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Thursday, December 10, 2009

2009 & The Movies

2009 was not a great year for film.
I saw Up in the Air last night and liked it. There was some good dialogue, concepts to contemplate, things to identify with, messages to reject and George Clooney is fantastic in it. Even though his suits looked too expensive for his character and he is almost too charismatic compared to the rest of the cast, but maybe that was the point?
Bottom line: It is a very good film.
I heard that Up in the Air is already considered a front runner for best movie of the year (that would be Fantastic Mr. Fox in my opinion) and maybe it is. However in a year with stiffer competition I don't think we would hear this talk. Like I said, it's been a slow year for the movies.
There is not much I wanted or still want to see. I will see Tom Ford's directorial debut A Single Man. Because I know at the very least it will be visually satisfying. You can catch the trailer at IMDB: www.imdb.com.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mary Cameron Goodyear: New Paintings

I am excited for this one! I have been a fan of Cameron's work since I first saw it.
Cameron participated in the first Nymphoto show and generously donated work for the Vote with You Art fundraiser at OK Harris that I helped organize in 2004.
Go check out her new work!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tuesday This & That (free events)

If you are in Philadelphia you can attend a lecture by one of my personal heroes: artist, curator & scholar Deborah Willis.

Deborah Willis
Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present
Philadelphia Free Library
Central Library
1901 Vine Street, 19103
Tuesday, December 8 at 7:30 pm

And if you are in Downtown New York there is a book signing with fashion photography legend Patrick Demarchelier at Clic Gallery tonight. Find more info at: www.clicgallery.com.

Two large format masters will hold events at the Strand this week :

Joel Meyerowitz will be signing books tomorrow December 9th.
Followed by a Robert Polodori book signing Thursday December 10, 2009. For more information visit the Stand calendar: www.strandbooks.com.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Marriage Equality (..New York I love you but you are bringing me down)

Haven't had much time for anything but work right now. But I just wanted to say how greatly disappointed I am that the New York State Senate rejected the Gay Marriage Bill. I am not certain about much in life, but I know that prohibiting same sex marriage is discriminatory.

Marriage is a contract. If you are an adult, non-related, heterosexual, married couple your union is pretty much universally recognized.
In the US married people can transfer real property between one another without paying tax, they can leave their wealth to one another upon death - also tax free. Married people cannot be forced to testify against each other, married people get immigration rights, married people get kinship rights in medical situation and married people share health & social security benefits with their spouses -- the list goes on and on.
If you are in a same sex couple and live in a state such as Massachusetts you can legally marry - however your marriage will still not be recognized by federal law, which means that many of the aforementioned rights will not extend to gay marriages. You can be a legally married same-sex couple in Massachusetts and file your state taxes jointly, but you will still have to separately file your federal tax returns.
You will still be unable to take advantage of the limitless marital deductions afforded to heterosexual marriages. If you are a foreigner residing legally in the US, you can extend your immigration status to your spouse. A gay person - foreign or American- cannot do the same for their partner same-sex spouse or partner.

My husband and I were committed to one another for well over a decade before we married. Many of our friends had children first and then married. But we all did get married. Because it does matter.

I am deliberately not speaking about my gay friends and how wonderful and loving they are. Because I have come to realize that that is ridiculous (in the context of this argument). It is insulting. It does not matter whether one is nice or nasty or how much they love or do not love their partner. These are people. And this is about equality.
Just get with it. It the 21st Century. Lead by example.

Update On Previous Post: Karen Margolis' Show Extended

Good news: Karen Margolis's exhibit at Slate Gallery has been extended through December 2010. For more information and hours operation contact the gallery at (718) 387-3921. Slate Gallery is located 136 Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn just a couple of blocks from the Bedford L stop.