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Voices This Week: Jimmy Demers, Dorothy Spears, Kim Alexandriuk, Cat Weaver

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WAITING FOR SUPERMAN
by Jimmy Demers
"I recently saw a screening of the documentary "Waiting for Superman" and felt compelled to share a few words on how it stirred within me a sense of "What if?"
I oftentimes wonder what life would have been like had I paid more attention to my teachers in school, and less attention to my fellow students. Perhaps I'd be more politically involved or maybe a little more helpful on a road trip when handed a map. Not that it was very easy to hold my attention back then."
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MIKA ROTTENBERG'S SQUEEZE AT SAN FRANCISCO'S MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

by Dorothy Spears
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Enter Mika Rottenberg's grossly amusing world, as seen in her new 20-minute video installation, Squeeze (2010), on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through October 3rd. A post-feminist splicing of real and staged images, the video centers on a low-tech architectural contraption, whose shifting wooden walls, windows, and drawers expand and contract like those of a living organism to reveal a perverse fantasy world operating within them.
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ORIENTALISM FOR THE MODERN WORLD

by Kim Alexandriuk
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No need to go overseas for a European experience, an evening at the Getty will do. Being elevated above the city immediately puts you in a "dream like" state of mind. A place that's infused with German, Italian and French, along with Neo-Classic art which transports you to somewhere else.
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MoMA'S GOT A BRAND NEW APP: LEARNING TO LEVERAGE SOCIAL MEDIA
by Cat Weaver
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MoMA has announced the release of its new app for Apple's iPhone, and iPod Touch, available now on the App Store. It's a free download that provides views of 32,000 works from the Museum's collection, plus lots of very useful extras, including a dictionary of art terms, a database of artist bios, a calendar of exhibitions, film screenings, and events, and a variety of audio tours for youngsters, as well as for the visually impaired.
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