Frida the artist before Frida the icon

first_imgWhen Shasta Bula signed up for a summer course on Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter born in 1907 who became a cult icon in the late 1990s, she had one clear goal.“I wanted to go beyond Frida’s unibrow,” Bula said, referring to the distinctive feature Kahlo boldly exaggerated in her famous self-portraits.And go beyond she did.“Before the course, I didn’t know about Frida’s art,” said Bula, who is preparing to apply for a master’s degree program in anthropology and archeology at the Harvard Extension School. “I just knew she had a unibrow, but I didn’t know how complex her work was, and how it reflected the politics of the time.”Bula learned all of that in “Frida Kahlo’s Mexico: Women, Arts, and Revolution,” a course taught by María Luisa Parra-Velasco, senior preceptor in Romance languages and literatures.Led by Dr. Parra (not pictured), Extension School students Hazard Ho (foreground) and Ryan Brown study a David Alfaro Siqueiros piece. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerOffered through the Harvard Summer School, the class immersed students in the history of the Mexican Revolution, a bloody, decade-long uprising that sought social and land reforms, and highlighted Kahlo’s role in the Mexican modernist movement that thrived in the 1920s and ’30s in the aftermath of the fighting.Students got a chance to understand the context in which Kahlo developed her art and to better appreciate the talent behind the icon, said Parra, who will teach the course this fall through the Extension School.Kahlo is one of the most recognized Mexican artists of the 20th century. Her image is sold in all sorts of paraphernalia, from earrings to socks to refrigerator magnets. A few months ago, her pop stature grew even more with the release of a Frida emoji.“Everybody knows about Frida, but they don’t really know what influenced her and what moved her,” Parra said. “I wanted to use Frida as an excuse to teach about post-revolutionary Mexico because it’s a foundational era where the seeds of the nation were sown. Mexico is much more than Frida.”At the time of her death at age 47 in 1954, Kahlo’s output of nearly 150 works of art, including 55 self-portraits, had earned her little recognition outside Mexico. Her international celebrity exploded decades later, powered by a best-selling biography in 1983 and a 2002 movie, based on the book, with Salma Hayek in the lead role.Throughout the summer course, students analyzed Kahlo’s work, which has been described as surrealist, and discussed why she’s hailed as a feminist icon and how the commercialization of her image has overshadowed her Communist sympathies. Kahlo herself said that she was not a surrealist, and that she never painted dreams, but her “own reality.”Frida Kahlo with her little monkey. Courtesy of Fine Arts Library, Harvard UniversityFor the final project, “Frida’s Mexico and Me,” students tapped their own creativity, pairing personal narratives with drawings, paintings, poems, or Photoshop collages. Students drew inspiration from Kahlo paintings such as “The Broken Column,” “A Few Small Nips,” and “My Dress Hangs There.”“This allowed students to make powerful connections between Frida’s and their own personal journeys,” said Parra. “They had to represent themes such as duality, life and death, nature, motherhood, suffering, mestizo identity, and a yearning for belonging, all meaningful to their own life stories.”A budding painter, Viondette Lopez, who traveled from Alexandria, Va., to take the course, said her main takeaway was understanding how Kahlo’s art defies labels.“Her art is very personal, and it has made enormous contributions to the social, political narrative of Mexico,” said Lopez during a visit to the Harvard Art Museums, where students gathered in a private room to see 10 paintings by Kahlo contemporaries, including her husband, Diego Rivera; David Alfaro Siqueiros; and José Clemente Orozco.For most students, the course helped them gain a better understanding of Mexican history and a renewed respect for Kahlo’s artistry and courage in depicting her most inner emotions. And there were some who also felt inspired.Such was the case for Robin Shatz, a painter from Los Angeles who signed up for the course to understand the roots of Kahlo’s notoriety and to solve her ambivalence about the art.“In the beginning, I didn’t like Kahlo’s paintings that much,” said Shatz. “But the more I studied her work, the more I realized that she had a very personal voice. Her paintings evoke emotions and move people. And if you can move the world, brava!”last_img read more

Van Gaal won’t rush Falcao decision

first_img Press Association Louis van Gaal will not make a call on Radamel Falcao’s future until the striker has an extended run in the Manchester United first team. Despite a difficult, injury-hit start to life at Old Trafford, Falcao this week spelled out his desire to stay at the club beyond the end of the season. The Colombian, who is on a season-long loan from Monaco, says he is settled in Manchester and happy at the club despite scoring just once in eight appearances. Van Gaal also endured a difficult start to life in England, but his team have turned a corner of late. The win over Liverpool kept United in third position, eight points shy of leaders Chelsea. United may have won six successive games, but so far their performances have not been up to scratch, Van Gaal admits. Sir Alex Ferguson made a habit of winning titles on the back of occasionally scrappy displays, but Van Gaal, ever the perfectionist, wants to see performances as well as results. “I am not only focused on results,” said the Dutchman, who has won leagues in Holland, Spain and Germany. “When I speak with Sir Alex (about playing badly and still winning), he says, ‘It’s not any problem, you have won’, but for me it’s also the performances that are very important because when you perform you shall win more and that’s what I want to show to the fans. “When you win six times in a row then the confidence is rising, but I am still looking for a game that is closer to the perfect game than we have given until now.” Liverpool managed to breach the United defence on several occasions last weekend, but they could not find a way past David de Gea, who put in yet another outstanding display in goal. The 24-year-old won the man of the match award against the Reds after saving superbly from Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli. Just like he did post-match on Sunday, Van Gaal snapped when asked about the progress of negotiations with the Spaniard over an extension to his current contract, which expires in 18 months. “No,” was his terse reply when questioned on the subject. Van Gaal also bristled when pressed about Victor Valdes, the former Barcelona goalkeeper has been training at United for two months. Valdes is currently recovering from a serious knee injury and is free to sign for any club. Liverpool have been linked with the 32-year-old after Brendan Rodgers dropped Simon Mignolet last weekend. When asked about the reports linking Valdes with Anfield, Van Gaal said: “Ok, then he goes to Liverpool… You are suggesting and it’s a big mistake to do that as the media. “That’s why I am always angry because you are inventing stories. There are no stories. He is training here. I give him the possibility and then we shall see.” Van Gaal said British record signing Angel di Maria could return from a hamstring injury for the Saturday’s game. “Maybe I shall select him on the bench or in the team. There’s one training session to go,” Van Gaal said of the £59.7million signing, who has missed the last three games. Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out through illness. Van Gaal will not be rushed into making a decision on whether to exercise his right to sign the player in a £43.5million deal though. The United manager wants the former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker to prove his fitness and form first. “He hasn’t played so much,” Van Gaal said when asked about the possibility of signing Falcao. “You cannot see too much of a player if he doesn’t train so much. “He has been injured a lot of time. First you have to be fit. “Now he shows fitness in the training sessions so maybe I shall select him (for Saturday’s game at Aston Villa), maybe for the bench or the line up. Let’s wait and see.” Falcao’s last start came on October 5 when he scored his one and only goal for the club against Everton. Van Gaal fielded teenage striker James Wilson ahead of the two-time Ballon d’Or nominee for last week’s 3-0 win over Liverpool. last_img read more

NFL trade rumors: Dolphins tried to land Lions QB Matthew Stafford

first_imgThe Dolphins are believed to have been willing to part with at least one first-round pick in order to acquire Stafford, the report said.Adam Gase and Lions coach Matt Patricia spoke personally about a potential deal, according to the report. But Patricia said he did not want to move Stafford. Related News Jets coach Adam Gase gives relatable answer to Tom Brady playing into his 40s “We could maybe take one both this year and next year,” Grier said, via the Palm Beach Post. “If there is a guy there that we like this year that we feel we need to go be aggressive, yeah, we’ll be aggressive trying to do it. But you know we’ll also be smart about it.“There is also a limit to what you should do as far as being smart about it.”The Dolphins last made the playoffs in 2016. The Dolphins apparently had been looking to upgrade at quarterback for quite a while.Miami attempted to trade for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford before last season, according to a the Miami Herald, which cited unidentified league sources.center_img The Dolphins fired Gase after the 2018 season and replaced him with Brian Flores. The Jets hired Gase shortly after.Former Miami starter Ryan Tannehill dealt with injuries and was inconsistent last season. He completed 64.2 percent of his passes while tallying 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 11 games. The Dolphins tallied a 5-6 record in his starts.Miami traded Tannehill to the Titans earlier this month and later signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal.The Dolphins also are considering picking at least one quarterback in upcoming drafts, general manager Chris Grier told reporters Monday. Jon Gruden ‘cried for 3 days’ after trading Khalil Macklast_img read more

Rusal Guyana monitoring situation – company official

first_imgUS sanctions on Russian tycoon Top management of the Rusal-owned Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI/ RUSAL) are continuously monitoring the situation globally after United States imposed blacklisting sanctions on a number of Russian businessmen and officials.Among those sanctioned by the US is Russian business tycoon Oleg Deripaska, main owner of the EN+ conglomerate, co-owner of Rusal.A management official at level of Rusal’s operations here told <> yesterday that the company is now awaiting word from the Moscow office. The official noted that it is too early to ascertain whether or what impact the sanction could have on the company’s operations here.“These are early times. We’ve all heard of it, but this (is) the weekend and so we don’t know for sure what’s going on, until maybe in the new week. At this time, everybody just have their ears open, listening to see what we can pick up. Our head office is shut in Moscow, so we don’t know what is happening at this time,” the official noted.Asked whether there has been any meeting among top management at the company locally since news of the sanctions broke, the manager explained that there is usually a managers’ review meeting in the mornings to discuss operations in the past 24 hours. The official added that nothing on the sanctions or from Moscow was formally brought up.The company official went on to say that since the news broke on Friday, there has not been any change to operations here. However, while reiterating that it is still too early to make an assessment, the official noted that, over the past three weeks or so, the company has being making “huge investments” in equipment to improve operations in Guyana.“We have lots of forks, excavators and everything that are coming in. As a matter of fact, as we speak right now, there’re three huge trucks that came in, and they’ve just been launched and put into operation. This would have been so sudden, so abrupt… and I don’t think anybody could have estimated that something like this would’ve happened, but it would be too early to speculate what could happen,” the official asserted.The US Treasury Department, in a statement on Friday, announced the sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, 12 companies they either own or control, and 17 senior Government officials who Washington said were profiting from the Russian Government’s engagement in “a range of malign activities” around the world.“Russian oligarchs and elites who profit from this corrupt system will no longer be insulated from the consequences of their government’s destabilizing activities,” the US statement added.The Treasury Department warned that US entities would be “generally prohibited” from dealings with the persons and firms on the sanctions list, while added that companies outside the United States could face sanctions for “knowingly facilitating significant transactions for, or on behalf of,” the sanctioned entities.A report published by Reuters on Friday said that the US Government’s decision to include Deripaska on its sanctions blacklist will reverberate around the world, because his business empire has a global footprint and counts major multinationals as partners.Deripaska, estimated by Forbes magazine to have a net worth of $6.7 billion, is the main owner of the conglomerate EN+, co-owner of some of the world’s biggest metals producers, Rusal and Nornickel.According to the international news agency, Deripaska’s inclusion on the U.S. sanctions list could potentially create complications for companies with which he does business. They include German car giant Volkswagen and commodities trader Glencore.Rusal, Reuters reported, had said it regretted its inclusion on the U.S. sanctions list, adding that its advisors were studying the situation.Hong Kong-listed Rusal is one of the world’s biggest aluminium producers. It says exports to the United States account for over 10 percent of its output.Rusal owns assets in Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Nigeria, Guyana, Guinea. It owns a stake in Australian QAL, the world’s top alumina refinery.last_img read more

Live Webcast of a Building Science Seminar

first_imgNot yet a member of GBA Pro? Sign up now!To enjoy all of the benefits of GBA Pro membership, subscribe to GBA Pro today. More information on the scheduled sessionsWednesday December 5 is “Spray Foam Day” with Joseph Lstiburek. Dr. Lstiburek will present a full-day session on spray foam issues and solutions using information based on field experience and laboratory research. Throughout the day, Joe will call in other industry experts for special cameo appearances and invite other BSC researchers to report on recent work.Thursday December 6 will feature John Straube, who will cover “HVAC for Low-Load Buildings.” Dr. Straube will define low-load and ultra-low-load buildings, and will discuss the enclosures that are needed to get there. Next, the implications of these low load enclosures on heating, ventilation, hot water, and other building systems will be explored. Fossil-fueled, electric, solar and biomass will all be addressed. This session is intended for designers and builders of ultra efficient residential (i.e., Passive House, DOE Challenge Home, and similar) and smaller commercial buildings. A summary of the December 5 sessionTo read a summary of the December 5 presentations, see Allison Bailes’ latest blog: Highlights from Joe Lstiburek’s 2012 Experts’ Session on Spray Foam.center_img GBA has made arrangements to provide live video streaming of an educational seminar by two renowned building science experts, Joseph Lstiburek and John Straube. Dubbed the Building Science Experts’ Session, the seminar is being held on Wednesday December 5 and Thursday December 6, 2012, in Westford, Massachusetts. Sessions begin each morning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.The video stream will be available at no charge to all GBA Pro members. A link to the live video stream will be added to this page on the morning of December 5, 2012.last_img read more

Nevada Net-Metering Regs Are Still in a State of Flux

first_imgIt’s a question of fairnessNV Energy said that it didn’t take a position on the grandfathering question in its original filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) last July.“We recognize the difficult job that the PUCN, PUCN staff, policy makers, and for that matter, all parties in this proceeding have had in trying to reach decisions on this complex issue,” Caudill’s statement said. “We also understand the history of net metering in Nevada and that a fair, stable and predictable cost environment is important to all of our customers. Our proposal seeks a balance for those who selected solar prior to the implementation of the new rules ordered by the PUCN and those without solar.”The proposal also would apply to any customers who submitted applications for solar hookups prior to the PUC’s December order.As Greentech Media reports, even a favorable ruling by the PUC on the grandfather issue won’t change the new net-metering rules. The new monthly service charges and lower reimbursement rates for electricity won’t be up for debate. Solar installers and the 17,000 customers who already own or lease photovoltaic (PV) arrays were furious when state regulators decided to apply new net-metering rules to both new and existing systems. Now, NV Energy, the utility on the winning side of that unpopular decision, wants a do-over.The state’s Public Utilities Commission has set a hearing date of February 8 to consider evidence on the utility’s request to grandfather existing solar customers and allow them to keep the original terms of their agreements for as long as 20 years.“This grandfathering proposal is being offered in recognition of NV Energy’s desire to treat all customers, including those who had previously made a decision to install rooftop solar, fairly,” NV Energy CEO Paul Caudill said in a news release..The request comes only a few weeks after regulators approved a plan to triple monthly service charges for solar customers, from $12.75 to $38.51 per month, while gradually lowering the reimbursement rate for electricity from the retail to the wholesale rate over a period of four years.While the rate changes were bad enough, most galling was the lack of a grandfather clause protecting customers who had already made the decision to invest in a PV array.In the wake of that decision, solar installers said that they would no longer do business in Nevada and claimed the decision put hundreds of jobs in jeopardy. SolarCity dismantled a training center for solar workers it had only recently opened. And in mid-January, solar customers filed a class-action lawsuit against NV Energy, claiming that they had been misled.The state’s Bureau of Consumer Protection asked the PUC to rethink its decision and said that existing customers should be grandfathered for at least eight to 10 years. PV Magazine said that petition was withdrawn.last_img read more

Bhim Tank murder case: 24 sentenced to life imprisonment in Punjab

first_imgA Punjab court on August 8 sentenced 24 accused to life imprisonment in the murder case of a 27-year-old Dalit man in Punjab’s Abohar in 2015. The court of Additional Sessions Judge Jaspal Verma pronounced the verdict in the brutal murder of Bhim Tank.Among the accused who were convicted and awarded life sentence were liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda and his nephew Amit Doda. They were convicted under sections 302 (murder), 120-B (conspiracy) and other relevant sections of the IPC, said Deputy District Attorney Vazeer Kamboj. Of total 26 accused, one identified as Vivek alias Vicky was awarded four year sentence while another was acquitted, Mr. Kamboj added. All the accused were present in the court when the judgement was pronounced. In December 2015, Tank and his associate Gurjant Singh were attacked with sharp-edged weapons at Shiv Lal Doda’s farmhouse in Ramsara, where they had gone to resolve a conflict with another group. Both were attacked by Doda’s henchmen.Tank later died at a hospital in Amritsar. Both the victims’ limbs were severed. The incident that took place during the previous Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP regime had sparked outrage in the State and the Congress had then accused ruling Akalis of patronising Shiv Lal Doda who had owed allegiance to the SAD. He had unsuccessfully fought the 2012 assembly polls as an Independent.last_img read more

CBSE 2014 toppers’ mantra: Be focused but have fun too

first_imgFocus and fun, and not long hours of studying, are the secrets behind the high marks scored by some of the CBSE Class 12 toppers this year. “I don’t think studying for five or 10 hours a day will give you good marks. It will only give you cervical pain,” said Sarthak Agarwal, who secured 99.6 per cent marks, in an interview to Headlines Today.He also said that he never bothered what others were saying. “I was always focused”.”I participated in all extra-curricular activities and I had fun too. But yes, I studies too”, said Aastha, who secured 98 per cent marks.”I am a fun-loving person. I am active in sports and co-curricular activities. I used to hang out with friends, listen to music and still all of us in the group scored above 90 per cent,” said Harshita, who got 93.2 per cent marks.last_img read more

Inaugural Arnhem Land Touch Football Festival A Success

first_imgThe festival saw Men’s and Women’s teams come from Ramingining and Yirrkala as well as from Jabiru to compete in the day, with the teams from Ramingining winning both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. And the festival wasn’t just for adults, with children that came along for the day invited to join in the AusTouch clinic that was taking place, to learn more about the sport of Touch Football. Australian Men’s 30’s World Cup winning coach and Touch Football Australia (TFA)Coach Development Advisor, John Singh, was also in attendance and assisted each of the teams by providing coaching during the day. The advice was openly received by all of the participants and the improvements were immediately visible. The festival is just one aspect of a program initiative developed to assist communities in the Arnhem region to create and sustain Touch Football within their area. The festival provides an opportunity for the communities to come together to share their culture, to participate in the sport of Touch Football and to have fun. Touch Football Australia would like to thank the Australian Government through the Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for their support in this program. Touch Football Northern Territory’s State Operations Manager, Isobel Appo, says that the day was a success and is looking forward to growing the event in the future. “The Inaugural Arnhem Land Multi Cultural Touch Football Festival on the weekend showcased some great natural talent from the Arnhem Land region,” Appo said. “It was really pleasing to see a Women’s team from Ramingining compete. It was a great starting point for the Arnhem Land Multi Cultural Touch Football Festival in what we hope to see become an annual event which will only getter bigger and better in the years to come.”The Ramingining Warriors have become crowd favourites over the past 18 months, attending events including the Northern Territory State Championships and the WA State Championships. To view footage of their journey to Jabiru as well as highlights of the event, please click on the following link: To view some of the photos from the day, please visit the NT Touch website and click on the Photo Gallery button on the top read more