Art Museums receive significant gift of Otto Piene sketchbooks

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Art Museums are pleased to announce an extraordinary gift of 70 sketchbooks by internationally renowned artist Otto Piene (1928–2014); the gift was made by poet and author Elizabeth Goldring, the artist’s wife. Dating from 1935 to 2014, the largely unpublished sketchbooks reflect interdisciplinary, cross-media experiments from Piene’s long career in the Boston area and abroad, including both realized and unrealized projects. In keeping with the museums’ history and ongoing commitment to training and research, the next Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow in the Busch-Reisinger Museum (2019–21) will soon be appointed to study and catalog this new gift.The gift also includes a selection of pens, the primary medium Piene used for his sketches, including the Magic Marker brand; these will be held in the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art (CTSMA) and will play a key role in the long-term preservation of Piene’s sketchbooks. Part of the museums’ Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, CTSMA is dedicated to the study of materials and issues associated with making and conserving modern works of art.“Elizabeth Goldring’s generosity will greatly benefit students and scholars from around the world,” said Martha Tedeschi, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “This significant gift not only opens new research avenues but also broadens the offerings available in our Art Study Center, where both general visitors and scholars can make an appointment to view works of art like these exceptional sketchbooks. Providing this type of access to our collections is an integral component of our teaching and research mission.”“The sketchbooks have found an ideal home in the Busch-Reisinger Museum,” said Lynette Roth, the Daimler Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum and Head of the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art. The sketchbooks complement the Busch-Reisinger’s existing holdings of works by Piene, which include a small early painting and two major fire gouaches. An early sketchbook was featured in the museums’ 2018 special exhibition Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55. “Throughout Piene’s career, sketching was a generative site for visionary large-scale projects and for material experimentation,” said Roth.The sketchbooks strengthen the museums’ holdings of works by postwar artists — many, like the Group ZERO artists Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker, in an ongoing exchange with Piene. In addition, the Harvard Art Museums Archives holds the papers of the Howard Wise Gallery, the first gallery to exhibit Group ZERO in the United States. The museums also have strengths in international Fluxus art, including the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s near-complete collection of multiples by Joseph Beuys. The Fogg Museum’s Barbara and Peter Moore Fluxus Collection was also recently enhanced by an adjacent major gift from the nephew of artist Nam June Paik, a close collaborator of Piene. Made by Ken Hakuta, that gift included both works of art and the endowment of a new fellowship to support research on Paik.last_img read more

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Needs More Time, Money to Bring Back Mars Rock Samples: Independent Panel

first_imgNASA is underestimating the amount of time and money it will take to bring Mars rocks back to Earth in the coming decade, an independent panel said Tuesday.The review board suggested that NASA and the European Space Agency consider bumping the next launches in the sample-return effort from 2026 to 2028, given all the technological challenges. These delays will increase costs, pushing the planning budget to $4 billion (roughly Rs. 29,800 crores) or more, $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,400 crores) more than currently envisioned by NASA, the panel noted.- Advertisement – The chairman of the review board, David Thompson, retired chief executive of Orbital ATK, told reporters a two-year launch delay is advisable for the best chances of success. At the same time, however, no one is suggesting that NASA slow down, stressed panel member Maria Zuber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.NASA’s science mission chief, Thomas Zurbuchen, said the space agency will reassess the mission dates and consider all options. But for now, “it’s full steam ahead … we’re not taking a break in any fashion.”Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – Already more than halfway to Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover will hunt for the best geologic samples, after landing in February. It’s aiming for Jezero Crater, believed to be an ancient river delta that may have once harboured microscopic life.Scientists want to analyse these samples in the best labs on Earth, in hopes of ascertaining whether life ever existed in the planet’s lush, wet past. The goal is to get the samples back in the early 2030s.In order to do that, the space agencies have teamed up to develop a lander to fetch the samples, a rocket to get them off the Martian surface and an orbiting spacecraft to accept them and return them to Earth. All this gear will require two separate launches from Earth.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Infantino says football will be totally different after coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Football will be totally different when it eventually resumes after the coronavirus outbreak, the head of global body FIFA Gianni Infantino said on Thursday. “Football will come back, and when it does, we’ll celebrate coming out of a nightmare together,” he told the Italian news agency ANSA in an interview. “There is one lesson, however, that both you and me must have understood: the football that will come after the virus will be totally different…(more) inclusive, more social and more supportive, connected to the individual countries and at the same time more global, less arrogant and more welcoming.” He added: “We will be better, more human and more attentive to true values.” Last week, Infantino told Italian sports media outfit Gazzetta dello Sport that it was the right time to take a step back. He added that it was time to reform a sport where fixture lists have become overloaded and financial resources increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few elite clubs. Infantino suggested there could be “fewer, but more interesting tournaments. Maybe fewer squads, but more balance. Fewer, but more competitive, matches to safeguard the health of the players.” Later on Thursday, Infantino told the annual congress of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) that “it is our responsibility as football administrators, first of all, to ensure football can survive and secondly move forward once again.” “On the international match calendar we have to look for global solutions to tackle these global problems in a spirit of cooperation and solidarity,” Infantino said in a video link from Zurich. “Everyone has different interests, but we must talk and put on the table topics that we perhaps didn’t discuss in the past.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: ANSACoronavirusFIFAgianni infantinolast_img read more

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CAF Champions League: KCCA FC confirms squad for Petro de Luanda first leg

first_img Tags: CAF Champions LeagueKCCA FCPetro de LuandaSimon Sserunkumatop KCCA FC defeated African Stars in the preliminary round. (PHOTOS/KCCA FC)CAF Champions League – First RoundPetro de Luanda vs KCCA FCEstadio 11 de Novembro, LuandaSaturday, 14-09-2019 @6pmUganda Premier League defending champions KCCA FC have announced a squad of 17 players ahead of their CAF Champions League first-round qualifier away to Angolan side Petro de Luanda.The two sides will clash on Saturday, September 14th at the Estadio 11 de Novembro in Luanda.There three major exclusions in the squad that was announced on Thursday morning.New signings John Revita, Keziron Kizito and Erisa Ssekisambu have all be left out. The reason for their exclusion has not been mentioned.However, fellow summer recruit Simon Sserunkuma has been included and is in line to make his continental debut.Sserunkuma may be handed his continental debut on Saturday.Charles Lukwago and Jamil Malyamungu are the two goalkeepers that will be heading to Angola.Youngstar Eric Ssenjobe is one of four defenders that have been chosen to represent KCCA FC in the first leg while the likes of Allan Okello, Muzamir Mutyaba and Mike Mutyaba are also part of the team.KCCA FC will be hoping to get a positive result on the road before a return leg in Kampala in two weeks’ time.Last season, they had a disappointing continental campaign, failing to reach the group stages of the confederations cup.Having received a bye in the preliminary stages, Mike Mutebi’s side took care of Tanzania’s Mtibwa Sugar 5-1 on aggregate to reach the playoff round.In the playoffs, KCCA would fall to Congo’s Otoho Doyo. Having lost 3-0 in the first leg, Mutebi’s side won the second 2-0, losing 3-2 on aggregate in the end.In the Champions League, KCCA FC’s last appearance came in 2018 when they reached the lucrative group stages of the competition.In the initial stages, they eliminated CNaPS and Kedus Giorgis in the preliminary and first-round respectively.However, they were overpowered by Al Ahly and Esperance in Group A, finishing third and bowing out.KCCA FC eliminated Namibia’s African Stars to reach this stage while Luanda beat Lesotho’s Matlama 4-0 on aggregate.Winner at this stage, will book a ticket to the group stage while the loser will fall to the CAF Confederation qualifiers.The full list of players traveling to AngolaGoal KeepersCharles Lukwago (Captain) and Jamil MalyamunguDefendersSamuel Kato, Peter Magambo, Hassan Musana, Mustafa Kizza, Filbert Obenchan, Eric SsenjobeMidfieldersMuzamiru Mutyaba, Gift Ali Abubakar, Allan Okello, Herbert Achai, Simon Serunkuma, Steven SserwaddaStrikersSadat Anaku, Mike Mutyaba, Jackson Nunda.Comments last_img read more

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Warriors report: Steve Kerr considers Luka Dončić an All-Star

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *DALLAS – If only Warriors coach Steve Kerr had the final say. Then, Dallas forward Luka Dončić would know his itinerary during NBA All-Star weekend from Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte, N.C.“He’s already an All-Star,” Kerr said of Dončić. “I don’t know how the vote is going to shake out, but he looks like an All-Star player to me.” Plenty of NBA fans agree. …last_img

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Most consecutive games played in NHL history — Top 10

first_imgPatrick Marleau is set to become just the sixth player in NHL history to play 800 consecutive games Tuesday when the Sharks play the Chicago Blackhawks. Here are the top 10 longest games-played streaks in league history. Numbers listed are for before Tuesday’s games.Rank    Name           Position    Streak     Start date       End date  1. Doug Jarvis            C               964        10/08/1975    10/10/19872. Garry Unger           C              914         02/24/1968    12/21/19793. …last_img

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AgroExpo 2016: Where Agriculture Meets Innovation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AgroExpo, hosted by AgroLiquid, will connect farmers, commodity groups, grower-led associations, and news makers in the agriculture industry. By highlighting vendors in various sectors of agriculture, with similar groups being assembled together, attendees will have the flexibility to visit areas of interest.The focus will be on innovative, professional farmers, who are seeking the latest advances in agriculture. From research and development of seed, crop protection and nutrient management, to the latest equipment and management technology, AgroExpo is sure to leave you motivated and full of ideas about the future of your farming operation. This is an opportunity for growth and expansion – both for agribusiness and for growers.The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with AgroLiquid’s Ashley Davis about what to expect at the event, August 16th-18th, in St. Johns, Michigan.AgroLiquid Ashley Davis AgroExpolast_img read more

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Herbicide plots on display at FSR

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The field appears as a checkerboard: thriving green crops beside squares of shriveling beige stalks.This was not a farmer’s bad luck. Instead the field was intentionally sprayed with 13 different weed killers to show their effects on various crops as well as the consequences of herbicides that drift from their intended target.“Would a farmer do this to a field? Absolutely not,” said Harold Watters, an agronomy field specialist with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.“The purpose is to share what can happen when things don’t go as planned.”For farmers, weeds are an increasingly vexing problem as the herbicides that used to kill them no longer work. Just about every year at least one weed in Ohio is shown to survive a herbicide that used to destroy it, Watters said.The increased use of a herbicide often causes the target weed to become resistant to it, in much the same way that increased use of antibiotics has led to some of them no longer being effective against certain bacterial infections.At least seven different types of weeds common in Ohio are resistant to one or more herbicides that previously killed them, said Mark Loux, an OSU Extension weed specialist. Waterhemp, one of the more rapidly spreading weeds in Ohio, is particularly troublesome because of its resistance to so many weed killers including glyphosate, a popular herbicide.Watters and Loux will be among a team of OSU Extension experts who will discuss issues relevant to farmers, including herbicides, cover crops and nutrient management, during the 56th annual Farm Science Review Sept. 18-20 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London.Besides illustrating the effects of various herbicides, the demonstration plots at the Review will show how nutrient levels within a field can differ significantly.“I can look across a field and see waves of differences,” Watters said.One portion of a field might be low in phosphorus, while another section has enough of it, information a farmer needs to ensure that no portion of a field is treated with too much of the key nutrient. Those differences underscore the need for a farmer to apply different rates of fertilizer or manure to different parts of a field growing the same crop to prevent the potential for runoff of those nutrients into an above ground water source, Watters said.last_img read more

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NCAA volleyball: Arellano caps off elims with nipping of San Sebastián

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers San Sebastian needs Jose Rizal University and University of Perpetual Help to lose to have a chance at the semifinals.The Lady Chiefs reasserted their mastery over last year’s runner up, but needed a strong finish to put away the Lady Stags.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThey built a respectable 21-18 lead after a quick hit from Mary Anne Esguerra, but San Sebastián managed to cut the deficit to 21-20 behind Dangie Encarnacion’s attack.Regine Arocha retaliated for the Lady Chiefs and scored on back-to-back hits to put Arellano in the 24-20 match point before Andrea Marzan finished it off with a quick kill. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Jovielyn Prado had a team-high 17 points to lead Arellano while Arocha added 16 points.Esguerra added 15 points to Arellano’s cause while Necole Ebuen and Marzan finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively.Nikka Dalisay led all scorers with 23 points for the Lady Stags.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Final Four-bound Arellano ended its  elimination round campaign with a hard-fought 19-25, 36-34, 25-16, 25-21 victory over San Sebastián in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The defending champions finished the eliminations with an 8-1 record and a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals while the Lady Stags reeled to 5-4 with their Final 4 hopes in limbo.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ABL: Alab Pilipinas survives Chong Son in OT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Our young MPs are overrated

first_imgThere is endless media buzz on younger MPs and how promising, photogenic and well coiffed they are.The recent cabinet reshuffle where, against expectations, young MPs were ignored, and Sonia Gandhi’s call that politicians retire at 64 are noteworthy.There is endless media buzz on younger MPs and how promising, photogenic and well coiffed they are. They are all that and literally made- for- the- movies nextgen politicians. Truly, when you compare them to the earthier politicians of yore, they look great.The subtext of the buzz seems to be that if they were given power ( ministerships), they would turn India around.They all sport foreign degrees which ensures them the tag of intellectuals too.Their complaint is that they are not given power, though they are over- flowing pots of talent. In fact the recent Ministry reshuffle convinced everyone what a great opportunity Manmohan Singh missed by not dropping senior ministers and then inducting the younger MPs.Thank God for that.Attributes95 per cent of younger MPs got their seats through family connections. Inimitably, Rahul Gandhi admitted as much with regard to his own seat. The list of honour includes the Badals of Punjab, Yeddyurappa, Dhumal of Himachal, Karunanidhi’s brood, Sharad Pawar, Mulayam Singh, Gogoi of Assam, Ajit Singh of UP, Chautala and Hooda’s sons in Haryana, Sheila Dikshit and Vasundhara Raje and sons, Scindia of Madhya Pradesh, Sachin Pilot, Ranes of Maharashtra, Jaganmohan Reddy of Andhra, Murali Deora, Jyoti Mirdha from Rajasthan and other lesser known family origin MPs.There are over 75 such MPs and they frequently give interviews, claiming achievements, which really involve the routine spending of their MP funds. They give the right bytes and visuals, but are they delivering? Or have they become one more millstone around the country’s neck? Their characteristics are: A. Risk- averse behaviour : Young MPs of all parties are petrified to do anything unusual. They are totally risk- averse. They do not behave like leaders, but executives in Fast- Moving Consumer Goods ( FMCG) firms. They never espouse un- popular causes or display initiative. None of them take any position on any issue. They fashion a role as status quoists and their overriding ambition is re- election and making politics a full time career, just like company executives. They quietly lobby the same leaders that the less sophisticated do, but with greater success. Their social skills and pedigree give them advantage.They never associate themselves with anyone who might, even peripherally, be anti- establishment or out of favour. The farthest thing in their minds is ” to speak truth to power”. Their policy is timidity and their un- stated religion is that it is better to be mediocre and survive.B. Total opposites of Rahul Gandhi: In fact, the only younger MP who does show antiestablishmentarianism is Rahul Gandhi.He stays out of Delhi and courts controversy over new ideas. Unlike the Young MPs, he is ready to risk his reputation. It is therefore surprising why younger Congress MPs do not emulate Mr Gandhi.C. Parliament membership is a career : Most of the younger MPs are familiar with the perks and prestige of being an MP. They know the cost of loss and it is deeply ingrained in them that they should hold onto their seats at any cost. By being compliant, they ensure they are viewed as non- ambitious. Naturally, inner circles in all parties like them and feel un- threatened.Such postures have been wellhoned, with masterly fawning, brilliant sycophancy and sophisticated flattery.D. No crusader amongst younger MPs: Again, Rahul Gandhi is an exception. It is puzzling why in the last 12 years, we never saw younger MPs crusade against corruption or any other ill in India. In the recent Telecom Scam, we never found a young MP raise the issue. All young Ministers and MPs were totally silent and avoided the storm. Governance, security issues, environment or education have never attracted their attention.Then what are they interested in? This servile behaviour fortifies their image as harmless, innocent executives in FMCGs but not as leaders, who are in dire shortage.E. Younger Ministers non- performing: There are about 15 younger ministers in government.Some of them have been there for 4 years. But these Ministers have not shown any originality or even made an effort to be role models or take any risk.They focus on being a pleasing part of status quo and go along with any Minister as perfect team- players as they would in a FMCG firm. Be it a Telecom Raja, or others, they adjust and survive. Then how do you expect the Prime Minister to elevate them? When you are totally non- performing in even a supporting role, how can you play the hero’s role?SeniorsIf they are not leaders, then they are not even good managers. Where is their achievement? Of course, DMK MP Kanimozhi has achieved much for herself. But is that the kind of achievement we want? Sonia Gandhi is wrong to ask for the retirement of capable seniors. The real performers in government, in fact, are the oldest Ministers. A. K. Antony, Pranab Mukherjee and P. Chidambaram are visible and take risks every day. Antony has brought honesty and gravitas to defence.Pranab is a problem solver and Chidambaram has energised the security apparatus. The younger MPs might say that such ministers had the benefit of experience. True, but they were also great risk takers. Antony, Pranab Mukherjee, Chidambaram, Mamata Banerjee and Sharad Pawar are great risk takers. Antony became Chief Minister at 33 years and resigned in 1978.Pranab Mukherjee left the Congress and was in the cold for 10 years. Chidambaram left the Congress and was out of power. Mamata Banerjee and Sharad Pawar are habitual risk- takers.DangerThis is not to argue that younger MPs should self- destruct their careers by recklessness.But we need something more than their artful silences and inactivity.If the younger generation is not idealistic, then who will be? Fortune favours the brave and risk- takers rise to great heights. Younger MPs need to shed some timidity and display some idealism. By doing so, Rahul Gandhi has gained increasing acceptance in the country.The younger MPs who rose due to family connections must remember that genetics is their greatest enemy. Nature will constantly try to see their exit. The enterprise shown by their forefathers got them positions. But their timidity, lethargy or total conformity will ensure their failure.Status quo never works. They have to outwit the law of genetics- that genes lose their steam after some time. Where are the descendants of the Mughals or other rulers? The law of genetics has ensured a fast turnover of rulers.The country noticed the deafening silence of all young politicians during the 2G scam. Not one raised his voice. Rajiv Gandhi, Rajesh Pilot, Madhavrao Scindia all took risks when they were young Ministers. Chandrashekhar was a rebel in the 1970s and see how far he went. Indira Gandhi herself was a hightrapeze politician.By being too non- controversial and donning mediocrity, longevity in politics will not be ensured. Your genes and strategy will hasten the end. The British tolerate their monarchy, because they see them as practitioners of ” meritocratic nepotism”. There seems to be little merit in our political nepotism.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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