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DANCE!

June 28, 2013
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I have been pretty much just been dancing since my last post… which is why nothing has been happening here at BIG THINGS. No but really, I have been dancing a lot– salsas, merengues, cumbias. And because of all the dancing that I have been doing, I am finally feeling energized to continue posting...
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¡Bienvenidos a México!

December 18, 2012
¡Bienvenidos a México!

I would like to welcome you all to the Mexican edition of BIG THINGS…COSAS GRANDES! I arrived this week in Mexico City and am very excited to be back in this chaotic place. Some of you may have been wondering what the hell is going on over here: sporadic postings, flash sales, etc. So...
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ROCK THE VOTE!

November 5, 2012
madonna

ROCK THE VOTE!!! i just spent some quality time watching these classic political commercials from 90s MTV icons like madonna, en vogue, red hot chili peppers, megadeath  & more! the 80s and 90s were huge for political activism within creative communities that  into pop culture! where is that energy now?? we better see you...
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Time Travel Tuesday: Nancy

August 28, 2012
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Really excited to be back on the Time Travel Tuesday train with Sara from Brown Paper Bag! Head over to BPB for my post on Mexican surrealist aritst & muse, Leonora Carrington. And without further ado…Sara’s TTT post on NANCY!!! One of my favorite cartoons as a kid and whose sweet tooth I can...
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L’amore in città

August 23, 2012
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Last night we went to see “Love in the City,” at the San Francisco Film Society, an Italian film of short vignettes exploring the “raw! revealing! shocking!” realities of love in Roma in the early 1950s: abandonment, suicide, death, lust and loss. Including shorts by Antonioni and Fellini, like most classic Italian films of...
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Pop Art History

July 24, 2012
Roy LichtensteinStill Life With Goldfish Bowl And Pa~5a4

I’m back in Chicago this week and made my pilgrimage to the Art Institute to say hello to my favorite paintings and check out the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective. I didn’t expect it to like it as much as I did… But WOW! WHAM! BANG! to use the proper language. I was really blown away by...
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Time Travel Tuesday: Viola Frey

June 19, 2012
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After a mini-hiatus, we are back with Sara from Brown Paper Bag for Time Travel Tuesday! This week she wrote about Viola Frey, a Bay Area artist who explored gender power & dynamics in her expressive, figural ceramic sculptures. Don’t forget to visit BPB for my post on Jean Charlot, a French muralist whose...
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It’s Just Paradise

June 1, 2012
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I’m going to HAWAII tomorrow!!! A stowaway on my dad’s work trip (The Int’l Conference on Law & Society!), I’m excited to explore Oahu and Kauai with my family and to learn more about the diverse history and culture of the islands. I’ve been researching quite a bit over the past few weeks, digging...
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Idolatry: Gilles Larrain’s 70s Transvestite Portraits

May 16, 2012
Heidelberg Drum Scans & Exhibition prints by DOT EDITIONS

Who can possibly resist the glamour, extravagance & strange allure of  drag queens!? After seeing these images from Gilles Larrain’s 1973 book, Idols, documenting the 1970s New York transvestite scene, I am dying to get my hands on the 2011 version, which includes even more selections from his archives. Also dying to have some raging dress-up...
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Digging down deep…

May 3, 2012
polka dot bracelet

I’ve been saving these images forever, it’s time to release them into the world! Some favorite picks from some deep digs into the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Love this polka dot bracelet & snakes snakes snakes.
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