List of illustrations

  • Flute (Pūtōrino)
  • Flute (Nguru)
  • Bowles's New Four-Sheet Map of the World. . . , detail
  • Treasure box (Papahou)
  • Extract from the Song of the Pūtōrino
  • A Maori Bartering a Crayfish with an English Naval Officer
  • Portrait of Captain William Richardson
  • East India Marine Society, Pacific Collection
  • New Zealand ethnographer, Elsdon Best, recording Iehu Nukunuku playing a flute in the traditional manner
  • Richard Nunns playing a pūtōrino
  • The Dickinson Homestead, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Workshop Window, Stockburger's Farm, East Jamaica, Vermont
  • One of Dickinson's four bedroom windows on the second floor of the Dickinson Homestead
  • Nineteenth-century window glass, detail
  • Covered sugar bowl and cream jug
  • Pulpit
  • Pulpit
  • Chaplain Henry Clay Trumbull at his rustic pulpit, Richmond, Virginia, vicinity
  • Shore of St. Helena Island, South Carolina
  • Northbound road on St. Helena Island, South Carolina
  • Shore of Morris Island, South Carolina
  • Looking up from the shore of the James River some miles southeast of Richmond, Virginia
  • Place of Major Henry Ward Camp's death outside of Richmond, Virginia
  • Untitled (Double Doves)
  • Untitled (Double Doves), detail
  • Untitled (Double Doves), detail
  • Angel with Cape Surround
  • Stone Sculpture, William Edmondson
  • William Edmondson, Sculptor, Nashville, Tennessee
  • William Edmondson
  • Film still from Negro Artist Hailed
  • Film still from Negro Artist Hailed
  • Film still from Negro Artist Hailed
  • Ram by William Edmondson
  • Sculpture, William Edmondson
  • Churn and Break
  • North River
  • Snow Dumpers
  • The Lone Tenement
  • An Island in the Sea
  • Builders of Ships
  • Vine Clad Shore—Monhegan Island
  • Breezing Up (A Fair Wind)
  • Northeaster
  • Summer Surf
  • I Can See the Whole Room and There's Nobody in It
  • untitled (to Dorothy and Roy Lichtenstein on not seeing anyone in the room)
  • Live-Taped Video Corridor
  • Installation view of William Anastasi's Six Sites exhibition, Dwan Gallery, New York
  • Robert Morris, installation view, Green Gallery, New York
  • Installation view of 144 Pieces of Magnesium (in front) and 100 Pieces of Lead (behind), Dwan Gallery, New York
  • Installation view of Can Man Survive?, American Museum of Natural History, New York
  • Installation view of Primary Structures, The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Portrait of Dan Flavin in Kornblee Gallery
  • Installation view of Dan Flavin, Kornblee Gallery, New York
  • Two Blue Walls
  • Radiation Piece, detail of wall text
  • Installation view of "January 5–31, 1969," Seth Siegelaub Gallery, New York
  • Marcuse Piece
  • Trampoline, screenshot
  • Trampoline, screenshot
  • Trampoline, screenshot
  • Trampoline, screenshot
  • Trampoline, screenshot
  • Trampoline, screenshot
  • Trampoline, screenshot
  • Trampoline, screenshot
  • Trampoline House
  • Untitled
  • Loma Linda, California, March 3, 2011
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Not long ago, while looking at Miss Amelia Van Buren (ca. 1891) by Thomas Eakins (1844–1916) at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC (fig. 1), I had a remarkable experience. I had grown accustomed to seeing the painting in terms of meanings and...

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In May 1807, Captain William Richardson and the crew of the Eliza sailed into the harbor at Salem, Massachusetts, after an absence of two years. The Eliza, laden with luxury goods from Canton, docked at one of the dozens of wharfs lining the harbor,...

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Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) lived in a house abundantly furnished with windows. Approximately seventy-five adorned the exterior of the Homestead, the Dickinson family’s Federal-style residence in Amherst, Massachusetts (fig. 1). There were nineteen on the south façade,...
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I took the last steps up the stairs to the second floor of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, and lifted my head. The pulpit stood across from me in a glass case (fig. 1). Was that it? The caption for its display read: “Trumbull Pulpit, . . . The Connecticut Historical Society.” The pulpit was...

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Look at this work of art (fig. 1). Carved by hand by the American sculptor William Edmondson (1874–1951) and known simply as Two Doves (ca. 1934), the piece presents two mourning doves, conjoined by a shared base, heads...

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Painted on Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine during the summer of 1913, George Bellows’s small oil on panel Churn and Break (fig. 1) depicts a shore and its surrounding sea. The observer’s gaze encounters a mound of dark, almost black, rocks, which glisten with trails of moisture and light. To the left, the sea, sweeping in a great wave up...

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“I can see the whole room! . . . And there’s nobody in it!” These words, borrowed from a dime-store detective comic book, where they float above the head of a man gazing out of a...

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A work of art’s power to convey experience requires that we feel two sensations: making and receiving. We must feel that a world is made before our eyes. And we must feel that this world receives something outside itself—some charge, some depth, it is hard to know what is the right word—that transfigures it into not just any place but a place, a...

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