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Georges-Pierre Seurat exhibition opens Saturday at Art Institute of Chicago...

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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884

Saturday, June 19 marks the opening of a new Seurat exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte will be showing as well as some of the work he did to prepare for it, including trial-and-error paintings of the neo-impressionist masterpiece. Works by other famous painters such as Rembrandt and Delacroix will also be on display as they were inspirations to Seurat. The exhibition will be open until September 19 and can only be seen in Chicago; it will not travel.

To read/hear NPR's report on this exhibition, follow this link:
http://www.npr.org/display_pages/features/feature_1963623.html



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Artist Steve Kurtz under investigation by FBI

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I heard this story on NPR this morning. Steve Kurtz, an associate professor of art at SUNY Buffalo, is under investigation for bioterrorism after police alerted the FBI of chemicals found in his laboratory. Kurtz and other members of the Critical Art Ensemble, as part of their installations, conduct scientific experiments on food to show audiences the breakdown of what they are really putting into their bodies. Click the following link for more information:

http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=1129

This link seems to be a little on the left but I couldn't find a real, credible source for the article. Not that leftist publications aren't "real" or "credible" - they simply, much like publications from the right, have an agenda.

To hear NPR's report on this, check out this link (scroll down a bit):

http://www.npr.org/rundowns/rundown.php?prgDate=14-Jun-2004&prgId=3

To get more information on the Critical Art Ensemble, here is your web portal:

http://www.critical-art.net/

 



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  • because if we don't persecute those who exercise their freedoms of expression, t...more
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  • This seems like a convenient way for the government, which is heavily invested i...more
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The problem with music...

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For all of those interested in the music industry or trying to sign your "band" to a "major label," I implore you to check out this short essay by famed record producer Steve Albini. He lays out just why signing to a major label is a bad idea in today's music world. DIY for life!

http://www.negativland.com/albini.html



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  • steve albini's essay is quite enlightening- most realize that the music industry...more
    - [ben]
  • check out negativland's most recent work a book/cd combo of letters/stories foun...more
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  • many people who would otherwise happily release music on an "indie" label of the...more
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  • i agree a lot with what you say peter, though i wonder about musicians that aren...more
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  • I would be one of those artists. I sing real loud when no one's home, but as so...more
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  • jandek
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  • or, if they are seeking listeners at all. One would assume that they are if the...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Albini's "balance sheet" really tells it: the industry harvests the talent, pay...more
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  • What about when independent labels get big? Like Merge or, well, Sub Pop? It's...more
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  • Forward this essay (or link) to any friends you have who are serious about music...more
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God save the Queen...

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Hello.

For my first entry I would like to quickly ruminate about the state of the British monarchy. We all know that the monarchy in England is a joke. They have been distilled down to but mere figureheads that hold no real power. Granted that when asked if they owe their allegiance to Parliament or the Queen most Britons will declare the Queen their leader, the Royal Family is still an institution of both ridicule and unnecessary pomp. But this is not what really concerns me about the Royal Family. What concerns me is succession.

It is quite sad that power may never change hands again in England. The Windsor family has been in power for almost one hundred years and in that near century political power has really been handed over to the people. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it is almost a slap in the face to history. With my very limited view the Windsor family will always wear the crown. There was a day when a man of ignoble birth could take the crown by force and declare himself King of the Britons. And although I do not condone regicide or bloodshed of any type, I still long for the day that if I really wanted I could become King. People in this country know that when Queen Elizabeth passes away her son Charles will become King. And when Charles' time to pass comes everybody knows Charles' son William will become King. I think this complacency is quite sad.

Because world politics are what they are, nobody will ever storm the gates of London again. There will be no fighting in the streets. No bastion from which cannons will be shot. No uprising from the oppressed fieldhands. And I think people are fine with that. But it depresses me.

jgi

And if you're interested: http://www.britannia.com/history/h6f.html



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  • I wouldn't give up on fighting in the streets just yet...
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  • joe, can americans become monarchs? if so you better get to work on your chysali...more
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  • Had an American come to England when it was still possible to overthrow the Mona...more
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  • you should try marrying in to the family. then try what they did in nepal.
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