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The Yale Heraldry

Hopper College’s coat of arms, featured on a plaque above the dining hall fireplace, is hard to miss. The marine emblem, striking in its yellow and blue, seems anachronistic; the coat of arms looks too new and polished to appear fully at home against the wood paneling, stained glass, and chandeliers. But this juxtaposition is… Keep Reading

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What’s With That Painting?

The Head of College portraits in Yale dining halls don’t usually register as art. Nobody shows up looking for them. Nobody gazes at them, trancelike, for whole minutes at a time. They’re just there, ubiquitous and inevitable. Like midterms or Yale Granola™. As is the case with so much public art, they have become part… Keep Reading

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Growth in the Greenhouse

It’s eight-thirty a.m. on a Monday in East Rock’s Edgerton Park and Steffen Moore is sweeping the greenhouse floor. Moore, who is 35, has already held more than seven jobs—at the Mary Wade Home, a New Haven-based home care agency, and various truck stops—but these stints were always short-lived. More often than not, he was… Keep Reading

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Art and Work in Auvillar

A group of thirteen students has gathered at an airport in Toulouse, France. We are en route to a small village called Auvillar for a month-long intensive studio art summer program led by the painter and Yale School of Art Professor Robert Reed ART ’62. At 75, Reed is smaller and frailer than I had… Keep Reading

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Noir Haven

For me, the word “noir” brings to mind quick-talking mid-century mobsters in black and white suits lingering in the back alleys of menacing, unnamed cities. But the stories from the anthology New Haven Noir (Akashic Books, 2017) fill the familiar streets of New Haven with shadows and populate its apartments and hotel rooms with sinister… Keep Reading

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Prescribing Produce

Behind the parking lot of Career High School, underneath a tree towards the back of a small plot of cultivated land, fifteen people are seated in a circle, their eyes shut. A car drives by; occasionally, voices drift over from the street. A woman, alternating between English and Spanish, leads the group in a guided… Keep Reading

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The Basement Curator

Yale senior Benji Fleischacker draws his bow across the cello’s strings and begins to play the opening note of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major. Under dim, red-tinted light, a crowd of students gathers around him. Some watch him with their mouths agape, but junior Brian Orozco stands with his eyes closed and… Keep Reading

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Eyes on the Pies

This past December, Mubarakah Ibrahim had a craving. It was sudden, as cravings tend to be, but this one nagged at her for months: she desperately wanted a bean pie. But there was a problem: bean pies—a black Muslim specialty made from navy beans, the favorite food of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad—are not… Keep Reading

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Crafting a Public Square

In an alleyway off Chapel Street, across from the New Haven Green, a massive red shape seems to float in mid-air. From most angles, it looks like a collection of disjointed forms painted at random across the walls of the side street and a distant, spiraling parking garage. But from one privileged perspective, at the… Keep Reading

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