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Maral Gaeeni

Maral Gaeeni has 20 articles published.


Gallery-Hopping in Old City

For this week’s piece, I tried venturing outside my regular streak of museum exhibitions and visited a few galleries on North Second Street in Old City. Maybe you already know about this Philadelphia neighborhood, a lively trove of art, food, and history, but it was my first time visiting. To be perfectly honest, I always… Keep Reading


TCGM Opens with New Show

The exhibitions I have previously covered were engaging and groundbreaking in their own ways, but nonetheless took place in older institutions that operate within the limits of established art-viewing practices. This week, I got to experience something truly radical and revolutionary when I visited The Colored Girls Museum in Philadelphia to see their new show,… Keep Reading


Be a Flâneur at The Barnes

Have you ever tried to imagine what certain cities were like a century ago? That’s New York without the Empire State Building, minus about two million people, and before the Civil Rights Movement and 9/11. Many cities have profoundly changed throughout the last century, making them a popular subject for contemporary art, be it directly… Keep Reading


PAFA Remembers WWI

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “war art”? I’m not sure why, but I used to be (and still am) slightly averse to it. Maybe it was the dark humor of twentieth century war literature, or maybe it had something to do with an internalized false dichotomy between aesthetics and politics. Some… Keep Reading


Theater Students “Revolt” in Acting Capstone

This past weekend, students in this academic year’s acting capstone performed in a production of  “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” by British playwright Alice Birch. The entire project, culminating in four runs of the show in the LPAC Frear Ensemble Theater with a production crew of over 25 students and faculty, took place over the… Keep Reading


Jazz Improvisor Caine visits Swarthmore

This past weekend, the college welcomed jazz improvisor Uri Caine to campus. The Philadelphia-native attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied music composition, and then moved to New York in 1985, after which he recorded over thirty projects. These projects include his characteristic jazz arrangements of Mozart, Bach, and Wagner. During his weekend at… Keep Reading


College screens “Boycott” in honor of MLK

Last Thursday, as part of the college’s week of activities to commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Black Cultural Center hosted a screening of the 2001 American television movie “Boycott” in the LPAC cinema. Students, faculty, and members of the Swarthmore community filled the cinema to view the film and reflect on… Keep Reading


List Offers New “Reflections” on Painting

On Thursday, Nov. 3, the List Gallery opened a newly mounted exhibit of works by American figurative painter Lois Dodd. Dodd, this year’s Donald J. Gordon Visiting Artist, also delivered an artist’s talk that evening to a full auditorium in LPAC cinema. Alongside Dodd during the talk were Faye Hirsch, editor and art critic at… Keep Reading

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