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Betty Allen (17 March 1927 – 22 June 2009) 

Renowned American operatic mezzo-soprano who had an active international singing career during the 1950s through the 1970s. Allen was part of the first generation of black opera singers to achieve wide success and is viewed as part of an instrumental group of performers who helped break down the barriers of racial prejudice in the opera world. She was greatly admired by Bernstein and the conductor notably chose her to be the featured soloist for his final performances as music director of the New York Philharmonic in 1973. After her singing career ended, she became a lauded voice teacher and arts administrator. (Wikipedia)

Portrait of mezzo-soprano Betty Allen. Stamped on back: “Betty Allen, mezzo-soprano.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
What is a Calligram?

A calligram is a poem, phrase, or word in which the typeface, calligraphy or handwriting is arranged in a way that creates a visual image. The image created by the words expresses visually what the word, or words, say. 

The term ‘calligramme’ (French) was coined by 20th century French poet, Guillaume Apollinaire. Apollinaire was a close friend and collaborator of artists like Picasso, Rousseau, and Chagall, and himself an art critic, poet, and champion of the avant-garde - a well-known fixture in France’s bohemian subculture.

Apollinaire created the calligram as a poem picture, a written portrait, a thoughts drawing, and he used it to express his modernism and his desire to push poetry beyond the normal bounds of text and verse and into the 20th century.

As a poet, Apollinaire was passionate about all forms of art and a connoisseur of medieval literature, especially calligraphy and illuminated initials. As a visionary, Apollinaire saw a gap between two artistic institutions. On one side was the popular, highly lauded traditional art forms of the time. On the other, the forms of artistic expression made possible through surrealism, cubism, and new inventions, like the cinema and the phonograph. Within that divide, through the creation of his most important contribution to poetry, the calligram, Guillaume Apollinaire built a bridge. 

Text From La Colombe Poignardée et le jet d'eau - by Guillaume Apollinaire

Undoubtedly, the deeply layered artistic expressions in Apollinaire’s calligrams are not just a brilliant display of poetic prowess from a master of the form. Each calligram itself is also a snapshot in time, encapsulating the passion, the excitement, and the anticipation of all the bohemian artists of Paris, including Apollinaire, most of whom are well ahead of their time, and with their innovative work, eagerly grasping for the future.

From the TED-Ed Lesson The poet who painted with his words - Geneviève Emy

Animation by TED-Ed and @charlottecambon

anonymous asked:

How would Sawamura, Sugawara, Nishinoya, Oikawa, Iwaizumi, Kuroo, Lev and Aone react to their s/o turning out to be skilled artist, who uses them as a model for many motion sketches (and one of those sketches is a reason volleyball dorks find out about their s/o talent).

(ugh, motion sketches kill me inside though. #artstudentbanter )

Sawamura: Daichi would react quite well to it, feeling that it was sweet they chose to base their studies on him, and would be enamored with the fact that his partner was so talented and passionate when it came to art. He would be more conscious about their presence during future practices though, but wouldn’t be bothered by it.

Sugawara: Suga would find it rather endearing that his partner chose to sketch him playing volleyball, and was very appreciative of it - if not a bit bashful. He would also praise them for their talent for art, lauding his darling partner with compliments.

Nishinoya: Surprisingly he’d be rather sheepish about the revelation. It would certainly be in the back of his mind every time that he knew they were at practice, possibly causing him to tense up and move more clumsily. Although he would be impressed by their work and flattered by their using him as a model, it would make him all the more conscious of his movements - applying slight pressure to make every one perfect.

Oikawa: He would take it as a huge compliment, thinking it quite sweet that his partner chose him to study. He would shower them in compliments about their artistic talent, and would offer to pose properly for them if needs be.

Iwaizumi: He may act a bit grouchy at first, grumbling about how embarrassing or weird it is to draw him like that, but he would secretly be rather flattered by it. An artist of such skill, his partner, wanting to use him as model for their motion sketches was something he thought he would never encounter, but was content enough to go along with eventually.

Kuroo: Despite that signature cocky grin on his face, he wouldn’t be able to help feeling a bit flattered by it - especially because they were such a promising artist. He would most likely offer to model for them if they ever needed to study life drawing, answered by his partner’s elbow jabbing his ribs at the remark.

Lev: He’d love the fact that his partner drew motion sketches of him whilst he played volleyball - after all, they were seeing him at his best, and surely he was impressing them if they wanted to sketch him, right?

Aone: Much like Noya, he would be quite bashful upon finding out that his partner uses him as a model, to an extent where he would be a bit on edge during practice as he wouldn’t know if they were sketching him or not. Nevertheless, he would be in awe of their talent, secretly flattered that they would choose to draw him.


shotgunbattleax  asked:

This isn't meant to be a downer, though if it is I apologize. I'm just looking for a different perspective I suppose. So. Nicholas Cole. Top of his class at the most lauded art school in the country. Respected, very well liked, worked for MIT, doing official comic-ing for a new vidcon everyone's excited about. You ever look back at what people expected of you in those college times and what you're doing, and feel there's a gap? If so... found any good ways to handle it? I could use one

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anonymous asked:

This isn't meant to be hate (pleeease don't interpret it as that), but I do sort of see Fuller's point. Don't get me wrong, I definitely think there are better ways he could've done that scene, but she only had sex to get pregnant without Mason knowing. And it's not like she's suddenly attracted to men (the actual stereotype), she just used him (stereotypically the other gender around). And even if she where, it seems to me that the fandom are just neglecting that bisexuals do exist.

don’t worry, i’m not gonna interpret anything as hate unless it’s a personal attack (unlike certain people cough cough). discussion isn’t hate, neither is constructive criticism.

see, the problem is that this is just the last thing in a long string of awful writing and misogynistic patterns. people keep trying to defend every little detail while failing look at the big picture. abigail is dead, mutilated and fridged. bev, a very rare WoC on screen is dead, mutilated and fridged horribly. bella has next to no screen time, and she’s dying. bedelia is gone. miriam was horribly abused and missing a limb, but survived, yet is nowhere to be seen. alana suffers under a gross character assassination, serving as merely “the woman in between” two men, sexually objectified and abused. margot, a very rare canon lesbian is made to sleep with a man, to get pregnant without telling him. freddie was attacked and is missing, presumably dead. meanwhile, all the main males are totally alive and dandy. even fucking chilton gets developed into the likeable funny guy and then reportedly survives a gun shot to the face.

this is what a white male writer and his probably mainly male staff chose for all these amazing (and potentially amazing, real, flawed, progressive, with individual narratives) female characters. out of a million other ways to resolve and develop the plot without being dickbags, they specifically chose to use all these cheap, gross tired tropes upon gross tired tropes, fridging for pure shock value, women existing only as plot devices to further the men’s stories, objectification, no episodes passing the bechdel test, romanticized rape, lesbian erasure, violence against women portrayed and lauded as “art”… a canon lesbian sleeping with a man is just the latest in a long series of bullshit. bullshit that the fandom happily keeps defending and excusing like it’s nothing. please do tell me how you STILL see fuller’s point.
The Politics of Women's Writing About Food

Janet L. Flammang’s The Taste for Civilization also looks at cooking in the home but gives it broader social and political influence. Although Flammang recognizes that more men cook at home than ever before–a trend she would like to encourage– she rightly points out that home cooking is still largely the province of women in this country and around the world.  While restaurant cooking, a field dominated by men, is lauded as art, as heroic performance, and as worthy of historical attention,  domestic cooking, traditionally associated with women, has largely been invisible, regarded as insignificant, or dismissed as what “real” history is not about.  

Yet, cooking the family meal, Flammang argues, has enormous historical importance in that it lays a groundwork for civil society itself.