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Posts Tagged ‘REVIEW / “HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION” @ INSTINCT ART GALLERY – “The path to empathy” by MPLS STAR TRIBUNE art critic Mary Abbe + PUBLISHED NEW YEAR’ S DAY 2016; CATHERINE L. ’

#711 + THE TYRANNY OF FEAR / ANGER / HOSTILITY – ACTIONS IMPRISONING HUMANITY’S PSYCHE / SIPHONING HOPELOVELIGHTGRACE – THE LIFE FORCE + THE ELIXIR OF FREEDOM / TRUTH-TELLING / CREATIVE EXPRESSION – ACTIONS OPENING UP HUMANITY’S PSYCHE TO RISE WELCOMING BOUNDLESS JOY/ CONNECTEDNESS WITH ALL HUMANITY

 

 

 

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THE TYRANNY

OF

FEAR / ANGER / HOSTILITY

ACTIONS

IMPRISONING

HUMANITY’S PSYCHE

SIPHONING

HOPELOVELIGHTGRACE

THE LIFE FORCE

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‘My daughter’s death will NOT be used’:

Parents furious over Trump’s false terrorism claims

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/07/my-daughters-death-will-not-be-used-parents-furious-over-trumps-false-terror-claims/?utm_term=.62c25a2587be#comments

Counselor to POTUS, Kellyanne  speaks to CNN’s Jake Tapper (YAAY, Jake!)
re: Trump’s latest attacks on the media – “unwillingness to cover terrorist attacks“.

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That’s the way I see him,” Edel Rodriquez (cover artist for Der Spiegel) told the Washington Post “I see him as someone that’s very angry, and it’s pretty much his mouth that’s moving all the time, so that’s how I tend to show him in some of my work.

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THE ELIXIR

OF

FREEDOM

TRUTH-TELLING

 CREATIVE EXPRESSION

ACTIONS

OPENING UP

HUMANITY’S PSYCHE

TO

RISE

WELCOMING

BOUNDLESS JOY

CONNECTEDNESS

WITH

ALL HUMANITY

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We must become bigger than we have been:
more courageous,
greater in spirit,
larger in outlook.
We must become members of a new race,
overcoming petty prejudice,
owing our ultimate allegiance
not to nations
but
to our fellow men
within the human community.” 
Haile Selassie

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FEAR + COURAGE

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

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Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the assessment that something else
is more important than fear.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave wo/ man is not s/he who does not feel afraid,
but s/he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

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You may not always have a comfortable life
and
you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once
but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have
because history has shown us
that courage can be contagious
and
hope can take on a life of its own.
Michelle Obama

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Your time is limited,
so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by dogma
– which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important,
have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Steve Jobs

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Courage is the most important of all the virtues,
because without courage
you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.
You can practice any virtue erratically,
but nothing consistently without courage.
Maya Angelou

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Courage is an inner resolution
to go forward
despite obstacles;
Cowardice
is submissive surrender
to circumstances.
Courage breeds creativity;
Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The ultimate measure of a wo/man
is not where s/he stands
in moments
of comfort and convenience,
but where s/he stands
at times of
challenge and controversy.”
 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Improvisation is the art of the unexpected. 
It teaches us how to take risks
and
to respond confidently
in the moment
to whatever happens.

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The improviser develops a mindset
that  includes
curiosity,
high stakes listening,
flexibility,
and
the desire to build strong relationships.
Resilience is key.
http://mitsloanexperts.mit.edu/using-improvisation-to-develop-leadership-2/

 

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FEAR + CREATIVITY

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2011/01/07/fear-of-success-and-what-we-learn-from-improv-actors/#7a2d45f613f0
https://hbr.org/1998/09/how-to-kill-creativity
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/09/transcending-fear-in-the-creative-process-5-timeless-insights/244922/
“The empty space is the great horror and stimulant of creation. But there is also something predictable in the way the fear and apathy encountered at the beginning are accountable for feelings of elation at the end. These intensities of the creative process can stimulate desires of consistency and control, but history affirms that few transformative experiences are generated by regularity.
When asked for advice on painting, Claude Monet told people not to fear mistakes. The discipline of art requires constant experimentation, wherein errors are harbingers of original ideas because they introduce new directions for expression. The mistake is outside the intended course of action, and it may present something that we never saw before, something unexpected and contradictory, something that may be put to use.”

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Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight. The capacity to create ourselves, based upon this freedom, is inseparable from consciousness or self-awareness.” 
Rollo May “COURAGE TO CREATE”

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Creative people, as I see them, are distinguished by the fact that they can live with anxiety, even though a high price may be paid in terms of insecurity, sensitivity, and defenselessness for the gift of the “divine madness,” to borrow the term used by the classical Greeks. They do not run away from non-being, but by encountering and wrestling with it, force it to produce being. They knock on silence for an answering music; they pursue meaninglessness until they can force it to mean.”
Rollo May “COURAGE TO CREATE”

 

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Conducted by Leonard Bernstein,

THE BERLIN CELEBRATION CONCERT

is an historic performance

marking the FALL of the Berlin Wall.

Performed on Christmas Day 1989

in the former East Berlin,

the concert unites an international cast

of celebrated musicians and vocalists

for a moving performance

of

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

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HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION

INSTINCT ART GALLERY / MINNEAPOLIS
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-press-release/

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MoMA Takes a Stand:

Art From Banned Countries

Comes Center Stage

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/arts/design/moma-president-trump-travel-ban-art.html?_r=0

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The seven works now on view at the New York museum include pieces by painter Ibrahim el-Salahi (Sudan), sculptor Parviz Tanavoli (Iran), painter Tala Madani (Iran), architect Zaha Hadid (Iraq), painter Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iran), photographer Shirana Shahbazi (Iran), and painter Marcos Grigorian (Russia, of Persian descent). 

The artworks were installed in MoMA’s fifth floor galleries on Thursday night, replacing seven artworks by Western artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Placards next to each work read:

This work is by an artist from a nation whose citizens are being denied entry into the United States, according to a presidential executive order issued on Jan. 27, 2017. This is one of several such artworks from the Museum’s collection installed throughout the fifth-floor galleries to affirm the ideals of welcome and freedom as vital to this Museum as they are to the United States.

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This is exactly how major art museums

can protest President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.

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Ibrahim El-Salahi (Sudanese, born 1930), “The Mosque,” 1964, oil on canvas, 12 1/8 x 18 1/8” (30.7 x 46 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art / Elizabeth Bliss Parkinson Fund

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Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iranian, born 1937), “K+L+32+H+4. Mon père et moi (My Father and I),
1962, felt-tip pen and colored ink on paper on board,
89 x 58 5/8” (225.9 x 148.7 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art / Philip Johnson Fund

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Tala Madani (Iranian, born 1981), “Chit Chat,” 2007, video (color, silent), 2:38 min.
The Museum of Modern Art / Fund for the Twenty-First Century

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breathe_2016_postelection_14h_21w_white_frame_finalBREATHE                                                                     Catherine L. Johnson  2016
BREATHE is  currently on exhibition in the POST- ELECTION Show

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“As you breathe in, cherish yourself.

As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.”

Dalai Lama XIV

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/692-breathe-as-you-breathe-in-cherish-yourself-as-you-breathe-out-cherish-all-beings-dalai-lama-xiv-breathe/
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/breathe-2016-american-presidential-election

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RESURRECTION_PANEL1234_1996_CATHERINELJOHNSONRESURRECTION / EXODUS                                              Catherine L. Johnson  1996
The paintings were commissioned for the USA headquarters of Holtkoetter,
a German manufacturer of chandeliers.

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To align my creative dive for the pearl,
I asked the President of Holkoetter, a German, to provide me HIS vision.

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He sang the Hallelujah Chorus from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
in German.
It was an extraordinary moment,
I knew what had to be drawn from me:
boundless LIGHT breaking through darkness.

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I prepared myself like an Olympian,
and
dove deep from the high board
into the sea of my imagination
– where the light of Divinity resides.

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I aligned all my molecular/cellular energies,
listening and following/listening and following
– and the creation of the original paintings was an act of COURAGE
improvised.
When the paintings were complete- THEY exhaled.
They were now A/LIVE.

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I was Divinity’s sacred instrument and faithful vehicle.

COURAGE

FREEDOM

JOY

SACRED HOPE

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http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/resurrection-exodus-1996

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MAYO CLINIC’S STATEMENT

ON THE TRAVEL BAN

http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/statement-from-mayo-clinic-president-and-ceo-on-middle-east-travel-ban/

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The following is a statement from John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic President and CEO.

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Although questions remain about the order’s implementation, Mayo Clinic remains steadfast in supporting our patients, staff, families and community. Each year, we welcome thousands of visitors from across the globe, many of whom receive care from our incredibly talented and diverse team members. We value our international staff and partners, and are privileged to train a broad range of medical personnel from around the worldMayo Clinic is a place of compassion, respect and trust, and our collective diversity helps make us the best place to work and receive care. We are actively monitoring the situation, exploring ways to ensure that the needs of our patients and staff are met, and will share new information as it becomes available.”

 

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Th shape of my life was shaped by the CULTURE of the Mayo Clinic.

I lived in hospital for the first 10 years of my life.

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The Mayo Clinic is an international center
of brilliant creative  genius,
a healing mecca
with a remarkable original art collection
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/catherine-l-johnson-artist-catherine-l-johnson-interdisciplinary-artist-beauty-is-not-caused-it-is-emily-dickinson-my-art-pursues-the-beauty-of-realization-rather-than-perfect/

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ipromisetotell_2015_catherineljohnsonIPROMISETOTELL                 Catherine L. Johnson  2015

 

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Anthony Cox + Billy Higgins

=

PURE IMPROVISED BEAUTY GRACE ENERGY

 

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WHERE ARE OUR SUPERHEROES ?

In modern popular fiction, a superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero) is a type of costumed heroic character who possesses supernatural or superhuman powers and who is dedicated to fighting crime, protecting the public, and usually battling supervillains.
http://marvel.com/characters
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/elementsperiodic-table-of-a-super-hero-and-the-sacredprofane-body-and-soul-of-humanity/

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THEY ARE US!

BE THE CHANGE YOU/I

NEED TO LIVE IN!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACreSCENTwATerMoON                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson   2009

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“HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE Lullaby”

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BE BRAVE.

I AM NOT AFRAID.

I WILL SING TO YOU,

A SONG OF BEAUTY

SINGING LIGHT + GRACE

BE BRAVE.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

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The silver crescent moon shines bright.

Silver, silver crescent moon smiles light.

The silver crescent moon sees you day and night.

Silver crescent moon, up so high, sings to you in the starlight.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

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You are wrapped in love’s kind warmth tonight.

I kiss your soft cheeks, hands and feet to your smiling delight.

You feel loved and safe – cuddled and cradled in my arms tight.

I wrap your sweet body, tenderly, in my arms- by candlelight.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

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The moon knows your name in the deep dark blue of midnight.

The stars know your name in the soft blue evening of twilight.

The sun knows your name in the shining yellow dawn of daylight.

I know your name ALL through and through the day and night.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

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The silver moon and shiny stars sing, dear little one, time to sleep.

The trees’ branches hold thousands of nests for little birds to sleep.

The Earth we stand on in the day is a gift of a nighttime bed to sleep.

My heart is your moon and my arms are your nests to sleep.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

BE BRAVE.

I AM NOT AFRAID.

I WILL SING TO YOU,

A SONG OF BEAUTY

SINGING LIGHT + GRACE

BE BRAVE.

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Catherine L. Johnson

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Written/performed @ INSTINCT Art Gallery’s

“ONE HUNDRED LULLABIES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES”

5 December 2015  
Collaboration and accompanied by Lars-Erik Larson /composer + percussionist
HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE Lullaby was based on the original painting HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE  2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-herhymns-be-brave-2013-catherine-l-johnson-singing-is-a-balm-to-the-distressed/

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HERHYMNS#2_BEBRAVE_2013_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WPHERHYMNS: BE BRAVE                                                            Catherine L. Johnson   2013

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Call_and_ Response_ Frequency-and-Resonance_2008_CATHERINELJOHNSON_VISUAL_I_ThoU_poem_2011Call/Response                                                                             Catherine L. Johnson  2004

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I /ThoU- a lullaby for a lover

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Come to me with your coal and diamonds:

with your armor and secrets;

with your sweet water;

with the vast blue sky in your mouth and ear;

with your worn and eternal humanity; and

with your desire to open your blood 

to love. 

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Come to me with your root and veins:

in mud and debris;

in fear and bitterness;

in uncertainty and tears;

in shreds and shame; and

in belief and faith

to love.

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Come to me with your hands open:

to breathe;

to fall;

to rise;

to break open; and

to speak and sing

to love.

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Come to me with touch and a soft candle:

for no language;

for music;

for unbound universes;

for unmade bed cathedrals; and

for joy 

to love.

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Come to me to release the divinity:

of all the colors and tastes and sounds of true blue;

of once excruciating scars;

now of nourishing and unspeakable sex;

of gentle caress; and

of being found

to love.

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As a gospel song of freedom,

I will respond the same

for you.

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 Catherine L. Johnson
24 June 2010
For _________.

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Please click on the images to enlarge.

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INSTINCT ART GALLERY

21 NOVEMBER 2015 – 16 JANUARY 2016

Tuesdays- Saturdays: 12 Noon – 5 pm
http://www.instinctmpls.com/current/
https://www.facebook.com/instinctartmpls/
940 NICOLLET MALL, MINNEAPOLIS

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“The path to empathy”– by Mary Abbe, Art Critic for Minneapolis Star Tribune.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/review-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-the-path-to-empathy-by-mpls-star-tribune-art-critic-mary-abbe-published-new-year-s-day-2016/
Published: New Year’s Day 2016

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ABOUT THE ARTIST: https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/about/ 

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