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Taking Your Daughter Down History Lane

October 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm

history_museumThe history of one’s country is an important knowledge to have. It is part of schools’ curriculums, taught every year in elementary, high school, and covered by some subjects in college. Yet even though this topic is so important, not every kid knows the colorful account of her own country’s past.

We can point to various reasons for this lack of interest in history, but it mostly boils to one thing: students find history boring. For history buffs, this may be surprising to hear – each country has such a vibrant past, with stories worth keeping and telling, passed on from one generation to the next. However, the fact remains that the human attention span is very limited. As stated in this article, some experts say that the average attention span is no more than 10 minutes and that would even be cut shorter if one has no genuine interest in the object of one’s attention.

A reason for this disinterest may be due to how history is taught. Lessons are focused on specific details – precise dates, correct spellings of towns and capitals, middle names of significant people – rather than the concept of how the events came to happen in the first place. If teachers focus on the smaller stuff rather than the bigger picture, students will continue on being ignorant on the story of how the current world situation came to be.

How then can history be made interesting for children? One of the methods to teach children history is through books. Reading and talking about history through books made for children will capture their interest. There are available books that tackle almost any historical topic, and there are historical fiction books that promote multiple perspectives and shed light to the everyday life that people back then lived. These historical fiction can help your child relate to little girls in different eras and will help her analyze how different people lived various lifestyles, giving her a wider perspective on the world.

Museums and historical sites that show tangible evidence of the past are also all around us. A trip to historical cities will help your kids put a place and face to the books she’d been reading. It is an awesome way to let kids experience the past visually, by showing landmarks that have a significant meaning to history. Museums are literally everywhere. In the US alone, according to this website, there is a total of no less than 17,500 museums.

Relate to the kids as well. At their age, they will be fond of things that hold their attention, and these things are usually toys. In the unlikely case that your daughter has no interest in reading your suggested books, or gets bored when you go to the historical sites, try reaching out through the toys she plays with. The American Girl Company sells American Girl dolls, a line of 18-inch dolls that represent historical characters of various ethnicities living in different time periods. Each doll has a back-story that will surely get your child’s interest, all told in a book that you can buy with it.

Reading and playing with the dolls will help teaching sessions with child more fun. With stories told from these young dolls’ points-of-view, your daughter will have an easier time understanding important historical topics. Admittedly, these educational dolls do not come cheap. If you’re worried about the price tag, you can always print some American Girl coupons from this site, and you’re on your way to saving money on your purchase.

It is a personal obligation of each citizen to know of their country’s histories, but adults can certainly make a way for the lessons to be more captivating. This way, we can help the next generation fulfill their own moral and civic duty to their country, simply by knowing their past.

The Hottest Diets of the Decade

October 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm

fad-dietsWe all want to be healthy. We understand that weight loss means both proper exercise and healthy diet, but why exhaust yourself at the gym if you can just eat certain foods and lose the weight you need to?

It’s not that all of us are lazy, but we know how helpful eating the right food can be. Undoubtedly there are some people who think that there is an instant solution to losing all the body fat they’ve gained through the years, and search for this quick fix magic that will work immediately. Diet fads have come and gone throughout the decade because people actually tried it, only to discard the method when it doesn’t work.

Here’s a list of some of the hottest diet trends that have been popular in the last decade:

 

1. Low-Carb Diet

Popularized by Dr. Robert Atkins, this high-protein low-carb plan became such as a hug hit. Everyone tried it and it sounds easy at first –you can eat as much as you want of anything you wanted, as long as it doesn’t have carbohydrates.

It has since been revised into many alternative diets, one of which is the South Beach Diet. This diet trend became known as the tamer version of Atkins Diet, because dieters can eat carbs and fat, but they have to make sure it’s among the good ones.

Before you even consider any low-carb diet, it is important to check with your doctor about the possible effects of these diets on your health. Visit this website to know what precautions you need to observe in regard to your health once you decide to commit to a low-carb diet.

 

2. Protein Shakes

Centuries ago, people would work all day to have enough money to provide healthy, heavy meals for the family. Who would have thought that several years in the future, consumers would rather have all their necessary nutrients in a liquefied version of a meal?

Related to the low-carb diet, these protein shakes became popular when people started reaching for products that are high in protein.It’s that common nowadays that you can get protein shake recipes from this site, and you can easily pick a recipe that is delicious as well as nutritious.

 

3. Lemonade

The Master Cleanse, more commonly known as “Beyonce’s Dream Girl Diet” became famous when she lost 20 pounds for her role in said movie. Though it sounds healthy, this method takes a whole lot of dedication: you’re only allowed to drink lemonade throughout this diet. According to this article, this diet trend which is also known as Juice Fasting remains controversial for reasons related to its possible side effects. Supposedly you’ll feel lighter and better, as with any other cleanse, but days of drinking a mix of hot water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper is enough to make anyone starve to irritation.

 

4. Whole Grain

People did eventually realize that not all carbs are evil. Whole grain, the healthier cousins of the carbohydrates we hate and love, became popular and now come in different sizes and packages. You now have access to whole grain breads, crackers, cereals, and even whole wheat pasta.

 

These trends may still be popular up to the next decade, or they may not. What’s certain is that unless people start to accept that they have to change their whole lifestyle to be healthy, they will continue on buying the idea that there is a sure-fire immediate way to lose fat. They want to suffer for a short amount of time, if only so they can go back to how they were living right after.

Of course this is not the way to do it. A lot of people believe that eating this way will help them achieve the body they want, and for a certain time it will, but without proper maintenance they will just go back to their former body weight, or worse, gain more.

Baby Boomers: What It’s Like To Remember The Past

September 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm

babyboomer.jpgWhat was life like for you when you were growing up? Baby boomers grew up in a fascinating period of history filled with societal upheavals, major changes in how cultures and communities fostered relationships, and a lot of developments in music and the arts. Baby boomers, classified as those born between the mid-1940′s to the early years of the 1960′s, were part of a massive increase in population after World War II. The baby boom generation is also often considered as the best-educated and healthiest generation in history. If you are not too familiar with how the phrase “baby boomers” came about, you can read this informative article.

If you are a baby boomer, you probably look back with fondness at the major events that shaped history when you were growing up. Of course, because the world was picking up the pieces after another major world war, there was a lot of transition going on all around society, but a lot of opportunities as well as nations tried to return to normalcy and readjust to peacetime.

You probably remember this period when the “American Dream” was first mentioned and became an ideal for a lot of people. As soldiers and military personnel returned home, they reunited with their families or started their own, and there was a nationwide perseverance to uplift one’s economic situation and strive towards a better life. Migration to areas in the northeast, the east coast, and the west coast became a way of life for many attracted by the plentiful job opportunities in these locations.

The baby boom years also contributed greatly to the rise of suburbia. As cities became more crowded, attracting millions of migrants from elsewhere, urban populations began to spread outward, and outlying towns and communities soon absorbed the influx of new residents who worked in the city during the day but lived in the suburbs with their families. Suburbs grew to become part of the American Dream as well, with baby boomers looking at a quiet suburban home as their ultimate goal.

Suburbs transformed sleepy bedroom communities into vibrant population centers on their own, thanks to the rise of the shopping mall, another product of this period in history. People began to troop to the malls and shopping centers for their consumer needs, and malls began to offer anything and everything that shoppers would want, all in one place. Mom-and-pop retail stores soon faced stiff competition from big-box retailers with nationwide delivery and production.

During the ’50′s, movies officially became the favorite form of entertainment, whether it was at the neighborhood drive-in theater, the new cineplexes, or through the television. As entertainment became more affordable and accessible to the masses, households were soon tuning in to their favorite serials and news programs on the television, replacing radio. Radio did not completely disappear, of course, as rock music became the major cultural driving force of the ’60′s. If you need a more in-depth discussion about the baby boom history, you can visit this page.

Children of the baby boom years remember the many national events that shaped our society to this day, with the rapid changes in civil rights, the uncertainty of the Cold War, and the space era.  As you look back at those years, you might understandably feel the need to call your friends and family members who were also around at that time to share your memories and swap stories . It would be useful to take a look at some of the cell phone plans for seniors listed here so you can stay in touch with your fellow baby boomers and relive those days when you were growing up.

The Advantages of Shopping Online This Christmas Season

September 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm

xmasonlineshopping.jpgCan you feel the season changing? The weather is starting to drop, so jackets, coats, and all knitted clothing are coming out. People are becoming happier, busier, and everyone’s just a bit more generous. September has just started, but in some countries, people are already looking forward to Christmas. As December comes, almost everyone participates in the parties thrown, the food being shared, and of course, the exchanging of gifts.

Christmas is one of the busiest seasons for shopping. It’s not just the last-minute rush (although you would want to avoid that!) but even people who come early still find the stores full of people who are also interested in buying gifts. This usually leads to stressful situations for each shopper. The solution? Online shopping.

 

Here’s why you should shop online this Christmas season:

 

  1. It doesn’t require you to leave the house

What could be a better reason than this? When you just want to bundle up and sip a cup of coffee, the last thing you’d want to do is get dressed and go shopping amidst the freezing weather. You’d have to walk among the busy crowd struggling to find that perfect gift, and when you finally do, you spend almost an hour waiting in line just to buy it. Then you have to carry all the bags as you trod from one store to another. Not getting out of the house also means no gas purchase (and avoiding having to find parking, that’s always a plus), or commuting fees. So don’t go out! Lie on your couch and get your mug and laptop, and still get that shopping done. That’s convenience at its best.

 

  1. You can get the best deals

How else can you compare prices without actually having to walk to different stores? If you want a particular product in the mall, you’d have to go to all the shops and check each product and their price difference. Through online shopping, you can get the product for the best price just by searching on different sites. You can also get online coupons which add discounts to your purchases. Come on, that’s better than having to actually print out these coupons and giving them to the cashier in a store.

You also get to avoid these cashiers, and the salespeople who pressure you into buying stuff. You don’t need their sales talk anymore – you can find dozens of reviews online from people who’ve actually purchased the product. With all these comparison, you can find out for yourself which buy is actually worth your money.

 

  1. Unlimited selections

With online shopping, you have more options to choose from. You wouldn’t be limited to a shop in a certain country or place; you can have your pick among the products in the whole world, some of which are not even available in-store!  And the worst thing you can do is to let your internet connectivity issues limit your online shopping options. Here is the Comcast number that you can call to get your internet issues resolved and you can resume your boundless shopping experience.

 

  1. Getting mail is so fun

Isn’t it just an amazing feeling when the doorbell finally rings and you get the shipment you’ve been waiting for? Or getting home from work and seeing boxes for you? It’s like Santa’s already been at your house.

 

  1. Organized expense

With all the email confirmations you’re going to receive, arranging your finances will be easier than ever. Goodbye to lost receipts, hello to digital copies. This is how shopping is done.

Fashion Forecast For 2015

September 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Fotor09081057As we’re heading to the last quarter of the year, we say goodbye to our cool, breezy clothing and welcome back our warmer clothes tucked away in storage. We follow the fashion as seasons change – out with the old and in with the new, right?

A few decades earlier, futuristic fashion was imagined to be body fit jumpsuits and metallic fabrics with the latest gizmos attached to matching headgears. Fifteen years in the twenty-first century and we still haven’t quite reached that stage. Try walking around in a metallic suit and you’ll surely be a sight to see wherever you go.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get excited with the latest fashion trends. After all, it’s never too early to start preparing for the year ahead! We wouldn’t want to be the last person to know about the apparel-to-have, so start the look out for 2015′s fashion forecast:

 

1. A Throwback With A Twist

We can’t always avoid the past, but that’s because we don’t have to. Pieces inspired by the fashion of the 60s and 70s will become trendy in the next year. The classic and vintage comeback slightly mutes the retro vibe, as the combination of thrift shop pieces is reinvented in a modern way, resulting in a creative mix that makes sense fashionably.

2. Dare to Bare

We’ve seen the emergence of bold trends this 2014, so 2015 will definitely take it one level up.  With more women willing to show off their body and still keeping it classy (such as the mid riff cropped top matched with high waist bottoms), it won’t come as a surprise when we see more skin without looking skimpy.

3. The Future is Loud and Bright

We’ve seen tribal prints come and go, but next year’s trend might be more than the vibrant appeal. Bright colors will be mixed with neutrals, but the highlight of this trend will be the right fabrics used, as well as the abundance of detail, like repeated geometric patterns. It’s not Boho and laidback; the artisanal accents create elegance in the intricacy.

4. Comfort Is King

Notice that the material from where the pieces are made of has been emphasized again and again. Gone are the days when people have suffered for the little enjoyment of beautiful things. The re-emergence of big coats, fur clothes, poncho, and knitted outfits prove this true.

5. Androgyny and Equality

Men have worn skinny jeans and women have worn boyfriend jeans. Pieces listed as only for a certain sex have definitely gone out to the sewing machine, and back to closets, regardless of gender.

 

We might not be walking around with jetpacks yet, but we’ve certainly continued moving forward with fashion and technology, so who’s to say it won’t happen anytime soon? We definitely won’t want to be left out; watch out for the latest fashion tips by tuning in to TV shows via Charter Cable.

Having troubles with your cable? Or you simply don’t have cable yet? The best and easiest way to have access or solve this is to call the Charter Cable Customer Service phone number. With friendly customer representatives willing to help you and set up your new cable, you’re sure to have the hottest fashion news available on your television.

Eldzier Cortor: African American Artist Extraordinaire

August 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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An uncompromising artist with a singular vision, Eldzier Cortor has celebrated the beauty and spiritual strength of black women in his painting and lithographs for more than five decades.

He was born on January 10, 1916, in Richmond, Virginia. His father was a self-taught electrician who moved his family to Chicago, Illinois, when Eldzier was still an infant. The senior Cortar opened a grocery store and appliance repair shop with his wife and later became one of the first black pilots in the United States. His son began copying comic strips as a boy and aspired to become a cartoonist. At Englewood High School, he met fellow student CHARLES WHITE, another future African-American artist.

Cortor dropped out of high school and went to work to help support his family. He continued, however, to pursue his interest in art in evening drawing classes at the Chicago Art Institute. He was finally able to attend the institute full-time at the age of 25. A white teacher from Texas exposed him to the exquisite sculpture of Africa and helped convince Cortor to pursue fine art. After finishing school he went to work in 1937 on federal arts projects for the Works Progress Administration. He also taught art at the South Side Community Arts Center.

Cortor was awarded a Rosenwald Fellowship and used the money to travel to the Sea Islands off the South Carolina coast. Here he lived among the native African Americans called Gullah, who had strong cultural ties to Africa. About this time he abandoned his earlier abstract art for a more representational style of painting that focused on African-American people. He later moved to New York and studied at the National Institute of Design and Columbia University, where he learned woodblock printing. Cortor mastered the art of lithography, in which prints are made from an original work of art. This allowed him to sell inexpensive copies of one painting and freed him from having to work with galleries to sell his artwork.

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Cortor began to create the stunning, statuesque nude black women that he is best known for. Heavily influenced by African sculpture, his paintings of nudes have the shape and weight of sculptures with their full, elongated bodies. These strong women sometimes appeared within the crowded, sordid confines of an urban apartment. Rather than make them less noble, such surroundings only brought their power and dignity to the fore.

A photograph of one of Cortor’s paintmgs appeared in Life magazine in 1946 and brought him national attention. It also earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship, which allowed him to travel to the West Indian islands of Cuba, Jamaica, and Haiti. He fell in love with the African-derived culture of Haiti and remained there for two years, teaching drawing at the Haitian Centre d’Art in the capital of Port-au-Prince.

On his return to the States, Cortor lived in Chicago and then New York City. When sales of his paintings fell off during the politically conservative 1950s, he lived in Mexico for several years. Returning to the United States, he grew tired of the politics involved in dealing with art galleries and sold his lithographs directly through the Associated American Artists of New York. The only other avenue for his work is competitive, juried museum shows. Eldzier Cortor has remained faithful to his nudes, which he refers to as his “classical compositions,” and has not changed his style to take advantage of current arttrends and fashions.

He created paintings that he has said “can fit into any period—not locked into a style that will go out of date … I very carefully try to keep things from being the latest style—the latest thing.”

Back in 1940, he said, “I want to paint, never reach any set goals, always work towards an ideal.” Now in his 90s, Eldzier Cortor is still working toward that ideal.

 

Further Reading

Bearden, Romare, and Harry Henderson. A History of African-American Artists: From 1792 to thePresent. New York: Pantheon Books, 1993, pp. 272-279.

“Eldzier Corter.” http://Answers.com . Available online. URL: http://www.answers.com/topic/eldziercortor . Downloaded March 3, 2009.

Riggs, Thomas, ed. St. James Guide to Black Artists. Detroit, Mich.: St. James Press, 1997, p. 121.

Robinson, jontyle Theresa, David Driskell and Others. Three Masters: Eldzier Cortor, Hughie Lee-Smith, Archibald John Motley Jr. New York: Kenkeleba Gallery, 1988.

 

The Art Trade: A Complex Industry

July 24, 2013 at 6:17 am

Art IndustryIf you’ve ever purchased a piece of art, a painting, or maybe even a sculpture, you’ve probably wondered how that piece got from the artist to your local art gallery. It’s possible that the artist who’s work you purchased, was a local artist, who placed his or her piece in the local shop on consignment. This means he or she will only be paid if and when their piece is sold. If however you’ve purchased a piece of art from a popular or well collected artist it’s likely come from a larger art gallery who carries many pieces which have been collected and purchased over many years. There are many stops for a piece of art from the artist to the gallery. We’ve decided to explore the many stops in this complex process to give you a better understanding of journey your piece of art might have taken.

The Artist’s Studio

This is where all the magic happens, the inspired artist, energized by organic protein shake recipes from this site, works diligently and passionately, for nights on end to produce an amazing piece of art. Working madly from the inside of their garage, with only a few garage door parts standing between them and the outside world, they balance on the edge of insanity producing their heart’s desires and dreams. This, they do all for your personal entertainment and intrigue. Many artists choose to purchase or rent lofts with large open open spaces large enough to house several working projects at once.

Focus of the Piece 

The interest and intent of the artist’s piece can range from Christmas tree ornaments to painting vehicles. One artist we encountered only paints vehicles, his specialty being Jeep Wranglers. After tedious and detailed artwork is applied to the vehicles exterior he puts up these Jeep Wranglers for sale online here at a huge markup and makes a great living. The same artist, keeping a focus on vehicles makes various sculptures from a variety of car tires. At the time we visited his studio he had recently maxed out his tires plus credit card found here purchasing just over thirty over-sized off-road tires. A few months after our visit we learned that these oversized tires were eventually melted together into a tower over 100 ft. tall, which the artist later sold for over five hundred thousand dollars. That’s quite a nice return on investment!

Dealers and Transportation

Dealers are the glue that keeps the Art industry together. Ok, so I’m a little biased being a dealer myself. At the least we can say that we’re an integral part of the industry. We spend time to learn about and visit all the up and coming artists to get a sense of the work they are completing at any given time, and to connect these artists with clients who may be interested in purchasing their work. These buyers could be gallery’s, or foundations, and in some cases they are actually just individual art collectors. After making the connection, it’s the dealer’s job to broker the deal for the art at a “wholesale” price. Now, depending upon the popularity of the artist’s works, and/or the number of years they have received recognition in the industry, this “wholesale” price can be quite pricey.

Art Sales

Finally after a back and forth negotiation with the artist on one side, the buyer on the other, and the dealer/broker in the middle, the buyer receives the art. Often the buyer purchases a large number of pieces from a given artist in order to put them all on display at a genre-specific event. These events can be exclusive to one artist, or may include pieces from a number of different artists, generally producing similarly styled work. Most artists who have gathered a following and made a name for themselves in the art world sell only their work in a given exhibit. Others are “headliners” so to speak, but allow others to sell their works as well, and take a commission from the sales of any of their works as well.

Having taken the full journey, you’ve now been given insight into the life cycle of a piece of art. It’s likely next time you make the trip down to your local art gallery you’ll see just how much goes into allowing you to purchase your cherished works of art.

The Business of Artistic Fashion

July 24, 2013 at 2:18 am

Artistic FashionFashion is more than an artistic statement, it’s a business. As the era begins, the fashion industry is ruled by the dictates of Paris couturiers. However, many couture houses in Paris found themselves in financial difficulties in the 1950s. With an ever-dwindling client base, haute couture must reinvent itself or parish. Couturiers must become businessmen, not just designers, and broaden their reach to a new middle-class audience to remain profitable. Couturiers expand into ready-to-wear garment and licensed products, such as hosiery, neck wear, jewelry, and cosmetics, exchanging their name for profits. Profits made from licensing agreements and mass-produced ready-to-wear garments help sustain haute couture, especially in the “Big ‘80s” when conspicuous consumption reigned.

The growth of the middle class during this period expanded the demand for ready-made clothing. The active American lifestyle demanded clothing that moved. American designers stepped up to the challenge, reinterpreting Paris fashions for the American woman and man. One such example is the brand Tom Ford Cologne found here. Although women might always turn to Paris for overall style, especially in formal wear, over this fifty-year period, they increasingly turned to American designers for their “daywear,” known now as sportswear.

American designers also discovered a new market in the 1950s: children. The post-WWII baby boom resulted in an unprecedented birth rate and a new demand for children’s wear that was unique, not miniaturized versions of adult clothing. As the decades progress, the children’s market was further segmented in preteen, teen, and college markets, each with its own look.

The expansion of retail operations, both high-end department stores and mass merchandisers, promoted the American vision of fashion. As manufacturing techniques improved and sizing became standardized, the quality of ready-to-wear clothing improved drastically over the course of the decade. The rapid production and distribution methods also meant that a new fashion trend, once only available to the elite, could now be instantly reproduced at all price points. The same fashion trends could be found at Chanel, Macy’s, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Wal-Mart simultaneously.

The fashion industry, like any good business, also learned the importance of targeting its audience. Whether it was the Mickey Mouse Club in 1955 or MTV’s House of Style launched in 1989, fashion used the new medium of television to promote its message. The most forward promoters were also quick to adopt cable television (The Home Shopping Network) and the Internet to reach their audiences twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Advertisers also utilize TV shows and movies with sites like watch-movies.net. Additionally, shoppers are increasingly being targeted by mobile and other online retailers. More information regarding these marketing plans can be located at Hotmail customer support, Comcast phone number, and  Safelink contact number.

Fashion is increasingly ready whenever, wherever shoppers live.

Freedom of expression land you in jail?: Get the right help.

July 23, 2013 at 2:21 am

Artist in JailEveryone has an opinion and, hopefully, the freedom to express that opinion. Speech or various artistic forms of expression are bound to have opponents and sometimes it can have unfortunate consequences. In the United States, we are protected by the first amendment which gives the freedom of speech/expression. However, there are still limitations and these limitations go by the names of libel and slander. Libel is defamation by print or another other form other than spoken word or gestures. Slander is an untruth about someone spoken with malicious intent. Art comes in many different forms, whether it be a street performer or Picasso, and any time a piece of art is made it comes with the implication that someone may possibly be offended by the message. A street artist in New York was arrested for placing ads on bus stops that poked fun at the NYPD by saying “Drones: Protection When You Least Expect It”. He was arrested by the police, which the irony is not lost on, but proves that there are limits to how far an individual’s freedom of expression goes.

Other examples of art having bad consequences: an American photographer created a controversial photo entitled “Piss Christ” which depicted Jesus on the cross submerged in a bottle of urine. The photograph elicited controversy for decades.  Another artist by the name of Anna Sin’kova, a resident of Ukraine, was found frying eggs over an eternal flame that burns in remembrance of fallen soldiers and the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. A video of the act exists and reveals that there are police officers watching Anna perform the stunt, but did not try to stop here. However, three months later she was arrested for “desecrating a grave.” She was refused to be released on bail.

Sin’kova says that she sees the placement not as a grave, but a “propaganda for a totalitarian communist regime.” To her, the old memorial does not resonate the same way it does with others. There are those that do agree with her, however, and see her actions as acceptable within the rights of her expression and have raised their voices in her defense. She says that upon her return from jail she will fight for the causes she believes in. If she wasn’t prohibited from being released on bail she might have been able to get back to that cause sooner. Unfortunately, bail can be denied for a variety of reasons in different countries. If bail is denied, the defendant is allowed to apply for bail at their court hearing. Unless there is a strong reason to deny bail, the defendant will be released. If an artist is arrested after putting a piece of their work on display they should seek bail, especially if they feel that they were wrongly accused of libel or slander for their work.

Having a lawyer that can successfully defend your case using the amendment rights will help ensure the case swings in you favor. In the unfortunate event that you have been arrested, keep calm and know that you have rights protecting you, but don’t rely on your rights alone. In order to ensure that you’re out of jail in time to prepare your case with a qualified defense attorney, you need to choose the right bail bonds company to secure your freedom. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. You need to focus on finding a bail bondsman who is both trustworthy and nearby. If you call one bail bonds company, and they tell you they will be there shortly to bail you out, and never show up, it could mean several more days in jail before you can get ahold of another and make your way out. Many times, it’s family members making these phone calls on your behalf, you need a qualified bail bondsman to get the job done. With regard to their being nearby, lets say for the sake of argument that your loved one was arrested and brought to jail in Los Angles. If they call a bail bonds in Whittier, or Orange County bail bonds, such as ChiefBail.com, they can usually be there in about an hour to get them bailed out. If on the other hand you reach a San Diego bail bonds company, it could literally take hours for them to arrive.

Above all, don’t make the mistake of taking you or your loved one’s arrest lightly. It’s a serious event when anyone is arrested, and even more serious when someone’s freedom of expression rights are being trampled on. Take the right steps post-arrest to ensure you or your loved ones are bailed out and on the path to justice as soon as possible.

The Vibrant Art and Culture of The 60′s

June 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm

60's ArtAs with many parts of society, art in the 1960s was characterized by a reaction to the popular styles of the previous decade and a radical departure from the status quo. Nowhere is this pattern more evident than in the pop art movement. Claes Oldenburg, Allan Kaprow, Lucas Samaras, and Andy Warhol were some of the influential artists that aspired to blur the lines between art and life. The first three helped popularize “happenings,” which combined the visual arts, performance, and audience participation. Yoko Ono’s “Cut Piece,” for example, involved members of the audience cutting away parts of her clothing with scissors. Andy Warhol, along with Roy Lichtenstein and others, co-opted images from popular culture and society to comment on the disposability of consumerism. Warhol’s famous silk screens of Campbell’s soup cans, Marilyn Monroe, and Jackie Kennedy, and Lichtenstein’s use of cartoon and comic styles are just some examples.

Moreover, pop artists, in contrast to their predecessors, not only understood the power of mass media but also eagerly courted it. The impact was twofold: people who were not normally interested in art were exposed to the works of these artists (thus bypassing New York’s art critics), and the artists became well known in their own right. Andy Warhol was able to branch out into films (“Sleep” consisted of six hours of a person sleeping) and multimedia events, such as his work with Nico and the Velvet Underground, a Greenwich Village art rock band.

On the heels of pop art came minimalism, an additional deconstruction of the concept of what constitutes art. Painters such as Frank Stella, Robert Mangold, and Al Held produced works that were characterized by very simple lines and colors; in some cases, just one color on a canvas. In the area of sculpture, minimalism used works that utilized geometric shapes and repetition of simple themes. Often the emphasis of minimalist art was to challenge the audience’s perception of the work against its surroundings. Donald Judd, for instance, had an installation of hollow concrete boxes placed around and throughout a small town in Texas.

Eccentric abstraction and anti-form continued the deconstruction of the traditional concept of art. The former used flexible materials to form curved shapes and stressed the visceral, sensual reaction to the pieces (Phillips 1999 , 181). Anti-form used lead, rubber, neon, and other components; sometimes the pieces were so large that they could not be housed in galleries. The Earthworks movement was the next logical step in the progression. Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty was a 1,500-foot rock pathway constructed in a lake in Utah. Christo and Jeanne-Claude covered more than 1 million square feet of coastline in Sydney, Australia, with fabric. For obvious reasons, photographs became the only surviving representation of these works. Toward the end of the decade, conceptual art, which often combined text with painting or sculpture, refocused the emphasis on the art itself rather than the spectacle surrounding it.

The government played an important role in the art world during the 1960s by dedicating funds to the cause. JFK instituted a program to commission mosaics, tapestries, and sculpture for new federal buildings. LBJ championed legislation to create the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, both important organizations in the support of artists.

Music

The 1960s was one of the most creative, exciting periods in popular music. The early part of the decade was dominated by the emergence of Berry Gordy’s Motown Records, featuring such acts as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and Martha and the Vandellas. These groups appealed to white and black audiences alike and were major influences on the white bands that would follow them up the pop charts. Beyond Motown, Sam Cooke was fusing the sacred and the secular to forge a sound that would be dubbed soul music. After Cooke’s death in 1964, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin emerged as the major artists in this vein. Redding benefited greatly from exposure to white audiences at the Fillmore West and the Monterey Pop Festival, and Franklin’s version of “Respect” was a massive hit with all audiences. By the end of the decade, soul was giving way to funk music, with James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone leading the way.

For many, the arrival of the Beatles to the United States in 1964 was the event that marked the beginning of modern rock ‘n’ roll. The group became a pop culture phenomenon with the help of television and feature films. Not only was their music revolutionary, but so was their appearance. The mod look, cultivated in London, was imported to America along with the Beatles. Men wore their hair longer, slim tapered pants, multicolored striped jackets, velvet jackets, and ankle boots, and women wore mini-skirts to signify their approval of the new sound and distinguish themselves from their parents’ generation.

Their success paved the way for the bands of the British Invasion, including the Rolling Stones, the Who, and the Kinks. At the same time, the Beach Boys’ songs about surfing, cars, and girls helped introduce the rest of the country to the California aesthetic. To distinguish themselves from the mods and the rockers, the casual, easy-going surfer look focused on board shorts, Hawaiian print shirts, and sandals with tousled blond hair.

By mid-decade, the West Coast, and specifically San Francisco, was percolating with a mix of social, musical, and pharmaceutical elements that helped push the boundaries even further. The psychedelic sound, exemplified by Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and the Doors, and characterized by drug use (particularly LSD [for lysergic acid diethylamide]) spread across the country and had a great impact on the appearance and attitude of adolescents. The festivals of the late 1960s, most notably the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, and Altamont (and the subsequent movies that chronicled these events), cemented the sound and image of rock music into the public’s consciousness. The eclectic ethnic hippie look deepened the generation gap, sending an immediately identifiable visual message to the establishment. Blue jeans, long hair, beads, and peasant tops that captured the Eastern philosophies were the wardrobe of the counterculture as people “tuned out” of the commercial mass-produced world and “tuned in” to nature.