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Andre Kertesz: On Reading

Hungarian emigre Andre Kertesz’s 1971 book of photographs On Reading pays testimony to what Roland Barthes called “the pleasure of the text.” Taken between the early 1920s and the late 60s in disparate places–Paris, Manila, Buenos Aires, suburban Connecticut–these candid black-and-white photos capture people poring over print. The readers vary from scholars in libraries to […]

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Where Is the Love?

Lovesexy at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through April 21 Only connect. –E.M. Forster, Howards End N early a century has passed since Forster issued his terse prescription for the modern malaise of alienation–yet what have we learned in the interim? Linked by modems and mobile phones, we can communicate until we drop–but we speak […]

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Tropical Paradox

Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography After the Revolution at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, through March 9 Lo que tenemos es escasez ran the graffito I saw a year ago in Cuba: “What we have is lack.” Yet as any Yankee who’s thrilled to the sound of the Buena Vistans or savored a contraband puro knows, […]