In about one minute, this tone poem of a video manages to convey the essence of Los Angeles. Part of Station to Station, the traveling project organized by artist Doug Aitken, the mini-film (above) juxtaposes L.A.’s signs, its dramatic sunsets, and its sprawling skyline—all backed by the driving thump of a bass.
Brooklyn-based artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh started her public art campaign, “Stop Telling Women To Smile,” earlier this year as a way to speak out against the verbal harassment women frequently experience on city streets. The black-and-white poster series, which Fazlalizadeh has wheat-pasted on building facades in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, features portraits of everyday women next to slogans such as “Women Are Not Outside for Your Entertainment.” Now, Fazlalizadeh has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 by October 3 to bring her cause to streets around the country.
What an entrance! This feature by Untapped Cities lists 14 subway entrances with unique design and architectural value. Among them is the station at 72nd street, one of New York’s original 28 stations, and the entrance built into 195 Broadway—the neoclassical building was once the headquarters of AT&T, and the station has been designated a New York City landmark.
The photographic series “Women of Gaza,” by Tanya Habjouqa, an artist based in East Jerusalem, documents the everyday lives of women coping with a time of violence and political unrest. By fixing her lens on women, the artist discovered that she could, in fact, gain exposure to all levels of society, including men and children. In this interview on Hyperallergic she notes, “What I found shattered many of my prejudices. Once I was in the house with these women, the niqab would come off, cackling laughter, gossip—these are women with dreams and aspirations.”
UNESCO recently announced that, due to Syria’s current political crisis, the country’s six World Heritage Sites are in danger of destruction. The ancient cities of Damascus and Aleppo, as well as the crusader castles and the Greco-Roman site of Palmyra, have all been identified as being at risk. There’s no doubt that the risk is real: several important sites, including Aleppo’s architecturally rich medieval markets, have already been lost.