"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…"

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

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Untitled (Buffalo), David Wojnarowicz, 1988-89

Untitled (Buffalo)David Wojnarowicz, 1988-89

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Group Material

Group Material

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Selections from the Voynich Botanical StudiesMiljohn Ruperto & Ulrik Heltoft, 2013-14

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

Audrey Hepburn

"In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect."

The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss

La Martinique, Françoise Huguier, 1986

La Martinique, Françoise Huguier, 1986

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"Interrogate, challenge, mystify, and amuse."

Daphne Oram

"Perhaps the greatest faculty our minds possess is the ability to cope with pain. Classic thinking teaches us of the four doors of the mind, which everyone moves through according to their need.

First is the door of sleep. Sleep offers us a retreat from the world and all its pain. Sleep marks passing time, giving us distance from the things that have hurt us. When a person is wounded they will often fall unconscious. Similarly, someone who hears traumatic news will often swoon or faint. This is the mind’s way of protecting itself from pain by stepping through the first door.

Second is the door of forgetting. Some wounds are too deep to heal, or too deep to heal quickly. In addition, many memories are simply painful, and there is no healing to be done. The saying ‘time heals all wounds’ is false. Time heals most wounds. The rest are hidden behind this door.

Third is the door of madness. There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.

Last is the door of death. The final resort. Nothing can hurt us after we are dead, or so we have been told."

The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss

Filmstrips from Mothlight (1963), Stan Brakhage

Filmstrips from Mothlight (1963), Stan Brakhage

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Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday (1953)

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"In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

M.K. Gandhi

Station V, Jacob van Loon 
Watercolor, acrylic, and graphite on paper

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"Struggle, service, and constructive work."