leisure 11.16.11

Hump Day
Walking Off the Big Apple
The 99% series

Yelping with Cormac — it's all there in the title, except how funny that turns out to be: The Apple Store in San Fran's Union Square gets two stars, and this start to a Yelp review: "Given the way my uncle died
havin a drink directly after his funeral just didnt seem right
so I went for a walk instead."

The new Moses Bridge in the Netherlands.

From Oh No They Didn't, 13 Movie Poster Trends,
including 'Tiny People On the Beach, Giant Heads in the Clouds'.

Moments a short film—of moments—inspired by the book Sum
by David Eagleman. Very, very nice.

The Abandoned Town of Centralia, Pennsylvania
[Photo: Lyndi&Jason]

The hit UK series Black Cab Sessions takes a spin through the U.S., including New York, with Suckers performing.

Koi Vinh's fun iPad interactive art app Mixel allows you to make collages, post them to Facebook, and see how others shake up the mix. Free, Facebook login required.

Cool bikes: Part 1 and Part 2

Street artist Moose Benjamin Curtis
and his grime writing works.

A different kind of street art: camouflage paintings by Liu Bolin.

Duisburg, Germany's rollercoaster-inspired installation
Crouching Tiger And Turtle.

Cultural and literary notes, plus self-guided walks, courtesy of Walking Off the Big Apple, a strolling guide to New York City.

Manual Labor: Diego Rivera Paints New York City

The big man arrived in New York just as the town was going bust, sliding into the Great Depression, yet the city maintained its frenetic pace of building anyway. He saw everything with his big eyes, so uncannily large that his flamboyant wife suggested they allowed him as an artist to see more. The occasion of the visit by Diego Rivera, the Mexican muralist, was his retrospective (1931-32) at the Museum of Modern Art, a young institution then housed in the Heckscher Building at 730 Fifth Avenue and which offered its second-only solo retrospective to Rivera, the first being to Henri Matisse.

For the MoMA exhibition, Rivera created new murals, complicated in their execution, portraying power relationships in revolutionary Mexico. After the exhibition opened, he painted three more murals inspired by New York. Excited by the experiment in the Soviet Union, Rivera trained his eye on the industrial worker and the dazzling built environment of this new city. At the same time, he was also trying to suck up to Junior, meaning the prominent capitalist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who was building the giant center in the middle of town.



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