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Editor's Letter

Gregory Cerio

Critical Thinking/Difficult Issues

Facing the Past
Glenn Adamson

Current and Coming

Farther Afield

Of Masks and Mascara: The Helena Rubinstein collection at the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
Brian Allen

Object Lesson

Eero Saarinen in Four Chairs
Benjamin Davidson and Pippa Biddle

On Books

Connoisseur's Eye


Jenamarie Boots


The British are Coming (Back) at Colonial Williamsburg
Eleanor H. Gustafson

On the cover: Interior View of the Metropolitan Museum of Art when in Fourteenth Street by Frank Waller (1842–1923), 1881. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Arts and Sciences

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum examines the influence of naturalist Alexander von Humboldt on the American arts. In focus here: the landscapes of Frederic Church

Eleanor Jones Harvey

Changing Tastes

An exhibition now at the Wadsworth Atheneum explores the revolution in food and dining that began in seventeenth-century France and shaped the way we eat today

Meredith Chilton

Agent Provocateur

An exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art charts the influence of critic and collector Félix Fénéon through the work of the early modern artists he championed

James Gardner

Cactus Flower

As a major retrospective of her work tours the country, new depths are added to the emerging story of the pioneering American abstractionist Agnes Pelton and her art

Eve M. Kahn


Hail the Met at 150

A cultural institution of transcendent richness and breadth, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York enters its sesquicentennial year. Plus friends and contributors list their favorite works from the Met collections

James Gardner


Past and present live hand-inhand at a Georgian villa in the Hudson
River valley

Written and photographed by Pieter Estersohn