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El Museo’s Bienal 2013: HERE IS WHERE WE JUMP
Alec Duffy: Our Planet
I had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Alec Duffy, founder of the Obie award-winning company Hoi Polloi and current director of the English language world premiere of Yukio Shiba’s Our Planet.
Two Boys
             You are reading this blog post on the Internet. With a few clicks of my mouse, my words have been posted online, where they can be read by whoever comes to this page. Of course, this is nothing new to any of us. The Internet has become an expected, natural, real part of our lives; we take it very much for granted.
Japan Society
         Sometimes I feel like every year is a rebirth for me. I’ve only been living in New York City for a little over a month, and yet I’m already so accustomed to my jam-packed routine here that it is easy to forget that, just a few months ago, I was living a very different life in a small town in New Hampshire.
CMJ 2013
I’m not much of a music buff. I’m the kind of music listener who finds a few songs I really like and listens the living daylights out of them until I find new material while stalking my friends’ Spotify playlists. But when I received the opportunity to go to CMJ Music Marathon, a music festival that happens around New York City, I took it despite not knowing 99% of the artists on the line-up.
Vector Composition No. 1 by Vargas-Suarez Universal
Artist Vargas-Suarez Universal talks with The Arts Initiative about his site-specific wall drawing Vector Composition No. 1. Commissioned by Miller Theater at Columbia University in collaboration with The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, it marks the first collaborative project between Columbia's two major artistic presenting spaces.  
Nicholas Roerich Museum
When my friends and family congratulated me for being accepted at Columbia University in May, they were applauding my decision of pursuing graduate education as full-time student, but only I was aware of the enormous sacrifice I was about to make.
I don’t think of myself as a “jazz person.” Most of my experiences listening to or making music have been in a more classical vein, and though I had listened to jazz, I had never enjoyed it in the same way that I did music I was more familiar with.
The Noguchi Museum
I’m going to say it straight out: the Noguchi Museum is far away. Like, Queens far. It takes a train ride and sizable walk just to make it to the front door. Once you walk through that door though, the journey becomes worth it. Stepping into the Noguchi Museum, the home of sculptures by artist Isamu Noguchi, is like leaving behind the flurry of city activity and entering an oasis of calm.
I caught up with Danni Gee over the phone one Thursday evening in early May. It’s the end of the day, almost the end of the week, but the excitement in her voice is fresh and genuine.


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