Art Meets the Monsters: Grimm’s Tales Through the Looking Glass

By |10.19.14|



Murder. Infanticide. Mutilation. Incest. While true love intermittently raises its pretty head, Grimm’s fairy tales are far darker than the Disneyfied versions so many of us know. And yet these folk tales, collected by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm […]

A New Orleans Hospital Becomes Hell: Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial

By |11.04.13|


How do we cope with a disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina? Do we learn the necessary lessons and adjust accordingly, or do we simply slip back into a state of denial? How prepared are we for the next […]

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Cloisters, Donald Judd Museum in Marfa, & Wrights’ Taliesin on List of Endangered Cultural Sites

By |10.09.13|


The World Monuments Fund has just issued a new list of 67 endangered cultural sites around the globe.

U.S. sites on the watch list include woodworker George Nakashima’s house and workshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Frank Lloyd Wrights’ home Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where […]

At a Time When Poetry Was Forbidden, Seamus Heaney Was a Lifeline

By |09.01.13|

We lost one of our greatest poets this week—Irish writer Seamus Heaney. The news of the Nobel Laureate’s death at the age of 74 came as a shock to the literary community, particularly to readers like myself, who considered each […]

Solid Sound 2013: Wilco’s Music & Art Festival

By |07.01.13|


Last weekend around 8,000 festival-goers gathered at Mass MoCA under the supermoon to participate in Wilco’s sold-out Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts. Attendees come from 43 states and 18 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, Denmark, […]

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Gwarlingo Artists in the News: André Gregory & Cindy Kleine, Sam Green & Jem Cohen, & Joseph Keckler’s “I Am An Opera”

By |04.11.13|



Few things are as fulfilling as seeing a large, creative project finally reach completion. For many artists, finishing can be as difficult as starting. Artists often toil away for months, even years on a project with no reassurance that the […]

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Gwarlingo “Sells Out”…To You

By |12.05.12|



You’re curious. Open-minded. Creative. You’re an artist or arts lover who isn’t afraid to be challenged.

Gwarlingo, like the arts in general, is about seeing the world in a way we’ve never seen before. Whether it’s through poetry, film, visual art, […]

Art On the Radar : Gwarlingo’s Don’t-Miss List for September

By |09.14.12|


The invitations, event notices, emails, and review copies are pouring in. The fall arts season has officially arrived. If only I could clone myself, then perhaps, I’d have a chance of catching even a handful of these concerts, openings, and […]

Obsession & Empathy: Nan Goldin, Michael Chabon, & A Home for Indigent Bohemians

By |08.31.12|


Two weeks ago, artists and art lovers converged on the quiet town of Peterborough, New Hampshire, for a chance to meet some of the most talented contemporary artists working today. Each August the famed MacDowell Colony opens its doors to […]

Samein Priester on Fatherhood, Film, & Loss of His Wife, Artist Denyse Thomasos

By |08.17.12|


How do you learn to be a father, particularly when there are no fathers around to be an example?

This is the question at the heart of Samein Priester’s personal documentary 1st&4ever. The dilemma of fatherhood has taken on new significance […]

Being André Gregory : Before and After Dinner

By |08.08.12|



We gathered around André Gregory like children eagerly assembling around the librarian for story hour. André perched in a picture window inside Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels’ fashionable Tribeca apartment. Behind him, the sun was setting over the Hudson River. On the […]

Amy Hempel & Matthew Zapruder : Lessons from the Writing Life

By |08.03.12|


A few weeks ago I had a chance to meet writers Matthew Zapruder and Amy Hempel for the first time. The event was part of a reading series at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, an annual summer workshop at the […]

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Why Kitty Wells Matters

By |07.17.12|



Country music legend Kitty Wells died Monday at her home in Madison, Tennessee, after suffering complications from a stroke. She was 92.

The music of Kitty Wells and other country artists played frequently on the turntable in our Georgia house. My grandmother, […]

Listen to My Interview on NHPR

By |06.21.12|


A big thanks to Virginia Prescott, Taylor Quimby, and Rebecca Lavoie Flynn for another fun visit to the NHPR studios. Today’s on-air discussion covered everything from Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, the Barnes Museum controversy, Japanese manhole cover designs, the Copenhagen Philharmonic’s […]

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Re-Branding the Barnes: Has a 25-Billion-Dollar Art Collection Been Disneyfied?

By |06.13.12|


A New Museum Mile?
Rush hour is still two hours away, but a swarm of cars is buzzing by me on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. As I parallel park in front of the new Barnes Foundation museum and feed […]

Listen to My Live Interview on NHPR’s Word of Mouth This Thursday

By |06.10.12|



On Thursday, June 21st, I’ll be appearing on NHPR’s Word of Mouth with host Virginia Prescott. We’ll be discussing a number of arts-related topics, so I hope you’ll tune in.

The show runs from 12-1 p.m. EST; I’ll be […]

The Thing in the Spring Festival Returns with Nina Nastasia, Jem Cohen & More

By |05.28.12|


If you’re in the New England area on June 8th, 9th, or 10th, you’ll want to check out the Thing in the Spring art and music festival in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Gwarlingo is proud to be the media sponsor for this […]

Not Your Average Flash Mob: The Copenhagen Phil Plays the Metro

By |05.25.12|


The best link in this morning’s Twitter feed came from Christopher Jobson over at Colossal.

Last month the Copenhagen Philharmonic pulled off an audacious stunt—performing Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt on a crowded, moving metro train for unsuspecting passengers. The flash mob was created […]

The Art of Taking Risks : 13 Years, 3500 Artists, 7 Memorable Lessons

By |05.06.12|


When I was a girl, I was fearless. I was always falling out of trees, off of speeding bicycles, into muddy creeks. Once, I was bitten by an angry goose. I was knocked on the head accidentally with a baseball. […]

Downton Abbey : You’re Awful, But We Love You

By |02.28.12|



I have a few longer pieces in the works, which I’m looking forward to sharing soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d offer you a little appetizer before the main course. (Actually, it’s more like serving dessert before […]

Gwarlingo’s Don’t-Miss List: Missy Mazzoli, Olive Ayhens, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, & More

By |02.24.12|

As spring approaches I suddenly find myself inundated with invitations to concerts, readings, and exhibits. It appears that our winter hibernation is finally coming to an end.

Here is a small sampling of some of the events I’m planning to attend, […]

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Listen to My Interview about Gwarlingo on NHPR’s Word of Mouth

By |01.12.12|



Virginia Prescott, Taylor Quimby, and Rebecca Lavoie at NHPR’s Word of Mouth made my first live radio interview a blast. If only we had had more time to discuss those Japanese manhole covers, which are still flying around […]

On the Anniversary of the Tucson Shooting: A New Work by Deanne Stillman

By |01.08.12|


Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six and injured Representative Gabrielle Giffords and twelve others.

In place of the usual Sunday Poem, I’m delighted to share with you a new work by Deanne Stillman called “Reflections […]

The Gwarlingo Index: 2011’s Most Memorable Experiences in the Arts

By |01.05.12|

It’s the New Year, which means it’s time for lofty resolutions and the annual onslaught of “best of” lists.

Here at Gwarlingo, I thought I’d provide readers with a new twist on the traditional “Best of 2011” list.

I asked an array of artists, […]

Pick of the Week: Matthew Northridge’s Pictures by Wire and Wireless

By |12.31.11|



If you haven’t seen Matthew Northridge’s solo show Pictures by Wire and Wireless at KANSAS, the newest gallery on Tribeca’s up-and-coming gallery row, you’re in luck. The show has just been extended until Saturday, January 7th. Art Forum magazine has […]