Arts in Society
Arts in Society brings our previously siloed poetry and fiction—along with cultural criticism and belles lettres—into a common project. It focuses on how the arts—including the visual arts, theater, dance, and film—can speak directly to the most pressing political and civic concerns, including racism, inequality, poverty, demagoguery, sex- and gender-based violence, a disempowered electorate, and a collapsing natural world.
Nicky Nodjoumi is one of Iran’s greatest artists, but his politics have kept him in exile since 1980. In this interview, he discusses his monumental recent show, in which the front page of the newspaper serves as a canvas for dreamlike explorations of global strife.
After retiring from Princeton, celebrated historian Nell Irvin Painter decided to go to art school. In this interview with Walter Johnson, she discusses what it’s like to be an old student, and how art lets her tell truths about history that she couldn’t as an academic.
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