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My Favorite Coffee Table Book: India Unveiled

Robert Arnett’s India Unveiled is, for my taste, Coffee Book of the Decade.  Did you know that India is the most populous democracy in the world? It is the second-most populous country anywhere, after China. It is the world’s twelfth largest economy. It is big as well – nearly twice the size of New England. […]

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The Rubins on “What is Cuban Art?”

New York, N.Y.  Donald and Shelley Rubin are Tibetan art in New York City.  This point is difficult to argue with.  They founded the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA), which opened its doors in October 2004 and is now recognized as the premier museum of Himalayan art in the West.  What is less known is that these two thought […]

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Voces y Visiones: Four Decades of El Museo del Barrio’s Permanent Collection

Pepón Osorio. La Cama (The Bed). 1987. The inaugural exhibition, curated by Elvis Fuentes, is called Voces y Visiones: Four Decades Through El Museo’s Permanent Collection. This exhibition takes viewers through a timeline of El Museo’s history in relation to the history of Latin American and Caribbean art in New York, the United States, and […]

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El Museo del Barrio: Fifth Avenue on Fire

New York, N.Y.  Forty years ago, El Museo del Barrio was a dream contained in a single classroom so far north that “sophisticated” Manhattanites would not visit there after dark.  It was founded in 1969 by artist and educator Raphael Montañez Ortiz and a coalition of parents, educators, artists, and activists who noted that mainstream museums largely […]

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Fairy Tales: Cutting to the Core of the Unconscious

New York, N.Y.  Fairy tales are not just for children.  I’ve known that ever since I fell in love with the cartoon series Fractured Fairytales, a weird and completely neurotic take on the classics.  But real fairy tales have always had meaning for me. At university, I was one of three students studying Russian Fairy […]

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Annabella Gonzalez Dance Troupe Presents Spring Series “Juntos”

New York, N.Y.  The latest offering from the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Troup (AGDT), Juntos (‘United’), was triumphant. I was particularly impressed with the strength of the troupe’s male performers.  Showcased in the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, the troupe has matured over the years, and their spring showcase proved this to the world.  Despite a rainy weekend, the […]

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The Global Critic: Primavera a Success

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“Liebes Tanz” (Love Dance) was first performed in 1992.  Lucia Campoy, Marcos Emmanuel de Jesus, Juan Ignacio Echazarreta, and Heather Panikkar danced beautifully in this Germanic, dynamic piece.  It featured unexpected interactions, with humor – and high lifts. The two solos premiered were “In Transit,” performed behind a translucent cloth set by sculptor James Cobb […]

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Israeli Film: Unmistaken Child in Tibet

New York, N.Y.  The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is hard for most Westerners to grasp.A new film — from Israel — is out to change that. The film features the Dalai Lama.  Unmistaken Child follows the search for a reincarnated Tibetan master. It opened in New York June 3 at the Film […]

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