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Launch of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund

By Anita Antonini
Friday, 11/5/2010 4:22 PM
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By Anita Antonini

United Nations Headquarters, NYC, November 4, 2010
Launch of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund
For Victims of Human Trafficking

Special guests, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Nicholas Kristof with Demi Moore and Ashston Kutcher joined UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and UN Office of Drugs and Crime Executive Director, Yury Fedotov in discussion about the global problem of human trafficking (especially for women and children) that effects every country and how we have a collective responsibility to the world’s most vulnerable. Human trafficking, being one of the worst crimes, shames us all.

This 2010 discussion is being transformed into action by starting the trust fund to provide humanitarian, legal and financial aid as well as achieving justice and making real change. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon pledged it’s the UN’s mission to widen the horizons of women and children. When we enslave a woman, we hold the ... Read More


Launch of Fortnight

By Anita Antonini
Thursday, 10/28/2010 4:42 PM
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Launch of Fortnight
Robert Miller Gallery
October 27, 2010

Fortnight is an online multimedia journal that pairs 14 young individuals from the new media generation in dialogue with like minded mentors from all over the world.

Creative Director, Adam Whitney Nichols was in the right place at the right time when he sat down at a train station next to none other than Patti Smith. That’s what I call one lucky bench.

Combining tradition with innovation this new website is in it’s first week of the first 14 days of collaboration between student and teacher. Wisdom of our forbearers is invaluable in any generation but particularly in this millennium.

This steamy fall night, the Robert Miller Gallery was the setting to salute the new breed that has grown up with the Internet having the capacity to change how we communicate in this century.

Lenny Kaye became the pinch hitter for Patti who was in London and unable ... Read More


HELP ME OPRAH I’M CRAZY

By Anita Antonini
Tuesday, 11/24/2009 12:37 PM
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graffiti found on Lafayette (off Bleecker Street) by HACULLA
NYC
November 21, 2009
Photo: Anita Antonini




TOMS Shoes/One For One

By Anita Antonini
Monday, 11/23/2009 5:02 PM
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Exclusive Collection at Bergdorf Goodman
NYC, November 19, 2009


Back in 2006, Blake Mycoskie thought to himself, “I'm going to start a shoe company, and for every pair that we sell, I'll give a pair to someone who needs them”. An earnest thinker and doer, Blake became the founder of TOMS Shoes, that has given away more than 150,000 pairs of shoes to date. The company name is derived from the word tomorrow: As in, taking steps towards building a better tomorrow. The initiative named One For One started giving in Argentina and has expanded to areas in South Africa and most recently Haiti.

This Chief Shoe Giver, makes the phrase, “put your best foot forward” seem simple. TOMS is a proud member of the Clinton Global Initiative and now has, Friends of TOMS, the non-profit arm of TOMS Shoes. The man, himself, also has eco-friendly good looks and a charismatic ... Read More


The Red Book Dialogues

By Anita Antonini
Tuesday, 11/17/2009 4:38 PM
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Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
Billy Corgan + Morgan Stebbins
November 14, 2009


Musician and Poet Billy Corgan, best known for his Smashing Pumpkins fame and his collected poetry in Blinking With Fists, took the hot seat at the Rubin Museum of Art along side the Jungian Analyst, Morgan Stebbins.

This therapy session with an audience begins with, what Carl Jung called, “Hot Lava”: To look at the unknown parts of ourselves; to understand yourself through that exploration; and to live it.



Billy Corgan
Photo: Marie Havens

Quickly describing the mandala put in front of him, Mr. Corgan, who (shockingly, considering his boyish looks) is now 42, explained that he is a Pisces with a Virgo rising. so he cannot help but seek the truth. And, despite the personal nature of the conversation, he remained open and charmingly funny.

Having to overcome abuse growing up and battling depression most of his life, ... Read More


Soma Girls and Sixteen Blades of Grass

By Anita Antonini
Monday, 11/16/2009 3:54 PM
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Soma Girls- World Premiere
Directed by Nandini Sikand and Alexia Prichard

Sixteen Blades of Grass
Directed by Sweta Vohra

Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival
Nov 11-15, 2009

The two short documentary films screened together Soma Girls, and Sixteen Blades of Grass have similar themes of education and confidence building in India.

Soma Girls follows the lives of young daughters of sex workers in Kolkata. This affecting, yet short film is about Soma Home, the group home where they live. The girls… lovingly feisty and playful… are taught what they could never learn in a brothel. It’s also the story of inspired people making a difference in the lives of compromised children…people simply raising the confidence in others.



The New Light Center, run by Urmi Basu, provides shelter and health care in a nurturing environment to these girls, one where they begin to learn and make a better way of life. The girls learn English, while their ... Read More


Looking In: Robert Frank's “The Americans”

By Anita Antonini
Thursday, 11/12/2009 4:47 PM
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With the holidays coming up, if you happen to have family and friends in town, do them and yourself a favor by going to see Robert Frank’s exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Making its way to NYC via Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art, the exhibition is on a road trip of its own in honor of the 50th year anniversary of the iconic book, The Americans.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is to look at the black and white contact sheets. In our digital age, contact sheets have become such a thing of the past. Mr. Frank took a more careful portrait of a nation, as seen in the images that made the cut, encircled with a grease pencil. In addition, one is awed by the fact that, by just turning around, he snapped the cover photograph with a click of the ... Read More


Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

By Anita Antonini
Tuesday, 11/10/2009 3:06 PM
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Lee Daniels, not afraid of controversial subject matter, has directed the must-see film of the year: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

The title character, brilliantly played by Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, carries a less-than-likely name, considering the hand life has dealt her and the treatment by those closest to her. Outcast by her extremely dysfunctional family, society and, ultimately, herself, Precious has much to overcome in her world.

Nevertheless, in her fantasies, Claireece “Precious” Jones is not worthless. In one daydream, she walks a red carpet in a flowing gown and, in another, pretends to be loved by her mother in an adaptation (a film within in a film) of a black & white Italian drama with Sophia Loren.

Taking place in Harlem in the 1980’s, this is the story of child abuse, incest, illiteracy and despair. Where this all leads...well…you’ll just have to see ... Read More


The Red Book Dialogues

By Anita Antonini
Monday, 11/9/2009 12:45 PM
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Rubin Museum of Art, NY
November 5, 2009
Albert Maysles + Laurie Layton Schapira

It was the world-renowned documentary filmmaker (and my friend) Albert Maysles’ turn to take the stage at the Rubin Museum of Art to meet a Jungian Analyst, Laurie Layton Schapira. It is not common practice for an analyst to talk in public, but Ms. Layton Schapira, also a filmmaker, proceeded to engage him in discussion in the spirit of finding the truth.

Carl Jung was of the belief that there are many truths; that we create the truth by living it and that it only exists for a certain amount of time. Much like how a documentary film encapsulates the truth as you see it to be, for your own mind to decide what is real.

What you may not know is that Albert Maysles, creator of such films as Salesman, Gimme Shelter, and Grey Gardens, made his first film ... Read More


The Red Book Dialogues

By Anita Antonini
Monday, 11/2/2009 4:44 PM
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Rubin Museum of Art
October 30, 2009, NYC
Sarah Silverman + Michael Vannoy Adams

In conjunction with it's current exhibition dedicated to Carl Jung's Red Book, the Rubin Museum of Art is hosting a series of nights where notable personalities are paired with a psychoanalyst to respond to imagery (painted dreamscapes) included in the never before published manuscript of the same name. It's a sort of image association experience and on this particular occasion, we were going to find out if Jung is funny.

Producer of Programming at the RMA, Tim McHenry introduced comedian Sarah Silverman by saying that he did not know why she was there, which is very Jungian in itself. Next on stage was Michael Vannoy Adams, Author and Jungian Analyst who put her to the test.

Whether you interpret one of Jung's mandalas as a "fucked up Easter Egg" as Sarah quickly described or something entirely different, there ... Read More


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