I am hoping for so many things for 2024 . . . All hostages returned. All the violence in Gaza and Israel to stop. Co-existence. Peace. A democratic win up and down the ballot that protects reproductive rights and expands rights for the LGBTQ community, and the Equal Rights Amendment to finally get published.
In a world that feels so uncertain, I am channeling it all into my work with three projects I'm excited to share with you for 2024. One is a solo show at Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York featuring the Human Nature exhibition which includes Dendrofemonology with new works. Nancy is an OG (Original Gallerist) in New York City; she's incredibly wise and insightful, and it's such an honor to have her represent me. The show opens in her stunning Chelsea art gallery Sept 5, 2024 -- save the date.
I'll also be doing an exhibition with Ken this fall as part of the Getty Museum's PST Art & Science Collide art initiative. Our exhibition, Ancient Wisdom for a Future Ecology: Trees, Time & Technology will open at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Oct. 17. Please save that date too.
Coming sooner, this spring my team and I have a new short film coming out distilling all the top neuroscience on the adolescence brain. Goldie Hawn and her MindUp Foundation are executive producing. My team at Let it Ripple Studio and I have been working hard on it and are having many illuminating conversations. The film will come out March 26 to coincide with the publication of Ellen Galinsky's new book The Breakthrough Years: A New Scientific Framework for Raising Thriving Teens. We are still accepting video submissions from teens.
The past 3 months I've spent a lot of time wondering what would my father have thought about the present state of the world. Back in 2014 I made a 5-min episode sharing some of his thoughts on where he felt we were headed in my original series The Future Starts Here. The episode closed out Season 2 of the series and was called The Future of Our Species.
I also think our film 30,000 Days (10 mins) is useful in light of all that is happening. It explores the 3,000-year history of humans across cultures, ideas on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life, and why it's important to ask what the world asking of you.
To less destruction and more creation. To less of what divides us, and more of what connects us. To less hate and more love. To wanting all of that in 2024.
PS: Yes, it's been a dark time, but there are pockets of joy where you can find them. I took Odessa to see Dendrofemonology on the last day of the exhibition at the de Young Museum and then basically I did anything she told me to do.
In this issue, more on the new teen brain film, some charts on how things are improving by GapMinder (I'll take any good news right now); Ken's new TEDx talk on the state of robotics; Odessa's new newsletter; highlights from Ken's performance at National Sawdust; the Outcry fundraiser by artist Whitney Bradshaw, and Lifting Women Up by Dr. Nancy O'Reilly; art by Ragnar Kjartansson, Judy Chicago, Ana Teresa Fernández, Simone Leigh and Laurie Anderson, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, and Fog Art + Design; things to watch and listen to from Bandaloop, Ezra Klein and Maryann Wolf, and Sundance, and Frida film and documentary; books to read about Hannah Arendt, and by Rabbi Sharon Brous, Bonnie Wan, and a new journal Sapir; and a new Mexican whiskey, all to explore below.
Call for Submissions: The Teen Mind
Call for submissions for our new film on the TEEN BRAIN:
-If you're a teenager, hold your camera horizontally and film yourself answering this question: "How would you describe being a teenager?"
-If you’re a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or helping raise a teen, film your teen answering the question: "How would you describe being a teenager?" I did this with Blooma, who is 14, and it was a very powerful conversation.
-If you’re an educator, we’d love for you to ask your students to participate.
Submit responses here or at the button below. (Sign-up is fast and easy.)
Global Improvements from Gapminder.org
In a time when it can feel like we're going in the wrong direction, here's a lot of things that are going in the right direction. These infographics from Gapminder.org that Pat Mitchell included in her last newsletter are an important reminder in dark times that there's a lot of good news in the world right now.
"Robots: What's Taking So Long?!" Prof Ken Goldberg at TEDxMarin
Ken recently gave a talk at TEDxMarin on the sometimes surprising state of robotics right now. Watch on YouTube here.
Odessa's Oddities and Curiosities
Odessa has started a weekly newsletter that I highly recommend! It's very joyous and filled with great things to check out. You can read it here and subscribe here.
Highlights from Breathless: Catie and the Robot
Ken and Catie Cuan's recent show at National Sawdust in Brooklyn about AI and human labor was amazing. You can see some of Catie's highlights here.
OUTCRY: Alchemists of Rage Fundraiser Jan 27 in SF
Come participate in a group scream and fundraiser to support the short documentary OUTCRY: Alchemists of Rage. Join producer and featured subject artist/activist Whitney Bradshaw and Director Clare Major for this joyous, radically hopeful event and learn more about the work.
Lift Women Up from Dr. Nancy O'Reilly gives simple and powerful things you can do to support other women. Sign up for free weekly content to help you support each other personally and professionally and create momentum for positive change.
Ragnar Kjartansson at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City and SFMOMA
I recently saw Ragnar Kjartansson's show The Things You See Before the Curtain Hits the Floor at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City and was blown away. Catch if you can through March 3. You can also check out his piece The Visitors at SFMOMA.
Judy Chicago: Herstory at the New Museum in NYC Through March 3
Judy Chicago is an inspiration and one of my very favorite artists. I loved seeing this new retrospective that just got extended at the New Museum in NYC.
Simone Leigh and Laurie Anderson at the Hirshhorn
So many great exhibits at the Hirshhorn right now. The works by Simone Leigh and Laurie Anderson are sublime.
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller: Ambient Jukebox and Other Stories at the Fraenkel Gallery in SF, Jan 11-Mar 9
I always love seeing collaborations by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. Excited to check out their new inventive show at the Fraenkel Gallery.
Listen Louder: Ana Teresa Fernández at Di Rosa Center in Napa, Through Jan 21
Ana Teresa Fernandez is one of my favorite artists and also happens to be a close friend. I finally got to see her show at Di Rosa. IT IS FANTASTIC. It's only open 4 more days. I highly recommend seeing her show at this incredible Bay Area treasure that is the di Rosa. Ana Teresa's show combines paintings, sculptures, and films alongside site-specific installations and performances exploring the intersection of migration and climate change. di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art is open 11 to 4pm Thursday through Sunday.
Bandaloop with Roomful of Teeth at The 222 in Healdsburg, Jan 27
Don't miss this show featuring the always astounding Bandaloop dancers.
"This Is Your Brain on Deep Reading" with Maryanne Wolf on the Ezra Klein Show Podcast
This episode of Ezra Klein's podcast on "deep reading" with Maryanne Wolf gave me so much to think about in terms of my reading and how to carve out more space for it.
Sundance Film Festival, Jan 18-28
This year's Sundance Film Festival features an amazing lineup both in person and online. It the 40-year anniversary. Looking forward to the new documentary about Frida Kahlo by Carla Gutiérrez.
I rewatched this 2002 film after visiting the amazing Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, and it still so good. Frida is such an inspiration.
We Are Free to Change the World: Hannah Arendt's Lessons in Love and Disobedience by Lyndsey Stonebridge
We've never needed the anti-totalitarianism wisdom of Hannah Arendt more than we do now. I just heard the author Lyndsey Stonebridge speak about her new book offering ways to apply Arendt's teachings to our lives today. My copy is en route and I cannot wait to read it.
The Amen Effect by Rabbi Sharon Brous
Rabbi Sharon Brous is brilliant. Her wisdom during this difficult time has been so valuable. We have been friends for over 20 years and I am so glad her ideas are now in this new book The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World. Visit her website and get the book here.
The Life Brief by Bonnie Wan
This book by Bonnie Wan is raw and bold and gives lots actionable advice for living the life you want.
Before the whole world changed, I was asked to write about my thoughts about AI in terms of Judaism for this new quarterly journal exploring what it means to be a Jew in America. Other contributors in this issue include Bret Stephens and Micah Goodman, and more here.
My friend Cesar Ayala recently released Mexican whiskey, made from an ancient variety of native corn. It's so good. And I could sure use a drink these days. Read about it in the New York Times here.
I wanted to leave you with this taken by Lloyd J. Ferraro 30,000 feet above the earth. On the ground we usually only see the the arc half of the circle. Until February. xo, T
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