01. Brewing Sixpoint’s Dr. Klankenstein for the Modern

“The Modern at MoMA might not be the first stop that craft beer lovers think of when searching for their fix. But thanks to the Alsatian eatery’s collaboration with Sixpoint Craft Ales (not to mention an interesting—if expensive—collection of imported bottles), its suds credentials are sky-high. In addition to three regular Sixpoint drafts (currently Sweet Action, Brownstone and Apollo), beverage director Ehren Ashkenazi pours one proprietary beer from the Red Hook brewery. The latest—a medieval-syle steinbier brewed with molten rocks—gives new meaning to extreme beer (a term generally used to describe suds with hardcore hops or offbeat ingredients). Click through the slide show above to see the super-charged (and slightly dangerous) brewing process, then head to the Modern to get your hands on the one-off beer.” (Timeout).

02. The Civil War, Courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society

“Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. Many institutions are planning exhibitions, activities, and publications around the events which tore the United States apart between 1861 and 1865. Some organizations have already contacted AAS regarding the possibility of borrowing or reproducing material from our collections. The uptick in such requests has caused me to think about the vast Civil War holdings that fall under the auspices of the Society’s Graphic Arts department.” (Past is Present).

03. Havana: Nostalgia Is a Dangerous Business

“During the opening session of the first Havana Biennial of Architecture [1], convened in March 2002 in the beautifully restored Convent of St. Francis of Assisi in Old Havana, Andres Duany, the Miami-based Cuban architect, delivered an impassioned lecture on the architecture and urban design of Havana. In a bravura bilingual performance, Duany praised the extraordinarily high quality of the buildings from every era and the cohesiveness of the city as a total artistic creation. He lamented the intrusion of modern (read post-Revolution) construction and suggested that the “Soviet style” projects of recent years be excised from the urban fabric. [2] Duany concluded his stirring talk with the astonishing proposition that any vacant parcel of land in the historic quarters of Havana — and there are many vacant parcels, as old buildings have collapsed from lack of maintenance — be redeveloped only with replicas of the buildings that stood on those sites previously. This, he explained, was the moral track, as the original structures had not been removed intentionally or for any positive purpose, but were the victims of a socio-cultural entropy that must be reversed.” (design observer).

04. David Hockney creates hand-drawn art on Apple’s iPad (above)

“Not content with pushing the boundaries of conventional art in the 60s, David Hockney is doing much the same in 2010, creating ‘digi-art’ on the Apple iPad.” (Switched on Art).

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