October 2020

In This Issue

Making America again: The new Reconstruction, America’s plastic hour, and the flawed genius of the Constitution. Plus disaster and the modern city, Donald Judd, Black mayors remaking the South, Claudia Rankine, Hillary Rodham Clinton on women’s rights, and more.

Cover Stories

Illustration by Arsh Raziuddin; photographs by Alex Lau; Earl Gibson III; Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times; Getty; Joe Raedle; Library of Congress; niAID; Zaid Patel

The New Reconstruction

The United States has its best opportunity in 150 years to belatedly fulfill its promise as a multiracial democracy.

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Illustration by Mark Harris; images from Interborough Rapid Transit Company; National Weather Service; Wiley & Putnam / Artokoloro / Alamy; British Library / Alamy; Thomas Kelly / Library of Congress

Get Ready for the Great Urban Comeback

Visionary responses to catastrophes have changed city life for the better.

Donald Judd, 100 untitled works in mill aluminum, 1982–1986. Permanent collection, the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. Photograph by Alex Marks. Donald Judd Art © 2020 Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Minimalist Who Wasn’t

I always thought Donald Judd’s work was intimidatingly austere, until I discovered the plenitude at its core.


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