Humans have demonstrated, over and over again, a remarkable ability to cooperate in a crisis. The tragic fire at the beloved Notre Dame Cathedral was a case in point. Firemen and even members of the public rushed into the inferno, while millions of people around the world paced in front of their TV sets, wanting to jump in and help, anxiously waiting for the fire to be put out, and breathed a collective sigh of relief that there was hope for its survival. Donors rushed in behind first responders, generating a billion euros in financial support to rebuild within 24 hours.
Taylor Swift gave a large donation to the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) yesterday, along with a hand-written note to Chris Sanders, the group’s leader, explaining why the project is close to her heart.
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who is known for his cutting-edge approach to style as creative director of Chanel and Fendi, for the French-inspired rock-chic of his namesake line, and for breathing new life into declining fashion empires passed away today in Paris at the age of 85.
The controversy about who would perform and what they would do during Super Bowl ended on Sunday night. To show support for the movement started by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick many artists bowed out. Some who agreed to play felt justified in doing so.
The duality of Brendan Meadows’ images is undeniable but we first see the familiar artful lines and darkroom techniques found in the work of two important figures in American fashion photography, Harper’s Bazaar’s illustrator-turned-fashion-photographer Lillian Bassman and Berlin-born, Jewish photographer Erwin Blumenfield, whose portraits of American movie stars, society ladies, iconic Vogue covergirls dominated the culture from the 1940s to the 60s. [see photos from the IPSEITY exhibition]