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Arts

The Politics of 'Papers, Please': Border Control and Biological Essentialism

Lucas Pope’s 2013 release is an empathy game with the typical messy moralities of video games.

by KATHRYN XU

Can Weed Stimulate Creativity?

The science behind making things while high.

by ALICE HEYEH

Meet Equilibria, Penn’s Newest Literary Publication, that was Forged in the Middle of a Pandemic

Sophomore Farah Sayed hopes the creative collaboration in her quarantine–born project can keep Penn students out of isolated bubbles.

by ABBY WALKER

Design 21: A Class Arming the Next Generation of Designers with Radical Innovation and Social Awareness

Course Spotlight | Street speaks with Professor Telhan about the future of design.

by JESSA GLASSMAN

Books by Asian Authors That We Should All Be Reading

To widen your literary lenses and keep pace with historical shifts.

by ESTHER LEE

PhD Student Maritza Moulite Captures the Grief of Police Brutality in her Second Novel

'One of the Good Ones' explores how Black victims of police brutality are remembered—and how those classifications reduce their stories.

by ABBY WALKER

Meet Erin O’Malley: A Poet Exploring the Intersection of Gender, Pop Culture, and Asian–American Narratives

How non–rhyming poetry shaped the Excelano Project President’s love for words

by JESSA GLASSMAN

Meet Ivy Deng, the Artist Highlighting the Joy and Beauty of the World Around Her

Artist Spotlight | Using paintings and sculptures, Ivy tries to turn your "ew" into "oooh."

by EMILY TRUONG

'17776' Demonstrates How Every Sports Story is a Love Story

Jon Bois' internet masterpiece, revisited as his sequel comes out in 2020. 

by KATHRYN XU

Yinka Shonibare is Reclaiming the Art of the Oppressor

How 'The Swing (After Fragonard)' challenges the colonial art tradition

by JESSA GLASSMAN

Asian Arts Initiative Raises Money for USPS with Pen Pals Project

As USPS faces pressure to perform amid financial constraints, this project merges art activism with the need for communication to buoy the social service.

by ALICE HEYEH

Soup Cans, Hotdogs, and Lopsided Cheeseburgers: Revisiting Pop Art's Favorite Subjects

Examining food's inexplicable role in the creation America's most well known genre.

by AAKRUTI GANESHAN

Meet Adrian Evans IV, the self-taught painter who is bridging abstraction and storytelling

Artist Spotlight | For this graduate student, it’s all about the process, not the final product.

by ALICE HEYEH

Meet Cynthia Zhou, A Multimedia Artist Searching for a More Equitable World

Artist Spotlight | From nonprofit logos to deeply personal paintings, Cynthia uses art to capture images of a complicated past and progressive future.

by ALICE HEYEH

The Devil Wears (Millennial) Pink: How Sociological Factors Affect Color Choices in Fashion

You know that scene in 'The Devil Wears Prada' where Meryl Streep rants about cerulean? This is that, but for millennial pink.

by AAKRUTI GANESHAN

The Ever-Evolving Relationship Between Ballet and Fashion

The connection between ballet and fashion serves as a reminder that art is rarely exclusive, and often political. 

by AAKRUTI GANESHAN

Kiese Laymon's 'Heavy' stresses the importance of revision

With honest self-reflection, Laymon's memoir places Black healing and redemption at the forefront.

by KALIYAH DORSEY

An Ode to the E-Girl: A Dissection of Subcultures in Fashion

Looking at TikTok-based fashion trends through postmodern theory

by AAKRUTI GANESHAN

Walls For Justice: Protesting With a Paintbrush

Walls For Justice seeks to unify the Philadelphia community through art.

by FERNANDA BRIZUELA

When One Size Doesn't Fit Most

Brandy Melville has been marketing the same homogenous image for years - so, why do we still buy into it?

by AAKRUTI GANESHAN

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