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“Kusama – Infinity” – A Film Review September 26, 2018

Hello! After years of quiet formation in Japan, young Yayoi Kusama moved to New York City and struggled to become an artist. But the American 1960’s was not open to women artists, and eventually, she returned to Japan, but now is the among the most recognizable, prolific, and influential celebrated artists of the last forty years. Now a film, “Kusama – Infinity” captures her stormy personal voyage.

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Recalling the Lost Mystique of the Renaissance Chiaroscuro Woodcut August 4, 2018


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Francisco recounts how the brief history of this luminous medium was pioneered mainly by five masters, whose prolific reproduction, like modern Warhol silk screen prints, saturated the culture of their day.

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Film Review of The Gospel According to Andre July 11, 2018

Francisco reflects on “The Gospel According to André”, a new documentary about the most sensitive and original avatar of the fashion industry, André Leon Talley.

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Album: Meridians (2017) June 5, 2018

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The Tragedy of Europe in the Life of Walter Benjamin May 16, 2018

The 20th century ushered in many innovations and changes, from industry and engineering to film. It also brought Europe and the world into two devastating wars. German cultural and literary critic Walter Benjamin lived and worked during this dangerous time, as media philosopher Francisco uncovers in this fascinating new episode. Dive into his mind!

 

 

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Roman Jakobson – A Double Pioneer April 24, 2018

While being driven to the 25th anniversary of the film “Groundhog Day” at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Francisco recounts the life of pioneering humanist Roman Jakobson, who published over 600 articles and books, often while fleeing the Nazis. And like Wittgenstein, Jakobson founded two major intellectual movements in the 20th century. Incredible man and mind.

Roman Jakobson – A Double Pioneer

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My Journey Across Psychology April 15, 2018

Hello! I hope you are enjoying the weekend. In a recent episode into “The Mind of Francisco Ricardo,” Francisco recalls a conversation with a psychologist in Los Angeles one night in “My Journey Across Psychology.”

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Art Versus Architecture: A Phenomenology of Difference April 6, 2018

Hello! Art and architecture, as two parts of a society’s culture, perform very different roles, influencing our lives in different programmed ways. Francisco delves into the purpose and problems of art and architecture in this new episode. Enjoy!

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How the Film “Red Sparrow” Takes Us Beyond the Morality of “Citizenship” March 21, 2018

Happy Wednesday, and for some, Happy Spring!
So, the West and the Russians have built myth-worlds demonizing each other. But what moral choice is there when our actions are engineered by ideologies? This film’s critics failed to understand that political narratives are about controlling choices, not images. Take a good beverage and enjoy this new podcast episode. Cheers!

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New Turmoil at MOCA March 16, 2018

Hello! Happy St. Patrick’s Day this weekend. In this episode, Francisco provides us the context concerning persons involved in a new controversy at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art over the sudden firing of Helen Molesworth, its chief curator. This development follows similar stormy difficulties at the museum since 2000.

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