Empire’s Jussie Smollett to Hosts 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception at 20th Century Fox Studios

Black AIDS Institute/Heroes in the Struggle Honors Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Gina Belafonte, and Gina Brown

17 hits p2 ebrite head no bg-crop-u909The Black AIDS Institute inducts a select group of individuals and organizations that have made commendable heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America. The 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception will be held on September 16, 2017, at the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles at 6:00 PM.

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Empire’s Jussie Smollett to Hosts 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception at 20th Century Fox Studios

Founded in May 1999, the Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on the Black communities. Our motto is Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution. The Institute’s mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions, leaders, and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV policies, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information and provides advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.

The 2017 inductees include Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Gina Belafonte, and Gina Brown. The 2017 Corporate Hero is Novant Health. Black AIDS Institute Board Member Jussie Smollett serves as Chair and Host. The 2017 theme is Black Men Honoring Black Women and celebrated R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi performs a special tribute. The awards presentation is produced by Russelli & Hall.

“At the age of fifteen, I began working with the Black AIDS Institute and I am proud to be a member of the Board of Directors,” said Smollett. “Although it is not spoken about like it used to, the AIDS epidemic is not over, especially in Black communities. I am humbled to pay tribute to these remarkable women in our community. Continue reading

Landmark Exhibition “World War I and American Art” Makes Final Stop at Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Public Programs Explore Contemporary Cultural Connections and Role of Art in Healing Wounds of War, October 6, 2017–January 21, 2018

World War I and American Art was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

World War I and American Art, the first major exhibition to examine how American artists reacted to the First World War, opens at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts on October 6, 2017. Works by more than seventy artists, including George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, and John Singer Sargent, represent a pivotal chapter in the history of American art that has until now been overlooked and underestimated.

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James Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960). I Want YOU for U.S. Army, Nearest Recruiting Station, 1917. Poster, 40 x 29 1/2 in. Collection of Walton Rawls. Photo: The Library Company of Philadelphia

Timed to coincide with the centennial of the entry of the U.S. into the war, this ambitious exhibition organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, revisits a critical period in history through a wide variety of artistic responses, ranging from patriotic to dissenting. Garnering acclaim from outlets such as Forbes, The New York Times, and PBS NewsHour, the exhibition and its central themes of how artists respond to geopolitical turmoil is strikingly relevant today. American artists were vital to the culture of the war and the shaping of public opinion in several ways. Some developed propaganda posters promoting U.S. involvement, while others made daring anti-war drawings, paintings, and prints. Some worked as official war artists embedded with troops and others designed camouflage or took surveillance photographs.

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James Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960). I Want YOU for U.S. Army, Nearest Recruiting Station, 1917. Poster, 40 x 29 1/2 in. Collection of Walton Rawls. Photo: The Library Company of Philadelphia

The exhibition features many high-profile loans from both private and public collections, including most importantly Sargent’s monumental tableau Gassed (Imperial War Museums, London), which has been seen in the U.S. only once before (in 1999).

Working as an official war artist for the British government, Sargent witnessed the aftermath of a German mustard gas attack on British soldiers. He represented the harrowing scene on an epic canvas measuring about 7½ x 20 feet,” says Frist Center curator Trinita Kennedy. “Our presentation of the painting and the exhibition as a whole will be enriched by a lecture on opening day entitled ‘Mr. Sargent Goes to War’ by Richard Ormond, the artist’s great-nephew and a renowned scholar based in London.”

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Claggett Wilson (1887–1952). Front Line Stuff, ca. 1919. Watercolor, pencil, and varnish on paperboard, 18 3/4 x 22 7/8 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alice H. Rossin, 1981.163.11. Photo: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY

The organization of the exhibition mirrors the historical unfolding of the war itself. It begins by showing how American artists interpreted the threat of war while the U.S. remained neutral between 1914 and 1917, the debate to enter it, and then how the conflict involved them directly as soldiers, relief workers, political dissenters, and official artists. The spectrum of political points of view and purpose can be seen through the juxtaposition of works. Hassam’s flag paintings are impressionist and patriotic, while Hartley’s tribute paintings to his slain friend and possible lover, a German military officer, are abstract and mournful. Bellows, at first an opponent of the war, later encouraged US involvement by vilifying German war crimes with macabre detail. O’Keeffe’s more personal work reflected her conflicted feelings about her younger brother’s enlistment.

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Marsden Hartley (1877–1943). Portrait, ca. 1914–15. Oil on canvas, 32 1/4 x 21 1/2 in. Lent by the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Bequest of Hudson D. Walker from the Ione and Hudson D. Walker Collection, 1978.21.234

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George Bellows (1882–1925). The Return of the Useless, 1918. Oil on canvas, 59 x 66 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2009.6. Photo: Douglas Dalton. Reproduced with permission of The Bellows Trust

A group of patriotic artists came together to form the government’s first art agency in the service of war: the Division of Pictorial Publicity. On display will be iconic recruitment posters created by Laura Brey, Howard Chandler Christy, James Montgomery Flagg, and others that promoted enlistment with stirring imagery and language. There are also posters aimed at mobilizing women on the homefront, encouraging them to enter the workforce to support the war effort. As part of the Frist Center’s presentation, an education gallery with interactive electronic stations will allow visitors to explore such ideologically motivated works of art. Continue reading

Eddie Bauer Introduces The EverTherm Down Jacket, A Breakthrough In Down Innovation

Eddie Bauer has introduced the EverTherm Down Jacket. Insulated by an ultra-thin sheet of down fabric, the jacket removes the need for quilting found in traditional down jackets, eliminates cold spots, and provides superior uniform warmth in a lightweight, slim profile.Eddie Bauer Logo

Since 1920 Eddie Bauer has been an innovation leader in outerwear and gear,” said Mike Egeck, Chief Executive Officer at Eddie Bauer. “The EverTherm Down Jacket is a transformative step forward in insulation technology. It will change forever the way people think about down.”

Eddie Bauer, the man, was an outdoor guide. He pioneered the use of down as a method of insulation, and in 1936 invented the Skyliner Jacket, the first quilted down jacket patented in America. Now Eddie Bauer is revolutionizing down outerwear once again by eliminating the need for quilting in the EverTherm Down Jacket.

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Adrian Ballinger, Eddie Bauer Guide, wears Eddie Bauer’s new EverTherm Down Jacket

Powered by 30g THINDOWN™ insulation and a water-repellent StormRepel® Super DWR shell, the EverTherm Down Jacket provides warmth down to -15 degrees with moderate activity. The men’s jacket weighs an ultra-light 11.36 oz., while the women’s jacket weighs only 9.12 oz. Eddie Bauer is the first outdoor brand in North America to develop THINDOWN outerwear and has exclusive rights to the technology through 2018.

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Caroline George, Eddie Bauer Guide, wears Eddie Bauer’s new EverTherm Down Jacket

Eddie Bauer continues to work with world-class guides and athletes to build and test its technical products. The EverTherm Down Jacket has been tested on Mt. Everest, ski touring in the Grand Tetons, and alpine climbing in the Alps to perfect the warmth-to-weight ratio, and versatility, of the jacket.

It’s the best jacket I’ve worn: it’s ultra-light, warm, and slim,” said Eddie Bauer alpine climbing guide Adrian Ballinger, who tested the jacket during his seventh summit of Mt. Everest earlier this year.

The EverTherm Down Jacket is now available for pre-order online at www.eddiebauer.com/evertherm and will be in all stores nationwide on September 24. The jacket is available in both a non-hooded ($249) and hooded ($279) version for him and her in a variety of colors. And like all Eddie Bauer products, the EverTherm Down Jacket is guaranteed for life.

UGG Collective Launches for Fall/Winter 2017

Brand Ushers In New Marketing Campaign With A Fresh Cast Including Renowned Actor Kyle Maclachlan And Rock Music Legend Kim GordonUGG-AW17-Phase-3-BRAND-CAMPAIGN-GROUP

UGG® has unveiled their second UGG® Collective campaign for Fall/Winter 2017. The global marketing program features a cast of real Californians and continues to celebrate its uniqueness and elevated position by featuring personalities who highlight the diversity and spirit of the brand. From majestic mountains and wild woodlands to buzzing cities and quiet beach towns, California represents an eclectic paradise that brings together people from all across the world. For their new campaign, UGG® and the cast traveled across the state, finding locations that represent the culture of the brand and California alike. The campaign stills and videos will live globally in digital, print and UGG® store window displays.

Kyle MacLachlan for the FW17 UGG Collective

Kyle MacLachlan for the FW17 UGG Collective

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The cast consists of Californian photographers, musicians, actors, artists, surfers, and skaters. Like UGG®, they are provocative, progressive, free-spirited, sensual, optimistic and warm. Each season, UGG® selects new groups of unique individuals to represent the brand and in telling their stories, the brand tells theirs.UGG-AW17-Phase-2-M-CASUAL SHOE COLLECTIONUGG-AW17-Phase-2-W- KASEN COLLECTION - FASHION-BOOTUGG-AW17-Phase-3-W-HANLEI_CLASSIC-II TALL_KIM_CLASSIC II SHORT-COLUGG-AW17-Phase-2-W-KASEN-PROD-COLUGG-AW17-Phase-3-W-CLASSIC-II-PROD-COL Continue reading