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Richard Marquis 'Pastel Polar Bear' 2013
Exhibition open September 28, 2019, through October 2020

On September 28, 2019, the Museum of Glass will open Richard Marquis: Keepers, a late-career survey of this towering figure in the Studio Glass movement. Organized by Museum of Glass in partnership with the Wichita Art Museum and guest curated by Seattle-based curator Vicki Halper, this retrospective of Richard (Dick) Marquis’s work includes objects that have rarely been exhibited, such as ceramics and prints.

Known for his obsessive technique, deep respect for history, and irreverent use of his skills, such as mixing knickknacks with highly crafted objects, Marquis is celebrated as one of the most influential artists of the Studio Glass movement.

“It’s one thing to be incredibly skilled and have an eye for details, but it’s what Dick does with the work after it comes off the pipe that brings humor and context to it,” said Benjamin Cobb, Hot Shop Director at Museum of Glass. “His ability to create work that pulls the viewer away from the overwhelming mastery of technique is something I’ve always found astounding.”

Drawing on his background in both ceramics and glass, Marquis adopted a derisive attitude towards these mediums that was tempered by technical skill and an established vocabulary of forms—the cup and teapot among them. Marquis has been a lifelong collector of mostly odd objects. Among them are bowling balls, tin coffeepots, anvils, bunches of glass grapes, and ceramic dogs. He has also collected his own work beginning in the 1960s. These “keepers” are the objects he treasures the most and form the basis of the Museum’s exhibition.

Echoing his far-reaching influence, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog with writings by art historians, curators, colleagues,…

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Off Media to Produce Documentary About Yankee Great, Yogi Berra
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Interview With Film Producer Yue Wang
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Award-Winning Actor Jeff Daniels Discusses His Role of a Lifetime
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By Ally Roth, Photographed by Marc Philippe, Designed by Nadia Adler
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We guarantee you’ll be inspired to start making a few big moves yourself. So, check out our epic list of game-changers. As Pretty Woman so famously puts it, “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream?”

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Neil Nayyar in his element surrounded by some of the 107 instruments he has learned to play.
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Neil’s musical journey began even before his birth. His parents, keen to improve his development, would play Mozart to him in the womb and say this could be the reason why, at age five, Neil stunned onlookers with an impressive first attempt at drumming at a local free drumming trial. This experience prompted his parents to nurture his natural talent and enthusiasm for music and soon he moved on from drums to piano and then guitar. At this point, Neil saw a news story about a 27-year-old man who could play 23 instruments which kickstarted his desire to become a “mega-instrumentalist”.

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Atlanta History Center Acquires Important United States Colored Troops Flag, Enhancing Institution’s Ability To Tell More Comprehensive History Of The Civil War
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The Atlanta History Center announced today its acquisition of a rare artifact key to the story of the Civil War, the regimental flag of the 127th United States Colored Troops (USCT). The flag is one of fewer than 25 known examples carried by African American regiments during the war.

Given…

Inbal Amirav: Fresh, Wide-Eyed and Outrageously Talented
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PHOTO FILE: Shawn Mendes. The 2019 MTV VMAs Red Carpet (Credit: Getty Images)
Children’s Healthcare. Youth Empowerment. Sustainability. Education. Anti-bullying. Human Rights. Mental Health
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GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes launches The Shawn Mendes Foundation (SMF), seeking to inspire and empower his fans and today’s youth to bring about positive change in the world and advocate for issues they care most about. Shawn and SMF will work to encourage young people around the world to learn alongside him and support them in finding ways to act on topics they are passionate about. The Foundation will serve as a vehicle to support multiple youth-related causes in the realms of children’s healthcare, sustainability, mental health and wellness, human rights, anti-bullying, education and more.

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Dinosaur Hall Restored to its Original Grandeur
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The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C., will re-open the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time after a five-year renovation on June 8th, 2019. The hall, home to the museum’s collection of dinosaur fossils and latest exhibit, Deep…

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PHOTO FILE: Chelsea Griffin sings the national anthem during the First African Landing Commemorative Ceremony at Continental Park, Fort Monroe, Virginia on Saturday, August 24, 2019
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Declaring "African American History is America's History," Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam Announces New Commission on African American History Education

This weekend the 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing was hosted by Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, in partnership with Fort Monroe Authority, Fort Monroe National Monument, and the City of Hampton. Thousands of people from around the world gathered at a commemorative ceremony at Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, which is the site where “20 and odd” enslaved African men and women were forcibly landed in English North America 400 years ago in August 1619.

In his remarks at the 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing ceremony on Aug. 24, Ralph S. Northam, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced that he had signed an executive directive to assign a commission on African American history education in the Commonwealth. The new commission will review education standards, instructional practices, content and resources currently used to teach African American history in Virginia schools.

“When we look back at events of 1619, or 1861, or 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was signed, we often look at them as history frozen in time or locked in a book, relics in the past frozen in time,” said Gov. Northam. “We often fail to draw the connecting lines from those past events to…

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