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Celebrating the Prolific Legacy of Maya Angelou

Today, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Maya Angelou, a pioneering author, poet, filmmaker and civil rights activist! Maya was incredibly prolific in demonstrating her talent and passion, leaving her mark across the art world in almost every medium. 

Throughout her acclaimed career, Maya often made history.read more.

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The Transformative Filmography of Julia Ducournau

On this day in 2016, French filmmaker Julia Ducournau made her solo feature length debut with the critically acclaimed — but hugely controversial — Raw. 

Julia’s feminist sensibilities as a director tackling themes of gender and transformation can be traced back to her earliest work, Junior, a short film that follows a student who starts shedding their skin after becoming sick.read more.

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Delia Kropp Brings Trans Characters to Life On Screen & Stage

On this day in 2016 at the Rivendell Theater, Delia Kropp became the first transgender actress to portray a trans character for a major Chicago stage production!

She acted in Raggedy And, a comedic play by David Valdes Greenwood about the selection of a poet for the inauguration of America’s first female president. read more.

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Recognizing the ‘Excellence’ in Nancy Steiner’s Costume Design

Two years ago today, Nancy Steiner won the Costume Designers Guild’s Excellence in Contemporary Film Award for her work on Promising Young Woman!

Other women nominated in the category that year were Trayce Gigi Field (Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar), Erin Benach (Birds of Prey), and Donna Berwick (Da 5 Bloods).read more.

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Alexandra Eldridge: From Dreams to the Canvas

Two years ago, Alexandra Eldridge’s exhibition opened at Nüart Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico! Titled A Kinship with All Things, the exhibit included paintings by Alexandra as well as artist Santiago Pérez.

Alexandra’s artwork is highly mythological, featuring paintings of animals and people (and often hybrids of animals and people) in dreamlike landscapes, and focusing on imagination and wonder rather than realism.read more.

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Etel Adnan: Feeling the World Through Art & Writing

On this day in 2014, Etel Adnan released her book of poetry, Premonition. It explores the central idea that the intersection of life and art is the only sure thing in a world propelled by human unpredictability.

Premonition is a short, 64 page novel. During her career, which spanned over 50 years, Etel wrote in English, Arabic and French.read more.

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