Manifest Destiny-Lite With Souvenirs: Why Assholes in Turquoise Are Flooding the Southwest

For most people in the rest of the United States, New Mexico is a sort of blank spot—an overlooked, ragged square wedged next to Texas, its loud, swaggering cousin. It’s the fifth biggest state land-mass-wise, at a little under 122,000 square miles, and one of the emptiest, with 2 million people spread out over the…

Nan Goldin Takes Her Fight Against Opioids to the Sackler Wing of Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Artist Nan Goldin was joined by nearly a 100 people this weekend at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler Wing. There to protest the Sackler family many of whom have amassed a fortune through Purdue Pharma, the privately-held company that developed and marketed OxyContin, Goldin and her fellow protestors threw…

The Obamas' Official Portraits Are a Profound Rethinking of What State Portraiture Should Look Like

During a Monday morning ceremony, Barack and Michelle Obama unveiled their official portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. The large-scale portrait of Barack Obama was painted by Kehinde Wiley, an artist best known for his updated, grand-scale history paintings that re-envision both the genre and its subjects; he…