The riches of the natural world are not spread evenly across the globe. Some places, such as the tropical Andes in South America, are simply stacked with unique species of plants and animals, many found no place else on Earth. So-called biodiversity “hotspots” are thought to cover just 2.3 percent of the planet’s surface, mostly in the tropics, yet they account for half of all known plant species and 77 percent of land vertebrates.
This June, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago will unveil its latest exhibition: Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech,” showcasing the genre-bending work the Off-White founder has spearheaded in his prolific career as an architect, Kanye West’s creative director, internationally-recognized DJ, and artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton. Continue reading Virgil Abloh Looks Back on His Career in Art and Fashion Ahead of MCA Exhibition
When the World Series opens up at Fenway Park tonight, all eyes will be on Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts. Only 26, the three time All-Star is the odds-on favorite to win the 2018 American League MVP. Betts has advanced statistics to thank—primarily WAR (Wins Above Replacement Players), in which he notched a 10.1. Going back 117 seasons, there have only been 50 10+ WAR seasons, putting Betts in heady Boston company. In its “Similar Batters Through 25” category, Baseball-Reference.com lists Betts alongside fellow Red Sox outfielders Jim Rice and Carl Yastrzemski. Both men are in the Hall-of-Fame. Continue reading Preserving Negro League History Has Never Been Easier, or Harder, Depending on Who You Ask
The National Museum of African American History and Culture revealed on Monday that it received a $5 million donation from Michael Jordan. According to the Washington Post, it is the largest amount of money ever donated to the museum by a sports figure. The museum will recognize his contribution by naming a section of their sports gallery after him.
If you’re like me, your first thought upon waking each morning is some variation of “Where the fuck is SWISH?” Then, you immediately calm yourself with the revelation that Kanye West need not explain the whereabouts of his profoundly anticipated Yeezus follow-up. After all, this is not a man bound by the constraints of traditional album cycles — or, really, traditional anything.
GIFs are funny but fleeting; websites might convey more information—but if you really want to make a point, you design a poster. A new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt focuses on the cultural impact of this persuasive graphic design medium and the science behind what makes posters in particular pack their visual punch.