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  1. He looked good v Liverpool. Nice assist and a good goal that started a step offsides and was called back. He did not look out of place at all.
  2. Liverpool v. Chelsea to decide the best team in Europe via some fake UEFA trophy. Wednesday August 14 3pm TNT Liverpool qualified by winning Champions League, Chelsea by winning Europa League.
  3. ok, story line for Daniel: Can Tottenham finally win something...anything? 😀
  4. I think this year we should have one thread covering the whole season, all leagues, all cup competitions. Premier League action kicks off today (Liverpool v. Norwich City 3pm). La Liga next weekend. Transfer windows are closing. Champions League and Europa League qualification is underway. The 2019/2020 season is here! Some story lines (so far): Will young Christian bloom at Chelsea? (First game at Manchester United on Sunday 11:30am, not a bad introduction) Can Eden Hazard and Zidane bring glory back to the Bernabeu? Do Messi and Ronaldo have enough left in the tank for another Champions League run? Can Man City win the Prem and win Champions League? Will anyone in Germany challenge the Bayern-Dortmund duopoly? Are there any serious challengers to Juventus is Serie A? Ligue 1, does anyone care? Post your thoughts below...
  5. Please visit the National Portrait Gallery to view Robert McCurdy's mind blowing portrait of Toni Morrison. Seriously, you won't be disappointed. It's that good. It's usually hung in the same room as the Michelle Obama portrait.
  6. That funny little park in Rosslyn with the big concrete balls that kinda look like Death Stars, well it's one first examples of integrated public art in the country. Each year at 9:32 am on August 1, the day in 1860 that William Henry Ross acquired the land that became Rosslyn, the sun aligns with the sculpture to create shadow-images on the ground. From the Holt Smithson Foundation: "In 1984 Nancy Holt completed Dark Star Park in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, one of the first examples of integrated public art in the United States. 2019 is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the sculpture, and in celebration Holt/Smithson Foundation partners with the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden and Arlington Public Art to present a series of events. Dark Star Park (1979-1984) is emblematic of Holt’s commitment to temporal and site-responsive sculpture. Located within a busy traffic intersection on a once-overlooked pocket of land, it features large, gunite spheres resembling fallen, extinguished stars alongside tunnels and vertical poles. Each year at 9:32 am on August 1, the day in 1860 that William Henry Ross acquired the land that became Rosslyn, the sun aligns with the sculpture to create shadow-images on the ground. On Wednesday July 31, 2019 at 6:30pm a panel discussion titled Seconds, Hours, Minutes, Days, Decades: Time in Public Sculpture takes place at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden with Angela Adams (Founding Director, Arlington Public Art), Lisa Le Feuvre (Executive Director, Holt/Smithson Foundation), Brett Littman (Director, The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum) and Anne Reeve (Curator, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden) On Thursday August 1, 2019 at 12:30pm and Saturday August 3, 2019 at 2pm the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden presents a Nancy Holt film screening, introduced by Lisa Le Feuvre, featuring Holt’s Art in the Public Eye: The Making of Dark Star Park and Sun Tunnels."
  7. Four large concrete tubes with holes drilled in them. Laying on the ground in the middle of the Great Basin Desert. Can't be that cool can it? Nancy Holt "Sun Tunnels" (Dia Foundation) Nancy Holt's Land Art Masterpeice Utah.com
  8. Saveur Magazine did a profile piece on Turkey and The Wolf chef Mason Hereford who draws inspiration from his Virginia childhood and the country stores he used to visit.
  9. Another mega land art project for all you mega land art fans: Star Axis by Charles Ross is projected to open in 2022, but these projects always drag on (kinda like opening a restaurant!). Star Axis is an architectonic earth/star sculpture constructed with the geometry of the stars. Created by artist Charles Ross, all of Star Axis’s shapes and angles are determined by earth-to-star alignments. They are built into the sculpture so that we can experience them in human scale. Star Axis offers an intimate experience of how the earth's environment extends into the space of the stars. The approach to building Star Axis involves gathering a variety of star alignments occurring in different time scales and allowing them to form the architecture. The sculpture's name refers to its primary earth–to-star alignment: it is precisely aligned with Earth's axis, which now points toward our north star Polaris. Charles Ross’s artwork is about light, time, and planetary motion. Star Axis is his largest project. It was conceived in 1971, and after a four-year search throughout the southwest, Ross broke ground in 1976. Star Axis is presently being constructed on a mesa in New Mexico. Built with granite and sandstone, at its outside dimensions, Star Axis will be 11 stories high and 1/10th of a mile across. Star Axis has five main elements. The Star Tunnel is precisely aligned with Earth's axis. Here the viewer can walk through layers of celestial time, making directly visible the 26,000-year cycle of precession, Earth's shifting alignment with the stars. The Solar Pyramid marks the daily and seasonal movements of the sun across the Shadow Field. From inside the Hour Chamber you can view one hour of Earth's rotation, and from inside the Equatorial Chamber you can observe the stars that travel directly above the equator.
  10. My Iran: Six Women Photographers August 10, 2019–February 9, 2020 "The artists featured in My Iran: Six Women Photographers explore the complexities of life within and outside their home country. From the dynamism of the street to the quiet corners of distant memories, the works highlight various ways in which artists use photography to respond to personal and political realities. Newsha Tavakolian and Malekeh Nayiny revisit the concept of the family photo album to reveal deeply moving individual stories. Hengameh Golestan’s shots of women protesting in the streets of Tehran following the 1979 Revolution capture the spirit and force of a social and political movement that still resonates today. Shadi Ghadirian and Gohar Dashti offer wry commentaries on post-revolutionary society, while Mitra Tabrizian composes evocative studies of displaced Iranians in London."
  11. Manifesto: Art x Agency "Manifesto: Art x Agency is a group exhibition that examines the art historical impact of artist manifestos from the 20th century to present day. Organized by the Hirshhorn’s Chief Curator Stéphane Aquin, Manifesto: Art x Agency will include German artist Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto, presented as a multichannel film installation for the first time in Washington, D.C., alongside a diverse selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection. Comprising more than 100 works of art and ephemera created over a hundred-year period, Manifesto: Art x Agency explores how artists used manifestos to engage with the political and social issues of their time and how contemporary practices still employ art as a tool in the making of history. Manifestos, a standard feature of modernist avant-garde movements, were often created to outline the principles of artist groups and to purport revolutionary social and political theories practiced by artists, writers and philosophers. Exploring the idea of the artist manifesto as a major tenet of the 20th century, the Hirshhorn’s exhibition will be divided into three distinct sections. The introduction to the exhibition will feature a powerful display of the museum’s modern collection holdings, including seminal works by artists such as Jean Arp, Giacomo Balla, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dalí, Helen Frankenthaler, George Grosz, Hannah Höch, René Magritte, André Masson, Joan Miró, Joan Mitchell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock and Tsuruko Yamazaki. Dating from the early 20th to mid-century, these works offer a historical framework for the ideas born out of the various manifestos from this time period. To further ground these works within the ideas that inspired them, a number of published manifestos, including texts from futurism, surrealism, constructivism and lyrical abstraction, on loan from North American art libraries, will be on display as a key part of the exhibition. In the second section, Rosefeldt’s titular Manifesto (2015) will be displayed as a singular work. Conceived as an artwork, Manifesto has gained world-wide attention as a feature-length film. Presented at the Hirshhorn as a multichannel installation, chapters of the film will play simultaneously on 13 video projections, inviting visitors into an immersive experience. Featuring actress Cate Blanchett performing excerpts from some of the great manifestos of the past century, the installation serves to demonstrate the contemporary resonance of the artist manifesto in today’s artistic and cultural climate, while simultaneously connecting earlier aesthetic movements from the previous section. The third section will highlight contemporary pieces from the permanent collection, spanning from the 1960s to present day. This grouping will encompass works that provide a commentary on political movements and social change within contemporary contexts. Included among the artists on view are the Guerrilla Girls, Adrian Piper, Hurvin Anderson, Alfredo Jaar, Nam June Paik, Zoe Leonard, Catherine Opie and Glenn Ligon. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Hirshhorn will present the Washington debut of In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth), an ongoing global project by CAUSE COLLECTIVE artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks and Hank Willis Thomas. The participatory installation will be open on the museum’s outdoor Plaza June 8–23."
  12. The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement June 22 - September 22, 2019 "The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement presents 75 historical and contemporary artists—from the United States as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, UK, Vietnam, and more—whose work poses urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration and the current global refugee crisis. Through installations, videos, paintings, and documentary images, The Warmth of Other Suns explores both real and imaginary geographies, reconstructing personal and collective tales of migration. Overlaying historical experiences of migration to and within the United States with the current plight of refugees around the world, the exhibition brings together a multitude of voices and exposes the universality of migration as an experience shared by many. The exhibition also focuses on how artists bear witness to both historical events and more subtle shifts in cultural landscapes. Borrowing a line from author Richard Wright (1908–1960), and sharing its title with Isabel Wilkerson’s award-winning book on the Great Migration, The Warmth of Other Suns is anchored by an important reference to the decades-long exodus of over six million African Americans from the brutality and discrimination that ruled the American South. Selections from Jacob Lawrence’s powerful Migration Series (1940-41), a cornerstone of The Phillips Collection, will be among the historical works featured in the show. The Warmth of Other Suns is curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Natalie Bell in partnership with the New Museum, New York, and based on the exhibition The Restless Earth, which was shown at the Triennale in Milan in 2017."
  13. Judy Chicago—The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction on view September 19, 2019–January 20, 2020 "Judy Chicago has built her career on pushing boundaries. Her latest body of work, a series titled The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction, is no exception. In nearly 40 works of painted porcelain and glass, as well as two large bronze sculptures, Chicago tackles human mortality and species extinction. NMWA is the first venue to showcase this new series, which is executed in the bold graphic style that has become the artist’s hallmark. Chicago’s stark images are a visceral antidote to a culture that prizes youth and beauty, and often ignores the suffering of other creatures. Divided into three sections, the series depicts the five stages of grief, personified; Chicago’s ruminations about her own demise; and a visual catalogue of species endangered by the action—and inaction—of humans. Beginning with her renowned mixed-media installation of the 1970s, The Dinner Party, Chicago has used materials such as glass and porcelain, historically associated with women’s artistic endeavors, to challenge the gendered binary of high art versus decorative art and to expose these socially constructed differences. The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction continues this long-standing practice and advances Chicago’s commitment to questioning the status quo through her use of complex materials and subjects."
  14. New brewery facility in Alexandria, VA now open in the Van Dorn/Landmark area. 847 S Pickett St, Alexandria, VA, 22304 Alexandria Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm Sun 11am-8pm.
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