Jaco

<note to self>

greebelt cclove and the greenbelt–in response to a friend’s email about a petition in support of ontario’s greenbelt, i replied that i’m so backlogged that i don’t have time.

on the other hand (there’s always another hand) *everyone* is backlogged. also, what we do inspires others. some people we know, some we don’t. and perhaps, like the ad says, it offsets climate change.

GreenbeltMap_timeline_webwho knows for sure? the only thing i know for sure is that love is the answer. maybe that’s what we gotta learn, maybe it’ll take millennia, maybe it’ll take another species.

in the meantime, i’ll do my best to love. even when backlogged.

Music

a youngish don shirleyJazz24.org’s top one hundred tracks.

#93. Don Shirley (1927-2013), Water Boy.

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chantal acdaChantal Acda, The Sparkle In Our Flaws (tx, lb).

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she-devils from cbcShe-Devils, She-Devils EP (streaming for free for now)

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David Bowie (1947-2016), Golden Years, Black Star (from his last album), Greatest Hits, Space Oddity (1969–read Bowie’s recollection) and its sequel, Ashes To Ashes (1980).
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jacowatching ‘jaco‘ doc. listening to his first album, ‘jaco pastorius‘ (1951-1987).

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Weather Report - Heavy Weather - FrontWeather Report, Heavy Weather.

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the_beatles_album_covers_sgt_p_2560x1600_wallpapernocom_0106040011920_16x9_620x35025 classical pieces with surprising Beatles connections

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Tuesday, 2016 January 5

judy chicagoJudy Chicago (1939, pictured in 2008)

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Left to right: The Dinner Party (1979–mixed media), The Crowning (from The Birth Project [1985]–‘From 1980 until 1985, Chicago created The Birth Project. The piece used images of childbirth to celebrate woman’s role as mother. The installation reinterpreted the Genesis creation narrative, which focused on the idea that a male god created a male human, Adam, without the involvement of a woman. Chicago described the piece as revealing a “primordial female self hidden among the recesses of my soul…the birthing woman is part of the dawn of creation.” 150 needleworkers from the United States, Canada, and New Zealand assisted in the project, working on 100 panels, by quilting, macrame, embroidery and other techniques.’ Also: ‘Under criticism that her work from The Birth Project was graphic, Judy Chicago has explained that people are just not accustomed to seeing work like it, and that, “if men had babies, there would be thousands of images of the crowning.” ‘–tapestry), The Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light (1993–stained glass)

Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party. 1974-79.

judy-chicago The Crowning (from The Birth Project [1985])The Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light by judy chicago from throughtheflower.orgmore…

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Panda in San Diego Zoowatched the agenda (a plentiful year: planned pandas, the wellness syndrome, the inequality trap).

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Wednesday2016 January 6

Barry Lopez, March 24, 2003

It’s the birthday of author Barry Lopez (1945), (In Arctic Dreams, he celebrates the ‘landscape and the animals and people that live there…. But he also looks deep into our dreams and the strange fascination that the Arctic exerts over our imaginations. Why do we find such a hostile, elemental environment so beautiful, so full of magic, so rich in ideas about how we should live our lives?’). He writes about how ‘our lives can be shaped by the recovery of a sense of reverence for life.

Thursday2016 January 7

Totem pole in Pioneer Square (4231247822)An important distinction ‘must be made between the Aboriginal view of art as an integral component of a ritual-artistic ensemble and the modern Western view of art as a self-standing communicative and aesthetic system…. ‘Totem poles are not to be raised as examples of “art” but to proclaim inherited rights’…. The narratives of decline and disappearance that result when Aboriginal ritual arts are decontextualized privilege Western rather than Aboriginal value systems.’–The Visual Arts In Canada, 354.

Friday2016 January 8

reason over passion, original by wieland, this version by pklpublished ‘reason over passion‘. reading ‘NYC feminist art center marks 5th anniversary‘, which features judy chicago’s ‘the dinner party‘.

Saturday2016 January 9

Simone de BeauvoirIt’s the birthday of feminist writer and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986). This interview offers an intimate portrait.

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Sunday2016 January 10

San Lorenzo Monument 3watched national geographic (venom: nature’s killer), walking through history (victoria and albert’s highland fling), and the lost kingdoms of central america (kingdom of the jaguar [the olmec, mexico]). susan watched downton abbey.

Monday2016 January 11

norval morrisseauNorval Morrisseau’s (1931-2007) ‘childhood was marked by the experiences of poverty and abusive residential schooling…. However, he was able to draw strength and inspiration from the tutelage of his grandfather, a traditional Ojibway shaman…. Morrisseau translated the language of Anishinaabe pictography into a new mode marked by an expanded narrative capacity and an increasingly intense colourism [in what came to be known as the Woodland School].’ odjig_daphne_mothersDaphne Odjig (1919) ‘has also sought to put Western artistic modernism at the service of Aboriginal cultural renewal…. She saw the social evils that afflicted Aboriginal people on Manitoba reserves and was inspired to use her art as a force for change…. In the late 1960s all these elements came together in a highly individual style in which the prismatic style of Cubism and the fluid formlines and iconography of the Woodland School converge…. As a result of forceful and effective confrontations within the federal bureaucracy in Ottawa, Indians of Canada PavilionAboriginal activists forced the organizers of Expo 67… to fund a separate Indians of Canada Pavilion that would be controlled and curated by Aboriginal people…. They mounted a radically revisionist exhibition that presented history, colonization, contemporary lifestyles, and social problems from an Aboriginal perspective…. It was an empowering moment for artists, demonstrating the impact their work could have on the urgent social and political problems facing their communities…. george clutesi--mask of plentyThat The Indians of Canada Pavilion, with its assertion of Aboriginal survival, proved to be one of most popular attractions at Expo demonstrated the liberalization of public opinion. [George Clutesi exhibited at the pavilion; here is his Mask Of Plenty]… Such narratives tell only half of the story. As we have seen, individuals and communities continued to both make and to use traditional art forms and also to invent, innovate, and engage…. Making art offered an important site for preserving indigenous memory and negotiating worlds that were changing with unprecedented speed.’ The Visual Arts In Canada, 365-367.

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