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Mira Schor is a painter and writer living in New York City. She is the author of A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life and has an art blog, www.ayearofpositivethinking.com. She is an Associate Teaching Professor in Fine Arts, AMT at Parsons The New School for Design.

Entries by Mira Schor

New Year's Wish: An Open Letter to Mayor Elect Bill de Blasio & Police Commissioner William Bratton

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 11:32 AM

I want to talk to you about a dark day in the history of New York City. There have been many dark days in the city's history: You may expect that I am talking about September 11, or of the night of Hurricane Sandy. These were terrible days, but they...

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Mira Schor on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 10:35 AM

Reversible Time, 2013. Ink on tracing paper, 28 x 24 in. A figure plunges out of regulated time, @CB1 Gallery in LA.

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Mira Schor on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 6:40 PM

Reversible Time, 2013. Ink and oil on gesso on linen, 28 x 24 in. A topsy-turvy painting where time has two faces, the 24/7 time that wears away at the soul, the time of sleep and the earth. See more about this painting and others like it at

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Mira Schor on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 8:06 PM

Dark Flower, 2013. Oil on linen, 12 x 16 in. This painting will be in an exhibition of new paintings and drawings, Mira Schor: Chthonic Garden at CB1 Gallery in LA October 19-December 8, 2013.

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Mira Schor on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 6:26 PM

Visual Pleasure at Night, 2013. Ink and oil on gesso on linen, 18 x 30 in. In this painting I harken back to my early passions for Rajput painting, as a figure engages with knowledge and beauty on a summer night. This painting will be in Mira Schor:...

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Mira Schor on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 6:50 PM

The Old Tree, October 30, 2012. Sketchbook drawing, ink on paper, c. 5 ¾”x7 ¾.” This sketch was done the day after Superstorm Sandy. My neighborhood was spared the greatest damage but in Theodore Roosevelt Park, in the back of the Natural History Museum, had long stood two trees, tall,...

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Mira Schor on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 11:50 AM

House on a table, c.1959. Ink and charcoal pencil on paper, 9”x12.” I recently found a few sketchpads of drawings I did when I was about nine years old. I can see in them my fascination with Greek mythology and medieval European culture among other influences form what I was...

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Mira Schor on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 10:02 AM

Mira Schor, Beginning of Summer, 2012. Ink, oil on gesso on linen, 12”x16.” In the summers I get to sit under a tree, read, take notes, look up at the bows above me, and draw. It is a regenerative time although these two tree boughs also threaten to knock together...

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Mira Schor on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Blue Green Study, 2012. Oil on linen, 12”x16.” This past sumer I was determined to bring more vivid color into my work and found an old tube of a beautiful turquoise blue oil paint with just enough pigment in it left for three paintings of which this was the first....

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Mira Schor on the ImageBlog

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Emanations of the House, 2012. Ink and gesso on linen, 14”x18.” This recent work is based on House on a table, a drawing I did when I was about nine years old, of a woman in medieval costume, standing near a low table with a house on it. It’s an...

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Art of the Occupy Wall Street Era

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 3:09 PM

Every once in a while events in the art world and events in the "real" world mesh in a particularly fortuitous way. This is the case of the conjunction of Living as Form -- an art exhibit taking place in the abandoned space of the old Essex Market...

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Will Obama Shoot Liberty Valance?

(5) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 2:55 PM

Maureen Dowd mentioned John Ford's 1962 film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance in "Eggheads and Blockheads," her Sunday discussion of the GOP's embrace of stupidity. Here is a consideration of why this movie is relevant to our current political situation.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is...

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Days in New York City, September 11, 2001-May, 2002, a Photo Essay

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 7:50 PM

I have often wondered how many people in the metropolitan area saw some part of the events of September 11 in New York City with their own eyes, from streets and buildings in Manhattan, from Brooklyn, from New Jersey. Was it a million of us? Was it more? I have...

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A Feminist Tea Party

(6) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 10:55 AM

A Feminist Tea Party was held in New York City today, hosted by New York-based visual artists Caitlin Rueter and Suzanne Stroebe.

At "Ask Me, I Will Tell," a panel sponsored by the Women's Caucus for Art's LIVEspace at the

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Money Can't Buy You Love But Art Friendships Can Create Joy

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 5:05 PM

The most sustaining force in an artist's life is supportive friendship with other artists. If at some crucial moments in your life you can form a group of close friendships with artists who share your aesthetic ideals or at least understand and enjoy them maybe even more than you do...

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Gagosian Gallery Pulls a Smithsonian

(25) Comments | Posted December 24, 2010 | 12:40 AM

News flash: either the staff of Gagosian Gallery hasn't been keeping up with the recent controversy over the removal of David Wojnarowicz's video Fire in My Belly from the exhibition Hide/Seek at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, including the spectacle of another peaceful art activist being...

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In Memoriam: Rozsika Parker, Feminist Art Historian and activist

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 7:32 PM

The sad news of the death of British psychotherapist and feminist art historian Rozsika Parker provides the opportunity to bring her work to the attention of anyone interested in feminism, art, and women artists. Parker was a pioneer feminist art theorist and activist from the early 70s to...

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Confessions of a Yellow Dog Democrat

(5) Comments | Posted October 31, 2010 | 8:03 PM

These are not the most positive feeling days, as we contemplate the possibility of an imminent Republican/Tea Party take-over of Congress.

But I can understand why many Obama voters are disappointed. I am too. I think he would have been much more successful with what are now termed/tarred as "liberal"...

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Corroded infrastructure 2010/Robert Smithson's Writings on Entropy, 1966-67

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 11:50 AM

This week my graduate seminar students (at Parsons Fine Arts MFA) and I had a great discussion leading from Robert Smithson's writings on entropy to issues of pessimism about social change and what might be the point of human intervention towards ideals of progressive social activism...

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Lowering the Bar on Activism

(8) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 4:09 PM

"I'm just not that into politics" is the tag line of the man-on-the street-interview I'm hearing every day on every media platform, with some young 2008 Obama voter saying that Obama didn't carry out her liberal agenda so she's not going to vote this year.

This has led me...

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