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Rolling earth cube rock  
2/1/15 Posted 2/1/15


"Ethnic Chic and Sustainable Vintage": Does Hype Kill Culture?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 12/2/14

In late October, a YouTube video for a hotel in Copenhagen went moderately viral—you may have seen it. Filmed using the glossy “people coming together” bank advert template, an orthodox voiceover man says things like “together we laugh at conformity” and “buzzing with authentic vibes” over footage of hipsters using their phones, visiting microbreweries, sitting in cafes, and generally looking like they’re auditioning for an alt reboot of The O.C. A... [more]

Ruins Porn: The Art of Urban Decay  
10/5/14 Posted 10/14/14

When Matthew Christopher said "ruins porn" at his recent "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences" Preservation Austin talk, sponsored by Suzanne Deal Booth, I was so guilty of it I blushed. I've had a penchant for the urban decay aesthetic for as long as I can recall. Fortunately I live downtown in a city that is constantly undergoing major construction and rapid population growth, so decomposing eye candy is part of my daily environment. Above is a snapshot I took of broken windows in my... [more]

SPEAP / Call for application 2014  
Posted 3/7/14 Max Peintner, Die ungebrochene Anziehungskraft der Natur (Nature still draws a crowd) 1970/71, pencil drawing, 44 x 62,5 cm, © Max Peintner Contact karim.rouillon@sciencespo.frKarim Rouillon Address / Programme of experimentation in arts and politics27, rue Saint Guillaume75337 Paris cedex 07France Info Application deadline : April 25, 2013 Application procedure on ... [more]

Free Valentines eCards  
2/12/13 Posted 2/12/13

Free Valentine's Day eCards Valentines Heart Celtic Knot Free eCard After spending a more than a few hours wrestling with Photoshop, some HTML and a couple of uncooperative sites, I've finally got up on the homepage six images I created that can be sent as free Valentines ecards. The designs are something I started working on awile ago but have redone for this years celebration. The process to send the ecard is fairly simple and is explained on the page so with just a few clicks you can send a m... [more]

The 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan Unveiled   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 11/12/12

The 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan was recently released after roughly five months worth of town hall meetings, focus groups, interviews and conversations with artists and experts. The city hasn’t had this type of grandiose cultural road map since the 1986 Cultural Plan drafted after eighteen months of informational meetings conducted by then Mayor Harold Washington’s administration. The preparation of the Plan was outsourced to the Canadian firm Lord Cultural Resources, who dressed it up with full... [more]

PBS Blasts Romney's Snide Threat To Defund Public Broadcasting, Eliminate Big Bird and Fire Jim Lehrer  
10/4/12 Posted 10/4/12

  Last night's Presidential Debate revealed a new Romney style to the public: a smirking, manipulative and untruthful Mitt whose only strategy seemed to be lying baldfacedly about his policy ideas. Already, Romney has had to admit that he pushed misinformation in the debate to Mike Grunwald, the author of the brilliant new book - The New New Deal.     I agree with Paul Krugman and Tyler Green: Most of the commentary about last night's debate seems to be "theater criticism." MSNBC even pulled James Lipton on-screen, host of Inside The Actors Studio, to critique the debate as if it were simply a theatrical romp. Romney, admittedly. delivered his lines forcefully and often condescendingly, but his words were full of evasion, hesitation, mis-truth, and outright lies. Romney came across as an infomercial huckster.    In contrast President Obama was calm, empathetic, often bemused, professorial, a bit wonky at times,  and presidential.       The take away from the debate seems to be Romney's snide threat to defund PBS, eliminate Big Bird, and fire Jim Lehrer. Responding to Mitt's comments and public shock at the casual way Romney proposed to off a beloved children's icon, PBS released a statement this morning. (Full Text Below)  Romney's comment is so revealing because it is one of the few times that Mitt has actually presented a target of his proposed budget cuts. Romney is extremely vague on policy details and usually fails to describe clearly the vast and unpopular cuts that his style of governing would necessitate. The PBS statement released today reveals that "The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating."  There is no real fiscal argument to make for the elimination of PBS from the federal budget. Instead, it is the first volley in a proposed culture war that Romney's moneyed and bigoted right-wing backers want to wage against our increasingly open-minded and inclusive society. Most reactionary movements begin with huge doses of anti-intellectualism and a purge of educators, authors and artists. By threatening to kill off Big Bird, Romney unwittingly drew a line in the sand that he deftly attempted to sidestep during last night's debate. Romney and his anti 47% cronies are coming after all of us and they want to start with our children. I'll let Samuel L. Jackson have the last word today:  PBS Statement Regarding October 3 Presidential Debate ARLINGTON, VA – October 4, 2012 – We are very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night. Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation. We think it is important to set the record straight and let the facts speak for themselves. The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating. A national survey by the bipartisan research firms of Hart Research and American Viewpoint in 2011 found that over two-thirds of American voters (69%) oppose proposals to eliminate government funding of public broadcasting, with Americans across the political spectrum against such a cut. As a stated supporter of education, Governor Romney should be a champion of public broadcasting, yet he is willing to wipe out services that reach the vast majority of Americans, including underserved audiences, such as children who cannot attend preschool and citizens living in rural areas. For more than 40 years, Big Bird has embodied the public broadcasting mission – harnessing the power of media for the good of every citizen, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. Our system serves as a universally accessible resource for education, history, science, arts and civil discourse. Over the course of a year, 91% of all U.S. television households tune in to their local PBS station. In fact, our service is watched by 81% of all children between the ages of 2-8. Each day, the American public receives an enduring and daily return on investment that is heard, seen, read and experienced in public media broadcasts, apps, podcasts and online – all for the cost of about $1.35 per person per year. Earlier in 2012, a Harris Interactive poll confirmed that Americans consider PBS the most trusted public institution and the second most valuable use of public funds, behind only national defense, for the 9th consecutive year. A key thing to remember is that public television and radio stations are locally owned and community focused and they are experts in working efficiently to make limited resources produce results. In fact, for every $1.00 of federal funding invested, they raise an additional $6.00 on their own – a highly effective public-private partnership. Numerous studies -- including one requested by Congress earlier this year -- have stated categorically that while the federal investment in public broadcasting is relatively modest, the absence of this critical seed money would cripple the system and bring its services to an end. Learn more at: and at About PBS PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 123 million people through television and more than 21 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website,, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter. CONTACT: Anne Bentley,, 703-739-5021 Jan McNamara,, 703-739-5028 ... [more]

AND Festival - Canal Boat Residency  
Posted 7/6/11

CANAL BOAT RESIDENCY, NORTHWEST ENGLANDAugust – September 2011 AND is working in partnership with the British Waterways to pilot an artists residency programme on the Canals of the Northwest of England. This residency offers a unique opportunity for an artist to be in residence on a canal boat on and around the Lancashire and Liverpool waterways. The aim of the programme is to offer an artist or group of artists a dedicated period of time to develop research or a project in this unique habitat... [more]

Vintage Sleaze as an Art Primitive Erotica Returns to Delight and Offend Again  
10/22/10 Posted 10/22/10

Vintage Sleaze continues to discover forgotten artists of the past and attract fans around the world.  Colorful, funny and often touching, writer (and Grammy™ nominee) Jim Linderman writes the text using the vintage cartoon gag and risque novelty collection of Victor Minx as a starting point for examinations into the sexy and sexist days of girlie magazines, gag digests, back page scams and sideshow midnight rambles.  Early strippers, models, illustrators, artists, photographers, mob publishers... [more]  
11/15/09 Posted 11/15/09

ERRA INCOGNITA, is a new exhibition by Spanish artist Alvaro Martin, and American - Palestinian artist Aissa H. Deebi.  Terra Incognit, which is still a work in progress, examines the notion of migration and displacement.The themes migration, citizenship, and issues of loyalty and belonging continue to be principal in the everyday life in contemporary Europe and the debates over migration,rights and status of immigrants, hospitality, assimilation, multiculturalism, identity, and integration pre-occupies po... [more]

emerging artist in Los Angeles.  
9/21/09 Posted 9/21/09

Greetings all, My I'm Leftyjoe, or aka Lefty. I'm hoping to paint my way into the hearts and minds of everyone around.  I hope to further develop my skills and imspirations and hopefully reach that level that every artist seeks. I hope you all get a chance to get to know me and my work, hear my story, and hopefully join me in this visual journey. Here is my blog, please, take a look at it, hope you enjoy it. Don't be shy, contact me at leftyjoetorres@gmail.c... [more]

Cosmogony images in the folklore and art  
8/7/09 Posted 8/7/09

Cosmogony images in the folklore and art           All our knowledge about symbols, mythical images derives from the primary sources - rites and traditions of the «simple folk ». Inexhaustible sourcesof the symbolism were and are the popular folk art, the folklore and the mythology.            As forms interesting enough by theirs mythological world's view could be considered cosmogonic (world – foundering) fairy tales whichcontain the models of the world’s interpretation. Such most ancient fo... [more]

Lakandiwa: The Way of the Warrior  
7/17/09 Posted 7/17/09

When we contemplate the concept of a warrior; we often conceive a person who is training in the martial arts, engaged in the thick of battle, or being celebrated for conquering his foes. And when we think of the ancient warrior (or even the present), the professional soldier comes to mind. These warriors come in various images; from the Roman gladiators or legionnaires, the Japanese samurai, or the medieval knight. We often romanticize these people in their exploits and most especially with thei... [more]

Michael's Glove  
7/7/09 Posted 7/7/09

                  30" x 40" Edition of 12       ©1985 Jim McHugh       " I had to sign an agreement that I would tell no one that the glove was in my possession and that we would make no outside phone calls while the glove was present in the studio... At the end of the shoot, a limo carrying three very large security men arrived to pick up the glove.  .....Funny, the things that you remember." from the forthcoming book   'Just One More: A Photographer's Life '   [more]

Transfer Session  
Posted 6/11/09

This Open House event is specifically designed to introduce TransferStudents to SFAI.  Students can take a tour of our historic campus and getmore information about degrees and majors, the application process,scholarship and financial aid, career and internship services, andresidential life.  We will have staff available to answer questions abouttransfer credit and students can personalize their visit by scheduling aone-to-one appointment with a faculty or admissions advisor to meet withprior to th... [more]

Iren Stehli at Brigitte Weiss  
5/13/09 Posted 5/13/09 [more]

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