Culture and the People: El Museo Del Barrio, 1969-2019

 

 

 

Vargas-Suarez Universal Virus Americanus XIII, 2003. Oil enamel on wood. Acquired through “PROARTISTA: Sustaining the Work of Living Contemporary Artists,” a fund from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust and a donation from the artist 2003.16.

El Museo del Barrio will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a major permanent collection exhibition and timeline, contextualizing the history of the institution, in a two-part exhibition. The exhibition will reflect on the institution’s activist origins and pioneering role as a cultural and educational organization dedicated to Latinx and Latin American art and culture.

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Women’s Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century at Pen + Brush

 

 

Image credit: Suchitra Mattai, Shadow Land, 2019, gouache, watercolor, oil, acrylic, vintage needlepoint, Hindu comic, 30″ x 40″ x 1.50.” Courtesy of the artist and K Contemporary, Denver, CO.

Women’s Work presents five global contemporary artists-activists who continue to expand the definition of women’s work and expose its complexity, nuance, and ever-evolving nature. Through dynamic art practices, they generously lend their intelligence, thoughtfulness, artistry and agency to reimagine women’s work as arts activism in the 21st century.

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Archer & Goat Opens on Lenox Ave in Harlem

 

 

Archer & Goat Harlem

Lenox Avenue unveils an addition to its already fabulous Restaurant Row. Archer & Goat, located next to Il Caffe Latte and Nilu Gift Shop, between 119th and 120th Streets.

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Restoration Moves Forward at Louise Nevelson Chapel of The Good Shepherd at St. Peter’s Church

 

 

 

Nevelson Chapel. Image via nevelsonchapel.org

Good news came recently, with the approval from the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, allowing the Louise Nevelson Chapel of the Good Shepherd at St. Peter’s Church to move forward with initial phases of construction for the renewal project.

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do it (in school) to open at Hunter East Harlem Gallery

 

 

do it (in school) at Hunter East Harlem Gallery

What would happen if talented art students were given a selection of instructions to create temporary artworks and told to just do it (in school)? Hunter East Harlem Gallery opens its doors to its own version of the original idea, do it, conceived in 1993 by Hans Ulrich Obrist, which challenged traditional exhibition formats, questioned authorship, and championed art’s ability to exist beyond a single gallery space.

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All Power to All People: Opening Weekend at The Africa Center

 

 

 

april 17 2019

Hank Willis Thomas: All Power to All People, a 25-foot tall Afro Comb will arrive on the Plaza at The Africa Center in Harlem along with a fun-filled weekend including a Community Day on Saturday, April 13th and Sunday Drumming on April 14th.

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Alex Katz opening at Gavin Brown’s enterprise in Harlem

 

 

 

Alex Katz, Sunset, 2019 courtesy Gavin Brown’s enterprise Harlem

This exhibition tells the story of a year in Alex Katz’s painted-life. A life where landscapes are observed from the edge of his home in Maine. For more than half a century, Katz painted this land with a virtuosity yoked to a consistent elegance. Today, while the elegance remains, something else has beckoned. Katz finds himself in the middle of the tempest.

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It’s a Bonnet Bash ~ at The National Arts Club

 

 

Image via National Arts Club

Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath or sloth? The Fashion Committee invites you to indulge in your favorite at The Carnival of Capital Sins at The National Arts Club on Friday, April 12th.

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‘Life Without Tragedy’ arrives at Astor Place

 

 

 

The art installation entitled Life Without Tragedy by artist Kostis Velonis arrived at Astor Place this month ~ three sculptures constructed of wood that mimic an ancient Greek amphitheater.

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Car Free Earth Day in NYC ~ April 27, 2019

 

 

 

Artist, Willie Cole ~ Car Free Earth Day in The Garment District

Car Free Earth Day 2019 is an annual car-free event held on the Saturday immediately following Earth Day. The Event opens thirty blocks of Broadway from Times Square to Union Square from 9am to 3pm. Within this area, there are six rest stop that include Times Square (42nd Street & Broadway); The Garment District (38th Street & Broadway); Herald Square (34th Street & Broadway); City Zone (26th Street & Broadway); Flatiron (23rd Street & Broadway); and Union Square (17th Street & Broadway). Programming and activités presented by (AIA New York + NYC Department of Transportation (DOT). Take a walk with us…….

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Franco the Great Gates Arrive at East River Plaza ~ East Harlem

 

 

 

The East River Plaza and Blumenfeld Development Group have given a permanent home to several of the Gates, created by beloved Harlem Artist, Franco ‘The Great’ Gaskin.

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Vega + East Harlem Culture Collective = Al Ritmo de La Paz in El Barrio

 

 

 

Manny Vega ~ El Barrio

El Barrio has a gorgeous new mural on the side of the building which is the home to Galeria Del Barrio. It is another in a series of community projects lead by artist Manny Vega, and is a mosaic mural, entitled Al Ritmo de La Paz. 

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Three of The Waldorf Astoria’s Historic Possessions on View at The New York Historical Society

 

 

 

The World’s Fair Clock Tower

Ambang Insurance Group, owner of the Waldorf Astoria New York is collaborating with the New York Historical Society on an installation of three of the grand hotel’s most prized possessions.

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Espo: 100 Stories Tall at The Strand High Line

 

 

 

The Standard High Line has taken a page from the New York City art scene in the 80s, with a very cool 200-feet of construction mesh tarp and the well-known graffiti artist, Steve Powers ~ #ESPO.

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Simone Leigh: Brick House Coming to the High Line Plinth

 

 

 

As the High Line extends north, the new extended section known as the High Line Plinth will unveil its inaugural installation when it opens in June, 2019.  And since June is right around the corner, we spied a work-in-progress, the inaugural installation ~ Simone Leigh’s Brick House, seen from 10th Avenue at 30th Street.

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Nemo Jantzen: Age of Spectacle to Open at Fremin Gallery

 

 

 

Attitude II  Size: 140x120cm. (55” x 47.5”)  Public Price: $9,500 USD

Fremin Gallery opens its doors to Age of Spectacle, new large-scale works by the Dutch artist Nemo Jantzen.

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Ademola Olugebefola: Past and Present Mixed Media at X Gallery Harlem

 

 

 

Ademola Olugebefola. Image courtesy X Gallery.

X Gallery opens its doors to the artwork of Ademola Olugebefola, one of the original founders of the WEUSI Artist Collective ~ a movement founded in 1965, created for the purpose of promoting the African-American Culture through art.

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American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition Opens at Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village

 

 

 

AWS BRONZE MEDAL OF HONOR Chung-Wei Chien, AWS “Ambience of Jiufen”

The historic Salmagundi Club will open its doors to The American Watercolor Society’s 152nd Annual International Exhibition.

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Renderings of Re-deveoped Sunshine Theater ~ Lower East Side

 

 

 

Sunshine Theater closed its doors in January, 2018

With re-development ready to begin on the beloved Sunshine Movie Theater, we thought it a good time to  take a look at renderings of what will replace the 100-year-old building, and home to independent and foreign films. located at 141 East Houston Street, the Sunshine Theater closed its doors for the last time in January, 2018.

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Museum of Jewish Heritage ~ Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. ~ to Open in May

 

 

 

Uniform worn by Marian Kostuch, held as a Polish political prisoner. Kostuch was born on June 8, 1922, in Bieżanów. His occupation was listed in camp records as “tanner.” © Musealia

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will open its doors to the largest and most extensive exhibition on Auschwitz ever presented in the United States, featuring more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs ~ Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.

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Art Installations, Events & Exhibits to Add to Your List in April, 2019

 

 

 

Simone Leigh, Brick House, 2019. A High Line Plinth commission. On view June 2019 – September 2020. Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy the High Line

Get ready for Spring with exhibits and events that will take you from Plein Air on The High Line to Jazz at The Apollo Theater. Play it Loud at The MET and Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Step onto the Roof Garden at The MET and Remember Stonewall at 50. Here are a few art installation, events and exhibits to add to your list in April.

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Celebrating the Life of Susan Elizabeth Frazier during Women’s History Month

 

 

 

1919 U.S. Passport photograph of Susan Elizabeth Frazier via commons wikimedia.org

In a highlighted section, on the back of this month’s Friends of Rhinebeck Cemetery newsletter, there is a short article on a remarkable woman, Susan Elizabeth Frazier, who we would like to shine a light on ~ as Women’s History Month comes to a closeBorn in 1864 in New York City, she graduated from the Normal School in 1887 and Hunter College in 1888, where she studied to become a schoolteacher. When denied employment because she was African-American, she sued the trustees of the 22nd Ward of the New York School Department because this was a violation of the department’s policy. She went on to successfully become the first black teacher in an integrated public school in New York.

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East Harlem Locations are 1 of 17 Recommended for Historic Districts Designation

 

 

 

Image taken from page 35, National Register of Historic Places Registration Form ~ Draft for proposal

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended adding 17 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. One target area that is recognized as having contributed to New York’s diverse history is in East Harlem.

Sign up to Tour East Harlem’s first Historic District on The Municipal Art Society’s Jane’s Walk this May.

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Get Ready for the Annual High Line Hat Party!

 

 

Illustration and animation

Strut your stuff at the High Line Hat Party! Sip on cocktails, dance with friends, and enter a fierce runway competition. Remember ~ anything can be a hat. Get inspired by the High Line’s history, evolution, nature, architecture, food, and all-inclusive spirit. This is a raucous, fashion-forward, and bold party you won’t want to miss.

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Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing at Bronx Museum of the Arts

 

 

Shyu Ruey-Shiann, Dreambox, 2012. Wolf 125 motorcycle, motors, metal construction, steel, wire, sensor, transformer.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts opens its doors to Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing ~ an exhibition questioning notions of utility, rationality and progress.

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Celebrating World Pride 2019 & Stonewall 50

 

 

 

June 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in 1969, when the New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, leading to protests and violent clashes outside the Christopher Street establishment ~ and the beginning of the gay rights movement. Celebrating Stonewall 50, beginning in March, and leading up to the World Pride NYC March: Stonewall 50 in June, here are a few suggestions. We will continue to add events as the year progresses.

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How Would you Spend $1 Million ~ in Your Community? Voting Begins Today!

 

 

Between March 30th and April 7th, eligible residents across the five boroughs will cast their ballot and vote for the locally developed projects that they feel will best improve their community!

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A Day in the Life of Seneca Village on view at Port Authority Terminal

 

 

 

A Day in the Life of Seneca Village: We Wore More Than Shackles by Sara Bunn

Located at Port Authority, near Ninth Avenue, is an interesting new exhibition by the artist Sara Bunn. We Wore More Than Shackles ~ A Day in the Life of Seneca Village are life size, beautifully clothed figures, inspired by 1830s fashions, representing the people of Seneca Village. Recognizing both Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the exhibition tells a story through fashion, in colorful reproduction period pieces, viewing Seneca Village residents through an expanded lens, not often told.

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Storefront for Art and Architecture ~ Spring Benefit at La Marqueta

 

 

 

Image via storefront benefit.org

Storefront for Art and Architecture’s 2019 Spring Benefit will take place on Wednesday, May 29th at La Marqueta in East Harlem.

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The Black Body Propelled Through Time at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

 

 

 

Image of Hope Boykin, courtesy National Black Theater

The National Black Theatre partners with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to present In Perpetual Flight: The Migration of the Black Body as part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival.

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En Plein Air on The High Line for Spring 2019

 

 

The High Line

This Spring, the High Line will welcome eight international artists to set up their easels and work En Plein Air ~ in an artistic dialogue with the surrounding landscape.

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The Art of Immigration: Paintings by Donatus Buongiorno at Parish of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

 

 

 

Image via donatusbuongiorno.com

St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mulberry street will open its doors to The Art of Immigration: Paintings by Donatus Buongiorno this April.

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George Platt Lynes: Portraits, Nudes, & Dance at Keith de Lellis Gallery in April

 

 

 

George Platt Lynes, Untitled, n.d.
Keith de Lellis Gallery showcases the portrait photography of noted fashion photographer and influential artist George Platt Lynes (American, 1907-1955) in its spring exhibition. Though largely concealed during his lifetime (or published under pseudonyms), Lynes’ male nude photographs are perhaps his most notable works today and inspired later artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts.

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Get Ready For ~ Harlem EatUp! 2019 ~ Now in its 5th Year!

 

 

Ultimate Grand Tasting. Image courtesy Harlem EatUp!

Harlem EatUp! Celebrates Culinary All-Stars, Music, Culture & Art in NYC’s Vibrant Uptown Community. Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz Present the Fifth Annual Festival, WarmUp! to EatUp! beginning May 8 through Harlem EatUp!  May 17-19, 2019.

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Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway ~ Audubon Sculpture Project NYC

 

 

 

Birds on Broadway at 64th Street

The National Audubon Society, Gitler &___ , New York City Parks Department,  NYC Audubon and the Broadway Mall Association have a very special installation scheduled for May 17, 2019. Ten sculptures in reclaimed wood to call attention to New York City’s climate threatened birds.

We’ve been following the project from its inception at Gitler & __, and below is a sneak-peek of Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway, Audubon Sculpture Project, with sculptures to be installed from 67th Street to 168th Street ~  and the Kickstarter Campaign that helped to make this happen. The birds have arrived! Let’s do some #birdwatching.

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New York State Appellate Division of the Supreme Court

 

 

 

New York State Appellate Division of the Supreme Court located at 27 Madison Avenue, NYC

On a cold winter night a few years ago, we arrived early to an art installation opening at the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Triangle, and looking for a place to warm up, a volunteer asked if we had ever seen the interior of the Appellate Division Courthouse, just on the other side of Madison Square Park. It was a delightful surprise.

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The Pez House on Charles Lane in the Far West Village

 

 

 

Closeup of the front door at the Pez House

On a tiny cobblestone street in the Far West Village, we found  a cluster of unique attached duplex homes, each with its own front yard and terrace ~ and one with a cool surprise above the front door. Welcome to The Pez House.

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Oscar Oiwa: Black & Light at Cadillac House Gallery in Greenwich Village

 

 

 

Oscar Oiwa, Black & Light at Cadillac House Gallery

Cadillac House has opened its gallery to the Japanese-Brazilian artist, Oscar Oiwa for his all-encompassing mural entitled Black & Light ~ a project created with Visionaire.

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The Downtown Alliance Lights up the Night with Prismatica NYC

 

 

 

Prismatica Ottawa, Doublespace Photography.  Image via RAW Design

The Downtown Alliance is lighting up the lower Manhattan with the colorful interactive art trail, Prismatica.

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Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll to open at The MET

 

 

 

The iconic instruments of Rock & Roll will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with instruments played by artists such as Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Don Felder, Kim Gordon, Jimi Hendrix, James Hetfield, Wanda Jackson, Joan Jett, Lady Gaga, Steve Miller, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Page, Kate Pierson, Elvis Presley, Prince, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Eddie Van Halen, St. Vincent, Tina Weymouth, Nancy Wilson, and others. Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll opens April 8th!

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Celebrating The U.N. Conference on the Status of Women ~ A Storytelling Circle in NYC

 

 

via Gavin Brown’s enterprise

In celebration of The United Nations Conference on the Status of Women, during Women’s History Month, all are invited to share their personal story on Saturday, March 16th.

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Evelyne Huet: Dear Humans at Atlantic Gallery in Chelsea

 

 

 

Evelyne Huet, Fly Me Away, 2016 digital print, Disc plexiglass/plexi, edition 1/3, 47″ x 33″

Atlantic Gallery opened its doors to a new solo exhibition by French artist Evelyne Huet entitled Dear Humans, exploring the complexity of human emotions, imagining both their genesis and their evolution ~ with 21 digital paintings, using a unique and thoughtful method.

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Joseph La Piana: Tension Sculptures arrive on the Park Avenue Mall

 

 

 

Joseph La Piana: Tension on Park Avenue at 67th Street ~ the back of the installation

The Fund for Park Avenue commissioned Brooklyn-based artist, Joseph La Piana, to create six sculptures to grace the Park Avenue Mall from 53rd Street to 70th Street.

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Last of the Spring Auctions to Benefit The Historic Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village on March 29th

 

 

 

Salmagundi Club Auction. Image via The Salmagundi Club.

The annual Spring Auctions benefiting the historic Salmagundi Club will take place on Friday, March 22nd and Friday, March 29th. You can view the artwork now, or start bidding online, Here.

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Dinosaurs Arriving at The Bronx Zoo!

 

 

 

Dinosaur Safari image via BronxZoo.com ~ exclusive early access for Members beginning on April 13.

On the heals of the opening of T. rex: The Ultimate Predator at The American Museum of Natural History, The Bronx Zoo announced the biggest, most realistic Dinosaur Safari ride in the Country ~ opening in April!

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Migrations: the Making of America ~ a Citywide Festival

 

 

 

Carnegie Hall presents Migrations: The Making of America, a citywide festival that traces the journeys of people from different origins and backgrounds who helped to shape and influence the evolution of American arts and culture. The festival features more than 100 events celebrating the many contributions of the people who helped to build our American culture. The event will kick-off on March 9th and run through May, 2019 at more than 75 leading cultural and academic institutions.

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Art after Stonewall, 1969 – 1989 to Open at Grey Art Gallery & Leslie-Lohman Museum in April

 

 

 

Adam Rolston, I Am Out Therefore I Am, 1989. Crack and peel sticker, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. Courtesy the artist

As part of Stonewall 50,  NYU/Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art announced a major exhibition, examining  the impact of the LGBTQ movement on visual arts and culture this April, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings.

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JR to Reveal a Secret about the Pyramid at Musée du Louvre

 

 

 

Via JR on Twitter ~ graphic design & illustration, Violaine & Jeremy

The French artist, JR, known for fantastical and thoughtful installations, is back at the Louvre. In a tweet today, he reminds us of his first installation at the site, and gives us a heads-up ~ he’s about to reveal a secret about the Pyramid during the last week in March.

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Donna Karan + ArtLeadHer = King Woman in Celebration of Women’s History Month

 

 

 

Lacey McKinney, Double Blind VII

In celebration of Women’s History Month, ArtLeadHer and Donna Karan will host a monthlong art exhibition of work by female artists ~ King Woman.

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T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator at The American Museum of Natural History

 

 

 

The Ultimate Predator

The American Museum of Natural History will open its doors to a new exhibition, T. rex: The Ultimate Predator, exploring the latest research and discoveries related to the dinosaurs known as Tyrannousaurs as a kick-off to the Museum’s 150th Anniversary celebration. As part of this exhibition, the Museum will introduce visitors to the entire tyrannosaur family, and reveal the amazing story of the most iconic dinosaur in the world.

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