I'm a big fan of Jodi Wille, director of the impeccable California cult documentary, The Source Family. And I'm also a devotee of anything Thalia Mavros and her new women-led media company, The Front, do. Swirl these phenoms together, and you come up with this glorious short documentary, We Are Not Alone, about the Unarius Academy of Science. Unarius was a spiritual art collective led by its clairvoyant, flamboyant founder, Ruth E. Norman. She and her members created a staggering oeuvre of theatre, art, and song all of which was meant to encourage healing and psychic growth in the participants. The film is chock full of archival footage, interviews, and prismatic visuals that are sure to brighten your day. It's a fascinating, trippy, and ultimately rather dear story, so do give it a watch here.
During the first three decades of his long career, American artist Lucas Samaras (b. 1936 in Greece) turned to pastel to produce small, intimate works that explored themes present in his better-known paintings, sculptures, and installations. He was attracted to pastel’s bright colors and shimmering surface, and also to the fact that it was an unfashionable medium in postwar American art.
Dreams in Dust: The Pastels of Lucas Samaras celebrates the gift of forty-eight works to the Morgan from the artist and his dealer Arne Glimcher. Dating to the years 1958-1983, they range in subject matter from dreamlike seascapes and interiors to self-portraits, nudes, and still life. The installation of the exhibition was conceived in collaboration with the artist, who designed a wallpaper for it. The works will be presented in chronological order highlighting four successive phases of production.
Dreams in Dust: The Pastels of Lucas Samaras is made possible with generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Pace Gallery, with assistance from Nancy Schwartz and the Charles E. Pierce, Jr. Fund for Exhibitions. The catalogue is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Research and Publications.