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We Found Ourselves at Lost Lectures With Tao Lin, Blonde Redhead and More

(Photo: Tod Seelie)

(Photo: Tod Seelie)

We were in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in a soaring warehouse space looking out onto Wallabout Bay, but our minds were in the sewer, because that’s where our speaker wanted them to be. Steve Duncan, an urban explorer, was showing us photos shot in some of the great underground spaces he has visited, from the catacombs of Rome to the steam tunnels of Stockholm to Manhattan’s bygone waterways. He flashed on the spot where the original Spring Street met Canal—a New York City landmark, finally revealed.
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This Exhibit of Radical Art Speaks to the Power of the Pen

Mabel Dwight, "Danse Macabre," c. 1934. Lithograph, 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1995.59.

Mabel Dwight, “Danse Macabre,” c. 1934. Lithograph, 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1995.59.

Anyone needing a crash course in the ways the pen can confront the gun should head over to NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, where a decade’s worth of revolutionary art celebrates immigrants, denounces tyrants, ennobles workers of every race–and even illustrates the very idea of terror.
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