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“Nature/Nurture” at Onna House

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Onna House Welcomes In the Wild

On the idyllic site of East Hampton’s female-focused artist destination Onna House, it’s easy to become mesmerized by the surrounding landscape’s pastoral allure. Ceramicists Adrienne Fierman, Amy Dov, Babs Haenen, Carey Lowell, Colour Masich, Jane Yang D’Haene, Kelly Klein, Leah Kaplan, and Nicole Corbett have all channeled their fascination with stones, flora, fauna, and flame into the artist haven’s latest exhibition: “Nature/Nurture.” Dov’s oeuvre bears a resemblance to bones, branches, and reeds, while Corbett’s work nods to the overlap between spirituality and nature. Indoors and out, the property reverberates with the creative energy of the artists and the final form clay takes in their practiced hands. —Jenna Adrian-Diaz

Aman Skincare. Image courtesy of Aman

Aman is expanding Aman Essentials to include both skincare and lifestyle goods.  

Aman is expanding its lifestyle product line, Aman Essentials, to help bring the experience of its luxury resorts and spas to consumers’ homes. Initially starting with skincare, Aman Essentials has grown to include home fragrance, fine fragrance, ready-to-wear, supplements, and yoga accessories. With an increase in retail distribution and partnerships with third-party retailers, Aman Essentials is attracting a new generation of consumers and experiencing significant year-over-year growth. The brand is also planning future launches, such as a kidswear collection and additional skincare products, to further embody the Aman lifestyle.

A new study reveals nearly half of U.S. tap water may contain carcinogenic chemicals.

According to a recent government study, nearly half of U.S. tap water samples likely contain “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which can lead to cancer and other health issues. The study, conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, tested tap water from both regulated and private sources and found PFAS contamination in various cities, towns, and water supplies. The report emphasizes the need for individuals to evaluate the risk of exposure and make informed decisions about treating and testing drinking water, while highlighting the importance of addressing the problem at its source by requiring polluters to treat their own waste.

The new 125th Street Station entrance on the New York City Subway’s Q line. Rendering courtesy of the MTA

The MTA will start soliciting contracts to begin the Second Avenue Subway extension.

New York governor Kathy Hochul has announced that the construction contract for the second phase of the Second Avenue Subway, extending the Q Train to 125th Street in East Harlem, will proceed. Phase 1, completed in 2017, marked the largest extension of the subway system in 50 years; Phase 2 is expected to surpass it in terms of cost. The contract for Phase 2 will be issued in a design-bid-build fashion, incorporating lessons learned from Phase 1 and incentivizing competition on both cost and time needed for completion.

An artist-led group analyzes audio from a French teen’s fatal encounter with the police. 

A group called Earshot, founded by artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, has released an analyzed recording of the death of Nahel M., who was shot by a police officer in Nanterre, a suburb of Paris. The audio contradicts the official account provided by the public prosecutor and suggests that the officer may have had an intention to kill. The release of the analyzed recording has intensified calls for a thorough investigation into Nahel M.’s death and has reignited discussions on the urgent need for police reform and accountability in France.

The Studio Museum in Harlem and other entities are severing ties with David Adjaye.

The Studio Museum in Harlem has severed ties with architect David Adjaye following allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. Other cultural institutions, including a library project in Portland and a sculpture park in Lincoln, have also distanced themselves from Adjaye. The allegations have raised concerns about the impact on his business and ongoing projects, although Adjaye denies the accusations.

The “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” room at “Tim Burton’s Labyrinth.” Photography by Fabian Morasut

Today’s attractive distractions:

Archaeologists unearth Maya ruins under the Mexican forest after 1,000 years.

The world’s “most famous” rotating house officially goes on sale in San Diego.

Paris opens an immersive funhouse of Tim Burton’s surreal cinematic universe.

Scientists create a genetically engineered soybean that tastes just like pork.

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