Photographer Emily Metzguer Captures the Crew at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis

Inside the Hudson restaurant serving tropical comfort food with a side of intersectionality and inclusiveness

A step inside Lil’ Deb’s Oasis (located in Hudson, New York) is transformative. From the diner-like facade to the flowering, pastels and patterns inside, guests are welcomed into a celebration of community and artistry. As much as the venue can be classified as a restaurant (one that serves up superb food), it also happens to be an art installation and, most importantly, a beacon of …

The Elusive Smile in Art History

It’s a common misconception that the reason subjects in portraits of yesteryear didn’t smile is because of unappealing looking teeth. In fact, the reason is quite logical: smiling for hours on end is awkward and straining for models. In an essay on the topic, writer Nicholas Jeeves says, “A smile is like a blush. It is a response, not an expression per se, and so …

Composer + Artist Joseph Reuben’s “Starlets” Exhibition

A debut of warped iconographic imagery and twisted self-portraits

By day, London-born, Brooklyn-based composer Joseph Reuben crafts the orchestration for feature documentaries, short films and global advertising campaigns. By night and in periods of self-exploration, Reuben’s been producing a body of artwork—drawings, paintings and digital image modifications—that he has finally displayed in a debut one-off exhibition, “Starlets.” In a Williamsburg penthouse, Reuben showcased dozens of creations. From two large-scale charcoal, graphite and acrylic works …