US Holocaust Museum Clearly Defines Holocaust For Trumpsters

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“Millions of other innocent civilians were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis, but the elimination of Jews was central to Nazi policy. As Elie Wiesel said, ‘Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims.'”

Millions of Americans were astonished that on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Trump made no mention of Jews. The position of the new administration seemed to be that many suffered under the Nazis and there is no reason to highlight the suffering of the Jewish people. 

Washington DC's US Holocaust Museum felt compelled to issue a statement. “The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored murder of six million Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators … Nazi ideology cast the world as a racial struggle, and the singular focus on the total destruction of every Jewish person was at its racist core,” the statement reads.

Opening Ceremony NYCB Collab With Justin Peck Was Perfectly-Timed Trump Protest

Opening Ceremony NYCB Collab With Justin Peck Was Perfectly-Timed Trump Protest

Opening Ceremony designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have always politicized their fashion. Six months ago, they registered people to vote at their New York Fashion Week show. We knew that the designers intended to present their new collection in advance of New York Fashion Week, working on a third collaboration, choreographed by Justin Peck of the New York City Ballet and titled 'The Times are Racing'. 

Little did the artists know that at the same time protesters were fighting their way towards New York's JFK airport to protest the Trump administrations poorly-executed ban on refugees and even green card residents from seven primarily Muslim nations, their show would hit the Lincoln Center stage in a resounding third ballet, uplifting style chorus designed to support the protesters with slogans reading 'Defy,' 'Protest', 'Unite' and 'Fight'. These pieces make up the brand's Action capsule, presented as a see-now, buy-now collection and they served as a celebration of New York City's melting pot status.  Read on in AOC Salon

Kate Gilmore & Karen Heagle Depict Women's Power Structure Anger In 'Stomp'

Writing for Artnet, Blake Gopnik stopped by New York's On Stellar Rays gallery to catch Kate Gilmore's Stomp, performed Saturdays and Sundays, 4 to 6 pm. until February 19, 2017. Dressed in red sweatsuits and Kodiak construction boots, every few seconds three young women stamp and slap and punch out out their anger at the status quo. The sounds of their anger make the entire gallery echo with their ritual designed to dismantle the power structure. 

The stompers are juxtaposed against the backdrop of Gilmore's friend artist Karen Heagle's works on paper that "depict still life, landscape, portraiture and animal subjects. Her work often reflects autobiographical symbolism thematically focused on memento mori, feminism, sexuality and queer identity."

The New Yorker writes that the women's combat boots and brass knuckles had succeeded in chipping away only small bits of red enamel; Gilmore herself spent a week "attacking a fourth cube with a sledgehammer", on view in an adjacent room. The artist and her performers are protagonists, channeling the emotion, fury, and frustration in America's unsettling political moment -- one that threatens to dismantle political rights for women, the LGBTQ community and people of color gained over the last 50 years. Meanwhile, Heagle summons her "inner Ovid", comments New York Magazine, "giving us a scary menagerie of birds tearing at flesh".

'The Grief Which Has Not Yet Come May Be Avoided' by Karen Heagle

'The Grief Which Has Not Yet Come May Be Avoided' by Karen Heagle

Picasso's Le Rêve Headlines Blockbuster UK/France Marie-Thérèse Walter Years Exhibit

Pablo Picasso, Le Rêve (The Dream) (1932). Private collection, image ©Succession Picasso/DACS 2017.

Pablo Picasso, Le Rêve (The Dream) (1932). Private collection, image ©Succession Picasso/DACS 2017.

Tate Modern has joined the Picasso Museum in Paris in a "once in a lifetime" exhibition that will focus on some of the biggest masterpieces created by Pablo Picasso at the height of his passionate and psychologically challenging love affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter.

Picasso met Walter during his marriage to his first wife Olga Khokhlova, a Russian ballerina and mother of his son Paulo. In a chance encounter in front of Paris' Galeries Lafayette department store, Picasso, then 45 first saw the model at age 17. Their relationship lasted nearly a decade, and in 1935, Walter gave birth to their daughter, Maya Picasso (later Maya Widmaier-Picasso). 

The exhibition featuring more than 100 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper will launch at the Paris museum in October and move to London in March 2018. 

A show superstar will be the 1932 masterpiece Le Rêve (The Dream), in which "a luminous Walter sits on a red armchair with her left breast exposed; her eyes closed and her head titled to one side, she’s smiling in reverie, writes ArtNet. 

Le Rêve has never been shown in the UK. It was sold in 2013 by Las Vegas casino powerhouse Steve Wynn to hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen at a price believed to be the highest price paid by a US collector for an artwork. 

Previously, AOC explored Picasso's relationship with women -- and its intersection with global politics, including the Republican War on Women in America. With the arrival of President Trump, this essay is more timely than ever. It was inspired by comments a 61-year-old Picasso told Françoise Gilot in 1943, and I wrote it a few weeks before heading to Washington DC on April 7, in a rally that supported Planned Parenthood. 

"Women are machines for suffering," Picasso said. "For me there are only two kinds of women: goddesses and doormats." 

Picasso Believed Women Were Goddesses Or Doormats | Sound Familiar? AOC Women's News

‘LES DEMOISELLES D’AVIGNON’ BY PABLO PICASSO

‘LES DEMOISELLES D’AVIGNON’ BY PABLO PICASSO

TrumpTracker: Melania Trump Fronts Vanity Fair Mexico As Mexicans Demand Boycott of American Goods

TrumpTracker: Melania Trump Fronts Vanity Fair Mexico As Mexicans Demand Boycott of American Goods

As part of her Dujour interview with Mickey Rapkin, Melania Trump was aggressive in batting down comparisons with her then presidential candidate husband with Adolf Hitler, prompted by her GQ interview:  "We know the truth. He's not Hitler. He wants to help America. He wants to unite people."

The people of Mexico don't agree, as they launch a boycott against American-made products in protest against Trump's executive order to start building yet another wall on America's southern border. The administration made news yesterday, threatening to impose a 20% tariff on goods made in Mexico entering the US. 

Circulating back to America's new First Lady Melania Trump, Mexican author and columnist Guadalupe Loaeza said: "It's a lack of sensitivity on the part of the publisher. I started reading this and I couldn't finish. I didn't want to know anything about the wife of our country's No 1 enemy."

Step 2 For Pussyhat Power: How About Yarnbombing America From Sea To Shining Sea?

Step 2 For Pussyhat Power: How About Yarnbombing America From Sea To Shining Sea?

Put the word 'resistance' into Google News this morning and the headlines tell a vivid story:The #Resistance and Russia; National Parks and NASA 'Resistance' Launches on Twitter; The Resistance will be Tweeted; Protesters Climb DC Crane, Call for Resistance to Trump.

In the ultimate accomplishment -- a salvo to US President Donald Trump, who insists falsely that he's had more TIME magazine covers than anyone (Nixon wins) -- pink Pussyhats are on the move, straight on to the cover of this week's TIME.