History

May 21, 2017

Jacob Riis: The Photographer Who Showed “How the Other Half Lives” in 1890s NYC

In 1870, 21-year-old Jacob Riis immigrated from his home in Denmark to bustling New York City. With only $40, a gold locket housing the hair of the girl he had left behind, and dreams of working as a carpenter, he sought a better life in the United States of America. Unfortunately, when he arrived in the city, he immediately faced a myriad of obstacles.

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May 12, 2017

Art History: How Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’ Came to Be and Continues to Inspire Artists

Vincent van Gogh is arguably one of the most iconic artists of all time with a well-known and universally adored body of work. As a pioneering Post-Impressionist painter, Van Gogh played a key role in paving the way for modern art. Among his many famous paintings, The Starry Night (1889), a piece produced late in the artist's career, has a particularly important place in art history. To understand its profound impact, one must explore the context, content, and influence of the magical masterpiece.

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