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Clara Scholl, Arts Editor

Clara Scholl is a sophomore studying art history, economics and law. She’s from New York City and hosts a radio show called Female Hysteria on the music movement of Riot Grrrl. You can find her on Twitter @scholl_clara or on Instagram @cllscholl.

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The painting “New York Office” by Edward Hopper. A young woman stands next to a large window. She wears a blue dress and holds a letter. The room has light blue walls and warm lighting, and the building has a white marble facade. The sun shines diagonally into the scene, casting a shadow on the adjacent street.

Photo: Review: Edward Hopper’s art showcases his hatred for NYU

Nov 22, 2022

New York Office by Edward Hopper, 1962. “Edward Hopper’s New York” is available at the Whitney Museum of American Art. (Clara Scholl for WSN)

Professor Yunus Tuncel wearing a black suit jacket, a white shirt and black pants standing in front of a statue at an exhibition. He is smiling and wearing glasses.

Yunus Tuncel: Turkish leftist rebel turned NYU philosophy professor

Recruited, arrested, detained — all before his senior year of high school.
Nov 18, 2022

In his boarding school bathroom, 17-year-old Yunus Tuncel heard, “The air is as heavy as lead / I say to him /  Let me be ashes / Like Kerem / Burning. / If I don’t burn /...

(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Staff Recs: Spooky Season

WSN’s Arts Desk highlights some Halloween favorites.
Oct 27, 2022

In the spirit of ghouls, WSN’s Arts Desk has decided to put together a list of spooky recommendations worth diving into this Halloween weekend. From Nick Cave to the latest nerve-wracking...

A crowd of concert attendees stands in the foreground with a stage and a male performer singing on stage in the background.

The pop-punk revival: Not so simply planned

Just as people thought punk was dead, we entered three years of turmoil which brought it back to life.
Sep 12, 2022

After three years of social and political upheaval, it’s no wonder that our popular music has a bit more angst in it. Artists such as Olivia Rodrigo, Willow Smith and Hayley...

Against a light purple background lie pink headphones, a yellow backpack, a pair of black boots, two books and a picture.

Staff Recs: Back to school

The Arts Desk spotlights some of their favorite artworks dealing with the highs and lows of college life.
Sep 12, 2022

School is back, the semester is anew. Perhaps you’re still not in the mood for four-hour lectures, bulky worksheets or reading theory. If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered...

A portrait of Vivien Goldman wearing gold sunglasses and a black jacket.

How Vivien Goldman became NYU’s Punk Professor

What do Bob Marley and the Slits have in common? NYU professor Vivien Goldman, for one.
Sep 6, 2022

Vivien Goldman, an adjunct reggae and punk professor at the Tisch School of the Arts, grew up surrounded by music in her London home, where she lived with her Jewish parents who...

A monochromatic headshot of Molly Neuman.

Q&A: Molly Neuman, from Bratmobile drummer to Riot grrrl legend & music business innovator

WSN spoke with Molly Neuman about Bratmobile, “riot grrrl” fanzine, diversity in the music scene and the current state of reproductive rights in America.
May 4, 2022

The story of riot grrrl would be incomplete without Molly Neuman and Bratmobile, an American punk band active in the ’90s. Not only did they pioneer the movement, but also...

An illustration of Johanna Fateman on a red background.

Q&A: Le Tigre’s Johanna Fateman on riot grrrl culture, past and present

WSN spoke with Johanna Fateman about the riot grrrl scene in the 1990s, North Carolina, and getting Le Tigre back together for an upcoming performance.
May 2, 2022

What do you get when you combine electronic rock, 1990s New York City and the riot grrrl movement? None other than Le Tigre, of course. The American electronic rock band was...

An illustration of David Copperfield.

An interview with David Copperfield

Encyclopedia entry at 12, NYU professor at 16, television star at 18: the early career of illusionist and performer David Copperfield.
Mar 7, 2022

Surely, if you walked into your first class of the semester and discovered your professor was 16 years old, you’d be surprised. NYU students in the late 1970s enrolled in “The...

NYU Divest members sit in on the 12th floor of Bobst Library waiting to confront university administrators in 2015. (Photo by Lexi Faunce)

Opinion: NYU investors must commit to sustainability

From divesting to uplifting clean energy initiatives, NYU’s board of trustees must increase the sustainability and transparency of their investment decisions.
Feb 2, 2022

In 2015, NYU’s student body led an “NYU Divest” campaign urging the administration and board of trustees to stop investing the university’s endowment in fossil fuels. Prompted...

Vasily Kandinskys artworks draw from the peculiarities of his environment for emotive value. (Photo by Clara Scholl)

Review: Guggenheim’s Kandinsky exhibition uncovers layers of the abstract artist’s evolution

Each step around the Guggenheim’s spiral ramp reveals a different layer of Vasily Kandinsky’s groundbreaking career. “Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle” is currently on view at the Guggenheim until September 2022.
Jan 31, 2022

As Vasily Kandinsky’s paintings turn further away from visual reality and deeper into the abstract, reflecting not only his artistic progression but also his politicization,...

Hovey Burgess is a former circus performer and recently retired NYU circus arts professor. Although he has retired, his life has been anything but boring. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

A former NYU circus professor’s lifelong juggling act

Hovey Burgess discusses retirement, showbiz and his upcoming movie about a foot-juggling polar bear.
Nov 8, 2021

Sitting at his permanently reserved table next to the stage at a Lower East Side neo-burlesque house, Hovey Burgess held a glass of milk — his beverage of choice — and fiddled...