One from the archives for the Olympics. A little history on Russian artist Kazimir Malevich who was featured during the opening ceremonies.
During the tumultuous years before the Russian Revolution, Malevich worked with other Suprematist artists in a peasant/artisan co-operative in Skoptsi and Verbovka. This small community of Russian avant-garde poets and visual artists invented a new relationship between word and image to express their central preoccupations with primitivism, Russian Orthodoxy, urban apocalypse, and verbal explosion. Read more here.
Photos of ordinary Russian citizens offer a glimpse of life in Sochi before the Olympics. More here from my review of The Sochi Project, a 5 year study by Dutch photojournalist Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen.
On display at the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. an exhibit of photos from Team Rubicon’s first day of deployment to the Philippines after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. The exhibit, on view through the end of the month at Romulo Hall, is open to the public.
Founded in 2010 in the aftermath of Haiti Earthquake, Team Rubicon is a disaster relief organization which combines the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders. To learn more about Team Rubicon please watch this video taken during the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy. Just try not to shed a tear.
”Out of the Furnace,” is just one of the latest films over the past century that has used Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania as a location for movies set in and around down and out steel mill towns. Although well known for it’s gritty working class neighborhoods, the Steelers, the Duquesne Incline and the long-gone Three Rivers stadium, it was also the home of Andy Warhol, Gilded-age tycoons Andrew Carnegie, Andrew W. Mellon & Henry Phipps Jr.
Pop Quiz: Can you name the three rivers that converge at the city’s point? Mull it over while seeing if your favorite Pittsburgh film made the list.
11. The Deer Hunter (1978) Working class steel workers Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken and John Savage go to war and play Russian roulette with the Viet Cong.
10. Unstoppable (2010) Chris Pine and Denzel Washington try to stop a runaway freight train loaded with toxic chemicals racing toward the city. The last film directed by Tony Scott.
9. Mrs. Soffel (1984)
Diane Keaton is a bored jail warden’s housewife who falls for a hardened criminal who happens to be Mel Gibson during his sexiest man alive days. She abandons her husband and children, breaks Mel out of jail, then goes on the lame together. Based on the true story of Jack and Ed Biddle, two brothers who escaped from Allegheny Country Jail in 1902.
8. Striking Distance (1993)
Bruce Willis is a cop demoted to patrolling the three rivers with Sarah Jessica Parker while searching for a serial killer. This film placed higher in the list for the best showcasing of the city’s famous rivers, skyline and landmark locations.
7. Groundhog Day (1993)
Bill Murray is a Pittsburgh weatherman who finds himself living the same day over and over again. Set in Punxsutawney, about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
6. The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh (1979)
In the sports/fantasy/comedy category, a struggling basketball team reinvents themselvesas the astrologically compatible Pittsburgh Pisces accompanied by a funky disco soundtrack featuring NBA star Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Stockard Channing and Flip Wilson with a cameo by longtime Mayor Richard Caliguiri.
5-3. Night of the Living Dead (1968) Dawn of the Dead (1978) Day of the Dead (1985)
The original Walking Dead. This trilogy of zombie flicks was directed by George Romero, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Locals felt a certain pride and strong attachment for the second installment which was filmed at the Monroeville Mall, which led to the awesome tagline:
“WHEN THERE’S NO ROOM IN HELL, THE DEAD WALK THE MALLS!”
2. All the Right Moves (1983)
A football scholarship is the only way out of a dying steel mill town for a pre “Top Gun” Tom Cruise. Craig T. Nelson plays the coach that nearly crushes his dreams of going to college. Any time anyone asks me what it was like growing up around the Pittsburgh area I tell them to watch this movie.
1. Flashdance (1983)
A sexy welder by day and stripper at night has aspirations of attending ballet school. Inspired a generation of girls to cut up their shirts. A nice blending of the city’s arts and culture scene and working class stiffs. What-A-Feeling!
*Liesl Bradner was raised in Monroeville and Greensburg, PA
To mark the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition today- a couple creative and not very discreet fashions designed to stash booze. More photos from that era here.If its a speakeasy you’re nostalgic for - Jack & Charlie’s 21 club in New York City was one of the most famous, known for its disappearing bar, false doors and secret wine cellar. It still stands today…Life features photos of the speakeasies. by Margaret Bourke-White.
" …On one of the barricades I saw this guy waving the Turkish flag, collapsing from the tear gas and retreating when it was too much too take. Even though I wore a gas mask, I had problems breathing. He did that a few times without any protection. I followed him for a while and took this frame.
The photo went viral within minutes after I posted it on Facebook and a Turkish friend shared it. Within hours 10,000 people posted it, made it their profile picture and appropriated it. It appeared on t-shirts and posters and, oddly, was turned into a monument in Turkey’s third biggest city, Izmir.”