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Doubt & “Redoubt” At YUAG

by Brian Slattery | Mar 22, 2019 7:37 am

Matthew BarneyThere’s a tree in the middle of the third-floor exhibition space at the Yale University Art Gallery. A couple trees, in fact. Copper plates hang on the wall, in various stages of chemical obfuscation of the images etched into them. And downstairs in the auditorium is a feature-length film that pulls it all together.

Or does it?

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Co-Op High Reaches Great “Heights”

by Brian Slattery | Mar 19, 2019 12:18 pm

Brian Slattery PhotosUsnavi runs a bodega in his neighborhood. He keeps giving free coffee to Vanessa, the woman he has a crush on and can’t bring himself to ask out. Everyone in the neighborhood buys lottery tickets at his spot. One day he realizes someone in the neighborhood has bought a winning ticket. He looks up the amount. How much could it be for? $1,000? $2,000?

He stops short. It’s for $96,000, the kind of money that goes a long way. It can change the course of someone’s life. Who won the money? And what are they going to do with it?

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Unplugged Series Launches At Three Sheets

by Karen Ponzio | Mar 18, 2019 7:53 am

Karen Ponzio Photos“Happy Halloween” Ceschi Ramos yelled to the growing crowd gathering at Three Sheets on Elm Street this Sunday, the afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day. Ceschi was playing the inaugural show of the bar’s newest series of music called “Unplugged,” set to feature one to two acts on the fourth Sunday of each month playing acoustic versions of their songs and talking about them, themselves, and their influences and inspirations.

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The Personnel Are Political

by E.A. Gordon | Mar 13, 2019 12:08 pm

Emily Gordon Photos“The internet is good for some things, but not all. It’s always better to get together and talk.”

Joan Ditzion knew this well: She’s one of the original, and still active, founders of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, best known as the creators of the women’s health bible Our Bodies, Ourselves and its successors.

In a panel discussion at the opening reception for the art exhibit Our Bodies Ourselves at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art on Trumbull Street, Ditzion and fellow founder Judy Norsigian recounted chapters from the history of both the book and the movement in discussion with author and artist Rachel Kauder-Nalebuff; menstruation-product entrepreneur Vanessa Paranjothy; naturopathic physician Ginger Nash; and moderator Crystal Feimster, associate professor of African American Studies, History and American Studies at Yale University.

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Ely Exhibit Revisits “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

by Brian Slattery | Mar 8, 2019 1:07 pm | Comments (2)

Joan FitzsimmonsThe scale of the photographs in Joan Fitzsimmons’s The Healing Arts  —  extreme close-ups blown up to beyond poster size —  is disorienting. We’re used to seeing large images of land masses and cloud formations. Instead, we’re looking at bruises rising under skin, long cuts stitched shut, rendered in the sharpest detail.

It’s hard for the photographs not to be about pain. But as the title suggests, it’s not about pain alone. It’s about the long, slow road to recovering from it.

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