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Attention as Prayer: Public Art in the Pandemic

By James K.A. SmithApril 30, 2020

Simone Weil once said that “Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer.” On this sunny morning, getting up close to the wall, I’m beginning to understand what she means.

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Gilding Mortality

By James K.A. SmithAugust 20, 2019

At first sight, the gallery feels stark. When I turned the corner at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and saw All That Glitters, a solo show by Mandy Cano Villalobos, that was my first impression from a distance: a sterile chill. More shadow than glow; more somber than glitter.   But as I inched…

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Three Metaphors and a Curse on Dostoevsky

By Brad FruhauffJune 26, 2019

The hip-hop theologian, the secular theologian, and the poet/executive were deep into a podcast conversation about Childish Gambino’s “This is America.” This was only a couple weeks after the video’s release, which meant we were already forgetting about it under the barrage of other news, but I wanted to hear what African Americans who were…

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