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Chelsea ( @opensmother-lippedlover​ ) and I ( @jessjust​ ) met December 5, 2012 on Tumblr (Yup, I remember dates well). Immediately I noticed how sweet, polite, and interesting she was. We continued to talk here and there, and making our relationship official months later. We dated for about six-months. Initially everything was great, but the long-distance was awful and we were too young to know how to handle it. We called it off. We went our separate ways; fell in-love here and there with other people. 

Years later I was working for the Texas Legislature, near done with my undergrad degree, and with the flexibility to move anywhere. I then realized how much I kept thinking about her, wishing to share the precious memories I was making at my job, how supportive and uniquely proud she would be — and truly how much love I still had for her. Not knowing where she was in life I decided to reach out to her, told her how I felt and she left me waiting (lol) Some time later she finally came around and told me she felt the same way. Well the rest is really history. 

(The day she asked me to be her girlfriend)

We left Philadelphia and houston, and we moved to Chicago after I got a scholarship at DePaul Law School, and she began her education to become a Veterinarian. Most importantly we created our own little family with our baby Gatsby, a cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Now I’m proud to call her my fiancée. I would give my life for her. 


We’ve had bumps here and there like any other couple, but we love each other enough to fight for each other. That’s what’s important. And why I proposed December 17, 2016 at the art institute!

She may still get mad at me when I forget to place the new toilet paper in the holder and I may still get annoyed when she talks through a movie. All in all, that’s what a relationship is about loving each other and ironing out the little differences.

We want to share our little story with details sometimes left out by the media. With our relationship on the spotlight I hope this encourages others to love and work hard for their relationships ❤️ love is out there, it’s just hard to keep.

(This is an old video Chelsea’s dad filmed of the first time we saw each other again after years apart)

More photos of the engagement can be found in our Instagrams: Cnicolem_ and J.essrdgz

In less than a week we’ve had

• That cute viral video of a woman proposing to her girlfriend in a museum

• Korrasami’s second anniversary

• Confirmation that Tracer is sapphic and in a relationship with a woman

• A sweet twitter story of a girl coming out because the Sanvers relationship on Supergirl gave her the confidence to do so

• The Love Will Have Its Sacrifices cover from Natasha Negovanlis and Elise Bauman

I think it’s safe to say we’re taking over Christmas

Cubism and Abstract Art | MoMA

The groundbreaking 1936 exhibition Cubism and Abstract Art was key to establishing the narrative and pedigree for modern art proposed by the Museum’s founding director Alfred H. Barr, Jr.—a narrative that continues to shape the Museum’s presentation of modernism to this day. In the introduction to the catalogue, Barr declared that the day’s most adventurous artists “had grown bored with painting facts. By a common and powerful impulse they were driven to abandon the imitation of natural appearance.” To demonstrate the breadth of this modernist impulse toward abstraction, Barr assembled a wide-ranging exhibition of nearly 400 works of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, furniture, theater design, and typography. He also drew up a now-famous diagram of the origins and influences of modern art that was reproduced on the catalogue’s dust jacket. A retrospective of one of the artists in the exhibition, Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction, opens on November 21. See installation photos and read the out-of-print catalogue on our website as part of our exhibition history project

(via Cubism and Abstract Art | MoMA)

For those of you registered American voters out there reading this, I have an entire drawer of Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) today as a reminder for you to go and vote.

While it is a myth that Benjamin Franklin suggested a turkey as our national bird, he did comment that a turkey may be more appropriate than a Bald Eagle, which Franklin thought was “a Bird of bad moral Character.”

Make these turkeys of excellent character proud, and if you can, please go and vote. Many local museums need your vote to pass proposals that can help them with their budgets, with repairs and expansions, and sometimes with just staying open. Make your voice heard, and support your local dead things!

Photo credit: Ash Boudrie

RIBA 2016 Silver Medal winner: Thomas Chee

The award for best Part-II design project went to Thomas Chee from The Chinese University of Hong Kong for his project Crafts Vault: The V&A Academy of Artisanal Crafts.

Tutored by Peter Winston Ferretto and Ingrid Schroder, Chee’s project proposes a suite of craft workshops at London’s V&A museum. The proposal responds the threat the 2008 economic downturn and new technology brought to the craft industry.

On January 16 of this year some revolutionary students in Caracas made an armed attack on an exhibition of French art and carried off five paintings, which they then offered to return in exchange for the release of political prisoners. The forces of order recaptured the paintings after a gun battle with Winston Bermudes, Luis Monselve and Gladys Troconis. A few days later some other comrades threw two bombs at the police van that was transporting the recovered paintings, which unfortunately did not succeed in destroying it. This is clearly an exemplary way to treat the art of the past, to bring it back into play in life and to reestablish priorities. Since the death of Gauguin (“I have tried to establish the right to dare everything”) and of Van Gogh, their work, coopted by their enemies, has probably never received from the cultural world an homage so true to their spirit as the act of these Venezuelans. During the Dresden insurrection of 1849 Bakunin proposed, unsuccessfully, that the insurgents take the paintings out of the museums and put them on a barricade at the entrance to the city, to see if this might inhibit the attacking troops from continuing their fire. We can thus see how this skirmish in Caracas links up with one of the highest moments of the revolutionary upsurge of the last century, and even goes further.
—  Guy Debord, The Situationists and the New Forms of Action in Art and Politics

Y'know, I kinda wish they’d do another ‘try not to cry challenge’ stream because I have the absolute perfect video that I am 98% certain would make Matt cry.

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En contraposición al uso de los grandes volúmenes está el uso de pequeños elementos repetitivos para crear un gran elemento. Y apenas desviándose de esa estrategia, está el uso de múltiples elementos similares, pero diferentes a su vez, que conforman en conjunto un gran elemento unificado, con la diferencia de la vibración que aporta a sus espacios el que todas las piezas sean diferentes. Es una linda solución cuando hay que adaptarse a geometrías extrañas, tanto en planta como en relación al contexto, como en este caso en que el equipamiento actúa como conector de dos museos.

toshiki hirano - ´secret meeting of the silent creatures´, proposal for architectural competition for an extension of the alvar aalto museum, finland