Humans of the Catskills: Melissa Holbrook Pierson

Journey to the Catskills: I followed my dog! She needed bigger pastures than I could give her in Brooklyn. She was so happy on the long trails through deep woods here. Vocation: If it has to do with books, I do it: write them, edit them, review them, and proofread them*. Avocation: Motorcycling. It’s in my heart. Happiness Is: Making a summer dinner from ingredients … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Melissa Holbrook Pierson

Women Take Center Stage in Museums This Year

As we’re coming out of the pandemic, 2021 appears to be a year dedicated to women in the arts as several museums and art centers in Europe and the United States are hosting programs devoted to female artists, far too long left out of the history books. When speaking with art historians and scholars, the often-cited reasons that left women behind were: they had no … Continue reading Women Take Center Stage in Museums This Year

Miss Manhattan and Miss Brooklyn Installed on Flatbush Avenue

In December last year The New York Times reported that Miss Manhattan and Miss Brooklyn, two replicas of Daniel Chester French’s original sculptures re-created by Brian Tolle, were installed on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn by the Manhattan Bridge. Read excerpts from my interview with Mr. Tolle, conducted in November 2015 when we discussed this project among others. Mr. Tolle is one of the artists featured … Continue reading Miss Manhattan and Miss Brooklyn Installed on Flatbush Avenue