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4 The Art of Place: The Work of Diane Gamboa

ARTURO J ALDAMA Indiana University Press ePub


In 2008, Southern California witnessed its first major “post-ethnic” art exhibition in Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement.1 Building on the performances and visual arts of Asco, the Los Angeles–based collective originally composed of Harry Gamboa, Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón, and Patssi Valdez, the exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) intended to challenge conventional parameters of Chicana/o art and offer one strategy for interpreting conceptual art produced by artists who came of age after the Chicano Movement. Co-curators Rita Gonzalez, Howard Fox, and Chon Noriega posit that the temporal curatorial model of art produced after something allowed them “the freedom to follow an idea, rather than represent a constituency.”2 Interestingly, the show was simultaneously a complete success and a dramatic failure. Ticket sales evidence that it was overwhelmingly popular, breaking LACMA attendance records. Yet local artists and critics found the exhibition lacking. They hosted several public discussions, generated hundreds of blog posts, and published articles in regional and national media to address the show’s historical, aesthetic, and positional errors. Some critics responded by producing their own exhibitions performed as errata that offered a corrective vision of Chicana/o art in Los Angeles.3

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Broome & the Kimberley

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Australia's last frontier is a wild land of remote, spectacular scenery spread over huge distances, with a severe climate, a sparse population and minimal infrastructure. Larger than 75% of the world's countries, the Kimberley is hemmed by impenetrable coastline and unforgiving deserts. In between lie vast boab-studded spinifex plains, palm-fringed gorges, desolate mountains and magnificent waterfalls. Travelling here is a true adventure, and each dry season a steady flow of explorers search for the real outback along the legendary Gibb River Road.

Aboriginal culture runs deep across the region, from the Dampier Peninsula, where neat communities welcome travellers to Country, to distant Mitchell Plateau, where ancient Wandjina and Gwion Gwion stand vigil over sacred waterholes.

Swashbuckling Broome (home to iconic Cable Beach, camel-tinged sunsets and amber-hued watering holes) and practical Kununurra (with its irrigation miracle) bookend the region. Both are great places to unwind, find a job and meet other travellers.

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36. Bike Party by Dan Goldwater

Amy Walker New World Library ePub

Dan Goldwater

It’s New Year’s Eve, 2010, and I’m riding around downtown San Francisco with fifty friends. Clear skies are holding. On most nights the streets are for transport, but tonight the boundary is pushed as seas of people flow to and from parties. The excitement spills out onto the pavement. Everywhere we go, people cheer and dance as we roll by. We encourage them out of their shells. Come out! Party in the street with us! Eventually we make our way to the waterfront, where thousands sit bundled up, solemnly waiting for the fireworks. As we roll up, there’s a wave of smiles. We park our bikes on the boardwalk, crank up our trailer-mounted sound system with some Afro-Cuban All Stars, and the salsa dancing breaks out. It doesn’t stop until an hour later with the first “Kaboom!” from the fireworks erupting overhead.

I hope you are thinking, why can’t this happen where I live? It can. And not just on New Year’s — it can happen any time you want it to.

Across America, our pavement is usually just used for going places or parking. This is an unfortunate result of our isolating, car-centric culture. In a car, each person is boxed away. Rolling together by bike, we share a common social space, not just with other riders but with everyone on the street.

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22. Ergonomic Evolution: The Advantages of Riding Reclined by Vincent de Tourdonnet

Amy Walker New World Library ePub

Vincent de Tourdonnet

Children laugh out loud when I ride by on my recumbent bike. Teens pause: “Is that person cool, or a total freak?” Adults blink earnestly: “What is that thing, a clown bike?” I try to respond with calm reason: “Recumbents are all about comfort: I would never switch back to an upright bike, and neither would most people who’ve owned a ’bent.” “Oh! That does look… comfortable. But isn’t it… awkward to ride? Are they slow?”

Are they? No. In 1934, recumbents were banned from bicycle racing for providing an unfair advantage. In 2010, Barbara Buatois set the women’s solo record for the Race Across America on a recumbent. Long stigmatized for looking different, are recliners finally rising on the horizon?

The initial attraction of a recumbent bike for the average cyclist is not speed but comfort. Recumbents come in a variety of configurations: what they all have in common is a seat with a full backrest, supporting the rider’s body weight across several square feet rather than concentrating it on the ischial tuberosities (or sit bones) and wrists as on a conventional, diamond-frame upright bike. What this means in practical terms is that on a recumbent there are no pressure points: the hands rest weightlessly on the grips, the head faces naturally forward to take in the view with no neck strain, and the feet are elevated, just as in a reclining chair.

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Nebraska National Forest, Nebraska

Fred Dow Moon Canyon Publishing PDF

Nebraska National Forest


Nebraska National Forest


The Nebraska National Forest is divided into two sections, one in the northwest corner of Nebraska and the other in the central part of the state. The Forest is comprised of 141,549 acres. There are three developed campgrounds, all of which meet the selection criteria.

Yes, Virginia, there is a forest in Nebraska. It is known as the Nebraska National Forest and, because it is the largest hand-planted forest in the United States, it is unique.

While Nebraska has the reputation for a monotonous landscape, the diversity of the Nebraska

National Forest will make this thought obsolete. Within the boundaries of the Forest, visitors will find the northern Great Plains ecosystems, unique geological formations (such as the sand hills and

"toadstools") and the diversity of a multi-species conifer forest.

Indian legend tells of a time when the gentle, rolling sand hills of Nebraska were covered with a pine forest. Around the turn of the century, Dr. Charles Bessey, a professor of botany at the University of Nebraska, envisioned the return of such a forest. In 1902 the Nebraska National Forest began as an experiment to prove trees could be grown on treeless tracts of Nebraska's sand hills. Today, the

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