Bringing art to the people it depicts

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first_img Two-day conference explores the nexus of art, race, laws, and norms Picturing vision and justice Related Kasseem Dean, known in the music world as Swizz Beatz, was used to seeing Gordon Parks’ photographs in meetings with business partners and at the homes of friends who were not African American. It was far more unusual to see the artwork in front of the people Parks represented.“Instead of overthinking it, I thought I could be a part of the change to start supporting our own,” said the rapper and record producer, who over several years acquired the largest private collection of Parks’ works. “We have a hard time supporting our own sometimes because it’s so close to us. We run from it when we should run to it.”Dean brought 80 pieces to the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Art, where “Gordon Parks: Selections from the Dean Collection” opened two weeks ago. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be on view through July 19.The Dean Collection showcases Parks’ work from his days taking portraits in early 1940s Chicago to his powerful images of the Civil Rights Movement and of poverty in the U.S. and Brazil. He shot for government agencies and Life magazine, taking intimate photos of regular people, such as families in the segregated South, and celebrities such as boxing great Muhammad Ali alike.“Art is not meant to be in your personal space,” said Dean in a telephone interview when asked what prompted him to put the collection in an educational setting. “I feel like it’s our responsibility as collectors to put many eyes on the artwork we collect because it helps the artist. Even Gordon Parks — he was so ahead of his time that a lot of people from this generation don’t understand who he was. This is where the Dean Collection and the Gordon Parks Foundation coming together makes sense. They have a plan where they see his legacy go, and we’re only a part of it. I don’t think this collection will ever come home. I plan on it being always on the road.”,An opening reception for “Gordon Parks: Selections from the Dean Collection” was held on April 25, midway through the “Vision and Justice” conference organized by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Dean and his wife, 15-time Grammy Award–winner Alicia Keys, thanked the gallery audience, which included Hutchins Center director Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, history of art and architecture and of African and African American studies Professor Sarah Lewis, and the exhibition’s consulting curator, Maurice Berger. Keys called her husband “the most brilliant person I’ve ever met.”“I never stop being awed by him and the vision that he has,” she said. “It’s so purposeful, I could just cry.”Dean began collecting photography when he was a teenager — his first big purchase was an Ansel Adams. The 40-year-old Bronx native started talking to the Parks Foundation seven years ago, noting that Parks captured “the essence of life, the essence of time, essence of where we came from, the essence of us.”“The most important thing is us owning us,” he said at the reception. “Us having the conversation, leading the conversation about us. Us doing homework and research to learn more about us and us having more patience with us. And I mean everybody when I say us because we all contribute to the big conversation.”Earlier this year, the hip-hop producer launched The Dean Collection 20 St(art)ups, to help emerging artists stage their own shows on their own terms. Dean provided seed funding for a show at a location of their choice; they kept all of the profits.His advice to young people who may not see themselves represented in a gallery or museum, or among the collecting community?“Think of creative ways to get in front of people,” he said. “Set up in some places that it might not be normal to see your work, instead of saying, ‘Oh, this gallery is not looking at me, I must be nobody.’ Most people want to go off of the hype more than the reality, and the reality is to get it in front of the most people who appreciate [your art], and sometimes that’s not going to be in a gallery.” The Dean Collection provided 20 grants around the world — “and none of those artists showed in galleries,” Dean said. “Not taking anything away from galleries, but sometimes if you get stuck, you have to go that next level yourself.”Dean, who got a degree from the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School in 2017, said his favorite Parks piece is the 1966 image of Ali driving a Cadillac convertible in Miami.“Just seeing Ali like that — not playing the superhero he was, just letting his shoulders relax when he’s in that Cadillac —  I can almost envision being on the side of the road,” he said. “It spoke to me.” ‘The work of culture alters our perceptions’ Radcliffe conference explores the nexus of race and justice through art last_img read more


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first_imgScottish defender Richard Foster has bizarrely been banned for two games after kicking a referee’s door during his St Johnstone team’s 3-2 defeat to Dundee on September 19.The 32-year old was found guilty of “excessive misconduct” by the Scottish Football Association.Centre referee Alan Muir had earlier penalised Foster for his foul on A-Jay Leitch-Smith in the box paving the way for Sofien Moussa to score the winning goal from the spot. He thereafter vented his anger at the decision by kicking the referee’s door.He will now miss the league games against Rangers at home on October 21 and the trip to Hearts on October 21.Richard Foster is not new to being on the wrong side of the law after he served a two-match ban and was fined by St Johnstone last season for an altercation with a team-mate, Danny Swanson, during a match against Hamilton Academical.RelatedMcAuley Returns To NI Squad Ahead Of World  Cup QualifiersSeptember 26, 2017In “FIFA”Watford Captain Deeney Slapped With Four-Match Ban After Red Card Appeal SetbackDecember 19, 2017In “England”Ghanaian Referee Reginald Lathbridge Banned For LifeMarch 20, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more


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first_imgGovernor Kim Reynolds Thursday  said there is no “hard and fast deadline” for her to sign an executive order to automatically restore felon voting rights before the November 3rd General Election.“It’s a priority of mine. We have an important election coming up,” Reynolds said. “…It will be done in a timely manner so that people have an opportunity to participate in this election.”Black Lives Matter organizer Matthew Bruce today said the group is seeking immediate action, to ensure felons have time to register, get their voter registration cards and figure out where to vote.“Even when people get the right to vote, they still have to educated on the process, all of them have to be processed into the system,” Bruce said.The protesters were back at the Capitol Thursday, chanting outside the door to the governor’s office as Reynolds held a news conference inside. The activists pulled out their smart phones and each was guided by Bruce to send an email to a member of the governor’s staff.“We have waited long enough. The governor must act now,” he said, urging his colleagues to capitalize every word in that second sentence.For the past two years Reynolds has been lobbying to amend the state’s constitution so felons automatically get voting rights when they’ve completed their sentences, but the governor said she made it clear to legislators she intended to issue the executive order on felon voting rights for the 2020 election, since amending the constitution takes years.“But I think it’s really important that we do it right and that we get the verbiage right because that’s the problem with executive orders, whoever’s sitting in my chair, it changes based on who’s there next,” Reynolds said during her news conference today, “and so the more we can think about some of those things and some of the things that we need to do to make sure that we’re doing it appropriately is really important to me.”Bruce spoke outside the governor’s office, shortly after those comments from Reynolds.“We’re not playing no more. Give my family that right to vote,” Bruce said, to cheers.The latest estimate indicates as many as 60,000 Iowans are felons who’ve completed their sentences, but have not had their voting rights restored. Iowa is the only state left which requires released felons to apply to the governor to get the right to vote.last_img read more


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New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez says that he has come to an agreement on a “tentative” plan for him to make a comeback to the team.On Friday night, in Rodriguez’s last Double-A rehab game with Trenton, he went 1-for-2 with a home run against the Reading Fightin Phils.He will reportedly play one more game Saturday for Trenton and then return to the Yankees in Chicago on Monday, for their game against the White Sox.“I think it’s possible,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.Rodriguez said his return to the major league team is definite, barring an act of God.“Unless I get hit by lightning, and these days you never know,” he said.Rodriguez has missed the entire major league baseball season so far, due to a hip surgery and a Grade 1 quad strain.





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first_imgThe Government has asked state-owned oil companies to hold special camps in flood-hit Chennai to replace documents of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections as well as cylinders lost in the natural calamity at concessional rates. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan “has instructed the oil marketing companies to provide all possible relief to the flood and rain ravaged people of Chennai,” an official statement said.For documents lost in the floods, the companies will organise a special camp for issue of documents on priority basis. In cases where cylinders are lost, the companies will charge a nominal Rs 200 per cylinder from below poverty line (BPL) families for the replacement.For above poverty line (APL) families, the affected ones will have to pay Rs 1,200, the manufacturing cost of a cylinder, for the replacement.  “The above proposed measures to be undertaken by the companies are expected to  provide necessary relief to the  affected and distressed people,” the statement added.last_img read more


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first_imgKolkata: Miscreants tried to extort money from acquaintances of a doctor after hacking his e-mail ID. On November 12 around 4:20 pm, the ID was hacked and a mail was sent. It was found that several people had received thesame mail. The Head of the Department (HOD) of Oncology department at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, Dr Shibashis Bhattacharya alleged that on November 12 he got a phone call from one of his friends claiming that he sent a mail saying he is in danger and in need of Rs 40,000. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn hearing this, Bhattacharya suspected his e-mail account was hacked. He immediately rushed to a cyber cafe and changed the password. But that did not help. A few hours later, the same mail was sent to another person close to Bhattacharya. It read: ‘I hope you’re doing okay and this e-mail finds you well. Please where are you at the moment? I’m having such a frustrating ordeal right now and need an urgent favor from you. I’m unavailable over the phone, so I will appreciate if you could email me back as soon as you get this.’ Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhen the recipient replied through e-mail he was asked to transfer Rs 40,000 to one bank account. It was also mentioned that Bhattacharya was out of town and the money is urgently needed for a person’s surgery close to him. As he is out of the town, he is asking him to provide the money. Everyone found the matter to be fishy and did not tranfer the money. When Bhattacharya came to know that several people in his circle had received the same mail, he lodged a complaint with Cyber Crime Cell in Lalbazar. “I lodged a complaint with the police. They told me that sleuths are probing in to the matter. Thankfully nobody transferred the money to the account otherwise it would have been a disaster,” said Bhattacharya.last_img read more


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first_img Thursday, January 18, 2018 Busabout boasts 80% growth in 2018 trade bookings; gets ready to offer USA product in 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — Busabout hosted a fun trivia evening in Toronto last night, during which the company shared news of exciting developments with its travel agent partners. According to Busabout, agents are largely responsible for an 80% increase in bookings for 2018, a year that will include new itineraries, price reductions and FAM incentives.Even more exciting was news that the company will soon offer USA product for the first time starting in 2019, which will complement its existing Europe and Asia offerings.Busabout offers clients complete autonomy on their trip, allowing them to do Europe their way, with a unique hop-on, hop-off network that links up 47 European destinations across 15 countries. A similar Busabout system also exists in South East Asia aimed at independent travellers who want the ultimate in flexibility, freedom and value. They then have the ability to decide where to visit and for how long, creating their own adventure.Canadian bookings for 2018 departures are up 80%, while overall sales are up 103%, undoubtedly due to the hard work of regional team members Damien Bennett, Vice-President of Sales in North America, and Adam Bubowsky, National Sales Manager.“Agents don’t have a massive amount of products they can use for FIT. We are a great option because we allow all the flexibility of FIT, but you also get the social, guided and safety elements of more traditional tours, so we really are the best of both worlds,” says Bubowsky. “We really try to get agents to focus on the value that Busabout can add for their clients.”Busabout has some serious savings to consider for 2018 travel, with many price reductions announced. For example, the two-week pass for Europe is down 8% in price, while the one-month pass is down 20%. Also on offer for Asia is the Unlimited Pass, where for $5,999 clients can travel once on all Busabout Asia trips within a three-month period. Finally, the Early Booking Deals booking incentive has been extended until the end of January where an additional 15% savings in possible.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJTo incentivize agents, Busabout is offering a spot on the All-Star Greece FAM with all expenses paid, including flights. The trip will include both a mainland itinerary as well as island hopping. The top two selling agents from the region will be invited, plus another three wildcards.“We don’t hold anything back on this FAM and it is a ton of fun,” says Bennett. “The agents love it because it’s a multi-region FAM, so it’s not just Canadians with Canadians, but you get to experience the Busabout product, the Busabout way, which is with people from all over the world having a good time.”The company recently announced that it will be entering the USA market in 2019, offering a similar hop-on-hop-off bus network for independent travellers who are looking for flexibility. No details on destinations, routes or pricing have been announced at this time.“85% of our product operates in Europe, which is where we started, then South East Asia, and now we are planning to move into the U.S. in 2019,” says Bennett. “This will be a brand new destination for us, and again this is market driven. We have customers who have done Europe then Asia, they love the product, love the brand, love the way we operate, and they are looking for more so we are expanding our destinations.”New winter ski itineraries will also be on offer for the 2018-19 ski season.Other highlights from the new 2018-19 program include:NEW 2-day Croatian Adventure: A much sought-after itinerary with travellers, this trip visits the iconic Plitvice National Park and its spectacular waterfalls, as well as Krka National Park where visitors are able to swim amongst the waterfalls. As these magnificent sites are difficult to visit independently, Busabout takes out all the hassle.NEW Ultimate Eastern Adventure (+ Eastern Highlights and Eastern Trail): This incredible 15-day itinerary explores not only the highlights of Eastern Europe, but some truly off-the-beaten-path gems across Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia.NEW Ski Festivals – Above & Below Ski Adventure and Rise Festival: For the 2018/19 winter season, Busabout is offering the ultimate freestyle Winter Adventures – passengers can ski down the pristine slopes of the French Alps, party in mountain bars and check out those incredible views.NEW Hop-On Hop-Off destinations: Bologna, Austrian Alps, Zakopane, Evora, Santiago de Compostela; now featuring 47 destinations in 15 countries across Europe.5-day Southern Thailand Adventure – Embrace the heat, swim in jungle rivers and explore the everchanging culture and landscapes of Thailand. Busabout guests will stay on floating riverside bungalows, visit a sustainable elephant sanctuary, explore Bangkok’s off-the-beaten track sights such as Chinatown, discover the incredible Wat Arun and Wat Pho temples and spend lazy days on the beach.6-day Southern Vietnam Adventure – Gain insight into the daily life of this previously war-torn country. Now including an overnight train from Hoi An to Nha Trang, meaning Busabout travellers gain a whole extra day in Hoi An, making sure there is enough time to enjoy this amazing UNESCO town and all the intoxicating street food it has to offer.10-day Thai Island Hopper – Gorging on curries, dancing until dawn and chilling out on amazing beaches, travellers should be ready for the perfect balance of party and relaxation. This year, Busabout has built in twin-share accommodation into this island-hopping trip, with the option to upgrade to hotel and resort stays. Not only that, they are taking travellers to islands with fewer crowds, visiting the next big thing in the Thai Islands, the hidden gem, Koh Lanta.24-day Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure – Ready to fall in love with traditions, tastes and temples? In 2018 guests will gain two extra nights in Phnom Penh before they move onto a countryside bike tour in Battambang, visiting several local homes throughout the Cambodian village to learn about the livelihoods of the community.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthFor more information, visit busabout.com.last_img read more