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Arts Issue 2021

Arts Issue 2021

October 22, 2021

As a musician with a growing TikTok fanbase, Stella Smyth has been gaining attention for her unique songwriting and production style. (Photo courtesy of Stella Smyth)

Stella Smyth is the electro-pop artist you need to watch

By Yas Akdag, Music Editor October 22, 2021

Singer-songwriter-producer Stella Smyth blew up on TikTok — not because people loved her music, but because they hated it. In fall 2020, the NYU student posted teaser clips of her single, “Bored,”...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Bannon and Jan. 6, Haiti, global COVID spikes

By Suhail Gharaibeh, Deputy News Editor October 22, 2021

In the United States, team Trump defies democracy yet again The House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold far-right political strategist and Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress...

Daunt Books is an independent bookstore in London known for its architecture and book selection. London has a wide range of independent bookstores for locals and visitors to explore. (Photo by Saige Gipson)

The joy of being a bookworm at NYU London

By Saige Gipson, Contributing Writer October 22, 2021

Like many, I used reading to survive the depths of quarantine. It was comforting to sit down with a new book to distract myself from the world’s problems. London’s many unique independent bookstores...

Yoos interest in aesthetic philosophy was a significant source of her inspiration in her crafts. (Photo courtesy of Sophia Somin Yoo)

Sophia Somin Yoo: A curator’s voice

By JP Pak, Film & TV Editor October 22, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced independent art galleries to consider closing their businesses, curator and ceramicist Sophia Somin Yoo saw an opportunity to begin something new. “It [began] during...

Singer-songwriter Angela Daudu performing at Talent Nation in 2019. (Photo by Owen Mertens Photography)

Angela Daudu on her songwriting process: My music as refuge

By Angela Daudu, Contributing Writer October 22, 2021

My experience with music has always been an intimate one. I remember the transformative sensation of listening to choir members express pure joy at church in Nigeria. I remember watching video after video...

Adele, an English singer and songwriter, released her new single Easy on Me on Oct. 15, 2021. Easy on Me is the lead single for her upcoming fourth studio album “30.” (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Review: Adele’s ‘Easy on Me’ tackles a different form of devastation

By Michael Campanella, Contributing Writer October 22, 2021

When we think of Adele, we think of a young woman scorned by a romance gone bad. But six years after her last album, life has gotten serious. As a newly-divorced mother with the vicissitudes of dating...

The promotional poster for Scharlins upcoming interactive theatrical experience “Boohbah: The Rise and Fall of an Empire.” (Image courtesy of Molly Scharlin)

Molly Scharlin Ben-Hamoo embraces her inner weird

By Isabella Armus, Deputy Arts Editor October 22, 2021

Editor’s Note: This conversation was condensed for length and clarity.  Airing from the years 2003 to 2006, the British children’s television series “Boohbah” and its mute, fuzzy creatures...

(Photo by Carlos Hernandez)

LGBTQ+ photographers in NYC decolonize the lens

By Ava Emilione, Contributing Writer October 22, 2021

My photography journey began in fifth grade with an iPhone 4 and a very open-minded group of friends. I forced them to model in front of my rudimentary lens at the local park, at the beach and during sleepovers....

The inside of the Colosseum, which was the largest amphitheater in the Ancient Roman world. NYU’s course syllabi, and Western academia in general, neglect the study of non-white cultures in favor of Roman and Greek art and history. (Staff Photo by Arnav Binaykia)

Opinion: NYU should stop idolizing the Greeks and Romans

By Jules Roscoe, Staff Writer October 22, 2021

On a Wednesday in October, I attended an introductory anthropology class in the Cantor Film Center to hear a lecture on the history of evolutionary theory. Students typed notes as the professor began his...

(Photo by Sara Arabzadeh)

Q&A: Tattoo artists on the human canvas

By Sara Arabzadeh, Contributing Writer October 22, 2021

Getting a tattoo is relatively common, especially in New York City, but it is not typically considered a form of fine art. Although tattooing involves commissioning artists to create dynamic illustrations...

The Arno river cuts through the city of Florence, the site of NYU’s campus in Italy. NYU’s limits on off-campus student housing options diminish financial accessibility at abroad locations — and impede students from fully experiencing their global study experience. (Staff Photo by Arnav Binaykia)

Opinion: NYU should expand off-campus housing options abroad

By Michelle Han, Deputy Opinion Editor October 22, 2021

As pandemic travel restrictions ease up globally, NYU’s Office of Global Programs has resumed planning for study abroad — decisions for spring term applications were released to students earlier...