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Video: The unheard story of the Sistine Chapel | Elizabeth Lev

Elizabeth Lev’s experience studying and teaching art has led her to believe that when we encounter something beautiful, we are made vulnerable and opened to the truth.

July 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Hurray For the Riff Raff | PA’LANTE

Winner of the 2019 Jury Award at SXSW, Director Kristian Mercado Figueroa’s music video PA’LANTE performed by Hurray for the Riff Raff  takes us inside the Puerto Rican experience of life post Hurricane Maria and the pressures facing an estranged family attempting to reconnect amid the wreckage.

July 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Heart of Glass

In Herzog’s great visual opera
The hero stands on a cliff
Above a valley where a river
Of molten glass carries
Light to the sea

July 24, 2021 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: Negative Capability

…art that honors the art and artist as well as its content, and apprehends it as more than its socio-political reality. Art is hard to do and not everybody can do it. It is not merely a pretext for theory.

July 23, 2021 · 4 Comments

Robert Bernard Hass: Oedipus in Thebes

When he left the palace, the streets were nearly empty
Save for the women wailing at the altar, rending air
With sobs and litanies, the smoke from their incense pots
Thick and fragrant, perfuming the shrouded dead.

July 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: The Lady and the Owl

This gentle film highlights the work of Kay and Larry McKeever, a retired Canadian couple who dedicated themselves to caring for orphaned, injured and starving owls.

July 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: How a 1940s psychology study sparked the modern gay rights movement

In the 1940s, psychiatrists labeled homosexuality as a mental disorder. UCLA’s Dr. Evelyn Hooker sought to change that with her groundbreaking study that proved homosexuals were not ill and in need of a cure. This research made it all the way to the Supreme Court and helped change gay​ life forever.

July 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: How Boston’s Charles River went from polluted to pristine

What the cleanup tells us about the power of Federal waterway protections.

July 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Joy Gaines-Friedler: Happiness

What’s between them is a mystery.
The way the leaves that flag in the wind
know to be leaves, or the tree knows to grow them.

July 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Tower

This animated documentary from director Nádia Mangolini mines the memories the four Gomes da Silva siblings whose father went missing and whose mother was imprisoned in a tower during a period oppressive dictatorship in Brazil.

July 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Rambling with Eileen Myles

Director Chelsea McMullan takes an inspirational walk with legendary American poet, essayist and one-time presidential candidate Eileen Myles, perambulating and talking poetry through the streets of their adoptive home of New York. (running time: 5 min.)

June 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: Ode to Desolation

Jim Henterly mans the historic fire tower on Desolation Peak, where he safeguards not only the surrounding national park lands, but the proud and passionate history of his profession.

June 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: The First Giant Step? Unpackage

Plastic’s most common use is packaging.

June 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

Vivian Maier: Portrait of an American City

When Chicago nanny Vivian Maier died in 2009, she left behind 100,000 negatives that no one but she had ever seen. They are now considered some of the best photographs of American urban life ever made.

June 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

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