Jacob’s Pillow, “America’s longest running international dance festival,” brings you an interactive website full of performances from the 1930s through today’s hottest dancers. The history of Jacob’s Pillow is rooted in an old New England farm, purchased by dance couple Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis in 1930. And it’s still making history – in March of this year, President Obama awarded Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival the National Medal of Arts.
Initially, I thought Tracey Emin’s work was a joke. I wrote it off quickly and
reshelved it. I was 17 or so at the time. I have since revisited it. I am now able to
see just how much is really happening. I consider Tracey Emin one of the most
honest and pure artists of this century. Whether or not the work is “good” is an
entirely different matter. Her work is compelling, pulling from emotional states
nearly all of us have been in. I find myself lost in the pages of this book, reading
and re-reading her appliquéd messages or prints and reflecting. Julian Schnabel’s
essay is as honest as the work, and is followed up with Emin’s own writing, a perfect
set up for the plates of work that follow. In addition to Schnabel, Patrick Elliott
states it perfectly, “She lays herself open to scrutiny with a disarming frankness
and fearlessness that can be excruciating to observe… Everything she does can be
recycled into art.”
Europa Film Treasuresprovides free access to nearly 150 early European films. You can search the collection a number of ways, making browsing this treasured archive easy and fun. Limit by time period (the collection includes films from 1895-1999), country of origin, or genre (such as animation, dance, drama, and fiction). An interesting search feature is element; you film buffs can see the difference between hand couloured and stencil coloured! (Note the British spellings.)
Each entry contains a brief essay about the film and a link to view the film. Enjoy!