Jen Graves is visual art editor for The Stranger. Her writing has also appeared in Art in America, The Believer and the online edition of Newsweek. She was a little nervous about writing “a big, fat, first-person thing” on her experience teaching art history for the first time (read “See Saw,” Sept. 2008). But we convinced her, after just one short year of nagging.

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See Saw

Marcel Duchamp and Me vs. 50 Years of Art History and 17 College Students Marcel Duchamp, artist, New York, January 31, 1958 The first image I showed them was Richard Avedon’s photograph of Marcel Duchamp rubbing his eyes. Duchamp, I told...

Renewal of the Renewal of Downtown

Or, How the Theater District is being resuscitated through the combined efforts of private developers, tenacious neighborhood business owners and Tacoma performing arts organizations with determined new leaders at their helms. The north end of...