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New York 1911

Time travel back to the bustling streets of “New York 1911,” now streaming on Familiar landmarks mix with bygone markers of everyday life in the city pre-World War I, for the perfect dose of nostalgia in this short documentary travelogue. Stream ends July 14.

[“New York 1911.” 1911. Sweden. Produced by Svenska Biografteatern. Silent, with music by Ben Model.]

Looking back

“If I could tell a 15‑year‑old self something, it’d be to try not to care about your appearance. Besides that, I think to always hold on to that sense of childhood wonder, that excitement. I always try to make sure I remember to put that back into my work, to remember that from doing it because I love it, and it’s not just a job, and doing it for play. As an artist, I think it’s incredibly important to hold on to the fearlessness that you have as a child. It helps you take risks in your art.”

In honor of International Women’s Day this week, we are posting quotes from our latest Creative New York interview with Petra Collins, highlighting important issues relating to body image, openness and collaboration, and health care access as an artist. Read the entire interview at

Join us on 3/18 for PopRally’s Petra Collins: In Search of Us, an evening of performance, music, and digital art conceived and developed by Collins and artist Madelyne Beckles. Tickets and more info at

[Portrait of Petra Collins by Nguan]

“My work is always about mapping.”

“My work is always about mapping. About mapping sometimes in a more literal sense, where I walk around in space in order to be able to reproduce it in a narrative way and also overlay that space with stories of people and stories of particular spaces. Then, there’s also mapping in a larger sense, which perhaps has more to do with understanding that [cartography] is making something visible. It’s drawing a line and grouping elements together so that those elements become visible as a part of a single space.”

–Valeria Luiselli, author of Story of My Teeth. PopRally spoke with Valeria about her nomadic upbringing, living in Harlem, and the pleasures of a good walk. Read the full interview at

[Polaroid by Valeria Luiselli. Courtesy the artist]

Creative New York #11

“I was mostly in love, and in love in a way that I’ve never been again with New York, when I was much younger, the first time I arrived here, and I was trying to be a dancer. There was a kind of love for the city that has developed now into maybe a much more mature marriage, with all its boredom and all its beauties as well.”

– Valeria Luiselli, author of Story of My Teeth. MoMA’s PopRally spoke with Valeria about her nomadic upbringing, living in Harlem, and the pleasures of a good walk. Read the full interview at

[Ilse Bing. East River, New York. c. 1936. Gelatin silver print. Bequest of Ilse Bing Wolff]