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Art, Sketch — June 27, 2018, 11:15 am

The Lesser of Two Evils

The devil you don’t know: on Central American violence and the United States’ stance on the undocumented

Art, Sketch — August 9, 2017, 2:05 pm

Capitol Punishment

An artist’s rendition of a closed session of Congress.

Art, Sketch — April 18, 2017, 5:49 pm

Same Old, Same Old

Palestinian-Americans on the meaning of Donald Trump’s presidency. Read more…

Art, Sketch — March 9, 2017, 10:00 am

No Place Like Home

Illustrations depicting the lives of children living in Honduras, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Thousands of young Honduran refugees have fled the country’s chronic poverty and violence for the United States and Mexico, where they are often turned away. According to Amnesty International, the number of asylum applications filed worldwide by Hondurans in 2015 was 16,473, a 700 percent increase from 2011. See more...

Art, Sketch — January 30, 2017, 10:00 am

Hawks and Doves

Scenes of family detention centers in the United States juxtaposed with illustrations of mourning doves migrating from Central America to Canada.

Art, Sketch — January 20, 2017, 12:01 pm

Cut and Fold

A family detention center playset

Art, Sketch — December 7, 2016, 8:00 am

Theaters of Manhattan and Brooklyn, Then and Now

Illustrations of theater buildings in New York City, as they appeared between 1910 and today

Art, Sketch — November 16, 2016, 4:08 pm

Worse Chorus Worse

Liana Finck’s commentary on a song by Woody Guthrie. See more…

Art, Sketch — October 19, 2016, 11:20 am

Angels in Aleppo

Illustrations of Syrians struggling to survive in the civil war–torn city of Aleppo, by Jason Novak.

Art, Sketch — September 28, 2016, 8:00 am

Carroll Gardens, Then and Now

Illustrations of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, as it appeared between 1928 and today.

Art, Sketch — September 14, 2016, 8:00 am

Self Help

From How to Be Perfect: An Illustrated Guide, with words by Ron Padgett and illustrations by Jason Novak. The book was published this month by Coffee House Press. Padgett’s 2011 book, How Long, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Jason Novak’s illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and on this website.

Art, Sketch — July 21, 2016, 11:45 am

Williamsburg Then and Now

Illustrations of Graham Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as it appeared between the 1930s and today.

Art, Sketch — June 15, 2016, 10:58 am

The People’s Alarm

The artist’s interpretation of a speech given in 63 B.C. by Marcus Tullius Cicero, the consul of Rome, in which he denounced senator Lucius Sergius Catilina’s plot to overthrow the Republic.

Art, Sketch — June 1, 2016, 1:03 pm

Greenpoint Then and Now

Illustrations of Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn, as it appeared in the 1930s and today.

Art, Sketch — April 27, 2016, 1:01 pm

Bronx Theaters Then and Now

Illustrations of theaters in the Bronx, as they appeared decades ago and today.

Art, Sketch — April 6, 2016, 8:00 am

Cigar Stores Then and Now

Illustrations of cigar stores on Broadway in New York City, as they appeared between the early 1900s and today

Art, Sketch — February 24, 2016, 2:02 pm

CBGB Then and Now

Illustrations of 315 Bowery in New York City, as it appeared between the 1940s and today.

Art, Sketch — February 4, 2016, 12:04 pm

East Village Then and Now

Illustrations of Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood, as it appeared decades ago and today.

Art, Sketch — December 23, 2015, 11:00 am

Greenwich Village Then and Now

Greenwich Village Then and Now, illustrations, by Julia Wertz, of three blocks in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, as they appeared in the 1930s and today. View all...

Art, Sketch — December 2, 2015, 8:00 am

Greenpoint Then and Now

Greenpoint Then and Now, illustrations, by Julia Wertz, of three blocks in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, as they appeared in the 1920s and today. View all...

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