In Making Modern Girls, Abosede A. George examines the influence of African social reformers and the developmentalist colonial state on the practice and ideology of girlhood as well as its intersection with child labor in Lagos, Nigeria. It draws from gender studies, generational studies, labor history, and urban history to shed new light on the complex workings of African cities from the turn of the twentieth century through the nationalist era of the 1950s. MORE
"Korean artist Lee Bul’s latest show opens with a piece from 1998: a squidlike, three-dimensional form covered in sequins and matted flowers. It’s a fitting preface to her newer, architecturally inspired efforts, which similarly combine beauty with a trace of menace."