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Street Artist JR Brings Egalitarian Vision To New York City Ballet & NYCB Art Series 2014

At AOC, we’ve tracked street artist JR from Kibera to a Brazilian favela and into Paris. We celebrated JR’s winning the annual $100,000 TED prize and his ‘Women Are Heroes’ project. With his brilliant perspective on the beauty of the ordinary, JR has been camped out in New York’s Lincoln Center as part of the New York City Ballet’s 2014 Art Series.

Ballet patrons will witness a 6.500-square-foot composite image of NYCB dancers, “a sprawling mass of cloudlike forms and pointe shoe-clad feet” writes Vogue about the transformation of the David H. Koch Theater for the winter season.

Using images that are nearly life-size, the installation forms a giant eye — a signature JR motif— when observed from above. JR has also installed ink-on-wood transfer images on the orchestra level rings of the theater. They appear as ghostly visions of dancers, “recalling the building’s redecorated façade.

Reading about this project, I was a bit surprised that JR was now involved with such a rigid cultural ‘institution’ as the NYCB. Staying true to his egalitarian principles, he insisted on featuring principal dancers side-by-side with members of the corps de ballet.

“I didn’t want to choose one person that would be the highlight,” JR observes. There’s Robert Fairchild, outstretched at the outskirts of the picture. There’s Janie Taylor, her celebrated legs curled up in a fetal position. “It’s a whole company, so I wanted everyone to be a part of it.”

Read more about the NYCB Art Series 2014 and public viewing hours for the projects February 2-9.

To watch JR’s TED Talk and videos from his Women Are Heroes Project, link here. The content overview gives AOC fans an interesting look at just how we mix “telling women’s stories from fashion to flogging”.


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Dean of Harvard Business School Apologizes To Women | Davos Attendees 16% Women Is No Problem Says Klaus Schwab

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The dean of the Harvard Business School Nitin Nohria appeared before 600 alumni and guests in San Francisco on Monday, delivering a public apology for the school’s treatment of female students and professors. Dean Nohria vowed to make changes at the institution.

Many of the women present, including more than 100 Harvard alumnae, were being honored by HBS Association of Northern California for their impact on business and their communities. Nohria promised to more than double the percentage of women who are protagonists in Harvard case studies from about 9% to 20%.

Women make up a record 41% of this year’s MBA class.

Nohria’s comments come after an in-depth front-page article in The New York Times that described the school’s two-year experiment in dealing proactively with gender inequality. The story fueled dialogue and debate around gender inequality in male-dominated business schools. At Harvard, a third of the female junior faculty left from 2006 to 2007.

“The dean also told the group that last year’s class of female MBA graduates at Harvard received a higher percentage of academic honors than their actual representation in the class of 2013. A record 38% of last year’s Baker Scholars were women. Baker Scholars are graduates who make up the top 5% of Harvard’s graduating class.” via Fortune

Women 16% At Davos

As world leaders met at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this past week, few women were visible. Writing for Huffington Post, Christine Horansky reminds readers that the Davos forum doesn’t picks its own attendees. Rather, it was the decision of its membership organizations to send only 15-16 percent women to one of the world’s most important gatherings of the global, decision-making elite.

The Financial Post reports that the number of women at Davos declined from 2013.

In contrast, when the Forum selected 50 invitees to represent the millennial generation of leaders under 30 at Davos — a group called Global Shapers - half were women.

Analisa Balares, Founder and CEO of Womensphere, has created a global campaign to help close this gap in representation, by inviting women (and men) to raise their voices online in support of #DavosWomen. As is indicative of the times we live in, it is driven by social media, that great democratizer of public discourse. Balares is herself one of the Forum’s Young Global Leaders, a community of leaders under the age of 40.

Symbolically, a session titled “Gender-Driven Growth” with Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, happened at the end of the event, starting after many had departed the Swiss resort town.

WEF founder Klaus Schwab dismissed the topic of gender parity at Davos, calling it “ridiculous” to suggest women weren’t well represented in Davos. “If you look at participation here, you have the most famous women in the world,” he said in an interview with CNN.

GM CEO Barra An Engineer

GM’s new CEO Mary Barra joins about 20 women, with one third having science backgrounds, who now run US companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Other women scientists include Ursula Burns at Xerox Corp., Virginia Rometty at International Business Machines Corp. and Indra Nooyi at PepsiCo Inc.

“It’s not too late to buy your daughter a truck for the holidays,” said Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor who has studied CEOs. “It’s going to inspire and motivate women and girls. There are a lot of women who have been steered away from engineering and science.”

Financial Post writes that women made up 26 percent of of science, technology, engineering and math jobs in 2011. At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, women represent 31 percent of graduate students and 45 percent of undergrads.

Previously: Women, Math & Science Do Get Along Well, Mr. (Larry) Summers Oct. 13, 2010

Another survey of 1,286,350 people young people and adults confirms identically of an earlier analysis of about 500,000 sets of test scores. Girls are as good in math as boys. Period.

More good news this week: the notoriously-gender biased Lawrence Summers has resigned as President Obama’s chief economic adviser.


Othilia Simon Scores In 'Performance', Lensed By Jean-Baptiste Mondino For Numéro #150 February 2014

Model Othilia Simon expresses a fragile but powerful, true-grit romanticism in ‘Performance’, styled by Vanessa Metz Jean-Baptiste Mondino captures Othilia’s trained, body in motion for Numéro #150 February 2014. / Hair by Guillaume Bérard; makeup by Carole Colombani


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