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first_imgLook for the panel “Poetic Urbanisms: Artists Talks with Svetlana Boym, Brian House, and Jesse Shapins,” held 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Arts @ 29 Garden, entrance at 30 Chauncey St. A daytime visitor to Arts @ 29 Garden will feel the serenity of Harvard’s newest space for art making. It’s spacious, open, and sunny.But through Feb. 28, that serenity will be shaken a little by “Poetic Urbanisms,” the first formal art exhibit there. The show’s photographs, flickering moving images, projected text, and shelves of chained books reveal overlooked city spaces: curbsides, scaffolding, battered signage, and benches too inaccessible for sitting. The effect is creative unease, the dissonance that art often inspires.The exhibit, funded by a grant from the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, is in part the culmination of two years of courses taught by Svetlana Boym, a Harvard professor of comparative literature and member of the 2008 Harvard University Task Force on the Arts.Her courses explored archaeology as a metaphor for modernity, a quest to go beneath the surface of the modern city that drew on both art theory and art practice.The co-organizer of Boym’s exhibit is Jesse Shapins, a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a 10-year veteran of that hybrid pursuit, which he calls the “media archaeology of place.” Students in the courses, cameras or cell phones in hand, carried out the creative assignments now on display.The Russian-born Boym, who is the Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, teaches a related course this semester, CL 242: “Text, Image, Public Sphere.” She and her students gather once a week in a seminar room at 29 Garden St. to pore over readings by the great art theorists of the 20th century.Readings from Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, Roland Barthes, and others pair academic rigor with art making.  “The students don’t just read,” said Boym. “They practice.” This “double movement between research and art” is important, she said, and encourages Arendt’s notion of “ passionate thinking,” a way of “thinking with experience” that Boym said preserves “wonder and surprise.”Pairing theory with practice is in tune with Arts @ 29 Garden.“Everything we do here is connected to the curriculum,” said Bess Paupeck, program manager at the new space.Along with its art and books, 29 Garden St. imparts an urban magic of its own, said Boym, and could easily be Harvard’s interface with the city around it. It was once a hotel, and later a police station, and today is largely graduate student housing. “The space has amazing potential” for showing contemporary art, she said, and adds significantly to Harvard’s art-making infrastructure. She hopes to have experimental art exhibits there once or twice a year.Boym introduced “Poetic Urbanisms” as a way to “discover the untold stories of our everyday environments.”The exhibit includes the work of 14 students, whose dictionary-like entries — with images, quotes, maps, and text — are in a book published for the opening, “Peripl-urban: A New Urban Language of Poetic Estrangement.” The term is from “periplum,” used by Ezra Pound in “Cantos” to describe a poet’s unconventional mapping of space and time.One page, mapped to a Cambridge address, shows a gritty curb marked with a slash of white paint. In the street is a crumpled cigarette pack. “To live,” adds a quote by Walter Benjamin, “means to leave traces.”For a look at the student work, and their alphabetical entries on overlooked urban places and concepts visit the site created by Shapins and New York media artist Brian House.“Poetic Urbanisms” also displays work by Boym, a media artist with an international audience.Along one wall is “Hydrant Images,” photographs in hanging plexiglas frames. Fire hydrants — unintentional urban sculptures of a kind — are paired with real and imagined text from immigrant narratives. It’s a doubling of estrangement that is both aesthetic and social.In noticing the accidental art of hydrants at all, said Boym, “I feel like a pioneer.”In “Phantasmagorias,” hanging plastic screens show shifting pictures captured by the “multiburst” feature on Boym’s digital camera, which creates what she calls “16-second art.” It includes the blur and fracture of subtle movement. “The act of touching is something we never see” in photographs, she said.Along another wall is “Portable Houses,” a series of urban photographs that play with reflections in windows, registering sadness, nostalgia, and surprise. In one, a peacock ambles improbably into a Manhattan alley. “I spent an afternoon following peacocks,” said Boym, and she had to slip away from academic meetings to do it.“Poetic Urbanisms” is on display through Feb. 28. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays except Thursdays, or by appointment. For more information, email Bess Paupeck, at [email protected], or Svetlana Boym, at [email protected] last_img read more

first_imgWIMBLEDON 2017Briton Johanna Konta’s hopes of a first Wimbledon final ended with a straight-set semi-final defeat by five-time champion Venus Williams. The 37-year-old American 10th seed played superbly to win 6-4 6-2 on Centre Court and set up a final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.Sixth seed Konta, 26, had hoped to become the first British woman in a Wimbledon singles final since 1977.She will break into the top five for the first time in the next rankings.Virginia Wade, the last British woman to win the title, 40 years ago, said: “Maybe 41 years will be her number.“It was sad she couldn’t come through in an anniversary year, and it’s so long since we had a winner, but I think next year she could make it, or make it to the final and progress that little bit more.”Williams is the oldest Grand Slam singles finalist since Martina Navratilova finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 1994.The American, through to her ninth final, won her first Wimbledon title in 2000 and the most recent of her seven major victories came on Centre Court in 2008.“I’ve played a lot of finals here,” Williams told BBC Sport. “One more win will be amazing. It won’t be a given but I’ll give it my all.”She will next face Muguruza, the 14th seed, who thrashed unseeded Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 in just 64 minutes to advance to her second Wimbledon final.The Spaniard finished runner-up to Serena Williams in 2015, before beating the American to win the French Open in 2016.In a tight contest between two of the best servers in the game, Williams worked her way to victory with smarter serving and more effective returns.The American, playing her 20th Wimbledon, showed all her experience to edge out Konta and end British hopes in this year’s singles events.It was Konta under the greater early pressure at 30-30 or deuce in her opening four service games, with Williams standing inside the baseline to attack the second serve, but the Briton calmly played her way out of trouble.Konta then earned the first two break points of the match at 4-4 but it brought the best out of Williams, who produced a backhand winner, a 106mph second serve and a forehand winner.The former world number one would carry that momentum through the rest of the match, finding big second serves and aiming at the body to restrict Konta to just 13 points on the return as her forehand in particular leaked errors.Konta fell 0-40 down to offer up three set points in game 10, firing a backhand long on the second, and Williams got the decisive break at 3-1 in the second.There was no chink of light on the Williams serve for the home crowd on Centre Court to get excited about, and Konta could only watch as the American arrowed a forehand past her down the line on her third match point.“The crowd were very nice to me,” added Williams. “The crowd were so fair, I know they love Jo. I think Jo handled the pressure.“No point was easy. I tried to climb on top and get another point.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgNotably, he talked about Ivica Zubac, the third-year center, who was traded with Michael Beasley to the Clippers in exchange for Muscala. Zubac has overlap as a player with JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler, while Muscala’s shooting and ability to stretch defenses gave the Lakers more versatility.In the end, the Lakers decided Muscala could help the team make the playoffs this season more than Zubac could. That didn’t make the call simple.“There’s not a lot of sleep the week before the trade deadline just kind of thinking through all the scenarios and thinking through how things will fit and thinking through the lives of people that you’ll impact,” he said. “So I would definitely say it’s easier to be on the other side where a decision is made and you just have to respond.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe added: “And then much like Brady did, we let one of the all-time greats – LeBron – take the helm for this team and make some noise.”That’s the Lakers’ organizational attitude after the trade deadline: They made some tweaks, and now it’s time to let the team charge back into the playoffs. After dealing for wing Reggie Bullock and forward Mike Muscala, two players with shooting pedigrees who can space the floor, Pelinka said the expectation is to be among the top eight teams in the Western Conference for the first time since 2013.As Pelinka spoke to reporters via conference call Friday afternoon, the Lakers stood one loss behind the Clippers and the Sacramento Kings in the standings, with the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs in striking distance as well.With their trades, the Lakers also created an open roster spot that can be used to pull a player off the buyout market. Though Pelinka declined to discuss names, the Lakers are believed to be looking at players such as Carmelo Anthony and Markeiff Morris, both recently waived by their respective teams. Any addition will be made with the hopes of bolstering postseason ambitions.“I think we – really, Jeanie (Buss), Magic (Johnson), Luke (Walton) and I – are all aligned: We really want to make a push to try to make the playoffs this year,” Pelinka said. “It’s been a five-year absence for our fans, and we think that’s an important step to return to contending for a championship and contending forms.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Injuries have cost the team dearly on that front: Notably, James has missed 18 games, during which the team has gone 6-12. Pelinka said the Lakers’ front office desired more shooting as a reaction to losing some of their playmakers for long stretches, including Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball, and seeing the offense struggle.The Lakers took plenty of criticism for not signing 3-point specialists this summer: For years, the game plan around James’ teams has been to surround him with capable shooters and allow him to make plays on a spaced floor. Pelinka said the organization’s view is they’re still trying to build a fast-paced team of long, athletic playmakers, but in light of injuries to their most dynamic players, they had to adapt.“I think when the engine drivers have had lapses of injury, the game can’t go as fast,” he said. “You have to adjust to that. When the game’s not going as fast, spacing becomes important.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Spacing is something James himself cited Thursday night as he publicly approved of the moves, saying that it would free up areas in the paint for him, Rondo, Ingram and other drivers to get to the lane and either score or kick out.James said his degree of confidence in the Lakers, as they look now, is on the rise.“When we’re healthy, my level is high,” he said. “We’re a team that’s built on depth. When we’re healthy, we’re very good.”And yet the biggest talking point of the previous two weeks was whether the Lakers would trade much of their depth for a shot at a superstar. New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis has been the subject of many trade rumors since late January, when he acknowledged he wanted to be dealt. Lakers trade offers were reported left and right, creating a cloud of distraction around the team.After the deadline passed, the Lakers acknowledged it had affected them, particularly during a 42-point loss to the Indiana Pacers. Even James, who put up a stoic front during the stretch, said the trade rumors have “messed with their minds a little bit.” Pelinka acknowledged Johnson would attend Sunday’s game in Philadelphia but declined to say whether it was to allow aggrieved players to clear the air.Asked about the tension created by the environment when trade talks flooded their locker room, Pelinka drew an elongated analogy about an engaged couple on a trolley, attempting to stay together as a flood of other commuters boarded.“And I just think that’s an interesting sort of life metaphor, analogy,” he said. “I think when you go through anything as a team, if you go through adversity, you can choose how to respond: Does it draw you closer together or does it push you further apart?”Keeping the group together might just be the biggest challenge of Pelinka’s two-year tenure as GM, with Johnson as president. He acknowledged the profession he left, as a player agent (most notably for Kobe Bryant), was easier at the trade deadline.Related Articlescenter_img PHILADELPHIA — Amid the disappointment of Super Bowl defeat in Los Angeles, Rob Pelinka found a lesson.He saw the swirling doubt around the aging Tom Brady and the New England Patriots dynasty earlier in the NFL season, and how they overcame it to add another title to their already impressive franchise legacy.And though that might only cause Rams fans angst, the Lakers’ general manager was inspired.“I think when you’re outside of the playoff race, it’s easy for the folks on the outside to say, ‘Oh!’ and writing them off and they’re not going to be good enough,” he said. “But my hope is our story is a little bit, maybe, like that where we’re on the outside but we find a way to get in the playoffs with the skill sets we’ve added.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

first_imgIn quarterfinals of Challenge Cup Women handball club ”Zrinjski” will play against Croatian club ”Fantasyland” from Samobor.”Zrinjski” defeated Macedonian club ”Kumanovo” which enabled it to qualify to quarterfinals.One of the best players Ana Prusina said that the she is glad that ”Zrinjski” will play against ”Fantasyland” because they know well their opponent, which is a very good team.Prusina added that she and her teammates will give its best to defeat ”Fantasyland” and qualify to semi-finals.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DALLAS (AP) – A recently discovered home movie shows a brief but clear glimpse of President Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy just seconds before his assassination. The silent, 8 mm color film is “the clearest, best film of Jackie in the motorcade,” said Gary Mack, curator of the Sixth Floor Museum, which focuses on Kennedy’s life and assassination. The film was unveiled Monday on the museum’s Web site. The film shows a clear glimpse of President Kennedy and the first lady a few blocks from Dealey Plaza and roughly 90 seconds before the killing. Also visible is Secret Service agent Clint Hill riding on the back of the car. The assassination is not shown in the 40-second clip. The film ends with some footage the next day outside the Texas School Book Depository, the building from which assassin Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shots on Nov. 22, 1963. Amateur photographer George Jefferies, 82, took the footage and held onto it for more than 40 years, Mack said. Jefferies mentioned it in a casual conversation with his son-in-law, Wayne Graham, and the two agreed to donate it to the museum. At least 150,000 people lined the motorcade route, and Mack said he believes there are more film and photographs out there. “I know there are pictures out here that have not surfaced,” Mack said. “The museum is always on the lookout for pictures. The bottom line is don’t throw anything away.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Britannia Stadium is more Spanish than Stoke-ist these days following the arrival of a host of star names from La Liga.But the language barrier can make things difficult in a dressing room. So what are the Stoke lads doing about it?Charlie Adam revealed on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday morning that goalkeeper Shay Given had been spotted using a Spanish language app after training, but what about the Scottish midfielder himself? Can he make himself understood when chatting with Bojan and co?We decided to put his linguistic skills to the test…last_img read more