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Protesters showed up to physically block and voice their objections to "Open Casket" (2016), a painting of Emmett Till by Dana Schutz. Artist Hannah Black called for the piece's removal and destruction in an open letter co-signed by other artists and curators. "Those non-Black artists who sincerely wish to highlight the shameful nature of white violence should first of all stop treating Black pain as raw material." Later in March, several news outlets published part of a fake letter purporting to be from the artist, Dana Schutz, also calling for the painting's removal. After the Whitney Museum spent an evening discussing the controversy, with an event co-hosted by the Racial Imaginary Institute, three attendees discussed the controversy for art magazine Hyperallergic in The Possibilities and Failures of the Racial Imagination: The other glaring failure of the white imagination that I see here — both in Schutz and in the Whitney, which is, at the end of the day, a white institution, despite having enlisted two Asian Americans to curate the biennial — is the complete inability to foresee how Black viewers might respond to that painting. This failure is so absurd, honestly, that I find myself coming to the appalling conclusion that it might never have even occurred to Schutz or the higher-ups at the Whitney that Black viewers would see the painting.

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Horse Walk Tests

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Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun: "A Delayed Tribute to a French Trailblazer" [NYT]; exhibition trailer; 8 minutes at the exhibition; web gallery of exhibition objects; audio tour / slideshow; and the Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun. Kelly Hall, "Impropriety, Informality and Intimacy in Vigée Le Brun's Marie Antoinette en Chemise" [PDF]: The portrait Marie Antoinette en Chemise by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was viewed as scandalously improper in its reception at the Salon of 1783 ... This debut for Vigée Le Brun as a member of the Academy was noteworthy not only in that she was a woman receiving this honor but also for the response her submissions elicited. The negative reaction to the portrait prompted its removal soon after the Salon opened. What is a chemise à la reine, anyway? What do you wear under a chemise à la reine? Lindsay Meehan Dunn, "Conditional Acceptance: Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and the Académie Royale" [PDF]: Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755-1842) was not admitted to the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture without incident. Her initial attempt to become a member of the Académie was unsuccessful ... Vigée-Lebrun was eventually admitted on 31 May 1783, by order of the king, presumably at the insistence of her close friend and benefactor, Queen Marie-Antoinette. Eighteenth-Century Women Painters in France: "The simultaneous admission of Labille-Guiard and Vigée Le Brun caused a stir in the art world and beyond, and the press immediately cast them as rivals." Excerpts from the memoirs: "Madame Vigée Le Brun Meets Empress Catherine II" and "Madame Vigée Le Brun On Catherine The Great." Erin E. Wilson, "An Alternative Ancien Régime? Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun in Russia" [PDF]: Vigée-Lebrun certainly had reason to look back fondly on these years in Russia, where she lived from 1795 to 1801. Despite her émigré status, she enjoyed numerous professional accomplishments while there. It is estimated that during this period Vigée-Lebrun produced close to seventy portraits, developing a professional practice similar to the one she had established in Paris. As in Paris, she catered to a clientele that included members of both the nobility and the royal family. Vigée-Lebrun was supremely prosperous during a period when many émigrés throughout Europe were struggling with their status as political exiles. More extensive Vigée Le Brun web gallery with some commentary. Chronology of the life of Vigée Le Brun. La tombe de Madame Vigée-Lebrun à Louveciennes and Find A Grave: Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun.

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I'd like to install a clothes hanging rod underneath my standing desk, but I'm having trouble finding the right hardware online.I want something that I can glue or screw into the underside of the wooden desktop. The difficulty is that all the closet rod hardware I can find online seems to be anchored on the ends, as it would be in a closet.

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The 3 hrs of LeMelons! Get a dirt track cut into a field. Take $300 beaters and race them for 3 hours, or until they all fail. That's the Three Hours of LeMelons, Canada's take on the epic beater race... the 24 hrs of LeMons-- previously on the Blue It is NOT the 24 Hours of LeMons down here in the States. That one runs at faster speeds on tarmac, and requires all kinds of fancy safety gear. LeMelons isn't quite that hardcore, keeping the slow cars running slow on far less grippy mud where even the most miserable, underpowered wrecks can enjoy getting gloriously sideways. It can still ruin your car, though, as one Audi team in particular found out mid-race. A VW rabbit was painted like the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard. A Brexit-themed Subaru was decorated like a double-decker bus. And a Ford Taurus wagon, driven by the race's only all-female team, was done up like a game piece from the board game The Game of Life. Ultimately, however, only half of the competitors would sustain the whole three hours without breaking down. Little is known about the LeMelons race. The identities of racers are not disclosed, the exact date is not known and the race is invite-only and not advertised to the public. However, the race's slickly edited videos (which are released anonymously under the name "Casual Swede") have become an online favourite in automotive circles. The race takes place every spring at an undisclosed farm field in what appears to be Southern Alberta.

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The Miniature Paper Pavilion Club met biweekly throughout 2012 - 2015 in Vancouver, Canada, to build tiny commemorative public spaces. They created approximately sixty imaginary landscapes with structures using paper exclusively.

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if the President made his dog a cabinet secretary? Or if a famous scientist tried to summon a god? What about if Virginia Woolf wore blackface and pranked the Royal Navy? There's no need to wonder. It all happened. Something True is the most recent podcast from the Idle Thumbs podcast network, written by Duncan Fyfe and narrated by Alex Ashby.

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What should be the limit on egg consumption by my two highly energetic and active sons, aged 8 and 11? It's just that our chooks prodce more than we can possibly eat, so from a dietary/nutrition basis, should there be any limit on their consumption, daily or weekly?

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CNN has a slideshow (doesn't reload entire page for each image) of 11 signs from the March For Science. WaPo has their own single page picture set. Time has a decidedly anti-Trump editorial selection. Boston gets really nerdy, which is sort of expected.

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My mother found yellow fiestaware plates at a thrift shop, and we're pretty sure they're vingtage. I joked about them being radioactive, and now she's worried about eating from them. From what I can find, it's the older red-orange that's the health risk. In looking up information based on the stamp, I'm guessing they were made between the 1940s ad 1972... which does't help much. Any advice?

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There are a wide range of items one could potentially have issue with while dining out. Which complaints warrant mentioning to the wait staff or manager and which do not?I realize that a dining experience is very contextual and the venue will dictate expectations to a large part, but let's say you are in an expensive restaurant. It's very bad form to send a bottle of wine back because you don't like it and should only do so when it's off. Very slow service may be worth a mention? How about small portions in a place that doesn't generally do that? What complaints have you overheard that were cringe worthy? What complaints do you regret not verbalizing? Where does one draw the line? What complaints are not to be verbalized even though it's tempting?

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Give me your diamond-in-the-rough podcasts that you've never been able to recommend to anyone because the subject is too specific.Currently I listen to a lot of podcasts hosted by liberal/left people talking about current news, identity politics, and arts/culture: Intercepted, Politically Reactive, Call Your Girlfriend, the Jacobin network, Sooo Many White Guys, Book Fight, 99% Invisible, Throwing Shade, TAL, and so on. I'm looking to broaden my podcast inner life by getting specific. Podcasts about subjects and topics I didn't think I would be interested in, but that I can't help getting drawn into because the hosts are smart and enthusiastic. Example: I don't have any real interest in sports, but I really enjoyed an episode of Edge of Sports with Dave Zirin. (But maybe that was because it was mostly about John Cusack's book with Arundhati Roy.) Example of a niche podcast that serves my current interests: The Twilight Pwn (reviews TZ episodes and related shows) Preferences: 2+ hosts are better than one (the only real drawback to You Must Remember This), hosts that aren't white guys are especially welcome, independently produced, and the podcast is more about their interest/expertise in the subject than interviewing other experts. But really, any podcast is worth throwing out there if it is irresistible.

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Shoe recommendation thread! I'm looking for some shoes I can use on my indoor rowing machine that would also be comfy and functional doing weights and calisthenics. No treadmill. Requirements: flat (zero-drop), firm soled for good power transfer, fast drying, adjustable and comfy. Tell me what you like!

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The Next Four Avatar Movies Now Have Release Dates Again [io9] "Follow-ups to the highest-grossing movie of all time were originally slated to start coming out next year. But recent statements by director James Cameron disclosed that there'd be a delay for the coming wave of Avatar sequels. Now we know the exact dates that Cameron and his team are aiming for, starting with December 18, 2020." "Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels. The journey continues December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025!" [via: Facebook]

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Filmmaker seeking meta-help. I need a song with public domain lyrics that could have conceivably been a U.S. prom theme in 1989. Possibly an early standard that was re-recorded as a Billboard Hit in the 50s-80s?I've checked out PD song lists here, but haven't found anything quite right. Any ideas? (I'll of course clear with a copyright attorney before assuming something is PD.)

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I love music from the 30s and 40s. I'm not musical and I absolutely cannot sing (such talent would be among my wishes of the leprechaun), but I'm slowly learning how to play ukulele and, as it becomes possible, want to develop a small repertoire of sweet and simple songs that a) aren't too hard to memorize, and b) won't hurt the ears of the people around me or cause dogs to howl.The lyrics should be easy to memorize, so rhyming may help in that; the music should be not too complex for ukulele (there are a ton of resources out there for uke music, so not too worried about locating your suggestions; I imagine most will be out there). There are plenty of lists out there of songs for people who can't sing, but I specifically want songs from the 30s and 40s that don't require much range. FWIW, I cannot read music and I guess I'd probably be a contralto, though really I wouldn't know. Open to whatever, jazz, pop, cowboy songs, talking songs (if that's a thing), but slow is probably best since it will be a very long time before I can play anything fast. Listening to the Spotify playlist called "30's and 40's music" prompted my post. A couple of songs jump out as real contenders: Doris Day's A Bushel and a Peck Jimmy Durante's (If You're) Young at Heart Whatcha got? This is for diddling around on the couch or around the campfire. Extra points for cute, silly, playful, sexy, sweet.

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♫ Llama llama red pajama feels alone without his mama ♪ J. Cruz, the host of The Cruz Show has been asking rappers to freestyle the words to the popular children's book Llama Llama Red Pajama (previously) "for my kids." Ludacris' version this week may be the best one yet.

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My prison penpal has sheepishly requested some books with sex scenes, and while I've never been in prison I was a bookish teenager before internet porn existed and I get it. Help me find kinky novels or short story collections that are 1) available in paperback through Amazon and 2) don't scream THIS IS GAY PORN on the cover (though homosexual or bisexual content is a plus!!!)- They requested Anne Rice but then admitted that that's the only author they knew to ask for - anything else in that vein is great! - Yes, it has to be paperback. Yes, it has to be available new through Amazon; no Abebooks, third-party sellers, etc. Please don't get distracted by telling me how I need to fight prison regulations, if I had time for that I'd be working on the horrific human rights abuses in there and not trying to ship them hardcovers from Barnes & Noble. - Various pairings and LGBTQ content is a bonus, but for safety reasons I don't feel comfortable sending "Best Gay Erotica 2017." A fantasy novel with a dragon on the cover and tons of genderfluid kinky queer sex in the pages? Way better. some previous questions i've asked about sending stuff to prison (note: i am writing to a different person in a totally different facility, though rules are similar. my brother has been out of jail, in recovery & doing relatively decent for a while, hooray): postcards, comics

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I have been having some technical difficulties. Details insidehaving some technical difficulties. Details inside I am a healthy 42-year-old man. In the past I have never had problems with erections unless I was drunk. I eat healthy and have a good testosterone levels and good cholesterol and blood pressure. I have been single for two years and noticed that I haven't been getting as many morning erections or firm Morning wood. I have been masturbating this whole time obviously. I have been masturbating to more extreme forms of porn as time goes on so I wonder if I am burned out sexually or if there's something physically wrong with me. I do have loads of stress which I am working on. When I masturbate I get a partial erection and climax. I don't really care how hard I am when alone I just started dating and have had an issue staying hard even without a condom. I am not nervous. I don't know if this is physical or psychological. I went to the urologist and he told me that it was mental and offered Cialis. I didn't want that as I wanted to get to the root of the problem and not a Band-Aid. He said that they couldn't do any tests other than a needle in my dick and check the blood flow. He was certain that that was a waste of time that I should see a therapist and take Cialis. The other issue is that I don't want the embarrassment of going into a pharmacy to pick up these drugs. I don't know what the best discrete method of this is. Cialis is not covered by my insurance and the Viagra that he called in cost hundreds of dollars. I have awful insurance. With my partner my drive is there and I am attracted but I keep losing it. I have stop masturbating for 25 days now. My semen has a yellow tinge to it. I asked him if I might have an infection and he said that if I didn't have pain that I didn't have an infection. I tried it supplements and lifting weights for long periods of time. I am not drinking. Should I see a different doctor? What test can I do to rule out physical problems? How do I get to the bottom of this? If I wanted to use pills in the interim how do I get them inexpensive and discreetly? I have a really understanding partner but this is starting to get to me What is the protocol?

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Hello hivemind. I need your help in finding a black-and-white film short that I saw once as a child.In this short, two men are in a small courtyard with a high wall. They seem to be prisoners of some kind. Each day, a small boy prince appears on a balcony above the courtyard and tosses a ball into the courtyard. The two prisoners chase the ball frantically. Whichever one of them catches it is rewarded with food. One day, the two prisoners conspire to escape. One prisoner gives the other a boost up the wall. We see the prisoner's head emerging over the top of the wall. We see his face go from one of hope to one of abject fear, though we never see what it is he sees, and he opts to lower himself back into the courtyard rather than venture out. The end. I saw this on TV decades ago. There was no dialogue that I can remember, although there was a music soundtrack. Googling isn't giving me anything. If it's not available online, what at least was the name of the short, and who made it?

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My vet has recently added a tip line to the credit card slip that I sign when checking out. Then, the office put a sign on the counter that read, tips are for boarding, grooming, (and a few other cosmetic services I can't remember). I want to do the right thing, and apparently here, it's tip the vet. I really mostly want to know if this is common or expected everywhere.We don't have our dog groomed, but we do board him at the vet. We pay a premium to board him at the vet because he's elderly and we like knowing the vet is right there. It seems odd to be asked to tip since we're already paying extra, and because the boarding is something the vet & the staff do, not something like grooming where an outside person comes in. Anyway, I guess if I want to continue with this vet, I tip, right? How odd is this - would I see the same tipping request at another vet?

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Jordan Nobles won the 2017 Juno Award for Classical Composition for a work written for, and recorded in, a massive and empty underground water tank at the new Seymour Capilano filtration project in North Vancouver, BC. "Normally you hit a bass drum and get a boom sound. But down there you'd get the boom sound for 30 seconds. That's really fun," Nobles said. The Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant, the largest of its kind in Canada, now treats up to 1.8 billion litres of water per day from both the Seymour and Capilano watersheds. Metro Vancouver has much more information, and a documentary, about the project. Post title from Metro News.

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I graduated from Couch to 5K yesterday. This is awesome! Now... how do I get to where I can actually run a 5K?I've been doing Couch to 5K since January, and I've gone from the 60 second running intervals being a struggle to jogging a whole 30 minutes yesterday. This is fantastic and I'm super pleased with my progress. However, I am short (5'3") and squat and have short legs, and am very slow, so I'm not actually running a 5K yet. Runkeeper says I did 2 miles in 43 minutes yesterday (which included the walking warm-up and cool down on each end of the 30 minute jog). My question is, what's the best way to get to where I can run a 5K - trying to get faster (hoping that will also let me add distance) or trying to add distance (and not worrying about my speed right now?) I have a race I'd like to run June 3, though if that's too soon of a reasonable goal, there's no lack of races around here in the summer. My only goal is to finish and jog the whole race - I do not care at all what my speed is. (There are people at my gym who walk faster than I jog; I am okay with this.) Other possibly relevant information: - I currently gym 3 days a week; in a couple weeks when the semester has ended and I'm on a summer school schedule, that will go up to 5 times a week. I tend to swim if I'm not jogging. I love Zumba but the schedules at my gym don't usually work for me. I am totally open to other activity suggestions that will increase how far I can run. - I'm overweight (225 pounds) but my numbers are good and I have my doctor's blessing to run. - I'm eating at about 50 net carbs a day right now, and may go down to 25 for awhile after the semester is over with and I can afford a few days of feeling like I hate everyone. But I feel pretty good at 50 and the weight continues to go down, just more slowly, so maybe not. - I drink over 100 oz of water a day. So in sum (rambling is an occupational hazard): do I work on faster first or adding distance first to get to the goal of running further, and for either answer, what are your recommendations for how to get there? Something I can plug into my ears that barks at me "run faster now... now slow down..." would be great. I had a friend recommend the 5K pack on Zombies Run, but other recommendations are good too. Thanks!

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Question for social media pros and Insta-influencers! I manage Instagram accounts for major brands that are often tagged in other users' pictures, and I need a way to track those mentions. Seems simple enough, right? Complications inside.- We're not talking hashtags, which are easy enough to track, but tags in the pictures themselves. - I know there's a whole "Photos you're tagged in" tab in the phone app version of Instagram, but due to the insane volume of mentions, it's not practical to work from a phone, and that tab doesn't appear in desktop Instagram. - Ultimately, I don't want to capture ALL those mentions, but only tags from a list of about 500 specific authors, so some kind of filtering would be nice. Is there a third-party tool using the Instagram API that keeps track of "Photos you're tagged in"? Bonus if it already does some analytics stuff, but I'd settle for a way to view those posts on the desktop.

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Start the weekend off right with this collection of charming animal memes.

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