War, politics, and the diaspora of Irish art and design

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts, Magazine

When The Magazine ANTIQUES started publication in January 1922, it coincided with the end of the War of Independence between Ireland and Great Britain and the beginning of a self-inflicted and even more brutal Civil War among opposing factions of the Irish Republican Army that would last until 1923.1 Although ANTIQUES ’s mandate was to whet its readership’s appetite for the …

End notes: Sylvia L. Yount takes charge of the Met’s American Wing

Editorial Staff Magazine

Based as we are in New York, the staff of The Magazine ANTIQUES has a fond if not proprietary tendency to look upon the Metropolitan Museum of Art, especially its American Wing, as our “local” museum. So when we heard the news that the redoubtable Morrison H. Heckscher was retiring after forty-eight years, thirteen of them as head of the …

A spirited conversation: The European and American Galleries at the Harvard Art Museums

Editorial Staff Art, Magazine

When visitors enter the renovated and reinstalled Harvard Art Museums on the north side of Harvard Yard, they will find a series of galleries that invite a new way to approach the history of American art. The first and second floors of the Fogg Museum galleries in the 205,000-square-foot facility designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop bring together the …

On high seas: Jack London’s photography on the cruise of the Snark

Editorial Staff Art, Magazine

Jack London died young, at the age of forty, yet in some ways it is amazing that he lived as long as he did. To anyone who happened to see the thirty-one-year-old London and five other inexperienced sailors cruising through San Francisco’s Golden Gate on April 23, 1907, his survival would have seemed nothing short of miraculous. His boat the …

The Scene, January/February 2015

Editorial Staff Magazine

In anticipation of this year’s Winter Antiques Show loan exhibition, Ahead of the Curve: The Newark Museum 1909–2015, students from East Side House Settlement—the Winter Antiques Show’s beneficiary since the show started in 1954—toured the museum. Students at the Newark Museum’s Ballantine House. Photo by Jay Savulich.  The Winter Antiques show is known for its sophisticated lending exhibitions, festive opening-night …

More than a treasure box

aroseshapiro Magazine

The newly opened Cooper Hewitt points the way for the immersive, participatory, digitally enhanced museum of the twenty-first century If there’s one thing that is emblematic of the revolution that has just occurred in the old Andrew Carnegie mansion on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, it’s the heavily patinated, exquisitely restored, oak-paneled wall in the Great Hall that swings open to …

Thomas Cole’s Hat

Editorial Staff Magazine

Thomas Cole’s hat, on view at Cedar Grove, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, in Catskill, New York, prompts a deceptively simple question. What is it to be an artist? The more we think of that question the more difficult and maybe unanswerable it becomes.  Thomas Cole’s hat and carrying case, nineteenth century. Labeled “WATKINS, 128 FULTON STREET, Sun Building, …

The Natural: Bill Rauhauser

Editorial Staff Magazine

For seven decades Bill Rauhauser has photographed his native Detroit, producing an extraordinary corpus of street scenes that has only come to light in the past few years. He earned his living as an engineer and later as a teacher of photographic history, rarely selling work and exhibiting only sporadically. Now ninety-six, he is finally beginning to get the recognition …

How southern is it?

aroseshapiro Magazine

As you drive west out of Charleston, South Carolina, the land is flat for a good long while-un­til you reach the part of the state where the hills begin to roll. This is the “upstate.” If you drive too far, you will go “over the mountain” to North Carolina, but if you stop in time, you will find yourself in …

Independence Day covers by the numbers

Editorial Staff Magazine

We have published 92 July covers since 1922, and at least twenty-three of them contain allusions to Independence Day. Some figures: 22:  Number of eagles 9:  Flags 7:  Military men 6:  Indenpendence Day-themed covers in the 1960s, the most of any decade. The 1940s had 5. 3:  Drums 1:  Invitation to buy war bonds