboutin, which seems to fit! It’s not unusual to find Loubie casually standing upright on the streets of New York with her owner, Cesar, eager to embrace anyone who walks by.
- South Bronx Art Condo will bring housing to artists in Melrose [Curbed NY]: Last month, a group of New York City artists banded together to collectively purchase a prime South Bronx lot. Their plan: to develop the $1.15 million site into a seven-story condo for artists. Located at 368 East 152nd Street in Melrose, just off the 2 and 5 trains, the condos are meant to offer artists some permanence in a city that’s constantly gentrifying—and a neighborhood that’s poised to be the next spot where gentrification may take a toll.
- MoMA Takes a Stand: Art from Banned Countries Take Center Stage [NY Times]: The Museum of Modern Art — which in past decades has cultivated a templelike detachment — is making its voice heard as well. In one of the strongest protests yet by a major cultural institution, the museum has reconfigured its fifth-floor permanent-collection galleries — interrupting its narrative of Western Modernism, from Cézanne through World War II — to showcase contemporary art from Iran, Iraq and Sudan, whose citizens are subject to the ban
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