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Cooper Gallery makes an entrance

first_imgFour years in the making, the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art opens its doors this week.Part of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, the gallery, which was designed by Harvard’s David Adjaye, the John C. Portman Design Critic in Architecture, repurposes a commercial space behind Peet’s Coffee, complete with a modern and eye-catching façade.In a tour on Monday, Cooper Gallery Director Vera Grant expressed her enthusiasm for the gallery and its inaugural installation, “Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: From the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection,” curated by Adjaye and Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt, the founder and curator of Seattle’s M.I.A. Gallery.“We’re ecstatic,” said Grant. “The gallery is stunning, it’s beautiful. We’ve been tracking this for four years, and here it is.”Cooper Gallery visitors will be greeted by “Manhattan,” a large mural by Philip Kwame Apagya, which they’re encouraged to photograph. It’s the only photographable work in the collection, and gallery-goers can use the hashtag “luminos” when they Tweet to @coopergalleryhc.To kick off the public opening this evening, Hutchins Center Director Henry Louis Gates Jr. spoke with Adjaye and Ibrahim-Lenhardt at the Harvard Faculty Club.The newly opened Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center repurposes a commercial space behind Peet’s Coffee in Harvard Square. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Republic aided by Aiden’s double

first_img McGeady turned in arguably the best performance of his international career on a night when he collected his 70th cap, and he undoubtedly made the difference between two well-matched sides in a game which see-sawed throughout. Victory extended the Republic’s 100 per cent record against Georgia to six games and will send them into next month’s double-header against minnows Gibraltar and group favourites Germany brimming with confidence. By contrast, Temuri Ketsbaia’s men face the prospect of having to lift themselves for a tough trip to Scotland with their account empty. O’Neill surprised a few by naming Hull midfielder Stephen Quinn in the centre of his midfield five, with Stoke striker Jon Walters lining up on the right and McGeady occupying the left-wing berth earmarked for James McClean before he was ruled out by injury. Central defender Solomon Kverkvelia had to hack away a first-minute Walters cross at full-stretch, and Guram Kashia had to be equally alert 18 minutes later after McGeady had tricked his way past wing-back Ucha Lobzhanidze and sent a teasing ball into the middle. Georgia gradually eased their way into the game and after David Forde, preferred in goal to 38-year-old Shay Given, had managed to get just enough on Nikoloz Gelashvili’s rasping drive, Lobzhanidze came close to connecting with Kverkvelia’s flick-on at the far post. But they fell behind within seconds when, after Walters climbed into an aerial challenge, Robbie Keane allowed the ball to run to James McCarthy and he drew his man before sliding McGeady in to finish with ease. O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane leapt from the bench in celebration – but their joy was to be short-lived. Press Association The Republic looked likely to have to settle for a point at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi after Tornike Okriashvili’s piledriver had cancelled out McGeady 24th-minute opener. But with time running down, the Everton winger – who worked under O’Neill during his time as Celtic manager – curled home a 90th-minute winner which ensured Ireland headed back to Dublin with the opening night win upon which they had set their hearts. Skipper Jaba Kankava saw a 34th-minute strike deflected just wide but Georgia were level within four minutes when Okriashvili picked up possession on the right and after turning away from John O’Shea – the only survivor from Ireland’s last visit to the city in 2003 – and then Stephen Ward, thumped a dipping effort over Forde and into the net. I Georgia returned determined to regain the momentum with which they had ended the first half and committed men to the search for an early lead. Robbie Keane hacked away an Okriashvili effort in the 52nd minute, then Forde too had to be on his toes to clutch Jano Ananidze’s low cross to his chest seconds later with Gelashvili looming. But it was opposite number Roin Kvashvadze, a half-time replacement for Giorgi Loria, who threw himself desperately to his left as McGeady curled a shot inches wide from a well-worked 57th-minute free-kick. Keane scuffed a volley harmlessly out of play at the far post, before McGeady cut inside and forced Kvashvadze to pluck the ball from underneath his crossbar. However, as the game entered the closing stages, it was the Georgians who were building up a head of steam, and O’Neill responded with 14 minutes remaining by replacing Quinn and Keane with Robbie Brady and Shane Long in a bid to add new vigour to his attack. In the meantime, McGeady had squandered yet another opportunity when he lashed at a dropping ball on the edge of the penalty area, slicing it wide when greater composure might have served him better. However, he made no mistake when presented with another chance with seconds of normal time remaining, accepting Seamus Coleman’s pass before stepping on to his left foot and curled home a precious winner. Aiden McGeady launched Martin O’Neill’s competitive reign as Republic of Ireland boss in style with a match-winning Euro 2016 qualifier double in Georgia. last_img read more

Badgers face struggling Boilermakers, rolling Illini

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s tennis team (7-11 overall, 1-6 conference) heads into the backstretch of the Big Ten schedule this weekend facing No. 75 Purdue (3-12, 0-6) and No. 2 Illinois (16-3, 6-0). The Badgers dominated No. 57 Minnesota last Friday 7-0, notching their first conference win of the season before falling to No. 30 Rice 2-4 on Saturday.Senior Captain Alex Kasarov led Wisconsin by winning both of his singles matches and joining his brother Lachezar in winning his doubles matches against Minnesota.“The last couple of matches, [Alex] is playing at a level where he is a top-20 player in the country,” head coach Pat Klingelhoets said. “Unfortunately it is going to be very hard for him to make the NCAA right now just because he took some losses earlier in the year that are going to hurt him, but he is at a level with any of the best players in the country right now.”Kasarov feels confident as he heads down the final weeks of the schedule and his career.“I know how good I can play; I’m confident,” Kasarov said. “I just got to go out there and get everything together, and if I do that, there are very few people that can beat me in the country.”The elder Kasarov is not the only Badger feeling more confident after sweeping Minnesota for their first conference win this season.“[Beating Minnesota] helped the guys a lot,” Klingelhoets said. “I think it kind of took the pressure off. The nice thing was that everybody played well. It wasn’t like we only had four or five guys play well; everybody played well. I think it helped everybody, gave everybody some confidence.”Wisconsin hopes to continue their Big Ten success against two very difficult opponents in Purdue and Illinois this weekend.“I expect two very tough matches against Purdue and Illinois,” Kasarov said. “But I think we have a chance in both matches.”Against Purdue, Wisconsin is facing a team that has struggled finding its first victory in conference play. The winner of this contest will also get a leg up on the other for seeding in the conference tournament.“We certainly feel we can win that match with Purdue,” Klingelhoets said. “They have been struggling a little bit lately too. It’s going to be a tough match, but we definitely feel we can get that match. If we get that match it is going to help our seeding a lot for the Big Ten Tournament, so obviously it is a big match for us.”The road gets much tougher after Purdue as Wisconsin faces Illinois, the owners of a 45-game conference winning streak.“We just go in against [Illinois] with nothing to lose and play our butts off,” Klingelhoets said. “But if we get the win against Purdue, it helps a lot. Then we can go in there feeling like, ‘hey, just give it our best shot.’”last_img read more

Russia 2018: Digesting the draw

first_img BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 Share Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 As Friday’s draw concluded and the World Cup began to take shape, fans were left pondering a mouthwatering clash between Spain and Portugal, renewed optimism in the Three Lions and a slightly surreal tournament opener.  Gareth Southgate’s England were handed a favourable start to the tournament, taking on Tunisia and World Cup debutants Panama in the opening two games. Southgate will be hoping that his side have already booked a place in the last 16, when the Three Lions face a Belgium side littered with Premier League stars in an intriguing final group game. England are currently 7/5 to top Group G and are as short as 1/4 to qualify from the group. The expectation doesn’t stop there, as  since the draw was made, England’s odds of winning have been slightly trimmed from 18/1 to just 16/1.Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “World Cup fever is beginning to build after this afternoon’s draw, and the odds are suggesting Southgate’s boys have a great chance of going far. The footballing Gods have also set up a potentially huge quarter-final with Germany, where England will be looking to exact revenge for 2010.”Arguably the most tantalising game of the group stages comes from Group B, where 2008 World Champions Spain take on current European champions Portugal, in a clash that Portuguese defender Jose Fonte described as “a big rivalry.”A sub-plot from Group B is the appearance of Iran manager, Carlos Queiroz who boasts a managerial pedigree better than most at the tournament, Queiroz  not only had two stints in charge of Portugal, but also spent time as Real Madrid manager and as Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United. His organised Iran side and an underestimated Morocco could cause Portugal and Spain problems in this group.  Meanwhile the ambitions of hosts Russia will have been heightened by being placed in a group with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. Subsequently meaning the game that will open the tournament, will be a rather underwhelming one between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Furthermore, given the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez, Mohamed Salah’s Russia may well perceive the tournament opener to be a must-win game if they have any aspirations of getting through the group. Group F is the arguable group of death, made up of reigning World Champions Germany, Mexico, South Korea and Italy’s conquerors, Sweden. Whilst it’s widely expected that Joachim Low’s Germany won’t have too many problems winning this group, ties and against Mexico and Sweden will certainly provide a good test of just how feared the side ranked number one in the World should be.Guiding Brasil towards World Cup glory would be incredibly beneficial to the World’s most expensive player Neymar, who appears to be on a mission to steal the Ballond’Or from the clutches of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Those burdened with the unenviable task of being in the same group as the tournament favourites are, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Serbia, all of which are likely to be fighting it out for second spot in Group E.Brasil’s arch rivals Argentina looked anything but convincing in qualification, only sealing a place at the tournament because of a magical performance from Messi in the final group game against Ecuador. Jorge Sampaoli’s team will have to improve in order to come through a tricky group with an Iceland side that continue to defy the odds, Nigeria and the always dangerous Croatia. Being in a group with a much fancied France side desperate to go a step further in this tournament then they did at Euro 2016, means Peru, Denmark and Australia  are all destined to be desperately vying to claim second place in Group C.Group H possible throws up the most evenly matched group, with a Columbia side that’ll benefit immensely from James Rodriguez playing regularly at Bayern Munich. His club-mate, Robert Lewandowski will be hoping to fire Poland into the knockout stages, even if it looks unlikely he restricts their success in the Bundesliga, Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa will be hoping he can help Japan find success in this group, whilst Senegal will be heavily reliant on Liverpool’s Sadio Mane if they’re to have any success in Group H.___________________The World Cup will be a key topic at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. To find out more about both events click on the banner below. Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more