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Art of the ‘Divine’

March 1, 2021 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgWhen Dante Alighieri wrote his epic poem the “Divine Comedy” early in the 14th century, most Europeans believed in the literal truth of his three realms of the dead:  hell, purgatory, and heaven.Those three still play a metaphorical role and often accurately describe modern reality, from the hellish to the heavenly.Recently, Dante’s realms found one new life in “The Divine Comedy,” a three-part exhibit at Harvard through May 17, a joint project by the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the Harvard Art Museums. The exhibit plays with the notion that the three have parallels in the present-day concepts of history, mind, and cosmos.History: Outside the Northwest Science Building on Oxford Street is a dramatic reminder that this field is sometimes hell. “Untitled” is a warren of nine towering cubes hung with 5,335 identical backpacks. Each one, with its muted checkerboard of greens and grays, represents a schoolchild killed during the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China. The backpacks are lined up like tombstones, and give off a smell of wet cloth. The artist, Ai Weiwei, organized the investigation that found the names of victims in 150 schools in 74 towns.Mind: At Gund Hall, “Three to Now” by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson displays 54 “experiment-machines” that challenge viewers to investigate the science of seeing — how the mind perceives the real world, and sometimes interprets it as art. Viewers peer into mirrors, globes, peepholes, and even a mesmerizing swirl of dark liquid. The Gund Hall exhibit could be an homage to Dante. His poetic purgatory, a realm where crimes of the mind are punished, explored the science of his time, including the movement of the sun, a spherical Earth, and time zones.Cosmos: Down the street, on a third-floor terrace of the Sert Gallery in the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Dante’s heaven is on display. “Cloud City,” tethered by 10 guy wires, is a whimsical, 14-sided inflatable device designed by Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno, who is famous for his evocation of habitat platforms that float free and defiant just above the Earth. The buoyancy and silvery look of the Harvard installation recall Dante’s paradise, which the poet conceived as a realm of soul-opening celestial spheres.“It’s a utopian vision,” said Dan Borelli, sitting near the tethered sphere. “It’s about speculation, uplift, happiness.” He called it a perfect foil to the grim message of Weiwei’s stolid walls of backpacks, with their echo of tragedy.Borelli is director of exhibits at the GSD, where he is also enrolled as a master’s degree student. He was in charge of the logistics behind the tripartite installation. That included studying average wind speeds on Quincy Street before Saraceno’s air-filled ball could be safely inflated. “Cloud City,” 7 meters across with an outer shell of wind-surfer plastic, weighs only 180 pounds. But its ballast is 10 tons of boxed sand and steel plate.Inside the sphere, solar panels collect sunlight during the day and power tiny LED lights at night. “They’re like dragonflies in there,” said Borelli. If things work out, “Cloud City” will be launched, tethered, over Cambridge. That would open a conversation about the ownership of “civilian space,” he said, the layer of air between the ground and federal air space.“The Divine Comedy” has metaphorical impact, but it also represents a new walking tour of Harvard, said Borelli — one that alters, if temporarily, the familiar “psychogeography of the campus,” displacing old sightlines with new.In the late afternoon of April 8, Borelli walked into Gund Hall, where Eliasson’s array of experiment-machines had attracted a milling crowd for the GSD’s annual open house. The exhibit challenges the idea that the visual can be adequately framed as in a picture, he said. “The world comes in as bits of information. We create the whole in our minds.”Happily, the crowd had a place to go with questions, — a 5 p.m. artists’ panel discussion in Piper Auditorium, which soon had a standing-room-only crowd. On stage was Eliasson, Saraceno, and exhibition curator Sanford Kwinter, a GSD professor of architectural theory and criticism. Weiwei is under detention in his homeland.“We have a huge amount to learn from artists,” said GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, introducing the panel. Their brand of social activism, he said, is a constant goad to those who design physical environments.Both artists trained as architects and accepted the idea that art can inform design — and even science itself, challenging convention in fruitful ways.Art can help to break the boundaries between disciplines, said Saraceno, which is all the more important in an age when vast, complex problems such as climate change need answers that go beyond technology into the realms of the social and the spiritual. “The work of the artist,” he said, “is to acknowledge the unknown, the ignorance we have.”Not long ago, “artists were clowns,” said Eliasson. But now they seem to command respect again in serious public discourse, since the complex difficulties of the modern world “call for alternative ways of seeing.”Are walls of knapsacks, silvery floating orbs, and basins of swirling black water simply physical realities? “The whole idea,” said Eliasson, “is that you are in some sort of emotional contract with the world.”last_img read more

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has announced its 2012 HAA Award winners. The award, which recognizes outstanding service to Harvard University through alumni activities, was established in 1990 and has been an annual tradition since. This year’s recipients have devoted countless hours of service and work on behalf of the University and include former HAA presidents, chief marshals, class secretaries, and committee members.They are: Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland, A.B. ’76, M.B.A. ’79, of Oslo, Norway; F. Gorham Brigham, A.B. ’37, M.B.A. ’39, of West Newton, Mass.; Deborah Gelin, A.B. ’79, M.B.A. ’83, of Washington, D.C.; Joseph K. Hurd Jr., A.B. ’60, M.D. ’64, of Wellesley, Mass.; Judge John Paul Kennedy, A.B. ’63, of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Michael G. Yamin, A.B. ’53, LL.B. ’58, of New York City, New York.last_img read more

For French scholar, hope survives terror

March 1, 2021 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgIt was with tragic timeliness that Professor Patrick Weil discussed “After the Paris Attacks: What Is the Future for French Society?” on Wednesday at Harvard Law School.The French sociologist, historian, and legal scholar, who is currently a visiting professor at Yale Law School, had been invited several months ago to speak on the roots and repercussions of the shootings at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and at a kosher supermarket in Paris in January. After the city was again torn by terrorist violence on Friday, his topic was even more current.Weil began his lecture, which was co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program, Islamic Legal Studies Program, and Harvard European Law Association, by flashing back to the earlier attack — and the community response. The huge march, by some estimates 4 million, that coalesced in the days following the shooting demonstrated unity in the face of tragedy. But not everyone felt included, and Weil noted dismissive comments from members of both the Jewish and Muslim communities, some of whom felt marginalized and isolated by the show of supposed national solidarity.That reaction, he went on to say, offers both an explanation and a possible response to the question of how France — and by extension, the world — can move forward after yet another round of terrorism.“Some French think, ‘I don’t recognize my country,’” said Weil. “And some feel, ‘I am French on paper, but I am not recognized as such.’” In such fragmentation, he said, are the roots of discontent and violence.But how to promote a sense of le vivre ensemble — living together — that will help disparate communities feel engaged as what Weil called “part of a common society”? The answer, he said, lies in understanding history. He said many communities of contemporary France need to hear their stories incorporated into the national narrative.Modern France, Weil said, is built on four principles: equality under the law; the memory of the French Revolution, and thus the idea that people can change the law; a shared language and culture; and the concept of läicité, which roughly translates as the separation of church and state. But what unites the country — any country — is a sense of history: a shared story.Weil described how a French man from Marseilles could travel to Dunkirk and still know he is in France.“Why does he feel at home?” Weil asked. “The language. He can communicate with the people in the café and the restaurant. He can talk about politics. Why doesn’t he feel at home when he meets somebody who he might think is coming from Algeria? He has never been told the role of Algeria … in French history.”For Weil, a crucial part of this history is his country’s extensive colonization, particularly of North Africa. Calling the 130-year involvement in Algeria France’s “collective trauma,” Weil said, “Algeria is central because it was a racist colonization. Whatever point you take it, we come back to Algeria.”From the original inhabitants of the colony who were mistreated and impoverished, to the Algerian soldiers who sided with the French and were then abandoned, to the French settlers — the pied noir — who felt equally abandoned by their country, the history of Algeria is an unhappy one. Weil said that history also fed anti-Semitism among Muslims who compared their treatment with that afforded Jewish refugees, specifically after World War II.In order to move on, the scholar said, there must be more open discussion about these events. For France to get beyond its racism and the backlash of hate, he said, conflicts and injustices of the past must be more fully understood.History is “a progress of values, of principles,” he pointed out. “We went from slavery to abolishing slavery. We went from colonization to decolonization.”He also made a case for gaining a sense of history through the personal: “People have to find themselves through their parents and their grandparents, and through the country in which they live.”Only by accepting the many facets of its citizens’ diverse experiences, Weil said, will France be able to come together as a multicultural country, respectful of each of its four principles. But that, he stressed, can happen.“What I remember after January, in the days following, we felt — I felt — the need to call people,” Weil said, noting how he reached out to friends and students, including devout Muslims.“We needed to talk, to check that we were on the same path — that we were still friends,” he said. “We were able to talk about the situation as friends and compatriots. Across all the country, we had people meeting in their homes. I can see that happening again. People need to talk, and that’s a sign of a strong of a strong citizenry that wants to continue.”last_img read more

first_imgGet ready because Harry Connick Jr.’s coming back to town! The chart-topping musician is gearing up for his March 7 concert at Avery Fisher Hall. Although Connick is most familiar as a Grammy-winning recording artist, Emmy-winning actor and hilarious American Idol judge, Broadway fans know him for his Tony-nominated role in The Pajama Game opposite Kelli O’Hara, headlining the revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever opposite Jessie Mueller, his Tony-nommed score for Thou Shalt Not and two wildly successful concert appearances on the Great White Way. He took time out from his “nuts” touring schedule to chat with about why his heart is in NYC, his love of Broadway and that super high note in “Chandelier.”We’re very excited about your concert at Avery Fisher Hall on Saturday.Me too! I can’t wait.Everyone knows you’re from New Orleans, but it’s easy to think of you as a New Yorker.Oh, I feel like it. My mother was from New York, so I feel very at home up there. I moved there in ’86, and I feel New York is probably the closest any town can come to being a home for me outside of New Orleans. Whenever I play in New York City, it’s a special kind of feeling. The people there are used to seeing the best in the world, which is humbling. Can you give a taste of what you’ll be singing?We have a lot of songs to choose from and try to mix it up a lot. I’m lucky to have such a great group of musicians with me—there’s about 10 of us up there—and they’re all great at catching curveballs and going wherever I ask them to go. It’ll be spontaneous and fun.Will you be singing any Broadway songs?Probably so because so many of the songs that I sing come from shows. But I haven’t really figured out what we’re going to do yet.Are you ever coming back to the Great White Way?Oh, yeah. I love doing Broadway. I love writing for it, and I love performing on Broadway. I would definitely come back. I’m not sure when or what it’s going to be because it’s a really big emotional and time commitment. When you do Broadway, it’s 100% dedication to that. You can’t really do anything else. It’s something that I have to think about carefully because it’s a huge commitment, but I will absolutely do it again.What are your top Broadway dream roles? I’d like to do something that I wrote. That would be cool: an original work on Broadway. Obviously, there’re a lot of great roles, but a lot of them have already been done. If you look at Sky Masterson or Nathan Detroit—they’ve been done so many times and so well; I don’t know if I would do something like that. I did a reading for Pal Joey—that was a cool show. Though it never made it out of the room, it was fun to do.Are you still in contact with your two former Broadway leading ladies: Kelli O’Hara and Jessie Mueller?They’re both good friends. I get to sing with people and do different one-off projects, but to work on the stage eight times a week with people of that level, you’re only going to do that on Broadway. These are world-class level performers. World class! To work with them was absolutely incredible.Let’s talk Idol. Are you having as much fun as it looks like you are?It’s really fun. Being a judge is not something that I’ve ever done before. I’ve been a mentor or given master classes, but those are situations where you get to be close to people as you help and teach them. As an Idol judge, you’re just sitting there and critiquing them—whether it’s positive or negative. Before the competition started, it’s just a good time. Now that the competition has started and these kids are singing for their lives up there, I take it really seriously.So many Idol performers have come to Broadway. Do you see any Broadway potential in any of the contestants?Yeah, for sure. Broadway is an amazing place, and it’s always interesting to see people who haven’t done Broadway go to Broadway. I think a lot of these young performers would be terrific on a Broadway stage.Back to your concert on Saturday night: Have you put Sia’s “Chandelier” into your set?[Laughs.] No, man. That was a one-time thing. They didn’t show the whole piece, but it was funny. Sometimes the kids will come in, and they’ll start singing in too high of a key. If you know the song, you know the note that’s out of their range is coming. So I went up there and started in a key that was too high, but I kept going—probably modulating a half step every time. When I got to that last one, I knew I couldn’t reach it, but I kept going. There was just no way. It was just the most awful sounding thing ever. Harry Connick Jr. Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Guards at the Taj Leads Lucille Lortel Awards

January 18, 2021 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_img View Comments Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj led the pack at the 31st annual Lucille Lortel Awards with four wins. Other big winners included The Robber Bridegroom, which won Outstanding Revival and awards for stars Steven Pasquale and Leslie Kritzer, as well as the Anne Hathaway-led Grounded, which won Outstanding Solo Show. Futurity, by César Alvarez, received the award award for Outstanding Musical. The ceremony, honoring the best of off-Broadway and hosted by Zachary Levi, was held on May 1 at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.See below for a complete list of winners.Outstanding PlayGuards at the TajOutstanding MusicalFuturityOutstanding RevivalThe Robber BridegroomOutstanding Solo ShowGroundedOutstanding DirectorLiesl Tommy, EclipsedOutstanding ChoreographerMartha Clarke, Angel ReapersOutstanding Lead Actor in a PlayTimothée Chalamet, Prodigal SonOutstanding Lead Actress in a PlayPhylicia Rashad, Head of PassesOutstanding Lead Actor in a MusicalSteven Pasquale, The Robber BridegroomOutstanding Lead Actress in a MusicalAnnette O’Toole, Southern ComfortOutstanding Featured Actor in a PlayMatt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBrideOutstanding Featured Actress in a PlayAlana Arenas, Head of PassesOutstanding Featured Actor in a MusicalJeffrey Kuhn, Southern ComfortOutstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalLeslie Kritzer, The Robber BridegroomOutstanding Scenic DesignTim Mackabee, Guards at the TajOutstanding Costume DesignAnita Yavich, The Legend of Georgia McBrideOutstanding Lighting DesignDavid Weiner, Guards at the TajOutstanding Sound DesignRob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, Guards at the TajSPECIAL AWARDSOutstanding Alternative Theatrical ExperienceAngel Reapers, by Martha Clarke and Alfred UhryProjection DesignPeter Nigrini, GroundedHONORARY AWARDSLifetime Achievement AwardJames HoughtonPlaywrights’ Sidewalk InducteeSuzan-Lori Parks Omar Metwally & Arian Moayed in ‘Guards at the Taj'(Photo: Doug Hamilton)last_img read more

Biking Through Windows and Puffy Jacket Beer

December 30, 2020 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgDon’t look at the Breckenwolf webcam. It’s too sad. The camera is pointed at the base of the lift. The quad chair is motionless, the main slope bare, except for a skinny sliver of patchy, dirty snow. It’s like our own localized version of the melting ice caps, and the image makes it painfully obvious that ski season is over for those of us that frequent the wild slopes of Breckenwolf. Based on the long-range forecast, it won’t be long before other ski areas in the South quiet their lifts too. The resorts have done their best, but you just can’t make snow when it’s 60 degrees for two weeks straight. Overall, for the Whiskey Wednesday crew, it was a ski season plagued by sickness, injury and shitty conditions. I’m calling it the worst ski season in a decade.But listen, I’m not here to bitch and moan about how crappy the skiing has been down here this winter. Sure, it’s been 60 degrees for two weeks straight, but on the other hand it’s been 60 degrees for two weeks straight. I’m not one to lean into religious platitudes, but as everyone’s favorite aunt is fond of saying, “when God closes a door, he opens a window.” And for me, that window has two wheels. So, I’ve been riding the shit out of my bike. Road bike, mountain bike, gravel grinder…singletrack, pump track, mountain climbs…it’s almost 70 degrees out there and sunny. In February. Ski season might have been cut short, but bike season has been given a jump start. I’m making the most of it.And I’m drinking a new beer after each bike ride: Patagonia Provisions Long Root Ale. Yes, the maker of your favorite puffy jacket is producing a beer now. Patagonia actually has an entire division that’s focusing on sustainable foods, called Patagonia Provisions. They produce a mean buffalo jerky, and they’ve partnered with Portland’s Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) to brew Long Root. And this beer isn’t just some vanity project; This pale ale is the first beer ever to be made with Kernza, a grain that’s grown to regenerate the soil’s biodiversity and sequesters carbon. It’s a relatively new grain developed by The Land Institute, a non-profit that aims to introduce ecological stability to farming practices. Think of it as a perennial wheat substitute that requires no tilling and very little water.Cool, right? So, Patagonia decided to put it in a beer, because even though Kernza is a wonder crop that could help save the world a little bit at a time, there isn’t a huge market for it. But that could change, as Kernza adds a layer of complexity to this beer’s malt bill. The beer itself is tasty, hitting all of the requisite grapefruit notes you expect from a West Coast pale ale. There’s a mellow sweetness that underscores the whole thing, and the Kernza contributes a rye-like spice that I dig. I find that Long Root pairs well with afternoon bike rides and unseasonably warm heat waves.last_img read more

Chenango County has 4 more COVID-19 recoveries

December 8, 2020 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgThe health department reported on Saturday that there were 244 individuals in mandatory quarantine, and 46 in precautionary quarantine. While those numbers were declining, on Sunday, the number of individuals in precautionary quarantine has increased by 14 to 60. The Chenango County Health Department says there are 61 positive cases, while on Saturday, they reported 60 positive cases bringing the number up by one. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. CHENANGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Chenango County Health Department gave an update regarding coronavirus numbers on Sunday. Despite that incline, the number of individuals in mandatory quarantine is continuing to decline. On Saturday, the health department reported that there were 244 individuals in mandatory quarantine, while on Sunday, they reported 218. That brings the number of individuals in mandatory quarantine down by 26. The county has reported administering 332 total tests. Additionally, the health department says there are 17 total recoveries, which is four more than Saturday’s report. They also say there are nine active hospitalizations. last_img read more

State must stop wasting tax money

October 20, 2020 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As a New York state taxpayer, along with most of you readers, I’m appalled at the lack of outrage regarding the current state budget that was just recently pushed through. Some examples of extreme waste are $3 million that was allotted to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Golf Tournament — yes, $3 million. Also, $300,000 was given to Cornell University for “concord grape research,” as well as $100,000 to the town of East Hampton for “tourism initiatives.” Trust me, this is a town that doesn’t need this kind of help. There are many other examples of money given for these “pet projects,” which in my opinion, could have been better spent elsewhere.We have roads loaded with potholes and infrastructure that’s falling apart around us, yet those worthy causes didn’t get the money they need. Just to get out in time for the Easter and Passover holidays, lawmakers chose to fund these other unworthy causes.  What about organizations and institutions established to help the poor and those in need? Food pantries and homeless shelters are in constant need of funds and supplies to help the many who go hungry and have nowhere to sleep in New York state every day. Apparently, they’re less important than a golf tournament.Let’s send out a message to our elected representatives on Election Day, or messages to their respective offices even sooner. This isn’t how I want our money spent.Come on, lawmakers, get your act together. Do your jobs and earn our respect. Fund the causes that truly need it — and not spend billions in pork-barrel spending. And you wonder why people are disgusted.Margaret HesdorferSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Arsenal make offer to Man Utd for Smalling

September 26, 2020 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_img Loading… Everton are also said to be plotting a raid for the United outcast following his return to form in Serie A. Read Also:Smalling informs Man Utd he wants Roma stay Roma are looking to turn the loan into a permanent deal this summer but are said to be shocked by the Red Devils £25million price-tag and are looking to negotiate a lower fee. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal have made an offer for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling. Smalling Corriere del Sport says the Gunners have made an offer and asked their Premier League rivals “for information” regarding a potential summer deal. The on-loan Roma defender has made a return to England a ‘concrete option’ to be closer to family members following the coronavirus pandemic.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Irresistibly Beautiful Asian ActressesWill 7 Largest Wet Markets In The World Survive After Pandemic?These TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The HatchetBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoolast_img read more

Loan officer hurt in shooting incident

September 25, 2020 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgBACOLOD City – A loan officer waswounded in a shooting incident in Barangay 33. According to police investigation, Bonwas about to board his vehicle when an unidentified gunman fired at him around 9:15a.m. on Feb. 13. The suspect then fled onboard a motorcycle. The 30-year-old Andrie Bon of Barangay Blumentritt,Murcia, Negros Occidental was recuperating at the Riverside Medical Center inthis city. He sustained a gunshot wound on the body, a police report showed.center_img Officers of Police Station 6 are lookingat personal grudge as the possible motive in the shooting. Investigations arestill ongoing as of this writing./PNlast_img