Coming to the Cross ― Alain Kirili at the International Center for a Culture of Compassion

Coming to the Cross ― Alain Kirili at the International Center for a Culture of Compassion

by Sue Song          May 31, 2013

A surprise was waiting for me on my recent visit to the International Center for a Culture of Compassion (ICCC). I was always drawn to the beauty of Matisse’s Chapelle de Vence. I was curious to know what the presenting artist, Alain Kirili, had to say about this beautiful and inspiring chapel. Was it going be an expression of egotistical knowledge of art or something more genuine? Matisse had said he designed La Chapelle to “awaken the desire to be fulfilled in the Eucharist”. What would Alain say?

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“Every mile of the race was filled with hope” — A Boston Marathon Runner Remembers.

“Every mile of the race was filled with hope” — A Boston Marathon Runner Remembers.

by Jonathan L. Pinkerton          May 3, 2013

As I boarded the shuttle bus, I realized that I had underestimated the incredible energy and enthusiasm that precedes and surrounds the Boston Marathon. Within a couple hours I was corralled with approximately 27,000 runners, into ‘Athlete’s Village’— a massive pre-race staging area. 96 countries were represented at the 2013 Boston Marathon. I was shoulder-to-shoulder with persons who were incredibly passionate about and committed to the 26.2 mile race. After all, this was more than just a race — it was a historic celebration of our sport, a tribute to the physical and mental endurance of marathoning, and for many runners it was an opportunity to run for an important charitable cause. After five hours of pre-race activities, I finally reached the starting line in Hopkinton, MA.

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Turning Life into Art. Literally.

Turning Life into Art. Literally.

by Jesse Scheinin          April 20, 2013

As he walked out of the museum after seeing 'STREET' for the first time, Jesse Scheinin felt compelled to "turn his life into art", quite literally . . .  ‘STREET’ is a 61-minute high definition video filmed over one week in September 2011 in the streets of New York City by the artist James Nares. The film shows ordinary street life dramatically slowed down by the high speed camera which reveals the subtle gestures and nuances of human movement and interaction. Step back a minute from the fast paced reality, open your eyes, and look at the streets of New York . . . as if for the first time.

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Edith Schaeffer, a Life for the Art of Life

Edith Schaeffer, a Life for the Art of Life

By Grace Song         April 19, 2013
Reflection on the life of Edith Schaeffer

Edith Schaeffer, who founded L'Abri (The Shelter) with her husband in the aftermath of WWII in Switzerland, passed away this past Easter Sunday, she was 98.

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Weaving Waste Back to Life: El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum of Art

Weaving Waste Back to Life: El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum of Art

by Paul Anel         April 6, 2013

"The one thing that I have grown into, is working with things that have been used before. They have a symbolic value, you know, or meaning… They represent the people who are suffering. Because in their younger life, when [these materials] are ok, there is a lot of activity going on in them. But when they get old they are discarded, and that's the time when I intervene, looking for a way to uplift them." The man who speaks like this is El Anatsui. Born in Ghana in 1944, El Anatsui is a sculptor living in Nigeria, where he works with his many assistants on what could be defined an "art of resurrection."

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Chinoy: A man with a thirst for beauty

Chinoy: A man with a thirst for beauty

by Armando Gutierrez          April 5, 2013

I would like introduce you to an artist I have come to know during my time in Chile. An artist that in my opinion, represents a culture of the many street musicians of Valparaiso. An artist that has helped me understand humanity in the little things that makes us unique.  Better known as Chinoy, Mauricio Castillo has left his imprint in the new generation of Chilean artist with the tile of ¨El Bob Dylan de Chile¨.

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