Newsletter, October 2012

Documenting Stephen: Exploring Martha's Vineyard with Stephen DiRado

Perhaps best known for his decades-long photographic series Martha’s Vineyard, Stephen DiRado has more recently been exploring his beloved island and its denizens through the medium of film. In an interview with Amy Skinner, Stephen offers his take on his career, photographic process, and what he’s learned in making his first documentary film, Summer Spent.

(Image by photographer Michael Johnson)


A Short Question and Answer with Michael Arcega

Michael Arcega is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Though visual, his art revolves largely around language. Directly informed by historic events, material significance, and the format of jokes, his subject matter deals with sociopolitical circumstances where power relations are unbalanced.

(Image of Michael Arcega and Carlos Villa, at the reception for 2012 Guggenheim Fellows)


Framed: Michael Galinsky Looks Around

For the past twenty years, Michael Galinsky has been making films with Suki Hawley.  After making two narrative features (Half-Cocked in 1994 and Radiation in 1999), they began work on the documentary Horns and Halos (2002), which they completed in partnership with David Beilinson.  Since then, they formed the collaborative production studio Rumur.  In 2011, they completed and distributed their fifth feature (third with Beilinson), Battle for Brooklyn.


Jason X.-J. Yuan: A Fatal Disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, and Our Hope for the Cure

Dr. Yuan is a physician-scientist who has been dedicated to unraveling the enigmatic pathogenic mechanisms and identifying novel therapeutic approaches to pulmonary arterial hypertension, a fatal disease that predominantly affects women. He is also an educator, having trained 102 students and fellows, over two thirds of whom are women or underrepresented minority trainees. During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, Dr. Yuan undertook a study of the role of ion channels in human embryonic stem-cell proliferation and differentiation, with a goal of furthering understanding of the pathogenic and therapeutic roles of stem cells in pulmonary vascular disease.