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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Equals

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EqualsI just saw the movie Equals, and for me, it was one of those movies that really has an impact on you. It’s a beautiful portrayal of intimacy and the kind of closeness that you can have with someone, but not just with anyone – only the kind of closeness that exists between two people in those rare, lucky circumstances. It’s about the inexplicable that draws two people together. It’s about how vital human touch is for our well-being. It’s about allowing yourself to feel things even if they are contrary to what you believe is right according to a standard that is set either by yourself or by what is constructed around you. It’s about how easy letting go is, even though some make it seem nearly impossible, and even dangerous or harmful to oneself and others. It’s about how beneficial having that kind of closeness with someone is to other parts of your life.

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Based in a utopian society where emotion is not allowed, two people are drawn to each other by forces that are out of their control. It’s cinematically spectacular, with extreme close-ups to highlight the raw emotion and symbolic colored silhouettes, which somehow speak to every sensory perception. I’m not normally a big sci-fi fan, but this movie is definitely something special. For your viewing pleasure, and to hopefully inspire you to see the movie, check out the trailer!

Pippi Longstocking

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I used to love Pippi Longstocking when I was little. I wasn’t a huge reader as a child, and am still not, but I did love the 1988 film version of Pippi Longstocking. I lived in Italy when I was little, and lucky for me, the movie has been dubbed in 18 languages, including Italian. So the movie that I know and love is the version dubbed in Italian. Yesterday, as I was scanning through channels on TV, I came across the movie, but in English of course. I was so happy to just come across it by accident, but I have to say that watching it in English felt very far removed from my childhood viewing experience of it. It’s amazing how much language can affect our perception of things. Recently, I also came across this touching article about Pippi Longstocking by Conni Schultz, which also brought back memories of this childhood icon for me.

This is the trailer for the 1988 film version I’m talking about just to give you a small glimpse into the joys that this Swedish feminist icon brings to kids (and adults).  I challenge you to not have this song stuck in your head for the rest of the day…

If you care about gender issues at all…

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I think this essay by Jennifer Aniston in the Huffington Post is a great rebuttal to the way that women are portrayed in the media, especially celebrities. It’s definitely worth the read!

On a related note, this is a very interesting documentary about how masculinity is shaped in this country, and it runs parallel to Miss Representation, which is about the very issue that Jennifer Aniston is talking about – the portrayal of women in the media and the expectations placed on women from an early age to measure up to certain ‘beauty standards’.

Laughing for days…

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In light of the fact that Bernie has officially ended his campaign, and as I’m struggling to come to terms with and accept Hillary’s campaign, let’s just take a moment to poke fun at the other side’s candidate…I know this video is from a while back, but in case you missed it, here’s some seriously funny stuff about Trump from John Oliver!

Now let’s juxtapose some of Trump’s idiotic spewings with this very eloquent and heartfelt speech by Obama at the recent memorial in Dallas.

It’s a scary time politically, but a little comedy along with a reminder of our current President’s brilliance may help for the time being.

An interior-lover’s dream – Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

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I just went to the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox, MA and, as I’m someone who loves anything to do with interior spaces and art, it was simply a dream. The house is situated on a big wooded lot and it’s a ten-minute walk through a little forest from the parking lot to get to the house. A fairly nondescript building from the outside (as is typical of that modern international style), it is boxy, white, and has old metal frame windows. George Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, the couple that built the house and studio, were both abstract artists inspired by Braque, Leger, Gris, and Picasso. The house is full of their own works, along with works by artists they looked up to.

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The entrance to the house includes a beautiful small circular staircase with an abstract black metal railing. On the curved wall behind the staircase is an abstract fresco painted by George Morris in vibrant colors. The dining room, off to the left of the entrance, was designed by Suzy Frelinghuysen and it is rather dark. There are only two small light sources, the idea being to use candles and the fireplace for light. On the way to the living, which is to the right of the entrance, is a little bar with very cool shelving along the curved wall for the liquor bottles. The living room has a leather-tiled floor, a spacious 12-foot ceiling, zebra print sofas, two frescos by Morris on the main wall, one on each side of the fireplace, and an abstract stone carving above the fireplace, also designed by Morris. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a small gallery space displaying works of art. The narrow hallway is also lined with abstract works of art. I can’t forget to mention Morris’s studio, which is a large space at the end of the hallway with lots of light. Now a gallery space that only displays works of art, it was once Morris’s studio where he, and probably his wife Suzy, spent a considerable amount of time working on their art.

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Because the couple was very affluent and of a certain social class, descendants of our nation’s founding fathers, they didn’t have to worry about holding traditional jobs and were able to focus their lives on painting and introducing modern art to the United States in the 1940s and 50s.

The house is a spectacular example of modern architecture and design and it was simply a feast for my eyes. Every turn and every room contain surprising and interesting details to gawk at. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed in the house, but you can see a nice gallery of the interior on the house & studio’s website. It’s definitely worth the visit if you ever find yourself in western Massachusetts!

Yale Art Gallery

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On my most recent trip out east, I went to the Yale Art Gallery in New Haven, CT and it was such a nice surprise. Museums affiliated with colleges and universities are usually on the smaller side, but the Yale Art Gallery is impressive not only in size, but certainly also in the scope of its collection. The museum addition by Louis Khan is very nice, especially juxtaposed next to his design of the Yale Center for British Art (also a nice building and extensive collection). Here are just a few of my favorites from the collection!

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Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Valence with Grey Cloud

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Jacques Villon, Color Perspective (Horizontal) 

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Ando Hiroshige, Kanazawa in Moonlight (Buyo Kanazawa Hassho Yakei)

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Odilon Redon, Nasturtiums 

In honor of my friend’s new cat…

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Because my friend just got a new cat and named her Ophelia…and I just like this video and his ever so subtle dance moves 🙂