Quotes from “Skylines” pages 75-105

“The ambivalence underscoring these crepuscular Flatiron scenes, where the skyscraper is a source of both inspiration and anxiety, leads to a far more conflicted vision of vertical New York in Coburn’s The House of a Thousand Windows (1912)” (Lindner 75-76). “…this equation of skyscrapers with capitalism…” (Lindner 76). “Coburn’s presentation of the mundane, functional office … Continue reading Quotes from “Skylines” pages 75-105

Quotes from “Skylines” pages 40-75

“…the New York skyline not only predates the city itself but also grows out of a much earlier encounter with the site’s natural landscape” (Lindner 41). “…in the era of high capitalism, the writer needs the city” (Lindner 44). “…once New York turns vertical, the experience of wonder and estrangement already evident in the prevertical … Continue reading Quotes from “Skylines” pages 40-75

100 Years later and Life and Debt

On Monday at 6:30pm I had to make a mandatory film viewing for my global class called Life and Debt.  I didn’t know what to expect with this film because I never heard of it before, but I did suspect that whatever we were going watch was going to be very important and have me […]

Quotes from “Skylines” pages 20-40

“Seen from above, the city is thus laid bare- revealed and exposed- to the prying curiosity of the urban gaze” (Lindner 20). “Manhattan’s two principal clusters of skyscrapers… appear as “waves of verticals”… the sense of motion is simultaneously countered by an effect of immobilization” (Lindner 21). “…supersolid, supervisible, superlocated buildings stood as a figure … Continue reading Quotes from “Skylines” pages 20-40

Reflections on “The Great White Way”

William Pope’s performance art called “The Great White Way” is a unique, monumental piece that critiques the attitude of the general population to the homeless in New York City. This piece, though it is not explicitly stated, is a form of political protest. In fact, most of Pope’s pieces seem to be examples of political protest. … Continue reading Reflections on “The Great White Way”