a-crisis-of-value

The Guggenheim released a bunch of free books on the internet and ofc not many centered around artists of color but here are some that I got for myself and you might find interesting too. Note that these were released decades ago so the language in them might be outdated and or problematic but the images and artists in them might be of value.

A CENTURY IN CRISIS: MODERNITY AND TRADITION IN THE ART OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY CHINA

“This catalogue accompanies the exhibition A Century in Crisis: Modernity and Tradition in the Art of Twentieth-Century China, which was presented at the Guggenheim Museum SoHo (now closed) in 1998, and organized by scholars of modern Chinese art (Julia F. Andrews and Kuiya Shen). The exhibition was organized into four interconnected sections: Innovations in Chinese Painting, 1859–1950; The Modernist Generations, 1920–1950; Art for New China, 1950–1980; and Transformations of Tradition, 1980 to the Present. The essays trace the development of Chinese art throughout the turbulent decades of the twentieth-century, a period marked by great social upheavals and a struggle between modernity and tradition. The exhibition catalogue includes reproductions from traditional scroll paintings to literati paintings, woodcut prints, and social realist paintings of the Cultural Revolution.”

CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ART: FIFTH JAPAN ART FESTIVAL EXHIBITION

“This catalogue constitutes a selective survey jointly presented by the Japan Art Festival Association and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The introduction, written by Edward F. Fry, raises issues surrounding the “Westernization” of Japanese culture since 1945, delineates the quintessential attributes of Japanese art practice, and elaborates on the artistic processes of the featured artists. The artworks are divided into three separate sections based on medium and each artist is represented by images of their work, a short exhibition history, and brief biographical information.”

THE EMERGENT DECADE: LATIN AMERICAN PAINTERS AND PAINTING IN THE 1960’S

“In the summer and fall of 1964, former Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Thomas M. Messer embarked upon two trips to Latin America in pursuit of discovering the most significant contemporary Latin American painters and paintings. As a result, the exhibition The Emergent Decade: Latin American Painters and Painting in the 1960’s presented the work of numerous artists from over eight Latin American countries to an American audience. The accompanying catalogue features correspondence between Messer and several of the artists in the exhibition. These letters, exclusively related to their artistic practice and theory, reveal the personal relationship between Messer and the artists, as well as his dedication to bringing recognition to the contemporary art of Latin America. Essays by Messer cover art and Latin America, and photographer Cornell Capa contributes intimate photo essays and profiles of featured artists. Also included are selected biographies and a bibliography.”

Things must be accepted as they are. What is more, to say that we invent values means neither more nor less than this: life has no meaning a priori. Life itself is nothing until it is lived, it is we who give it meaning, and value is nothing more than the meaning we give it.
—  Jean Paul Sartre

pugb0yy asked:

Hey! Just curious, but how was your time at UCI?

Omg an actual ask! I’ll cherish you forever ^^

Anyways, I had a great experience at UCI. Most of these great experiences were in the context of Mesa Court, the freshman housing community. I lived there my first year and ended up working there the last two years and last summer of my time at UCI. I met so many amazing people in this context and some of these people I still consider to be my most important friends and influences, even today. Go Mesa!!

Also, I don’t think it’s necessarily the stuff that I learned at UCI that was great (because right now I’m experiencing a life crisis that threatens the very value of what I studied) but more the opportunity to be more comfortable with my self that was great. In high school I was the most introverted and shy person there was, and my self esteem probably couldn’t get any lower, but the experiences I had in college boost my self esteem and made me open up much more.

The program that I was in in high school caused me to be exposed to the same people every year (as we all advanced in the program together) but being exposed to an entirely new set of people during college gave me the opportunity to reinvent myself, and to be exposed to new ideas and mindsets.

I came out during my freshman year, which was a big step for me, and being exposed to a whole new set of people who gladly accepted who I am was a great relief. I took on supervisory positions in the housing community, I got better at public speaking, I began my first relationship etc. etc. and etc. to infinity and beyond. Seriously, I experienced such a tremendous growth through my college years. And while I know that I still have some ways to go in regards to this growth, I know that it all started at UCI.

I had a thought in my head today, and it was that really, during a “mental health emergency” I would only ever call like 2 or 3 people… like I do end up telling my friends stuff, but it’s always after its happened. I don’t really have many people I can feel comfortable to call up crying for support, and I feel like I’m not alone in that, like this is a thing lots of others go through, and that makes me super sad. When did we as a society stop valuing each other to the point where a crisis is something to go through alone? Just… I wish I could feel okay about leaning on more people, but I don’t.

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Russian News March 21, 2015

Sputnik International

Russian Military Urges to Rebuild Trust With Neighbors Amid Ukraine Crisis

S-400 Air Defense Regiment Takes Up Duty in Russia’s Northwest

The Moscow Times

Increased Paramilitary Participation in Poland in Fear of Russia’s Future Aggression

Russia Wants to Cut Staff Benefits for Same-Sex Couples in the U.N.

RT

Drills for me but not for thee: NATO launches war games near Russian border

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Part II: Chapter 4: “The Crisis of Victorian Values”

Part II: The Old World Resists: 1880-1914

In the previous chapter, Bedarida had discussed the championing optimism of England and how the social construct of classes had the majority of people accepting this as a form of motivation, a propeller of work ethics and a staple of English society. There was striking statics of how this genuine optimism in liberal economics led the nation into a forward and steady increase in personal, social and economic growth. However, chapter four discusses the “crisis of Victorian values” and how over the course of 30 years, was English society redirected 180 degrees.

English society saw a structural and philosophical decline, not necessarily economically, because up until the first world war, individuals continued to see an increase in standards of living. As a matter of fact, in 1870, England still supplied 32% of the world’s industrial production, as opposed to 14% in 1913. And the total national income rose from £932 million to £2,021 million in 1914. In spite of certain setbacks, the national economy remained essentially prosperous up to the First World War. So economically, England was still gradually increasing, but what was setting it drastically apart from the previous decades was the change in philosophical outlooks.

Laissez-faire capitalism had been championed as the system that would uproot poverty, bring national opulence and eliminate economic injustice. Unfortunately, people became impatient with this system and instead of being optimistic and valuing the prospects it has brought society, many began to examine the ways in which it was failing people. The shift in tone was dramatic and England was no longer in a state of joyful optimism but in a direction towards aggressive pessimism. This shift in philosophical perspective was directing itself towards a socialist attitude, highlighting the huge gap between the wealthy and poor, and how this system has failed in raising everyone from poverty. People began to understand that happiness and social prosperity will not come from the morality and work ethic of the individual but from the order and justice of a balanced economic system. Laissez-faire capitalism highlights the morality of the individual, whereas socialism was beginning to blame economic circumstances, less on the individual, and more on the markets and economics infrastructure. Many thinkers, although still generally proponents of capitalism, began highlighting its problems and this led much of the working class to align with the values of a socialist state. A redefinition of the relationship between the individual and the state was at play, and it was changing many things about how people interacted with each other, especially at the top, Bourgeois society.

A prosperous century had changed many in the economic sector, and this was promoting changes in social values as well. Feminism began to show its first signs at the top wealthy sector. Should one take Virginia Woolf literally when she claimed that “in, or about December 1910, human character changed”, for in that year, “all human relations have shifted- those between masters and servants, husbands and wives, parents and children”. This was especially true for women and religion. At the top class, women began to fight for their social emancipation and sought to be seen as equal to their husbands. They wished to have social recognition and property rights just as fairly as men. The top class also saw a dramatic decline in birth-rate and religious participation. Many historians blame the decrease in birth rate to the accessibility of new contraception methods, though the drop in religious faith proved to be radical too. What is more remarkable is how fast this shift happened. Within 30 years, England society had begun to leave religious values, which have always been alongside English society, and then on top of that, birth rates were declining at dramatic rates.

The previous decades had allowed for the flourishing of Laissez-faire capitalism to stamp its characteristics on English society, changing dramatically the way people lived and worked, but the revert of Laissez-faire capitalism also is proving to leave important characteristics on English society as well. The shift towards a socialist philosophy is allowing for the emancipation of women and the abandonment of religious values, not to mention a dramatic decline in birth rate and a promotion of class equality. What seemed most important about this chapter is how dramatic things shifted. When studying history, it seems appropriate that these types of social changes would take a few hundred years to unfold, but with the case of England, so many important changes, especially for it’s date, were taking place at alarming rates. It does appear as though time is speeding up.

Russian News March 19th, 2015

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Russia’s Strategic Bomber Fleet on Global Intimidation Drive

Putin Heads to Russia’s Tightrope-Walking Neighbor Kazakhstan

Sputnik International

US Armored Columns March Through Six Eastern European Countries

Russian Tu-95MS bombers have started exercises in Russia’s Arctic North to test the combat readiness of the country’s air defense alert force.

For too many American workers, growing house prices created an illusion of increasing wealth. It was an illusion even before the current crisis—after all, you have to live somewhere, so if the value of the home you live in is rising, you really do not have extra disposable wealth—and it became even more illusory as house prices collapsed and borrowers were left staring at a mountain of debt.
—  Rajan, R. G. (2011). Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy. Princeton University Press.
MICHELIN-STARRED FRENCH CHEF CLOSES MOSCOW RESTAURANT

French chef Pierre Gagnaire is to close his restaurant in a Moscow luxury hotel, a spokeswoman said Monday, with Russian media blaming the economic crisis and the embargo on many Western foods for the decision.

“After five years of fruitful cooperation with Pierre Gagnaire, Les Menus restaurant is closing because of the agreement running out at the end of March,” a spokeswoman for Lotte Hotel, which houses the restaurant, said.

Business daily Vedomosti suggested the reason for the closure was the difficulty in obtaining Western food due to the embargo imposed by Russia in retaliation for Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.

The report also said the economic crisis, which has seen the ruble plunged in value, was to blame – most luxury foods have to be imported to Russia.

Gagnaire is known for his innovative molecular cuisine. His Paris restaurant gained three Michelin stars in 1998 and has retained them ever since. He has 11 restaurants in cities across the world from Dubai to Las Vegas.

He is among a number of top chefs to have opened restaurants in Russia during the years of economic prosperity fuelled by high oil prices.

French chef Helene Darroze, whose restaurant “Helen Darroze” in Paris has gained one Michelin star and whose London restaurant in the Connaught Hotel has two stars, opened a Moscow restaurant in 2012.

Numerous attempts to transplant Michelin-starred chefs to Moscow have ended in failure in recent years, however.

Jeroboam restaurant, which opened in the Ritz Carlton hotel under German chef Heinz Winkler closed in 2009.

Koumir restaurant, a franchise of the Maison Troisgros restaurant in Roanne, central France, launched in 2006 but closed its doors after a year.

Lotte Hotel’s spokeswoman said it would open a new restaurant with a “chef renowned worldwide” offering “modern European cuisine.”

No electricity Wednesday.

Thanks BGE, I’m gonna be bored out of my mind.
Or be forced to leave the house.
They tore down a building across the alley behind us (they’ll be building up a series of townhomes) so they rearranged power lines/poles.
When the constructions complete, hello parking crisis.
Maybe it’ll raise the house value so my family can sell and get some farmland or something.