The Mary Kay Foundation Awards Grants To 150 Shelters In Advance Of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

$3 Million In Grants To Domestic Violence Shelters Nationwide Narrows Gap Between Funding And Demand For Services

Through a 24-hour survey of domestic violence programs across the country, the National Network to End Domestic Violence discovered that more than 67,000 domestic violence victims found refuge and help on a single day, while an additional 10,000 requests for services were unmet due to lack of resources. To help narrow this critical gap and to continue its long-standing commitment to support the prevention and elimination of domestic violence, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ is awarding $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The Mary Kay Foundation 2015 Shelter Grant Recipients

The Mary Kay Foundation 2015 Shelter Grant Recipients

In advance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, all 150 shelters will receive a $20,000 grant. While more than half of the grant recipients use the unrestricted funds for basic operating expenses, others hire much needed personnel, complete repairs and facility renovations or add programs and resources based on the unique needs of their shelter and the clients they serve.

While progress has been made in the United States in meeting the needs of the thousands of domestic violence victims who seek help each and every day, there remains a significant gap between funding and resources as more and more survivors courageously request services to escape from life-threatening situations,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “We know from our work with shelter directors across the nation that the Foundation’s annual grants are a lifeline for many shelters and continues to impact an epidemic that touches one in every four women.”Mary_Kay___Mary_Kay_Foundation_Logo_c03882fd-1ca8-4887-af96-78cb2b9ce535-prv

The Newhouse in Kansas City, Mo. Is using their grant from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ to support an onsite school to protect the safety of children in grades K-6. The Battered Women’s Shelter in Akron, Ohio will be able to start renovations on a 50,000 square foot facility. The Self Help Center in Casper, Wyo. offers 20 weekly support groups as part of their youth prevention program along with after school mentoring to provide positive role models to help youth heal and end the new cycle of abuse before it starts. In Dallas, Mosaic Family Services has relocated to a larger facility nearly doubling their capacity to serve women and children.

Support from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ is invaluable as we work daily to help women and children flee abusive homes, many of them arriving with nothing but the clothes on their backs,” said Walter Nguyen, Ph.D., Executive Director of Mosaic Family Services. “With an overwhelming demand and limited funding, this grant will help fill in the gaps to not only care for our clients but also provide programs to help prevent abuse before it begins.”

Since 2000, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has donated $35.6 million to domestic violence organizations through its annual shelter grant program. Each year, grants are awarded to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state with the remaining grants distributed based on state population. U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands have also received funding through the Shelter Grant program. Approximately 625 domestic violence shelters applied for funding this year. Continue reading

Home Design: Big Chill Ushers in a New Era of Style to the Kitchen

Introducing the Big Chill Classic: Industrial Style, American by Design

Charting a new course for industrial chic design, the Big Chill Classic Series mixes rugged metals, distinctive finishes and rich colors, making it easy for style-hungry cooks to turn up the heat.

Big Chill, maker of the iconic Retro Fridge, unveils the new Classic Series, a line of creatively designed appliances that unite a century of industrial design details – rugged metals, velvety colors and distinctive finishes – into a fresh, new look that’s rich with character, seamlessly modern and distinctively American in design.

Big Chill Ushers in a New Era of Style to the Kitchen: Introducing the Big Chill Classic, Industrial Style, American by Design (PRNewsFoto/Big Chill)

Big Chill Ushers in a New Era of Style to the Kitchen: Introducing the Big Chill Classic, Industrial Style, American by Design (PRNewsFoto/Big Chill)

The Classic Series is the newest addition to the Big Chill product portfolio, which features multiple eras of style for the home kitchen, including whimsical Retro-inspired designs as well as contemporary and colorful Pro-style appliances. The new Classic Series is a fresh analysis of function and form, a new aesthetic.

Handcrafted in Reading, PA, the Classic Series is offered in a 30-inch range and a coordinating ventilation collection. Available in six colors – Matte Black, French Blue, Cabernet, White, Cream and Stainless Steel – the line also features four unique metal trim options including Brushed Brass, Polished Copper, Satin Nickel and Chrome. The Classic 1900 Series stove is characterized by rugged, textured metals and turn-of-century inspired knobs and handles.

Design is as important as function, which is why at Big Chill we are obsessed with creating appliances that offer exceptional, unexpected style,” says Orion Creamer, co-founder and president, Big Chill. Creamer also is the company’s lead designer and the architect behind each Big Chill product, from ranges to refrigerators.

The new Big Chill Classic Series was inspired by American industrial chic design, a movement that finds beauty in aged, utilitarian design. Characterized by reclaimed woods, exposed brick, ductwork on the ceiling and worn textures mixed with hardy metals, this aesthetic works either as an all-encompassing design or just as a small accent mixed with another style.  With the Classic Series, Creamer created a new utilitarian design that is timeless, simple and natural in any type of kitchen design.

Big Chill Ushers in a New Era of Style to the Kitchen: Introducing the Big Chill Classic, Industrial Style, American by Design (PRNewsFoto/Big Chill)

Big Chill Ushers in a New Era of Style to the Kitchen: Introducing the Big Chill Classic, Industrial Style, American by Design (PRNewsFoto/Big Chill)

We designed the Classic line as a unique interpretation of industrial chic designs, but with a purely American feel. Neither vintage nor overly designed, the Classic fits effortlessly into a variety of different decors, from traditional to modern and everything in between,” says Creamer.

Each Classic 1900 Series stove is built to order in Pennsylvania and offers pro-style performance to match its unique design. Cooking is easy with professional level power and versatility, including up to 18,000 BTU burners. Home chefs easily can slide pots and pans from front to rear burners without lifting them, making use of the full motion, sturdy cast iron grates. Additionally, the oversized oven can accommodate a full size commercial baking sheet. The infrared broiler produces heat up to 1850 degrees, and the convection fan allows for even baking and roasting.

Big Chill Classic hoods are designed to match the stove in both color and design. Handcrafted with commercial-grade stainless steel with the largest filtered capture in the industry, these hoods are designed to perform as well as those in commercial kitchens. Big Chill’s Classic stainless steel hoods are effective and stylish, with dishwasher safe stainless steel filters, variable blower control, and commercial grade 18 gauge 300 stainless steel construction. The Classic Series features two hood styles: the Classic 1900 Series hood is available with a metal trimmed utensil rail to match the stove, and the Classic hood features a clean profile. Both are available in all six Classic series colors.

Big Chill was founded in 2001 in Boulder, Colorado and built from the ground up by Orion Creamer. Conceived as an alternative to conventional appliance design, Big Chill found a niche for products that had a retro look, but delivered modern performance. The new Classic line fits seamlessly into the Big Chill appliance portfolio, which features the iconic Retro Fridge as well as the contemporary Pro line.  The Classic Series leverages the company’s design know-how and expands its vision of offering appliances with unique design across a broad spectrum of style preferences.

The Big Chill Classic Series can be purchased online. For more information visit www.bigchill.com. Visit www.bigchill.com  to learn more.

“Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War” at The Museum of Modern Art

October 24, 2015–March 20, 2016

The Paul J. Sachs Drawing Galleries, third floor

The years surrounding World War II posed a creative and existential crisis, as artists struggled to respond to human, social, and cultural conditions in the wake of the horrors of combat, images of concentration camps, and the aftermath of the atomic bomb. Drawn entirely from MoMA’s collection, Soldier, Spectre, Shaman presents a range of artistic responses focused on the human figure, with the body serving as subject and object, mirror and metaphor.

Jean Fautrier (French, 1898-1964). Hostages Black Ground (Otages fond noir). 1944-47 (printed c. 1962). Etching, relief printed. Plate: 9 1/2 x 12 9/16″ (23.5 x 31.9 cm); sheet: 14 7/8 x 21 15/16″ (37.8 x 55.8 cm). Publisher: Édition Couturier, Paris. Printer: Jacques David, Paris. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Arthur B. Stanton Fund © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Jean Fautrier (French, 1898-1964). Hostages Black Ground (Otages fond noir). 1944-47 (printed c. 1962). Etching, relief printed. Plate: 9 1/2 x 12 9/16″ (23.5 x 31.9 cm); sheet: 14 7/8 x 21 15/16″ (37.8 x 55.8 cm). Publisher: Édition Couturier, Paris. Printer: Jacques David, Paris. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Arthur B. Stanton Fund © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The exhibition features work in a variety of mediums by more than 30 international artists, including prints by David Smith and Chimei Hamada that confront the visceral realities of the battlefield landscape; Alberto Giacometti’s and Louise Bourgeois’s sculptures of spectral, shadowed, or dissolving bodies; Shomei Tomatsu’s post-atomic bomb photographs; and visions of mystical, divine, or otherworldly forms by Henri Michaux, Henry Darger, and Jeanne Reynal.

Shomei Tomatsu (Japanese, 1930-2012). Hibakusha Tomitarō Shimotani, Nagasaki. 1961. Gelatin silver print, 13 × 18 3/4″ (33 × 47.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist © 2015 Shomei Tomatsu

Shomei Tomatsu (Japanese, 1930-2012). Hibakusha Tomitarō Shimotani, Nagasaki. 1961. Gelatin silver print, 13 × 18 3/4″ (33 × 47.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist © 2015 Shomei Tomatsu

Organized by Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography, and Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints.

Actress Kerry Washington Unveils New Purse Design and Kicks Off Campaign to Raise Funds for Domestic Violence Services

Allstate Foundation @Purple Purse and @KerryWashington unite to battle domestic violence

Allstate Foundation Purple Purse® ambassador Kerry Washington unveiled her latest purse design to bring attention to domestic violence and financial abuse before an audience of community leaders, survivors and VIPs on Sept. 24 in New York City. In so doing, she also kicked off a month-long effort to raise funds for domestic violence programs nationwide.

Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has helped nearly 600,000 domestic violence survivors access life-changing financial education, job training and readiness and small business programs. One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. In 98 percent of cases, victims will also suffer from financial abuse, which means their abusers will deny them access to money and financial resources. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, a public awareness and fundraising campaign, is aimed at creating long-term safety and security for domestic violence survivors. The purse represents the center of a woman’s financial domain, and purple is the national color for domestic violence awareness.89273ecf-b0a8-47eb-a1f5-fe7fb6ff6cf6.HR

Golden Globe and Emmy nominated Washington partnered with handbag designer, Dee Ocleppo (wife of designer Tommy Hilfiger), to create the 2015 Purple Purse. The limited-edition, on-trend clutch was created to encourage the public to talk about domestic violence and financial abuse. This year, the purple purse, retailing at $350, is available for purchase beginning Sept. 25 at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations and on Saks.com with 25 percent of proceeds supporting abuse programs.

I am proud to be part of a movement that empowers women to take back control and to rebuild their lives,” said Washington. “Through Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, we aim to break the cycle of violence. We hope women will carry this purse to show their support, and that domestic violence victims will be inspired to reclaim their independence.”7385196e-c6ba-4f76-92da-06f826ff7e28.HR

Domestic violence and financial abuse can happen to the women in our lives, including our sisters, mothers, girlfriends and co-workers,” said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president, corporate responsibility, Allstate Insurance Company. “Through Purple Purse, we are making the invisible weapon of financial abuse visible to the public, and we are working to ensure victims have access to services, such as legal counsel and financial assistance that can help them break free from abuse and recover.”

Recognizing not everyone can purchase Washington’s purse, Purple Purse charms are available for $10, with proceeds benefiting domestic violence programs through PurplePurse.com. Attached to gym bags, key chains and purses, Purple Purse charms are a great way for men and women to show their support for survivors. PurplePurse.com also includes Kerry Washington’s new 30-second campaign PSAfc024c34-6c28-4318-919a-bee1e3b32827.HR and tips on how to start conversations about this important, but sensitive topic.

From Oct. 1, through Oct. 27, more than 160 nonprofits will participate in the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge. Each participating organization will rally the public to raise funds. To encourage donations, the Allstate Foundation is investing $500,000 in Challenge sweepstakes and contests. When the month-long fundraiser concludes on Oct. 27, the public can continue to donate to Purple Purse nonprofits through the end of the year at PurplePurse.com.

If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

Auberge Resorts Collection Appoints Juan Paolo Alfonso General Manager of Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica, Mountain top resort in Pérez Zeledón

Auberge Resorts Collection, owner and operator of boutique luxury hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs, announced today that Jaun Paolo Alfonso has been appointed General Manager of Hacienda AltaGracia.

Hacienda AltaGracia. A Auberge Resorts

Hacienda AltaGracia. A Auberge Resorts

Auberge Resorts Collection, owner and operator of boutique luxury hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs, announced that Jaun Paolo Alfonso has been appointed General Manager of Hacienda AltaGracia. This intimate new resort located in the lush mountains of Pérez Zeledón in the southern region of Costa Rica opened in June 2015 and joined Auberge Resorts Collection in July 2015.

Juan Paolo Alfonso, General Manager Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection

Juan Paolo Alfonso, General Manager Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection

At Hacienda AltaGracia, Alfonso will oversee the management and operations of Auberge’s first Central American boutique luxury resort, which is poised to bring a vibrant, new luxury experience to Costa Rica. Alfonso brings vast experience in luxury hospitality to this integral new role, having previously served most recently as Assistant General Manager of Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah, where he was vital in the development of curated adventure, cultural and historical experiences in the region.

We are delighted to welcome Juan to our growing Auberge Resorts Collection family,” said Craig T. Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “With extensive leadership experience at premier luxury resorts, Juan is the ideal general manager to oversee the introduction of Hacienda AltaGracia.”

Located in the Southern Region of the country, AltaGracia uncovers one of Costa Rica’s last hidden havens: Pérez Zeledón, a traditional agricultural town, and now, a mandatory stop in the country’s destination circuit. The region boasts all over picturesque beauty, flora and fauna, and sits close to the Cerro Chirripó, “Los Cusingos” Wildlife Bird Refuge and beautiful green valleys. The people of Pérez Zeledón are also part of its beauty as they are known for their warmth and authenticity. Nestled atop the lush mountains of Pérez Zeledón, in Costa Rica’s Southern Region, AltaGracia offers 50 estate-size Casitas, one of Central America’s finest spas, three creative dining options and an exclusive equestrian experience.

Hacienda AltaGracia features estate-size, yet intimate accommodations, with exquisite interiors amongst Costa Rica’s mountain tops. From riding rings and breed horses, to its own private natural reserve, it has all of the luxuries and comforts of good living, gourmet dining, and spa life. In the purest valley of what is the last almost unexplored area in Costa Rica, AltaGracia was born as the only “Boutique Hacienda” in the country. Like that of a true Hacienda, its house-style welcome is what defines it. The property has a total of 350 hectares of which only 38 have been used for construction, which offers trails for walking or riding with a spectacular view of the “Valle del General”.

During his tenure as Assistant General Manager of Amangiri, the luxury resort was named one of the top 20 U.S. Hideaways of 2013 by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report and among Travel + Leisure’s T+L 500 World’s Best Hotels 2013. Alfonso formerly served as Front Office Manager for Amanyara in Turks and Caicos, where he worked closely with general managers and rooms operations managers opening the resort. He began his hospitality career with managerial positions at the lauded Amangani and Amanusa resorts. Continue reading

Quintessential American Movie Musical “Oklahoma!” Returns To Cinema Screens Fully Restored For 60th Anniversary Limited Engagement

Tony and Emmy Award-winning Oklahoma Native Kristin Chenoweth Sings Songs from the Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical in Exclusive Pre-Film Bonus Featurette

Academy Award-winning Hollywood musical “Oklahoma!” returns to theaters nationwide for the first time in wide release in 60 years fully restored and with extended pre-show featurette featuring Okie native Kristin Chenoweth singing songs from the classic musical based on the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II stage production. The limited theatrical re-release, a partnership between BY Experience and Rodgers & Hammerstein, An Imagem Company, begins November 1st with more than 800 screenings nationwide. Tickets for the “Oklahoma!” special event are available now at participating theater box offices and online at www.Oklahoma60.com.OKmarcusDigiPoster
The theatrical re-release marks the first time theater goers will see the fully restored film on cinema screens. More than 50 professionals spent more than 3,500 hours restoring the film’s 275,678 frames. The nine-month process was completed early in 2014 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

I can remember watching ‘Oklahoma!’ and my heart soared,” said Chenoweth.  “A musical about the very place where I was growing up that has always remained special to me.  From the very first downbeat of the overture to the very last note of this score, ‘Oklahoma!’ is my favorite musical.”  The multi-hyphenate performer filmed the featurette last month while performing several songs from the film at New York City’s famed Broadway supper club Feinstein’s/54 Below for an audience of theater students from the American Theatre Wing Intern Network and SpringboardNYC programs.  Chenoweth is a passionate advocate of providing young people from all backgrounds with access to theater and is a supporter of The Kristin Chenoweth Theater at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.

Oklahoma!” was released October 11, 1955, but its origins date back a dozen years earlier when legendary musical writing team Rodgers & Hammerstein staged their first Broadway production “Oklahoma!.”  The stage production inspired the classic movie, which was the first feature film shot in the Todd-AO 70 mm process.  Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger and Eddie Albert starred in the Academy Award-winning film, which was inducted into the prestigious National Film Registry in 2007.  Memorable songs from the film include “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “I Cain’t Say No” and the iconic title song “Oklahoma!.”

BY Experience kicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie‘s 2003 Reality album launch and since then, over 22 million tickets have been sold worldwide for cinema events BY Experience has distributed globally. Current cinema series credits: Distribution Representative, The Met: Live in HD (Worldwide; since 2006), the UK’s National Theatre Live (Ex-UK; since 2009), Bolshoi Ballet (North America; since 2014). BY Experience has executive produced and/or distributed several diverse programs for cinema including numerous rock concerts, radio programs, fine art exhibits other special content events.  Earlier this year, BY Experience began partnering with major motion picture studios on national theatrical re-releases of classic and in some cases fully restored films. In March, the company distributed Universal Pictures’ 30th anniversary screenings of the seminal John Hughes film “The Breakfast Club.” Upcoming theatrical re-releases include “My Fair Lady” (50th), “Oklahoma!” (60th) and “Fantasia” (75th). BY Experience distributes to over 60 countries, to over 2,000 movie screens. www.byexperience.net.


When Rodgers and Hammerstein produced the movie version of their musical, they opted to be the first motion picture filmed in Mike Todd‘s then brand new Todd-AO technology,” explained Ted Chapin, President and Chief Creative Officer, Rodgers & Hammerstein. “That was incredibly exciting for the movie industry at the time.  The fact that Fox’s technical crew could restore the original so brilliantly is equally exciting.

Few movie musicals capture the American spirit more than ‘Oklahoma!,’ with cowboys and the independent women they love, in the sprawling turn-of-the-century southwest, all set to the unforgettable songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein,” said Julie Borchard-Young, co-president of BY Experience.  “We’re so proud to be partnering with Rodgers & Hammerstein on this memorable cinematic event.”

 

Play & Learn Along with Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego in New Exhibit, Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore!

Exhibit at The Liberty Science Center October 3, 2015-January 24, 2016

Get ready to explore with Dora and Diego at the Liberty Science Center in its newest exhibit, Dora and Diego–Let’s Explore! The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon‘s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper.

Children enjoying the Dora & Diego - Let's Explore! exhibit at Liberty Science Center. (PRNewsFoto/Liberty Science Center)

Children enjoying the Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore! exhibit at Liberty Science Center. (PRNewsFoto/Liberty Science Center)

Liberty Science Center (LSC.org) is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, the Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. More than half a million students, teachers, and parents visit the Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participate in the Center’s offsite and online programs. LSC is the most visited museum in New Jersey and the largest interactive science center in the New York City-New Jersey metropolitan area.


The interactive exhibit, created by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon, will be available to Liberty Science Center guests from October 3, 2015, through January 24, 2016.

Dora the Explorer is a ground-breaking children’s series that follows the adventures of the 7-year-old Latina heroine Dora and her friends in an imaginative, tropical world. Go, Diego, Go! stars Dora’s 8-year-old cousin Diego, a bilingual wildlife rescuer who protects animals and their environment. The exhibit gives children and their families the opportunity to go into the worlds of Dora and Diego to engage in problem-solving and active play. Young children play along as they join an adventure and learn how to solve problems, be a good friend, and care for animals and the environment. Spanish vocabulary is incorporated throughout the exhibit to introduce Spanish-speaking skills to preschool children.

Favorite friends and places from episodes of Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Do! are incorporated in the exhibit including:
The Purple Planet – Visit the Purple Planet with Dora and Boots! A Purple Planet home invites young visitors to climb inside and slide down on the surface of the Purple Planet.

Rocket Ship – Dora’s outer-space friends want to go back to the Purple Planet and need help getting there. Aboard the Rocket Ship, preschoolers are invited to put on a spacesuit, pilot the ship, and test their memory with images of colorful planets as they help Dora and Boots take their outer-space friends home.

Constellations – On the way to the Purple Planet, Dora and Boots encounter some interesting star groupings. Children and their families are invited to help identify the patterns made out of stars by inserting star shapes to light-up a constellation. Continue reading

Guggenheim and Dior Sets Dates for the 2015 Guggenheim International Gala

Guggenheim Museum and Dior Announce Dates for the 2015 Guggenheim International Gala with Performance by Grimes

Benefit Events on November 4 and 5 Honor Artists On Kawara (in memoriam), Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, and Doris Salcedo

The 2015 Guggenheim International Gala (GIG) will take place on November 4 and 5, 2015, and for the third consecutive year will be presented by Dior. The celebration will begin on Wednesday with a pre-party hosted by the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council (YCC) featuring a special musical performance by Canadian producer, singer, and songwriter Grimes. The pre-party will be held from 9 pm to midnight. A benefit dinner on Thursday will follow, honoring artists On Kawara (in memoriam) and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, both the subjects of recent career-spanning exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, whose work is on view at the museum through October 12, 2015.

Portrait of Doris Salcedo. Photo: David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Portrait of Doris Salcedo. Photo: David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Proceeds from the GIG contribute to the Guggenheim Museum’s general operating fund, which helps to make possible a range of internationally acclaimed exhibitions and educational programs, supports stewardship of the Guggenheim’s unparalleled collections of modern and contemporary works of art, and provides for the care of the museum’s landmark building.

Portrait of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Photo: David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Portrait of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Photo: David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Honorary chairs for the event are Christina Baker, Phyllis Mack, Raf Simons, Jennifer Blei Stockman, and Sidney Toledano. Event cochairs are Todd and Katie Boehly, Valentino D. Carlotti, and Denise Saul.

Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum said, “The Guggenheim is pleased to honor three extraordinary artists, On Kawara, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, and Doris Salcedo, whose work we have been privileged to share with museum-going audiences this year and which holds an important place in our collection. We are delighted to be working again with Dior, our invaluable collaborator in presenting the GIG, and we look forward to building on last year’s success.

Installation view: Doris Salcedo, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 26–October 12, 2015 (Photo: David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)

Installation view: Doris Salcedo, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 26–October 12, 2015
(Photo: David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)

Installation view: On Kawara—Silence, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 6–May 3, 2015. Photo: David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Installation view: On Kawara—Silence, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 6–May 3, 2015. Photo: David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Tickets to the GIG Pre-Party on November 4 include the performance, a full open bar, and an opportunity to view a portion of the exhibition Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting. Tickets are $300 for YCC members and $350 general admission. A one-year membership to the YCC may be combined with an individual ticket to the pre-party for the discounted price of $750. The event has a limited capacity.

Current YCC members receive priority access to purchase discounted tickets. General admission tickets will be available beginning August 6 at 12 pm. For tickets and more information, visit guggenheim.org/gigpreparty. For further information on tickets to the GIG dinner on November 5, contact specialevents@guggenheim.org.

Grimes (Photo: John Londono)

Grimes (Photo: John Londono)

Grimes is the multimedia project of Canadian artist Claire Boucher. Best known as a producer, singer and songwriter, “Grimes” also encompasses Boucher’s work as a director, painter and writer. In 2013 Grimes received a Webby Award for Artist of the Year and a Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year for her third record, Visions. Other albums include Halfaxa and Geidi Primes (both 2010). Grimes will release her highly anticipated fourth album this fall.


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The Toy Insider’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: The Toy Insider(TM) Unwraps 2015 Hottest Holiday Toys with Hot 20, Top Tech 12 and STEM 10 Lists

What’s Trending in Toyland? The Star Wars Force, Toys that Talk Back – Say Hello Barbie, Play all Day with Elmo, and Sing Along with Elsa from Disney Frozen — Cooking Up Fun with the Girl Scouts, and Toys that Come to Life

The Toy Insider 2015 Holiday Gift Guide (PRNewsFoto/The Toy Insider)

The Toy Insider 2015 Holiday Gift Guide (PRNewsFoto/The Toy Insider)

The Toy Insider unwrapped its 10th Annual Holiday Gift Guide, including expert picks for the hottest toys and kids’ tech items of the 2015 season broken out into three lists: the Hot 20, Top Tech 12 and, new for 2015, STEM 10. With lots of options for boys and girls of all ages, these 42 items are expected to top kids’ wish lists and be hard to find or sold out by Christmas.

Toy Insider logo

Toy Insider logo

The Toy Insider, the go-to source for toy and children’s product information, publishes a holiday gift guide by age category annually in Woman’s Day magazine, and is a trusted resource for parents both online and through social media all year long. Its content is produced by an editorial team with more than 30 years of experience covering the children’s products industry. The Toy Insider is published by Adventure Publishing Group, publisher of leading trade publications The Toy Book, The Toy Report, The Licensing Book and Total Licensing Report.

This year’s hottest toys are not only going to ‘wow’ kids this holiday season, but also keep them engaged in hours of imaginary, mind-stimulating and creative play well into 2016,” says Laurie Schacht, “Toy Insider Mom” and publisher of The Toy Insider.  “This year, we also created a STEM 10 list in response to requests from parents who are looking for great playthings to reinforce important science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills.

The Toy Insider Full Holiday Gift Guide will appear in the November issue of Woman’s Day magazine, on newsstands in mid-October, and online at TheToyInsider.com. Filled with more than 240 toys and gifts made by 110 different manufacturers, this year’s guide is the biggest ever. Parents and gift givers can easily search by child age (broken out into 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9+) and interest with the added assistance of a skills development key.


The Toy Insider’s Hot 20

0-2 years
Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space (Fisher-Price)
Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway (VTech)
Play All Day Elmo (Playskool)
TOMY Toddler Toys Jumbo Jamboree (TOMY)

3-5 years
Disney Frozen Sing-a-long Elsa (Jakks Pacific)
Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center (Just Play)
Furreal Friends Starlily, My Magical Unicorn (Hasbro)
Giant Leonardo Playset (Playmates Toys)
Imaginext Ultra T-Rex (Fisher-Price)
Minions Interactive Action Figures (Thinkway Toys)

6-8 years
Disney Descendants Signature Outfit Doll Assortment (Hasbro)
Little Live Pets Clever Keet (Moose Toys)
Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck (Moose Toys)
Skylanders SuperChargers (Activision)
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Chicago’s Pritzker Military Museum & Library Unveil ‘FACES OF WAR’ Exhibit on Vietnam War

Exhibit Honors The Work of U.S. Army Combat Photographers

Alert and Alive, 1968. A soldier with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division keeps a watchful eye for the enemy at Phu Bai Combat Base, south of Huế in central Vietnam. Photo by Sergeant First Class Howard C. “Harry” Breedlove, U.S. Army.

Alert and Alive, 1968. A soldier with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division keeps a watchful eye for the enemy at Phu Bai Combat Base, south of Huế in central Vietnam. Photo by Sergeant First Class Howard C. “Harry” Breedlove, U.S. Army.

Captured by the Special Operations Photographers of the Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO), These Photos Provide A Unique Perspective Of The War.

Original photographs and motion pictures by the men of Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO) are at the center of a new exhibit, FACES OF WAR: Documenting the Vietnam War from the Front Lines, by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on the Vietnam War, now on view. This collection of photographs and motion pictures captures the Vietnam War as it was experienced by some of the 3.4 million Americans who served in the Southeast Asian Theater—the aggression, the misery, and the hope—as well as the millions more who attempted to carry on as the conflict waged at their doorsteps. Produced in partnership with the DASPO Combat Photographers Association, the Museum & Library’s new FACES OF WAR exhibit and permanent online gallery are largely supported by the contributions of private donors and the DASPO veterans themselves.

Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry, 1969. A member of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division sets smoke for a helicopter extraction near Tam Kỳ in the Quảng Tín Province. Photo by Captain Roger Hawkins, U.S. Army.

Rootin’ Tootin’ Raspberry, 1969. A member of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division sets smoke for a helicopter extraction near Tam Kỳ in the Quảng Tín Province. Photo by Captain Roger Hawkins, U.S. Army.

Digging In, 1965. Photo by Second Lieutenant James R. Lowell, U.S. Army.

Digging In, 1965. Photo by Second Lieutenant James R. Lowell, U.S. Army.

The exhibit—titled FACES OF WAR: Documenting the Vietnam War from the Front Lines—includes dozens of rarely seen photos and motion pictures from Vietnam; a collection of artifacts, including original cameras, gear, and equipment; and an audio tour with commentary by DASPO veterans on their experiences and the legacy of their work. The men of DASPO were dedicated professionals who took pride in documenting United States Army activities around the world. Putting their lives on the line, these still photographers and motion picture cameramen covered every United States Army campaign of the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War (1955-1975) traces its roots to the colonization of Vietnam by France in the late 19th Century. In 1884, all of Vietnam fell under French rule; in 1887, it was fully integrated into French Indochina. France developed a Western system of education throughout its colonies, propagated Roman Catholicism, and developed a plantation economy to promote the export of tobacco, indigo, tea, and coffee. French settlers moved mostly into southern Vietnam and based themselves around the city of Saigon. Independence movements against French rule developed at the start of colonization, but France maintained control of Vietnam until World War II (1941-1945), when Japan occupied the country.

Anticipation, 1968. A Huey UH-1D helicopter carrying members of A Company, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, U.S. Army 1st Air Cavalry Division approaches a landing zone. Photo by Specialist 5 Richard A. “Dick” Durrance, U.S. Army.

Anticipation, 1968. A Huey UH-1D helicopter carrying members of A Company, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, U.S. Army 1st Air Cavalry Division approaches a landing zone. Photo by Specialist 5 Richard A. “Dick” Durrance, U.S. Army.

Base Camp Operations, 1968. Members of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division pass sand bags down the line at Phu Bai Combat Base, south of Huế in central Vietnam. Photo by Sergeant First Class Howard C. “Harry” Breedlove, U.S. Army.

Base Camp Operations, 1968. Members of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division pass sand bags down the line at Phu Bai Combat Base, south of Huế in central Vietnam. Photo by Sergeant First Class Howard C. “Harry” Breedlove, U.S. Army.

During World War II, a national liberation movement formed under the direction of communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh to combat the French and the occupying Japanese forces. The Viet Minh, as they were known, coordinated their efforts with Allied troops fighting in the war’s Pacific Theater until the eventual defeat of Japan in 1945. After the war, the Viet Minh moved to the city of Hanoi in northern Vietnam and proclaimed national independence under a provisional government—a move that would lead to the outbreak of the First Indochina War (1946-1954) as France sought to reclaim its colony.

Backed by communist governments in the Soviet Union and the newly formed People’s Republic of China, the Viet Minh held their ground. In 1950, the fighting escalated to a Cold War crisis as the Korean War raged to the north. At the Geneva Conference of 1954, an accord was reached with the hope of finding a peaceful resolution, calling for the separation of Vietnam at the 17th parallel with French loyalists moving to the south and communist sympathizers moving to the north. The Geneva Accords stipulated that Vietnam be reunified by a national election in 1956, but as unification efforts stalled and Cold War tensions continued to build, the United States became increasingly involved. In addition to contributing equipment and millions of dollars in financial aid, the U.S. soon deployed a contingent of non-combat personnel with its Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) to train Republic of Vietnam (RVN) forces and to oppose the spread of communism into South Vietnam.

Home Cookin' 1967. A member of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division eats his first hot meal in five days after operating in the Quảng Ngãi Province. Photo by Specialist 5 Robert C. Lafoon, U.S. Army.

Home Cookin’ 1967. A member of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division eats his first hot meal in five days after operating in the Quảng Ngãi Province. Photo by Specialist 5 Robert C. Lafoon, U.S. Army.

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San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) Announces Winners of the Inaugural Emerging Artists Program (EAP)

In Conjunction With MoAD’s 10th Year Anniversary, Local Artists Tim Roseborough and Cheryl Derricotte Awarded Exhibition Space as First EAP Winners Beginning Nov. 11

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) announced Tim Roseborough and Cheryl Derricotte as the winners of the museum’s inaugural Emerging Artists Program. The two San Francisco Bay Area artists were selected among 45 applicants for the opportunity to exhibit at MoAD.

MoAD Logo (Provided by  MoAD,/www.moadsf.org)

MoAD Logo (Provided by MoAD,/www.moadsf.org)

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD, 685 Mission Street at 3rd, San Francisco, California 94105, (415) 358-7200) is an arts and cultural institution dedicated to preserving the stories of our common African heritage and sharing those stories with audiences from around the world. Situated in the heart of the Yerba Buena Arts District in San Francisco, MoAD is actively engaged in building a community that inspires, educates and connects people of all ages and backgrounds.

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) (Photo Credit: www.freelon.com)

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) (Photo Credit: http://www.freelon.com)

MoAD‘s mission is to build a deeper understanding of the African Diaspora through art, programs and events that cultivate wonder and excitement about the ways in which our personal histories are connected. As a nonprofit organization, the museum’s operations and programs are supported by grants and contributions from public and private sources. As a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, MoAD has access to the Smithsonian Institution’s 136 million artifact collection for research, exhibits and programming. MoAD joins a network of more than 190 organizations in 45 states, Puerto Rico and Panamá with a shared goal of creating lasting experiences that educate, inspire and broaden perspectives on science, history, world culture and the arts.

Applicants submitted works that address the cultural and artistic richness of the African Diaspora which elaborated on MoAD’s four themes: Origins, Movement, Adaptation and Transformation. Roseborough is the first artist to exhibit in the museum’s multipurpose artwork space in the Salon gallery. His Four Themes exhibition is on view Nov. 11, 2015–Jan. 18, 2016. Derricotte’s exhibit, Ghost/Ships, is on view Jan. 27–April 3, 2016.

MoAD responded to local artists’ requests to creatively address issues around the Diaspora with new and fresh perspectives,” said MoAD’s director of exhibitions, Emily Kuhlmann. “One of our key goals is to provide opportunities for the arts community to share their Diaspora story through MoAD’s mission and vision. We’re excited by the interest in this year’s program and look forward to seeing both of these exhibitions come to life.”

Panelists Kuhlmann, along with Michael Warr (MoAD’s deputy director), Dr. Sarah Ladipo Manyika (professor of literature at San Francisco State University and board member) and Melorra Green and Melonie J. Green (both local arts professionals) selected the winners of the program.

Four Themes: San Francisco-based Tim Roseborough literally leveraged MOAD’s mission and four themes by translating them into his unique Englyph writing system. 

Four Themes: San Francisco-based Tim Roseborough literally leveraged MOAD’s mission and four themes by translating them into his unique Englyph writing system.

Four Themes

San Francisco-based Tim Roseborough literally leveraged MOAD’s mission and four themes by translating them into his unique Englyph writing system. Four Themes is one of the two collections of works that consists of seven digital prints and an animated video that joins all of the artwork thematically. His practice includes a series of artworks rendered in Englyph – a conflation of “English” and “hieroglyphics”.

Englyph was inspired by hieroglyphics – the hermetic language system of Egypt – whereby he weds the ancient tradition to contemporary digital culture. Englyph is a part of his ongoing effort to balance the worlds of form and idea in artworks that are both visually appealing and conceptually rigorous.

Roseborough is a digital artist whose work has been featured in numerous publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, Artforum and SF Examiner. He has performed and showcased at the 2012 and 2010 ZERO1 New Media Biennials, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and SOMArts Cultural Center, among others. He has also been awarded residencies at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley and the School of Visual Arts in New York.

My generation is notable for being exposed to an ever-expanding array of screens: motion pictures, televisions, computer monitors, cell-phones and hand held devices,” said Roseborough. “My work is informed by this “screen culture:” film, television, virtual reality and video games. I incorporate contemporary aesthetics into my art, but my work injects these “screens” with ambiguity, questions and challenges.

He continued: “From paint tubes in the 19th century, to acrylic paint, silkscreen technique and portable film and video cameras in the 20th, artists have seized upon new technologies in their practices, thereby reinvigorating art for each age. Following in this tradition, I utilize a range of what is broadly termed “Digital Media,” including 2-and-3-dimensional modeling and animation, video, digital photography, Web sites and digital printing. My practice involves traditional artist’s skills including drafting, sketching and coloring, while incorporating 21st Century aptitudes such as programming and digital design and modeling. My work is informed by Minimalism, Conceptual and Video art and infuses these influences with a provocative vision and singular visual aesthetic.

In my Englyph series, I have devised a new way of writing English and other Latin alphabet based languages. This process, implemented in a variety of media including Web sites, animations and digital prints, has a distinctive style and, literally, its own visual vocabulary. My animations, installations and videos focus on events, media and cultural phenomena and artifacts that have been lost, ignored or forgotten, mining the past and the subconscious of our culture to highlight profound, yet under-recognized, notions and ideas.”

Cheryl Derricotte pays homage to Fred Wilson's Mining the Museum by "mining the library” (the British Library) for images related to the global slave trade. This show includes approximately 20 works that reveal images of people from African descent who come from diverse locales and were involved in the trade.

Cheryl Derricotte pays homage to Fred Wilson’s Mining the Museum by “mining the library” (the British Library) for images related to the global slave trade. This show includes approximately 20 works that reveal images of people from African descent who come from diverse locales and were involved in the trade.

Ghosts/Ships

Cheryl Derricotte pays homage to Fred Wilson’s Mining the Museum by “mining the library” (the British Library) for images related to the global slave trade. This show includes approximately 20 works that reveal images of people from African descent who come from diverse locales and were involved in the trade. Continue reading