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Snite Museum exhibit focuses on African experience

first_imgThe Snite Museum of Art’s new fall exhibit stretches through numerous rooms with large paintings, sculptures and even electric metal signs. Biographies of the many artists adorn the walls alongside their respective artwork, giving more of a story to each piece. Each work of art tells some kind of rich and brilliant story, typically etched into the history of the black experience.This exhibit, entitled “Solidary and Solitary: the Joyner/Giuffrida Collection,” was brought to the Snite Museum by curators Christopher Bedford and Katy Siegel. It celebrates black artists and will be up for viewing in the museum until December 15.According to a press release from the Snite Museum, this is a historical exhibition that offers a new perspective on issues people of African descent have faced throughout history.“This will be the first large-scale public exhibition to bring together a vital lineage of visionary black artists,” the press release said. “This exhibition offers a new perspective on the critical contribution black artists have made to the evolution of visual art from the 1940s through the present day.”Gina Costa, marketing and public relations manager for the Snite Museum, said this exhibition has been on display around the country and the former director of the Snite, Charles Loving, worked with the Baltimore Museum of Art to get “Solidary and Solitary” to Notre Dame. However, because of space limitations, the Snite Museum can only show part of the exhibit.“It was a great opportunity for the museum to display an exhibition that offers a new perspective of the critical contribution of black artists,” Costa said. “These works reveal how African artists have used abstraction as a visual vocabulary to talk about the issue of being black, social struggles and the international African diaspora.”The exhibit displays works from a wide variety of artists using several different mediums. Some include oil canvas paintings, re-draped canvas, sculptures, found fabric and more.Costa said the most notable artists are Sam Gilliam, Norman Lewis and Kevin Beasley.Quoting the Snite press release, Costa said “the entire collection is really of an unparalleled level and shows the power of abstract art as a profound political choice rather than just a stylistic preference for generations of artists.”According to the press release, “[the exhibit] will reveal a rich and complex history woven from the threads of artistic debates about how to embody blackness, social struggle and change.”Museum visitors will have the opportunity to meet the curators, Bedford and Siegel, during a free public reception with refreshments on the evening of Oct. 26.Costa also said she wanted to emphasize the accessibility of the Snite Museum to Notre Dame students.“Students often don’t know that the museum is free and open to the public. It’s their museum.”Editor‘s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the role of Christopher Bedford and Katy Siegel in the Snite Museum’s new exhibition. Bedford and Siegel are the curators of the exhibition. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: Snite Museum, Snite Museum of Art, Solidary and Solitarylast_img read more

AG: Medford Nursing Home Neglect Led to Resident’s Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Seven workers, including two top administrators, of a poorly-run nursing home in Medford were charged Tuesday in connection with the the death of one of its residents and allegedly covering up the incident, on the same day a civil lawsuit was filed against its owners for neglecting vulnerable customers, New York’s top prosecutor said.The criminal charges stem from the death of a 72-year-old resident who stopped breathing and “had likely been dead for some time” before a nurse’s aide finally responded, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a news release. An alarm alerting nurses and aides to the distressed resident went ignored for more than two hours, officials alleged.Authorities believe the resident died after one of the workers failed to connect the resident to a ventilator machine at night, as per doctor’s orders. That worker, 61-year-old Kethlie Joseph of Brentwood, is now facing charges of criminally negligent homicide. Authorities also alleged that Joseph ignored messages to her pager when the resident stopped breathing.“Today’s arrests and lawsuit send a message that we will not tolerate anyone being neglected or denied life-saving medical treatment while individuals line their own pockets with tens of millions of dollars that Medicaid intended to provide resident care,” Schneiderman said in the news release.The investigation also led to the arrest of the center’s licensed administrator, 56-year-old David Fieldings, and its director of respiratory therapy, 49-year-old Christine Boylan, for allegedly trying to cover up the incident by concealing computer records related to the resident’s death from state health officials, authorities said.Schneiderman said in the suit that 17 of Medford Multicare Center’s employees have been convicted of neglect and falsification of records since 2003 to cover up abuse and neglect. He also charged that its owners padded their pockets with at least $60 million in Medicaid funding while the nursing home was hit with 130 violations of state regulations and failed to report more than 4,000 incidents and accidents to state health officials.In two instance, the suit alleges, the New York State Department of Health found that the facility placed its residents in “immediate jeopardy” of “serious injury, harm, impairment and death.”And rather than invest in higher quality staffing and improved supervision, owners cut salaries and supplies and collected salaries equal to all 400-plus employees combined, authorities alleged.Medford Multicare Center released a statement that defended the nursing home’s work with seniors and touted a recent health department review that didn’t list any infractions. “Not only does the facility meet all safety protocols mandated by the state, it has a history of going beyond what is required,” said nursing home spokesman Hank Sheinkopf. “Over the past five years, the facility has done increasingly well on its Department of Health inspections, and on its most recent review last August, did not receive a single infraction.” The center is “very concerned” by the charges, he added, but the allegations “are not indicative of the excellent quality of care” that the nursing home provides.Four other licensed employees—Kimberly Lappe, 31, and Victoria Caldwell, 50, both of Medford; Christina Corelli, 37, of East Patchogue; Patricia DiGiovanni, 62, of Port Jefferson—also face charges in connection with the resident’s death.Authorities also arrested 47-year-old Yolanda Monsalvo of Nesconset and 49-year-old Catherine Reyes of Ridge in separate incidents, alleging neglect and providing false statements to investigators.The employees who have been charged have all been placed on administrative leave. “But because we believe that people are innocent until proven guilty,” Sheinkipf said, “they will continue to be paid while these issues are under review.”last_img read more

Photos: Tanker, Tug Dodge Grounding after Towing Operation Goes Awry

first_imgAn old tanker and a tug pulling the vessel toward Maputo went adrift in St. Francis Bay, South Africa, some 15 miles from the shore on Friday evening, May 4, after the towing line between the two vessels snapped.The crew of AHT Carrier tried to detach from MT Order, which was apparently heading for scrapping, and re-attach the towline, but the efforts were futile, South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.Sarah Smith, NSRI’s St.Francis Bay station commander said that no lives were in any immediate danger while the two vessels remained tethered to each other. As informed, 14 crew members were on board the tug, while the tanker had no crew members on board.The emergency response vessels were dispatched to the scene on the following day when it was determined that the stricken duo had drifted around five nautical miles off the shore.NSRI St Francis Bay deployed sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II and the NSRI Jeffreys Bay sea rescue craft Eddie Beaumont II to the spot.“On arrival on the scene we found both vessels approximately 5 nautical miles off-shore and in the current drift they were approximately 2 hours from running aground,” Smith said.“All crew onboard the tug were safe but they were helpless without a tender boat to recover their towline from the water and with rope fouled around one motor leaving the MT Order at risk of running aground.”The NSRI sea rescue craft managed to haul back the broken tow line and rig another towing rope to the tug.The tug boat, with one of its engines operational and tow-line rigged stern to stern, managed to gently head further out to sea.Shortly afterward, SA Amandla salvage vessel arrived at the scene and took over the tow of the MT Order.“At this stage, SA Amandla are towing the casualty ship further out to sea and no further NSRI assistance has been requested,” NSRI said on Saturday, May 5.“NSRI St Francis Bay, NSRI Jeffreys Bay and all involved in this operation are commended for averting a disaster at sea today.”Image Courtesy: NSRIlast_img read more