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In 1971 Syracuse’s Everson Museum mounted a Yoko Ono exhibition entitled “This Is Not Here,” complete with an opening attended by ex-Beatle husband John Lennon and a host of musician friends to mark the occasion and concurrently celebrate her husband's 31st birthday. In “Here,” an exhibit at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum, the questions raised in “This Is Not Her…

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CLEVELAND  - If you imagine a superhero character’s conception, a paragon so dynamic that some regard its heritage rich enough to rival luminary literary figures Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Robin Hood, and Mickey Mouse, it would be reasonable to assume it was birthed in some Hollywood hero laboratory. Instead consider that Superman, the model for many modern day action …

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KENT, Ohio - “I held it in pretty much really well up until Kent State and I just lost it, and actually had to leave the studio and walk around for ten minutes, just to collect myself,” said Dominic Tavella, a re-recording mixer on “PBS Previews: The Vietnam War,” about his experience working on the Ken Burns, Lynn Novick directed film, “The Vietnam War,” which…

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TORONTO – “Men put me down as the best woman painter. I think I’m one of the best painters,” said Georgia O’Keeffe, a woman as inspirational with her words as she was with the brush. Born in 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wis., her productive life saw her receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S.’s highest civilian award, bestowed by President Gerald R. Ford…

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BEACHWOOD, Ohio – “The neighbor of the Prophet (Muhammad) was a Jew,” says Mohammad bin Abdul Karim al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League. Writing in the Wall Street Journal (May 6, 2017), Yaroslav Trofimov relays Mr. al-Issa’s coexistence story adding, “when that Jew was ill, the Prophet visited him and gave him kind words. The hard-liners don…

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Orchard Park native Elizabeth Semmelhack has made a career out of studying footwear. The senior curator at Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum, she has written multiple books on footwear. But when a graduate student saw the the museum's sneaker collection, told her it was too small and told her she “needed to do something about that,” she did. The result was a traveling…

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TORONTO – “Aftermath” is the key word in mind throughout “Power to the People: Photography and Video of Repression and Black Protest,” a disquieting exhibit at Toronto’s Ryerson Image Centre. The word is prevalent throughout on the Ryerson walls that showcase the images of tragic events, examples of some of America’s failed attempts to dealt with its “race …

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ALBANY – The New York State capital, rightly, brings to mind the workings of state government. But it is so much more. Beginning as a Dutch colony, peacefully taken over by the British, Albany, became a distinctive American city – a Dutch settlement under English rule. Established in 1614 it is one of North America’s oldest cities and when merely a colony it wa…

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North America may never again see a spectacle to match this. Stellar works by Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin and 30 plus contemporary artists. Five years in the making, conceived by the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Curator of International Exhibitions Katharine Lochnan, the exhibit Mystical Landscapes is a mesmerizing display. The work fascinates, yet the stories behind them are …

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TORONTO – For the work of glass artist Dale Chihuly, the word “cool” seems most appropriate. Not only did the Lime Crystal Tower in the Gloria Chen Court, at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Bloor Street entrance announce to all that something cool was happening here, it’s how I felt observing the light reflecting off of more than 100 lime-colored crystals making up…

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TORONTO – “When art meets architecture, powerful experiences take shape,” according to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) website.Whether Frank Gehry always wanted to be an architect, or knew he was called to be one, I don’t know. But Gehry said, “the Art Gallery of Ontario is where I first experienced art as a child, so this project means a great deal to me,” wi…

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“We have to have a home,” said Lucille Armstrong just after marrying her new husband, world famous trumpeter Louis, whom she had met while working as a Cotton Club dancer.Lucille’s mother lived on 107th Street in the Corona section of Queens, where a house was for sale next door in 1943.Arriving by taxi in 1943 at the 107th Street location, Armstrong felt the house w…

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TORONTO – “We are all wildlife photographers. We are all connected to nature,” are the sentences greeting visitors to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit currently running until March 20 in Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum.Russia’s Sergey Gorshkov knows this firsthand. After scouring desert dunes in northern Namibia, searching for a gemsbok to photograph,…

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“I’m still a commercial artist. I was always a commercial artist,” was Andy Warhol’s reply to “What about your transformation from commercial artist to real artist,” a question posed by Paul Taylor in his last known interview for Flash Art magazine.Such are the snide implications often heaped upon those who dare earn money in art, critiques that so-called “re…

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‘‘This temple of our history will appropriately be one of the most beautiful buildings in America, an expression of the American soul,” proclaimed President Herbert Hoover on Feb. 12, 1933, in laying the cornerstone for the John Russell Pope-designed National Archives Museum. It was Pope’s intention that the grand building invoke the significance of the records hel…