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Wonder Woman Theme live by cellist Tina Guo

Super hot and fierce cellist Tina Guo:   I love superhero movie scores!  A superhero theme song can make or break the experience for me.  Hans Zimmer rarely disappoints. I have not seen Wonder Woman yet, I wanted to but now it is long past theater viewing. […]

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Robert F. Kennedy’s Greatest Speech Still Resonates in 2017

We must recognize the full human equality of all of our people before God, before the law and in the councils of government. We must do this, not because it is economically advantageous…We must do it for the single and fundamental reason that it is the right thing to do.

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The Kiss of Judas by Giotto

On the evening before the crucifixion of Jesus, Good Friday, Jesus celebrated The Last Supper with his Apostles sealing a covenant with God and his fate.  As Jesus had predicted during the meal, Judas betrayed Jesus’ location and then his identity to the Roman soldiers with a […]

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Ancient Aliens vs. Real Archeology

A meticulous documentary film, a point by point repudiation of the Ancient Aliens series.  Well done, very compelling, and entertaining.  You will learn quite a bit about ancient cultures and dignify their achievements with the veneration that they justly merit.  We viewed it in sections, not […]

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Muhammad Ali, larger than life

An unsurpassed legacy has reached its temporal conclusion.  The greatest sports figure and celebrity of the 20th century has passed.  Rather than mourn his death, we continue to celebrate his life and its many facets.   Rather than poorly retelling a complex life story, I […]

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Female Sufis in the Medieval Period

WOMAN WITH A SPRAY OF FLOWERS, ISFAHAN, IRAN, CA. 1595 Dr. Lloyd Ridgeon talks about the role of Sufi women in the medieval period. Ridgeone examines positive and negative portrayals of Sufi women in a wide range of texts. VIDEO: Female Sufis in the Medieval Period […]

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My Diary

15 minutes

15 minutes

Andy Warhol birth anniversary.  August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987.

Warhol Passport
Warhol Passport
1950s Female Head, Warhol
1950s Female Head, Warhol

He was one of the most successful commercial artists of the 1950s.  He began the 1960s  on the edge, avante-gard and controversial.   His work blurred the conceptual and aesthetic lines dividing high art from pop culture.  By the 1970s he was heavily sought out as both an artist and celebrity.

Andy Warhol cultivated a long line of extremely wealthy patrons, from Studio 54 celebs to the Shah of Iran.  His studio,  The Factory,  was an infamous hang out that mixed together “distinguished” intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and the more adventurous wealthy patrons.

“1961, he debuted the concept of “pop art” — paintings that focused on mass-produced commercial goods. In 1962, he exhibited the now-iconic paintings of Campbell’s soup cans. These small canvas works of everyday consumer products created a major stir in the art world, bringing both Warhol and pop art into the national spotlight for the first time. ” – bio

Campbells Soup Cans, MOMA
Campbells Soup Cans, 1962
MOMA
1950s Female Fashion Figure, Warhol
Eight Elvises
Eight Elvises, 1963
Hammer and Sickle, 1976
Hammer and Sickle, 1976
John Paul 2 and Warhol
John Paul 2 and Warhol
Moonwalk, Warhol 1987
Moonwalk, Warhol 1987
The Last Supper, Warhol 1986 a personal favorite
The Last Supper, Warhol 1986 a big personal favorite
Warhol in shades
Warhol in shades

Must See:

 

Andy’s moment of pro wrestling fame

Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol Demystify Their Pop Art in Vintage 1966 Film


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