a crowd of Chicagoans carrying science-related signs for the March for Science. The Chicago skyline is in the background.
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Art Inquisition: Did You March for Science?

This past Saturday, scientists and science-enthusiasts took to the streets of over 600 cities around the globe to proclaim their love for SCIENCE. Yes, in all-caps! Here at the Lab, we do love us some science… capital letters or no. And we’ve got opinions on the March as varied as …

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closeup of two "I voted" stickers in NYC; they are stuck to the thumbs of two people over the sidewalk
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Art Inquisition: Could You Be Our Next Winner?

  The NYC Campaign Finance Board, of all places, may have me rethinking my general rule against design contests. For the most part, I’m opposed to working for free (like most of us are). Spec work “for exposure” or “to see if I like it” isn’t an arrangement that would ever fly at the …

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Art Inquisition: Are We Making America Great?

A billboard on Highway 80 outside of Jackson, MS simply reads “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.” Aside from the fine print, that is the only text, printed in bold capitals over an iconic 1965 image by photographer Spider Martin, depicting a standoff between police and protestors on ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, AL. The …

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Art Inquisition: Why Would We Wahoo?

Holy foo! Two teams in the World Series that nobody expected! With only two games left, the series stands at two games for the Chicago Cubs, who haven’t won since 1908, and three for the team from Cleveland, who have been waiting for the big win since 1948. Yep, I said …

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Art Inquisition: How Do You Use Your Noodle?

Toronto bicyclist Warren Huska is unconcerned with looking cool. But then, attaching a brightly-colored pool noodle to your bike is a pretty cool idea if  you think about it. In the summer of 2015, Ontario enacted new laws requiring motorists to maintain a safe distance of one metre (a bit over three …

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Is Custom Clothing the Future?

A few months ago Mad Art Lab quickies mentioned the 3D printed Petal dress shown above. It is really cool.  REALLY cool. But as anyone who has ever worn sequins can attest, it is probably impractical.  How do you sit down?  On the petals?  Not comfortable. The company behind the Petal dress, Nervous …

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Art Inquisition: GUARDS! …Guards?

  For the last few months, guards at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston have been protesting an increasingly “militarized” role that takes them away from the art and implements an elaborate system of cameras. As a part of the Museum Independent Security Union (MISU), the guards are unhappy with the MFA’s proposed …

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Art Inquisition: What’s In a Name?

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is in the process of removing “racially charged” words from digitized titles of approximately 220,000 titles in its collection. Involving all 12 curators in the museum’s history department, the Adjustment of Colonial Terminology program actually started six years ago but took a back seat until a massive remodeling was completed in 2013. Words …

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