Heartbreak America

”…no other nation on Earth comes close to experiencing the frequency of mass shootings that we see in the United States. No other developed nation tolerates the levels of gun violence that we do. Every time this happens, we’re told that tougher gun laws won’t stop all murders; that they won’t stop every deranged individual from getting a weapon and shooting innocent people in public places. But the evidence shows that they can stop some killings. They can save some families from heartbreak. We are not helpless here. And until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening”.

“We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalises racist sentiments; leaders who demonise those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.”

“It has no place in our politics and our public life. And it’s time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much – clearly and unequivocally.”

Former US President Barack Obama

August 5th, 2018 following the mass shootings in
El Paso, Texas on August 3rd 2019 & Dayton, Ohio on August 4th 2019.

 

July 20, 1969 || One small step for Man

Buzz Aldrin Walking on the Surface of the Moon Near a Leg of the Lunar Module,


Buzz Aldrin with Apollo 11 Lunar Module on the Moon, Neil Armstrong


Apollo 11 Command and Service Modules Photographed from the Lunar Module in Orbit, 1


Buzz Aldrin on the Moon with the American Flag,


Astronauts in Lifeboat After Apollo 11 Splashdown,


Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, surveys visual representations of the moon from the dawn of photography through the present. In addition to photographs, the show features a selection of related drawings, prints, paintings, films, astronomical instruments, and cameras used by Apollo astronauts.

It will run through September 22, 2019. One more good reason to return to the Met.

July 20th, 2019

Being: Tarsila & Henri & Joanna & Sofia

Getting acquainted with the work of Tarsila do Amaral, whose art is as stunning as the artist herself; capturing the minimal geometry of New York’s temple of modern art; feeling the urge to stop by ”The Piano Lesson”, one of Matisse’s most interesting compositions (a few more times and I might even begin to like it); leaping from modern art to ”New Photography” and its 2018 edition examining how photography can capture ”what it means to be human”. liaTarsila do Amaral, Estudo (Academia no. 2), 1923, oil on canvas


Tarsila do Amaral, A  Gare, 1925, oil on canvas


Tarsila do Amaral, O touro, 1928, oil on canvas


Tarsila do Amaral, O sono, c. 1928, oil on canvas


Tarsila do Amaral, Urutu, 1928, oil on canvas


Tarsila do Amaral, Operários, 1933, oil on canvas


Henri Matisse, The Piano Lesson, 1916, oil on canvas


Joanna Piotrowska, XXIII Frowst, 2013-2014, silver gelatin hand print


Sofia Borges. Theatre, or Cave, 2014. UV-printed wallpaper, printed 2018


Sofia Borges, Yellow Chalk, 2017,  pigmented inkjet print


MoMA, March 25th, 2018

It’s kinda lonely at the top

I’m not talking about me, oh no, even though with this view I often feel like a princess in her tower. It’s that rooftop looking down between the buildings that looks like a public parking but is usually empty, save for a car or two. It’s not often one can find an empty spot of this size in the heart of Manhattan, where every available inch is too valuable to be left unused.

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Broadway by Light (1958), a film directed by William Klein

”I did this book on New York: black-and-white, grungy photographs. People said, “What a put-down–New York is not like that. New York is a million things, and you just see the seamy side.” So I thought I would do a film showing how seamy New York was, but intellectually, by doing a thing on electric-light signs. How beautiful they are, and what an obsessive, brainwashing message they carry. And everybody is so thankful for this super spectacle. Anyway, I think it’s the first Pop film.” – William Klein (source)

It’s been almost three years since we came to live next to Times Square – just off, still ”too close for comfort”. I’ve been crisscrossing Broadway every working day of the week, at least twice; sometimes during the weekends too. I have seen it by day and by night, sweating in the sizzling summer heat and glimmering after the rain, covered in snow and confetti, flooded with crowds and quasi-empty (yes, it does happen – rarely, but it does). But seeing it through Mr. Klein’s lens adds a whole new poetic dimension to the reality of Broadway, as we know it today.

It begins with these words:

”Les américaines ont inventé le jazz pour se consoler de la mort, la star pour se consoler de la femme.

Pour se consoler de la nuit, ils ont inventé Broadway…”

Click on the stills gallery for a larger view or, better yet, bedazzle yourself by watching this beautiful short film (only about 10′ long), here:

March 8th, 2018

Hollywood dogs

*Resident Postings* on the bulletin board of my building’s website:
 

3/2/19 6:30 PM
Dear person on 28th floor who leaves their poor dog home to bark for hours:please come home and take care of your poor dog. It does not like to be home alone or it has to go to the bathroom this is EVERY day! I feel for your dog!

3/14/19 8:36 PM
The dog barked Sat night for hours, its barking again now if you can’t afford to have a dog walker and work late or have a busy social life you should again get a dog walker I am VERY concerned for you dog you do not seem to be concerned because its barking as usual and you are not home. I am also going to make another complaint about you because this is animal abuse!PS: no more postings about the barking dog, all quiet from that front. Wish it would have been the same with the sirens…

PS1: images are from March 4th, 2018 from Loews Theatres, Lincoln Square. The film showing was Phantom Thread, a masterpiece directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps & the exquisite Lesley Manville.

It would take a while longer to watch the Isle of Dogs; it was only released on the 23rd of March.

March 4th, 2018