Opening today, Ai Weiwei: According to What? features the work from one of China’s most prolific and provocative contemporary artists. Featuring over thirty works spanning more than twenty years, #AiWeiwei explores universal topics of culture, history, politics, and tradition, showcasing the artist’s remarkably interdisciplinary career as a photographer, sculptor, architect and activist.

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[Photoset - Top: Natalie Clifford Barney in 1896, painted by her mother Alice Pike Barney. Middle: Barney at age 13, also painted by her mother. Bottom left: A photo of Eva Palmer-Sikelianos, Barney’s first intimate partner. Bottom right: A postcard of Liane du Pougy, a famous courtesan that Barney seduced.]

"My queerness is not a vice, is not deliberate, and harms no one."

Natalie Clifford Barney was born on October 31st, 1876 in Dayton, Ohio. As a novelist, playwright, and poet, she held a writer’s salon for over sixty years in Paris, drawing in such famous names as Mata Hari, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Radclyffe Hall, James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Renee Vivien, and T.S Eliot, although the organization was originally founded as a counterpoint to the all-male French Academy.

When Barney was five years old her family spent the summer at New York’s Long Beach Hotel where Oscar Wilde happened to be speaking on his American lecture tour. Wilde scooped her up as she ran past him fleeing a group of small boys, held her out of their reach then sat her down on his knee and told her a story.

The day after, he joined Barney and her mother Alice Pike Barney on the beach, where their conversation changed the course of Alice’s life, inspiring her to pursue art seriously, despite, years later, her husband’s disapproval. Alice painted many pictures of her daughter and now many of her works are on display in the Smithsonian Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

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A Tribe Called Red won Breakout Artist of the year at the Juno’s.

Why is this a big deal? Because Native performers are usually only nominated for the Native category, and this means that Canada is paying attention to a First Nations group of performers. 

"My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back." Louis Riel

FYI: Juno’s are the Canadian version of the Grammy’s

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Some more sneaks from “TOTEM”, premiering April 22 on adult swim at 4am.

Anonymous asked: tell us your most embarrassing story



So a while back i was at this party and i was the first girl to arrive and there were like 20 guys already there, we were all siting around, having a beer and whatnot when the dj arrived. So all the guys went out the front of the house to help set up the dj gear and it was just me sitting there alone in the backyard for like 5 minuets. I stood up to go follow them bc i was getting really bored when i realized something, my period had gone through my white pants and stained the while chair, i was humiliated, i had no idea what to do, i could hear the guys were coming back and i had to do something quick, time was running out. So i grabbed the chair, ran like 10 meters and threw it over the fence into the neighboring yard, i quickly walked back and tied my jacket around my waist. The guys soon returned and didn’t suspect a thing, i am amazing.


just wow

"We have a fear of facing ourselves. That is the obstacle. Experiencing the innermost core of our existence is very embarrassing to a lot of people. A lot of people turn to something that they hope will liberate them without their having to face themselves. That is impossible. We can’t do that. We have to be honest with ourselves. We have to see our gut, our excrement, our most undesirable parts. We have to see them. That is the foundation of warriorship, basically speaking. Whatever is there, we have to face it, we have to look at it, study it, work with it and practice meditation with it."

- Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (via liberatingreality)



"Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we keep trying to slay them in the outer world. And we find that we cannot. For all darkness in the world stems from darkness in the heart. And it is there that we must do our work."

- Marianne Williamson (via purplebuddhaproject)

"You fill a home with precious things, they break. You fill a heart with precious things, they break."

- netsuke (via 64degrees)


In some countries there’s no minimum age limit for door-to-door salesmen.

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