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The Art of Politics

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While the Supreme Court is deliberating the fate of partisan gerrymandering, artists are depicting the practice as an art form. In her abstract ink drawings, artist Ann Lewis mirrors the actual voter districts to show their randomness. For the uninitiated, partisan gerrymandering is the practice by lawmakers of manipulating the size and shape of electoral districts […]

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Having our “Say”

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We all know that as women we like to have our “say.” At least I know I do. That’s why, as we are about to open our exhibition on women’s suffrage, I asked a number of my friends and colleagues what it means to them to have the right to vote. “Everything,” says Taryn Duffy, […]

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Keeping the Dream Alive

For reasons I can hardly fathom, voting has always meant a lot to me. Perhaps that explains why as a young married living in Queens, I allowed myself to be dragged (not kicking and screaming, but reluctantly) to a meeting of the Northeast Queens League of Women Voters (LWV). There I was, trapped in an upscale […]

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Summer’s Gone, Great Arts Ahead

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What can we do about the end of summer? Mourn the loss? Or…get with the new fall program? Your choice. I’m sprinting into fall with a line-up that’s off the charts. There’s Romare Beardon at the Neuberger. He’s the guy who was anointed as the “foremost collagist” in America. Leonard Bernstein will be in New […]

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State of Voting Rights Inspires a Call to Artists

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Isn’t it ironic?  We are getting ready to celebrate the Centennial of the legislation that gave American women the right to vote, and yet… there are still barriers to the ballot box for many Americans. That’s the subject of “Give Us the Vote,” ArtsWestchester’s compelling fall exhibition. To celebrate the suffragettes, and to gauge the state […]

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Overheard at ArtsWestchester

This week’s blog is a story overheard and shared with me by my executive assistant Megan Thomson Connor.  Artist Evan Bishop had a grand idea. He brought it to ArtsWestchester and was awarded an Arts Alive Individual Artist grant for his “100 Words of Wisdom.” It is a “body art” project in which Bishop is […]

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From Outlaw to Cultural Trendsetter

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    Not much was working between the city and the community when John Lindsay became mayor of New York in 1965. He wanted the city to be known as “fun city.” Yet, it was a tough lift at the time, even for the popular Lindsay. Working for the Mayor in the early 70s, I […]

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The NEA at Its Best

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When I think of Romare Bearden, I can actually reproduce in my mind colorful depictions of African American factory workers going about their laborious routines. I am less familiar with the artist’s abstract works, which are at the root of his vision. Now, in part through a $45,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts […]

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