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Everything Is Separated by Water: The work of María Magdalena Campos-Pons
April 17, 2012, 4:21 pm
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The work of Boston-based artist, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, is beautiful and sumptuous, blending rich colors and provocative staging to
“probe questions of race, class, cultural hybridism, and national identities in African diasporic communities.”

“With a diverse oeuvre ranging from painting to mixed-media installations to performance, video, and photography, María Magdalena Campos-Pons is one of the most significant artists to emerge from post-Revolutionary Cuba.”


Click to see an interview with María Magdalena Campos-Pons

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Bill T. Jones: A Good Man
March 22, 2012, 12:46 pm
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“Bill T. Jones, the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur “genius” grant and winner of two Tony Awards, has been named “an irreplaceable treasure” by the The Dance Heritage Coalition. Above all, he is a socially conscious choreographer who never shies away from controversy — tackling thorny subjects such as race and politics with elegance and intelligence, artistry and originality.

Watch the full documentary, Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, detailing his creative process creating the work Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray.

What I found particularly striking about this film was how human and how familiar Jones’ creative process was. It was inspiring and, in many way, comforting to see such a celebrated dancer and choreographer struggle to bring his vision to life. It’s a wonderful reminder of the common path that artists of every kind are travel–that the work we strive to create is rarely easy, but it is always worth it in the end.


Click here to see the entire documentary on PBS.org



Nurturing Creativity
February 21, 2012, 6:01 pm
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One of the most difficult things about being an artist is often not the making of the work itself, but the task of pulling the idea from inside ourselves–of drudging through all of the bad ideas in search of that one hopeful sprout that might grown into something extraordinary.

In this inspiring Ted Talk, writer Elizabeth Gilbert ” muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.”


Elizabeth Gilbert on Creativity