Stray Dog Café

Opened in 1911 on New Year's Eve at Mikhailovckaya Ploshchad in St. Petersburg, The Stray Dog was Russia's first ever literary and artistic cellar. Until 1915, it was a meeting place for poets and performances like Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, and many others. The story goes that writer Alexei Tolstoi gave the cellar …

What is Progress?

James Turrell's Roden Crater, as seen in Kanye West's Jesus is King music video. People usually think that progress consists in the increase of knowledge, in the improvement of life, but that isn't so. Progress consists only in the greater clarification of answers to the basic questions of life. The truth is always accessible to …

Resting with Warriors

Shelley Niro, Resting with Warriors (detail), 2001, series of 4 woodcuts on wove paper.  Shelley Niro is a multi-diciplinary artist, and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. She has worked in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography, and film. Her work challenges stereotypical images of Aboriginal peoples. "Some people …

No Fear, No Die

Claire Denis’ 1990 film was inspired by Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth: “a special type of neurosis - colonized people feeling psychologically defeated even though they are physically free to determine their future.” Set on the outskirts of Paris, No Fear, No Die focuses on Dah and Jocelyn, immigrants from the former French colonies who train …