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‘This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World’ imagines the unimaginable future

This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, published in 2022, was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, which is the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s gallery of craft. This book delves...

Sally Wen Mao’s latest poetry examines how colonialism objectifies people

The Kingdom of Surfaces, a poetry collection by award-winning poet Sally Wen Mao, was published in August 2023 by Graywolf, the same press that published her first poetry collection, Oculus, in 2019. Many different poetic...

Tradition and Triumph: A breathtaking look at Japanese women artists

From November 13th, 2022, until May 13th, 2023, the Denver Art Museum will hold the exhibition Her Brush: Japanese Women Artists from the Fong-Johnstone Collection. Many of these works will have never before been...

“Return Flight” is poetry like transcendent sweet-sour citrus

In the acknowledgments of the prizewinning poetry collection Return Flight (Milkweed Press, 2022), its author Jennifer Huang writes that the book is “in part, a search for home—and the realization that home is not...

Togetherness—a poetry collection comes together like a pearl necklace

Togetherness, written by non-binary Fujianese drag performer Wo Chan (who performs as The Illustrious Pearl), is a multi-faceted poetry collection with a compelling structure. While it is the norm for works like this one...

“Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam” peels back the...

Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam is the epitome of intersectional work. The author, NYU professor Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, excels at taking a detail from one context and...

“Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty” reveals what is seen and unseen in the...

In the introduction of Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty, Julie Nelson Davis, a professor of art history, reminds us that we cannot assume the work of Kitagawa Utamaro, an esteemed designer of ukiyo-e...