Posted 07/01/10

History in towns: Bristol Rhode Island

Contumacious individualists, Rhode Island’s settlers did not often organize formal settlements on the Puritan model; Bristol is the finest exception. If it today retains so much of its character and scale, it is because the geometric logic of its plan remained appropriate. Thames Street served the physical functions of theharbor, Hope the commercial, and High the civic. The result is one of the most enduring and successful essays of Puritan town planning, here in a maritime setting.—William H. Jordy1

Posted 07/01/10

Los Angeles Folk

Two collectors of Americana run against their city’s modernist grain

Posted 07/01/10

Alice Neel and Carlos Enriques: Starting out in the twenties

The brief marriage and long careers of Alice Neel and Carlos Enríquez illustrate the complex forces at work in the forging of an individual style

Posted 07/01/10

The Intrepid Helen Messinger Murdoch

Photography has its share of pioneers but few can match the Boston bluestocking who traveled the globe in 1914 capturing her subjects in luminous color images

Posted 07/01/10

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

An exhibition of sculpture, ceramics, painting, photography, and architecture by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein at the American Folk Art Museum is the occasion to consider one of our most compelling and unexpected artists

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